The Con Artist

Burlesque Press

Note: This book is intended for an emotionally mature adult audience and contains dark themes. This book is a stand alone (not part of a series.)

Art. Obsession. Twisted possession.

When starving artist Saskia Roth meets Lachlan Niche, a local art collector and tech tycoon, she has no idea how her life is about to change. One act of desperation, one con gone wrong, and she finds herself at the mercy of a powerful man she fears and despises--or so she thinks at first. As lines begin to blur, her life as his captive becomes something more... something that will both transform her and destroy her.
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Book 2
The Training House Collection by Kitty Thomas is 3 full-length books in one bundle.

Publisher's Note: These books are stand alone titles and not part of a series. (Although Guilty Pleasures and Broken Dolls occur in the same world, one is not a direct sequel of the other. Tender Mercies occurs in a totally different world, but is thematically similar to Broken Dolls.)

This bundle contains: Tender Mercies, Guilty Pleasures, and Broken Dolls

Tender Mercies:

“Grace. That word that finally meant something again. Mercy. Favor. Good will.”

Fed up with play, Grace Warner moves to an island to be with a man she met online. Within hours of her arrival, everything is ripped from her, and she quickly learns play is preferable to the realities of actual enslavement.

Asher Collins has spent the past year mourning and blaming himself for the death of his slave, Darcy. When Grace catches his eye at a showing, obviously abused, he becomes obsessed with buying her and finding a way to atone for his own past sins.

Guilty Pleasures:

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

Broken Dolls:

Mina Calloway always finds herself in the hands of the wrong master: Gentle at first, then brutally sadistic and abusive. She no longer believes it's possible to find a man who will be gentle with her. After seeing a therapist for months, the doctor makes her an offer she isn't yet smart enough to refuse: "Let me find you a good master."

Brian Sloan is a borderline sociopath with a dark and brutal past. Only taking his sadistic urges out on the women at a submissive training house allows him to sleep through the night. When Brian sees Mina, she should be ripe for the picking, but her damage is too similar to his own. Can he fight past his demons to protect the one person he considers worth saving?

Disclaimer: This work is meant for an emotionally mature adult audience and contains content of an adult nature. Neither the author nor the publisher endorses or condones any behavior carried out by any character in this work.

Kitty Thomas
*If you enjoy Tender Mercies you will LOVE Broken Dolls.

Tender Mercies is a work of dark literary erotica.

“Grace. That word that finally meant something again. Mercy. Favor. Good will.”

Fed up with play kink, Grace Warner moves to an island that embraces erotic slavery to be with a man she met online. Within hours of her arrival, everything is ripped from her, and she quickly learns play is preferable to the realities of actual enslavement.

Asher Collins has spent the past year mourning and blaming himself for the death of his slave, Darcy. When Grace catches his eye at a showing, obviously abused, he becomes obsessed with buying her and finding a way to atone for his own past sins.

What Readers are Saying about Tender Mercies:

"I discovered Kitty Thomas last year with her novel `Comfort Food'. I likened that erotica novel (about extreme Stockholm syndrome) to literary wasabi - sinus clearing and somewhat unsettling, but also incredibly, breathtakingly powerful. So I went into `Tender Mercies' excitedly knowing that Kitty Thomas writes at the extreme-end of the erotica scale. She intrudes upon reader's comfort zones and pulls you (kicking and screaming) into an abrasive and compelling world of fetishism and erotica . . ." -Dee18

"I've first read "Comfort food" by Kitty Thomas and was so exquisitely shocked that I went forward into the BDSM romance genre. So far, I've read around 26 genre books by different authors and can honestly say that Kitty Thomas is one of the best.
Her stories feel real in a psychological kind of way, the events recounted could be really traumatizing but they are set in environments that keep the reader "safe". The heroines suffer and endure beyond reason but somehow they make it through stronger and empowered in their own realizations." -Lenanena

"I recommend it to adults, particularly those interested in aspects of BDSM." -Carocaro

"Tender Mercies is the type of psychological dark erotica, BDSM book that will leave readers who enjoy this type of literary fiction in awe at the brilliance of Kitty Thomas' writing and concepts. I said it after her last book and I'll say it again -- I don't know how she'll top this! :)" -Among the Muses

"I can't believe I have put off reading a Kitty Thomas book for so long! I thought "oh I've read dark erotica this won't be too shocking for me" but I was definitely surprised just how dark this book was. Some scenes definitely caused my stomach to churn and the writing reaches a deeper psychological level than other dark books I've read."  -R Nicole

"Kitty Thomas is such a wonderful writer; her take on dark erotica is wonderful and refreshing. It's harsh, and raw - please use caution if you are not used to dark erotica." -Mel

"So my favorite BDSM theme is where the submissive is abused / mistreated by a former Dom / Master and is healing and learning to trust a new Dom. This one fits the theme perfectly. From the first few pages I was hooked and flew right through the rest of it! I love everything I've read by Thomas and this is no exception." -Mrs thj

"The story is beautiful, and I love the characters. While the book is essentially dark erotica and non-consensual bdsm, Kitty Thomas still manages to create a beautiful romance between master and slave." -lunaselene

"Wow! This book was well written, intelligent dialogue, graphic without being raunchy. I enjoyed the story and it was my second BDSM book. Kitty Thomas has "mad" skills as a writer and I look forward to reading her other books." - Maxine Holmes

"As I mentioned earlier, I am in awe of Kitty Thomas' storytelling abilities. I was deeply caught up in the psychological conditioning in her novel Comfort Food and was titillated by the kinky sexual training in Guilty Pleasures. But the plot twists and multi-layered characters in Tender Mercies have made this book another one of my favorites." -AsianCocoa

"I first became aware of Kitty Thomas's work with Comfort Food, a book I can honestly say I will never forget. While Kitty writes about subject matter that not everyone is comfortable with, she does so in a way that I find to be deft and almost lyrical. Though her current published stories are contemporary, she creates new worlds while drawing from very real elements of BDSM and total power exchange relationships." - Cari Quinn

"I didn't think anything could top Kitty Thomas's Comfort Food, but boy was I wrong. The minute I had Tender Mercies downloaded to my Kindle, I itched to read it. Had it not been for the fact I was deep in addiction with my last read, I could have easily ditched it like I have so many others in favour of what is fast becoming an obsession with Thomas's writing style and her darkly psychological / emotional take on the world of BDSM." -J. Valentino

"I'm always skeptical about erotic novels. I don't want to read it and be disappointed at how quickly the author can push through the build-up of characters, backstory, plot, and emotions just to get to the (seemingly) "good stuff".

With that said, I want to read more of Ms. Thomas's work because it did everything but that. I was hooked within the first few sentences, and continued to read it straight through in one sitting (after a break or two for snacks, that is)."  - Renee

"this book was great in that it didn't hide the fact that BDSM relationships sometimes are dangerous and abusive. I liked the realism" -doo3477

"Kitty Thomas is the queen of darker reads and I love her for it. Tender Mercies didnt disappoint at all. If you like the darker reads you will enjoy Kitty Thomas and her books." -Lisa C

"One very good reason not to trust strange men you meet on the Internet. A dark story about the darker side of BDSM." - Joy Pelloquin

"Kitty Thomas writes darkly erotic novels that are not easily forgotten; Tender Mercies is no exception. Her psychologically disturbing yet erotic stories take the reader on a journey of submission and trust as a way to fulfillment. Comfort Food, Guilty Pleasures, and Tender Mercies all explore the slave/master dynamic, but she manages to make the story different and intriguing each time. Her stories are well-crafted and even though the scenarios are fantastical in a kinky, masochistic sense, I don't have any trouble falling right into her stories and becoming fully vested in the characters and their experiences. I am slightly disturbed by how much I enjoy her books; as if something this dark should not be enjoyed, but I do. Very much." -Loves FAB Romance


"...about building trust and showcase that dominance and submission is a game between lovers and not about abuse." - Booklover101

What Authors are Saying about Tender Mercies:

“Kitty Thomas’s hottest book yet . . . emotionally gripping and painfully real . . . impossible to read and remain untouched.” – Annabel Joseph, author of Owning Wednesday

“Tender Mercies is a heart-rending tale that proves Prince Charming doesn’t always come charging in with a white steed . . . Sometimes it’s just a piece of paper and a platinum collar.” – Claudia D. Christian, author of Devil’s Descent II: Impure

“I have never been more invested in a piece of fiction in my life. Kitty Thomas writes with a passion and purpose so pure she makes her readers live and breathe every word.” – Emma Petersen, author of Reign of Pleasure

“An eerie and disturbing story tempered with compassion and love. I couldn’t put it down.” – Fallon Blake, author of Wrapped Around Your Finger

“Intense and dark. Tender and sweet.” -Nattie Jones, author of The Street Urchin

More dark literary erotica by Kitty Thomas:

Dark Erotic Novels:
Comfort Food
Guilty Pleasures
The Last Girl
Submissive Fairy Tales (latest release---anthology of The Auction, Awakening, and The King's Pleasure)
Big Sky
Mafia Captive

Blood Mate

Erotic Novellas:
The Auction
The King's Pleasure


Note: This work is not 50 Shades of Grey, however, if you enjoy work like 50 Shades of Grey, you may also enjoy Kitty Thomas' dark erotica. 

If you like Kitty Thomas, consider trying some of these other great authors:

CJ Roberts, Tiffany Reisz, Annabel Joseph, Pepper Winters, Anna Zaires, Aleatha Romig, Skye Warren, Cherise Sinclair

Kitty writes dark literary erotica, usually with a kinkymaster/slave theme and a hint of bdsm and captive erotica elements.

Kitty Thomas
The Last Girl is dark literary erotica... with a vampire.

Six years ago strangers broke into Juliette’s house; she was home alone. She kept her eyes closed, praying that if she didn’t see anything, she wouldn’t be killed. No one harmed her. In fact, one of the thieves protected her. Now Juliette’s dreams are haunted by him.

Christian has waited to take her, resisting the urge each night. It always ends badly with human pets. They’re too fragile. The longer he can wait, the better, because the moment he takes her, the clock on her life starts ticking down.

Then she’ll be gone forever.

Publisher's Note:

This is a work of fiction, and contains erotic content meant for a mature, adult audience.


What Readers Are Saying About The Last Girl:

"I was worried about a vampire dark erotica story. I was worried that it would feel like a dirty Twilight. But I am happy I was wrong, very dark, erotic and sweet at the same time. Once again walking the line of pleasure & pain and then blurring them completely Kitty shows how our body can know us better then the brain." -Mel

"OMG! I love this book! It was crazy amazing! This is definitely my favorite book so far by Kitty Thomas. It is beautifully disturbing! There are no light and fluffy vampires in this book which is probably why I loved it so much and the story was excellent!

Read. This. Book."  -Rosanna Albani

"Warning D/s play and scene(s) that may or may not be considered consensual depending on your D/s standing/knowledge.

 Christian is such a unique characters. I loved him and then I hated him and then I loved him all over again. This book is well written with well planned characters (see above statement about Christian).

 I don't want to spoil the story and I don't want to prattle on about Christian, but it seems, I can't help it. It's not the typical good guy, knight in shining armor character and I loved that. He's honest to a fault, even when it's not in his best interest to be. He doesn't budge or compromise and he is flawed.

 What an ending. It definitely didn't end the way I thought it would and I always love that. I like it even more when I do like the unexpected ending, which I did with this one.

 This is one to be added to any BDSM book collection. Once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. Kitty Thomas does not disappoint."  -Makayla

"This is the first book I have read involving a vampire. I have read many erotic romance books, regular romance books, and simple erotic books, I didn't realize how much i would like this kind of story, it was great." -A.J. Powers

"I wasn't sure what to think about Kitty Thomas writing a vampire tale. The cover was breath-taking though (I'm a sucker for pretty covers)and I liked the description of a darker vampire story. Boy is it dark too! Beautiful blend of dark erotica and dark paranormal romance. But, it's a more realistic take on a vampire romance. It also ends perfectly. Not a whimsical romance by any stretch of the imagination, but a good read." -Autumn Jones Lake

"Maybe I am a vampire groupie, but Christian's brutal charisma makes his capture of Juliette seem like a pretty good deal to me. It's almost as if she is being afraid because she thinks she should be.

 "It is the hedonistic and animal side that craves pleasure, even if the cost is pain and fear."

This book is poetic and dark beauty, most of it is the channel of Juliette's thoughts, the journey her soul takes. I may gush and go on and on about this story, but take heed of the warnings, this story is not for everyone. It is dark erotica. But it is fabulous and well written. If you have an open mind it will take you on a fabulous trip.

It's not just about sex. It explores ownership, just like the author, Kitty Thomas, says she likes to do with her writing. It explores lust versus love, need versus want. Forever versus as long as he lets you live.... See, Christian knows he has a line that he will eventually cross, and he knows that the end is near for Juliette. She's human, she will not be able to withstand his needs." -Liz @ Fictional Candy

"As always, if you enjoy darker literary fiction or think it could be something for you, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend The Last Girl. I know these books aren't for everyone, but her work is definitely worth picking up if you can handle it. The psychological traits make them truly fantastic reads!" -Amazon Customer

"I fell under Christian's spell right along with Juliette. He was powerful and unapologetic about his Dominance. He was dangerous and beautiful and all of the things that drive little subbies to their knees. If you have ever fallen in love with the monster because he was beautiful, tortured, and alone, you will love Christian. This book took me places I had never been before and that is saying quite a lot." -Brian

"I was eagerly awaiting the release of The Last Girl knowing that it would be another incredible read from a favorite author. I was not disappointed as this novel combines my love of vampires and dark erotica marvelously. The Last Girl was the paranormal version of Kitty Thomas' debut novel, Comfort Food. Both novels contained pre-meditated kidnappings and themes of dubious consent. And both novels had a flawed hero who was evil yet somehow likable at the same time. Christian, like Master from Comfort Food, was definitely swoon-worthy in a dark twisted way...Christian is an evil sadist and very unapologetic about it. He's both honest and blunt about the fact that his blood lust will become so overwhelming that he will eventually kill Juliette. Juliette's first few weeks with Christian are extremely dark and harrowing. He shows her his wicked vampire side very early on and it is pure evil. He is a cruel master and her fear is like a drug to him. He even tells Juliette that he's not some fairy tale vampire.

"There is no such thing as a noble or good vampire. I am a predator. You are my prey. When I am finished playing with you, I will kill you. But it will probably be years; it usually is. You have nothing to fear for the foreseeable future. Except pain." ~ Christian

I was on an emotional roller coaster throughout the story. There were actually some lighter humorous moments in the beginning between the two characters that made me laugh. Then there were horror filled, cringe worthy, "Oh my God, he's going to kill her" moments. But some readers might also shed some tears as we experience Juliette's feelings of terror, surrender, acceptance, love, and eventually the overwhelming despair that consumes her. And of course, there were the erotic scenes that got me hot and bothered too. I loved the decadent vampire BDSM club that features hypnotic music and very kinky, sensual scenes between Christian & Juliette and others. It was extremely hot!

The Last Girl is a brilliant addition to the world of dark erotica. This story is really dark and violent. Read the disclaimer & warning and if you're still on board then I highly recommend you delve into this incredible novel."  -AsianCocoa

"The Last Girl is a great dark erotica read that is set in a paranormal setting, but even if you're not usually a paranormal reader, this is very forgiving in its alternate storyline. Definitely recommend!" -Angie, Smut Book Club

"The ending blew me away, but after reading it, really it was the only way to end it.

While it was a well written book, do not confuse this with the normal stream of erotica or BDSM books. It is dark and deeper than anything I have read, that drew me into thinking about it more than just experiencing it. You can't just read and enjoy without analyzing your own emotions on what happened." -Shari, The Delighted Reader

"I can not sit here and say that this book is a good fit for every reader. However, for those of you who enjoy dark fantasy and dark erotica, you will really enjoy this book." -Heather BookSavvyBabe

"Again! An enthusiastic round of applause for the masterful seductress, Kitty Thomas. Her words are wicked and delightful, haunting and erotic. The stories she weaves always leave me in a state of confusion as to why I enjoy these dark tales, but ultimately I find that I need not ask why only when will the next one be released.

Christian is the dark and commanding force behind all that happens in Juliette's life. THE LAST GIRL is such a complex novella - it contains erotic undertones similar to that of her other books... that darkness that scares me a little and excites me a lot... okay, this one scared me a lot, but I still loved it - wouldn't want to LIVE it, but definitely an exciting escape from reality." -Bookie Nookie

What Authors are Saying About The Last Girl:

"In this fresh take on star-crossed love, Ms. Thomas pairs deeply poignant emotion with unforgettable imagery. This one will stay with you long after you've finished reading." -- Annabel Joseph, author of "Comfort Object"

"In a time when current vampire fiction seems to be dominated by creatures behaving as pretty humans with fangs, it is so exciting to read a dreadful love story like "The Last Girl." Finally, we have a vampire who is unapologetic for being a predator."

--Claudia D. Christian, author of Darling, Book 1 of the Beloved series

If you enjoy The Last Girl, you may also enjoy other titles by Kitty, but especially Comfort Food and Blood Mate. 

More dark literary erotica by Kitty Thomas:

Dark Erotic Novellas:

The Auction
The King's Pleasure 

Dark Erotic novels:

Comfort Food
Guilty Pleasures
Tender Mercies
Submissive Fairy Tales (anthology)
Big Sky
Mafia Captive
Blood Mate (newest release)


Note: This work is not 50 Shades of Grey, however, if you enjoy work like 50 Shades of Grey, you may also enjoy Kitty Thomas' dark erotica.


If you like Kitty Thomas, consider trying some of these other great authors:

CJ Roberts, Tiffany Reisz, Annabel Joseph, Pepper Winters, Anna Zaires, Aleatha Romig, Skye Warren, Cherise Sinclair

Kitty writes dark literary erotica, usually with a kinky master/slave theme and a hint of bdsm and captive erotica elements.


Kitty Thomas
Faith Jacobson was in the wrong place at the wrong time. After witnessing a mob hit, she's only moments from death when Angelo Raspallo decides to give his brother an unlikely gift.

Leo has avoided involvement with the family business, but it doesn't make him a saint. He's troubled and ashamed by his darker sexual desires, one of which is to own a slave. But when his brother throws Faith at his feet, repainting the scenario to make Leo the hero rescuing her from certain death, his moral fortitude will be tested. If Faith were kinky, it would be easy to live out his fantasy, but she's not. Not even a little bit. Even the mildest spanking sparks terror in her that Leo can't bear.

The gift soon becomes a burden as he fights with himself over how to handle the addition to his home. He could release her, but his brother doesn't do loose ends. The only thing keeping her out of the bottom of the harbor is Leo's mercy. She's like a beautiful piece of art he keeps in a glass case but can never touch. Is possessing her enough?


This is a work of fiction, and the author does not endorse or condone any of this book's content in a real world setting. This work is intended for an emotionally mature, adult audience. Do not try this at home.

What Readers are Saying about Mafia Captive:

"If you've never read a Kitty Thomas novel, I think that Mafia Captive would be a great first book to try. Dip your toes into the dark erotica world that is Kitty Thomas" - Letitia

"If your a Kitty Thomas fan or a dark erotica fan at all you will love this book!" -Kellybear

"This would be an excellent read for anyone who is interested in exploring a captive-themed story with a smidge of darkness, but hasn't quite worked up the nerve to "go there." MAFIA CAPTIVE is definitively a "must read" for anyone who enjoys unique stories laced with BDSM elements, powerful characters and the slightly darker side of erotica."  - Bookie Nookie

"Mafia Captive held me captive from page one through to the end. I could not put this book down. Kitty Thomas understands how to engage her audience and keep their attention." - Lina Sacher

"Kitty Thomas is well known for her dark, literary erotica but I think this novel shows a slight departure for her. She's definitely showing her softer, more romantic side and if you've feared reading her books before because the content scares you a little, then I think you should give this one a try."  - Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews

"Kitty just keeps delivering dark erotica. Pain, pleasure, fear, control, mesh together to capture the reader's attention. True suspense of the erotic kind." - JMM

"As for Mafia Captive, I wasn't sure how I was going to like it. I had heard several people rumbling about how it was so different for Kitty. The main character, Faith, wasn't even kinky. Then I just found it amusing that so many people had just boxed Kitty into this kinky corner and rebelled when she wrote something different."... "And THAT is why this book is so great. It's not because Leo is into BDSM, because he is in a big way. It's not because he forces the lifestyle on this young girl, because he doesn't. As I'm sure you know, Kitty Thomas is Zoe Winters. And when Kitty is Zoe, she has a terrific voice and her stories grab you. But when she is Kitty, she grabs you and doesn't let go. She crosses the lines and flips the critics off from the other side. This story was complex. It was very emotional at times, sometimes even a bit funny. There are things that happen that will make you gasp and get angry at this person or that person. Sometimes you might feel like justice happened. And at others, you will fear for what's to come. And that is why I loved Mafia Captive."  - Liz @ Fictional Candy

" Kitty weaves an incredible story and I love the rich cast of characters she creates in Mafia Captive. She is a very gifted storyteller and whether you love or hate Leo, you will love this very dark and very sexy BDSM-themed book. Another great and twisty story from the mind of Kitty Thomas."  - Book Bellas

Other dark literary erotica titles by Kitty Thomas:

Comfort Food
Tender Mercies
Guilty Pleasures
The Last Girl
Big Sky
Submissive Fairy Tales
Blood Mate
The Auction
The King's Pleasure  

Note: This work is not 50 Shades of Grey, however, if you enjoy work like 50 Shades of Grey, you may also enjoy Kitty Thomas.

If you like Kitty Thomas, consider trying some of these other great authors:

CJ Roberts, Tiffany Reisz, Annabel Joseph, Pepper Winters, Anna Zaires, Aleatha Romig, Skye Warren, Cherise Sinclair


Kitty writes dark literary erotica, usually with a kinky master/slave theme and a hint of bdsm and captive elements.

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