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Guilty Pleasures [Kindle Edition]

Kitty Thomas
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Disclaimer: This work is meant for an emotionally mature adult audience. It is not romance. If you're looking for hearts and flowers, look somewhere else.

DESCRIPTION:

Vivian Delaney leads a life of privilege, but behind closed doors she feels isolated and trapped in a gilded cage. Unable to achieve sexual pleasure with her husband, she finds herself in the capable hands of Anton, a massage therapist intent on awakening her to her full sexual potential. By any means necessary.

Publisher's Note: If you enjoy this book, you might also enjoy Broken Dolls by Kitty Thomas, set in the same world.

Other books by Kitty Thomas:



Novels:

Comfort Food

Tender Mercies

The Last Girl

Submissive Fairy Tales (anthology of The Auction, Awakening, and The King's Pleasure)

Big Sky

Mafia Captive
Blood Mate
Broken Dolls



Novellas:

The Auction

Awakening

The King's Pleasure


Editorial Reviews

From the Author

Guilty Pleasures was my second novel after Comfort Food. It's a big departure from my first book and pretty much had to be. When I wrote my debut novel, I didn't really expect anyone to like it. I thought everyone would hate it. It was just a story I had to get out of me. I wouldn't have unleashed it on the world at all except that a writer friend and psychologist read it and thought it was great and encouraged me.

Obviously, my work is not for everyone. I'm a pretty specific flavor. But, when way more people than I expected actually got what I was trying to convey and talk about in Comfort Food and liked it, I felt like there was no way I could write another Comfort Food. i.e. what do you do for your second novel if your readers are freaking out over your first?

I'm unbelievably grateful that book didn't go viral and "hit big" because I wouldn't have a body of work now if it had. Even the small success of Comfort Food was almost enough to make a second book impossible.

So for Guilty Pleasures I decided to go in a totally different direction. Some consider Comfort Food erotica. Some consider it an erotic thriller. Some think it's a psychological thriller and not erotica at all. Really, genre is just something where you sort of kind of try to hit the mark so you can find readers who "might like this sort of book". It's not an exact science, and a book just is what it is. A book. After you write it, you're stuck with classifying it, and if it doesn't fit any genre formula "exactly" you'll have a hard time finding the readership.

But Guilty Pleasures is definitely erotica. It's the dominant rich guy fantasy who just "handles everything" and a lot of multiple partners and weird and dirty stuff. Though it's still got probably more psychology than sex.

I don't really write "surprise endings". I know sometimes readers are surprised by an ending in one of my books, and that's always fun, but I don't sit around trying to come up with the weirdest or most surprising ending possible. It's just what naturally follows for me from the story that came before.

Guilty Pleasures is a sticky wicket because some readers are genuinely surprised by the ending (which is fun), but I didn't write it expecting readers to be surprised. Because it's really something that Vivian is surprised by because she's not omniscient and we're in her POV. While a reader can easily step back and see things from a less biased perspective, the character herself, cannot. I think a lot of readers can see the bigger picture and see exactly where we're going, and that's okay. Because it wasn't intended as a "shock twist ending". If you're surprised, that's a cool bonus. But really it's more about how Vivian feels. Why would Vivian expect this to be how things go, given what we know about her and how she feels about her circumstances and the man in her life. Would you expect it if you were her?

I know I wouldn't. That's the kind of thing that only happens in novels. ;)

If you read and enjoy Guilty Pleasures, you will likely also enjoy Broken Dolls which is what I've been calling the "sort of sequel" because it's not a direct sequel. There are recurring characters and settings but the book mainly focuses on a minor character you meet in Guilty Pleasures. Broken Dolls also works as a stand alone.


Thank you for reading!

Kitty ^.^

Product Details

  • File Size: 717 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Burlesque Press (December 14, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GEALAU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,422 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Hot Submissive Fantasy December 29, 2010
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In Guilty Pleasures, Kitty Thomas' second novel, she has once again produced a wickedly arousing tale of nonconsensual submission that turned me on, satisfied me and left me wanting for more.

Trapped in an unsatisfying marriage, Vivian has not enjoyed sex or achieved an orgasm in years. The passion she and her husband had felt when newly married had been fleeting and long since been replaced with disgust and regret. When her husband sends her to a sex therapist out of frustration, Vivian must know in her heart that this is the end, but what she finds is only just another beginning.

Vivian's journey to submission and slavery is an unconventional one. While her circumstances find her blackmailed, kidnapped and forced into submitting to Anton and his staff, she also discovers her latent desire to be dominated. Her discovery starts slow and is accompanied by a great deal of shame - both in dealing with disgust over her newfound desires as well as for her complicit role in her infidelity to her husband. Vivian's internal struggle is an interesting one throughout. Most individuals discovering their submissive tendencies go through similar insecurities and upheavals, however, the fact that Vivian's are accelerated and out of her control adds a definite element of arousing coercion to her adventure.

What I loved most about Guilty Pleasures is the element of force and nonconsent. Of course, as is clearly stated in Thomas' disclaimer at the beginning of the book, it is a work of fiction and she does not endorse or condone any activities done to an individual without his or her consent. But, from the perspective of an active submissive who has fantasized about kidnapping, captivity and torture from a very young age, reading a book about just that is quite titillating.
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52 of 63 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars nightmares January 14, 2011
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I think Kitty is a good writer and story-teller, however, this absolutely terrified me. Yes, I read the disclaimer, but Kindle recommended this story based on others I have read so I thought it would suit my tastes. I enjoy a good BDSM/Erotica fantasy as much as the rest of us submissives, but I have been having nightmares for the last 4 nights about being electrocuted, beaten and raped by strangers so much that I've woken my husband with my cries. This is not hot for me, this is painful. We should believe that Vivian has come to terms that she is nothing more than a toy, an object, existing only to obey and happy for it, just doesn't work for me. My husband and I went through something similar in our marriage, the sex was unfulfilling and our lives were boring. It took me 14 years to figure out that I was submissive and luckly my husband is a Dom so we have worked our way into these roles through trust, love and communication. I think that there must be lots of husbands and wives out there in similar circumstances headed for an eventual divorce. I think these people would have been better served with an example of how a real couple might fix their marriage faced with the same dilema; I cannot fathom how any woman would forgive and accept that her husband "sold" her into a slavery house to be beaten and abused by his friends and that she would be on-board and even want to return to the house for visits. Read more ›
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Desperate Housewife Becomes Sexual Slave December 18, 2010
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I was eagerly anticipating Ms. Thomas' new book Guilty Pleasures. She is one of the best writers of erotica. I read the book in one night and was not disappointed. I was completely sucked into Vivian's desperate housewife life. At first you don't want to feel sorry for her as she is completely self absorbed and treats her husband horribly. All Michael wants is for his wife to be happy but she cannot see past her own inhibitions and selfishness to give him anything other than dead fish sex. But soon Vivian is going to get caught up in a world of sexual submission she has only briefly fantasized about.

**Minor Spoilers**

Frustrated with his wife's frigidity, Michael sends Vivian to see a sex therapist. During their first meeting Dr. Lindsay Smith concludes that Vivian is too uptight and may benefit from the help of a massage therapist to loosen her up. She is then sent to a spa called Dome which is run by a sexy Russian named, Anton.

"Relax my dear. Dr. Smith was correct. You are quite a closed-budded flower. We will open you." He made it sound so sexual and wrong.
"Are you going to rape me?" "No. I'm just going to make you come for me, Vivian. I'm going to make you purr my name.'"
*Swoon* (I would like to take the next massage appointment with Anton, please!!)

So begins Vivian's sexual re-awakening at the capable hands of Anton. Through sexual blackmail, Vivian is coerced to make twice weekly visits to Anton and pay him for his "treatment". After Michael learns of her expensive massage appointments he restricts access to her bank account and she is no longer able to pay Anton. This of course is not a problem because Anton is willing to exchange sex for cash. If she doesn't agree he'll show Michael all the video of their massage sessions.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
terrible writing...could not finish book.
Published 1 month ago by Gail
5.0 out of 5 stars 100 stars! BRILLIANT!
Wow.... OMG.... This was my first book by this author and I'm amazed. I have a new favorite author. I don't know where to begin with this review so I know now that I'm just going... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kathy N
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Guilty Pleasures and definitely see my myself visiting those...
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**I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads**

Guilty Pleasures is my first Kitty Thomas read and has been on my “To Be... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stephanie Wiiliams
3.0 out of 5 stars ..
Guilty Pleasures by Kitty Thomas is a dark erotica book. First off, if non-consensual sex, BDSM and submission, are not your typical read, then this is most definitely not the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Summer's Book Blog
5.0 out of 5 stars dark erotica
I'd first off like to thank Wicked Reads and the author, Kitty Thomas for letting me participate in this tour. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect intro to Kitty Thomas writing
I absolutely LOVED this book!!
I could empathise with Vivian and I really enjoyed the storyline. Read more
Published 2 months ago by S.Hero
3.0 out of 5 stars So so...
This had everything I normally love about dark erotica...dubious consent, abduction, slave training, etc. I just couldn't get into it. There was so much inner monologue. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Sexy Read
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This is my first Kitty Thomas read and I can guarantee it won't be my last. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Shannan
3.0 out of 5 stars eh, it was ok
~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads Review Team~

Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas was one of the first dark books I read and loved it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by A. Adams
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Different plot line than I usually am into. Pleasantly surprised.
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More About the Author

KITTY THOMAS writes dark literary erotica that explores dominance and submission. Not really classed as romance, though some readers see it that way. It's a case of your mileage may vary. Romance genre conventions and rules not usually followed but some books could easily be classed as "erotic romance" such as Mafia Captive or Tender Mercies.

Her latest work, BROKEN DOLLS, is now available for pre-order. Official Release Date: December 23, 2014.

This work is fiction and meant for an adult audience. The author does not endorse or condone any of the behavior carried out by characters in her stories.

To find out when a new book comes out, subscribe to Kitty's New Release List: KITTYTHOMAS.COM

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