Comfort Object

Annabel Joseph
Comfort Object


Loose Id LLC
Release Date
October 2009
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

Nell, an out-of-work professional submissive, is desperate to find a job when she meets handsome film star Jeremy Gray at the restaurant where she works. He says he needs a personal assistant, but the work contract he shows her details not organizational duties, but sexual ones. Jobless and homeless, Nell agrees to work for him anyway, on the promise that he will pay for her to finish her college degree when her stint as his "assistant" is complete.

The start of their formal Dom/sub relationship is rocky, but they soon fall into a mutually satisfying, highly sexual routine. They play vanilla boyfriend and girlfriend in public, while Jeremy uses Nell as his kinky comfort object behind the scenes. Then a stalker threatens their secret lifestyle, and their contract may not be strong enough to hold them together.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, strong BDSM theme and content (including/not limited to spanking), dubious consent, exhibitionism, menage (m/f/m), moresome (m/f/m/f with f/f interaction), multiple partners, voyeurism.

Book Review by Michelle R
Oct 17, 2010
155 people found the following review helpful
One of my favorite erotic books of the year- This book took me by storm!

If you look for a theme in my reviews, you will recognize I am all about well developed, interesting characters and Comfort Object has that in spades. Jeremy is dark and jaded by his Hollywood experiences. He is used to buying himself some modicum of happiness, all the while steeling his heart for the inevitable disappointment that invariably rules his so called ‘picture perfect life'. An innate Dominant, he uses his BDSM lifestyle as a release for the pressure his high profile life puts on him. As a new movie begins to film, Jeremy sends his assistant, Kyle, out once again to find the perfect sub to help him through filming. Kyle discovers Nell working as a professional submissive at an LA BDSM club. Through some cleverly written twists and turns, Jeremy ends up offering Nell a professional contract for her services.

Nell finds Jeremy overbearing and manipulative, but he just might hold the key to achieving her biggest dream, financing a college degree. She never imagines that he holds the key to her inner sub's unmet needs.

I enjoyed unwrapping both characters as I turned the page. Jeremy is a raw, hard dominant clearly experienced in the lifestyle and reading subs. To the outsider he may seem on the abusive side, as if he is only meeting his own selfish needs, but if you really pay attention, he is pushing Nell just as all subs craved to be pushed. She has a safe word and she chooses not to use it because she needs the extra edge. For the first time in her life she finds her barriers falling down. I love to watch barriers fall down! The book is definitely hawt and sexy filled with a kaleidoscope of sexual encounters (can you say yummy ménage?), but in comparison to other BDSM stories I am going to say the level of darkness sits on the medium side. It wasn't terribly uncomfortable to read, but I flinched more than once for Nell and found myself unconsciously rubbing my backside.

The pacing was quick and the tension perfectly thick. As the war within me raged between wanting Nell to leave his jerky butt and stay and heal them both, a side stalker storyline kept me further on edge. Nothing like a crazed wacko with no use for safe words to build suspense.

I finished the book with a clear sense of satisfaction and went straight to my Kindle home page and downloaded everything Annabel Joseph has written. I just love discovering a new author who lights my fire. Enjoy!
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