Book Reviews

Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas

My edition: Kindle

Pages: 192

Series: Stand alone

Rating: 3.5-4 stars

Review: The story evolves around a woman, Emily, who is taken after one of her author conventions. It starts off with her blindfolded and tied up in a cell. She knew she had been drugged due to how she felt and there was no other way for her to have been taken.

I was taught never to leave my drink unattended. All women know this. We do. Even if we aren’t explicitly told, it seems to come with the packaging and wiring of being a female. Just common sense in the age of the date rape drug. Expecting even the most sensitive male to truly understand any of this is like expecting a wolf to understand the finer points of being a rabbit.

There are a few things that kind of rubbed me the wrong way in this book. One: she had a chance to escape and almost did but she decided to turn around and follow the dude back to the house. Two: there were places the book went from first person to third person then back to first person. I have read books that do this but the way Thomas had written it just grates my teeth. I didn’t like it at all. It’s first person for most of the book but when Emily and the “Master” have a sexual engagement?? I really don’t have the right wording for that due to the fact that she willingly slept with him but only because she didn’t want to go back to the bare room. Anywho when they have an “engagement” it switches to third person.

I do love the psychological aspect of this whole book. It’s pretty amazing how the author captured the “Master” (the only name I have for him) conditioning Emily. The way he won’t speak to her and with us being humans, need any kind of contact to keep sane.

But when you’re in no-win situations, you have to play this imaginary game in you head, the fantasy where you beat the bad guy and escape.

The master is probably the most interesting character. The start of the second half of the book we get his point of view and a major plot twist. The way he is just fascinates me. I don’t know whether to love it or be scare of it. Maybe both.

The surrender, finally, of everything to him. The acceptance that she was now his creature, not her own, and the inexplicable peace that brought her.

My mind is still blown away by this book. I have already written a review and scraped it because it just wasn’t good enough. The way Thomas puts in the psychology aspect into how the master works is just brilliant. She amazed me at the end. I seriously thought I was going to not like this book but it actually came out on top. Just know that if you are going to read this that it is different and the master is worth the read.


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