Happy New Year!
I hope you had a good one. Wow. 2013 already. I drank some wine, had a few laughs, played some cards. Only a few days into January, and I’m already thinking about what books to move from my TBR pile onto my Kindle.
Before I begin this new year, back to the grind of work and school, I thought I’d look back on the great reads of last year.
I didn’t read as many specifically erotic books as usual, since my love for urban fantasy and paranormal romance stole my brain for a while, but I did read one that stands out above the rest. It’s this one:
Emily Vargas has been taken captive. As part of his conditioning methods, her captor refuses to speak to her, knowing how much she craves human contact. He’s far too beautiful to be a monster. Combined with his lack of violence toward her, this has her walking a fine line at the edge of sanity. Told in the first person from Emily’s perspective, Comfort Food explores what happens when all expectations of pleasure and pain are turned upside down, as whips become comfort and chicken soup becomes punishment.
This DISCLAIMER appears at the end of the blurb, and if you’re a squeamish reader, then head this warning:
This is not a story about consensual BDSM. This is a story about “actual” slavery. If reading an erotic story without safewords makes you uncomfortable, this is not the book for you. This is a work of fiction, and the author does not endorse or condone any behavior done to another human being without their consent.
I picked this book up because it sparked some quite spirited reviews on Goodreads, and because I like to venture into the dark unknown now and then, to read gritty and provocative works.
This was definitely dark, gritty and quite provocative. Emily, from whose prospective we learn of her story, is abducted by a man and kept in his home.
This isn’t a love story. It isn’t meant to warm your heart or make you feel good. It’s brutal in places, and shockingly emotional in others. It’s a story about the loss of freedom, and along with that, the breaking of societal and self-imposed chains and the irrevocable change in a woman who will never be what she was. Is she happier? That’s up to you to decide.
I thought about this story for weeks after I read it. That, to me, is a sign of a good book. I’m not always out to find the happily ever after. Sometimes I just want something real, and although this is fiction, it felt pretty damn real while I was reading it.
If you like a little adventure, you should check this one out.
What tops your best of 2012 erotic book list?