I went into this book with an open mind, something I’d highly recommend, otherwise you’ll find yourself really struggling with the concept of this book.
Emily Vargas has been kidnapped and taken hostage by a man that does not speak. She fears for her life, but quickly learns that this man has no intentions of violence toward her. He wants to break her with mental games, refusing her any sort of interaction with creature comforts. He comes to feed her chicken soup every day, and she quickly begins to revile it. When she finds herself behaving in the manner he desires, he rewards her by upgrading her accommodations. Before long she finds herself craving his company, working to deem herself worthy in her captor’s eyes.
This is a BDSM book that really stretches personal boundaries. Our heroine is a smart woman – she knows she’s experiencing Stockholm syndrome yet she can’t keep herself from falling prey to her own desires. It can be difficult as the reader to think outside of the box, but if you can manage it I think it safe to say you’ll find this tale fascinating and alluring. I enjoyed it for what it was. I liked that it really forced me to twist around my psychological grasp of the characters and why they were doing what they were doing. There is a sort of happily ever after, but it may leave a lot of people scratching their heads. I liked Ms. Thomas’s writing style. This was my first read of her’s, and I’m getting the impression she tends to push the envelope in most of her stories. I’m definitely going to continue checking out her stuff.
Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas, 138 pgs, 3/21/10
Romance: 0/5 Raunch: 5/5