Book Review: The Boss by Abigail Barnette

18760008-1Title: The Boss

Author: Abigail Barnette

Genre: Romance, Erotica, BDSM, Contemporary, Fiction, Adult

Publisher: Self-Published

Published: August 19, 2013

Page Amount: 353 pages

Blurb From Goodreads: Sophie Scaife almost ran away once, trading her ticket to college for a ticket to Tokyo. But a delayed flight and a hot one-night stand with a stranger changed her mind, putting her firmly on track to a coveted position at a New York fashion magazine.

When the irresistible stranger from that one incredible night turns out to be her new boss – billionaire and publishing magnate Neil Elwood – Sophie can’t resist the chance to rekindle the spark between them… and the opportunity to explore her submissive side with the most Dominant man she’s ever known.

Neil is the only man who has ever understood Sophie’s need to submit in the bedroom, and the only man who has ever satisfied those desires. When their scorching, no-strings-attached sexual relationship becomes something more, Sophie must choose between her career and heart… or risk losing them both.

Surprise!! Bet you didn’t expect to see this! (Productivity has its ups)

Why Read: Not that I usually don’t read erotica style romance… but I don’t often buy the books in actual Kindle format, nor do I review them for everyone to see. But… this book was recommended to me by a very dear friend so I felt it almost necessary to post about it on my blog and give it the presentation that it deserves.

Review: When I think about erotic romance, especially romance novels that contain traces of bdsm, billionaires and bondage – my mind immediately goes to Fifty Shades of Grey, and I can’t help by grimace. How could I not? Luckily, The Boss is anything but. I went into this book expecting the usual low-key and low brainpower book that usually comes up in these types of book. Let me just say, I was entirely off the mark.

This book surprised me, and even a week after finishing it, I’m still having trouble coming up with words to describe how I feel about it. The characters of Neil Elwood and Sophie Scaife are not the usual one-track-mind characters that one comes to expect after reading oodles upon oodles of steamy books. Nope. Neil Elwood is a classy billionaire, sure, but his awkward side, and intensely vulnerable emotional state is at once at contrast with his dominant side that Sophie sees. And Sophie? She’s no better. At first glance, she’s the clueless 26-year-old who doesn’t know what she’s doing with her life. Then again, she worked her way up to the top of a hip fashion magazine, intensely ready to tackle the world, while being a submissive? It doesn’t help their relationship that Neil has a daughter the exact same age as Sophie.

But the book is more than that. The characters somehow seem to mirror thoughts and emotions that everyone has had at least once in their lives. How can we be sure of relationships and how do we rate our personal relationships against our jobs and our futures? Is another person ever worth changing everything?

It doesn’t hurt my rating of the book that there are quite a few steamy scenes… That are enjoyable. I’ll leave it at: they are written well, and are a RIDE to read to while in public. The point of this is: go read it, if only for the sex scenes (sure) but also for the seriously emotional portrayal of characters who have infinite odds going against them, but seem to do things their way despite everything.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

4 Comments Add yours

  1. This book sounds awesome! I do like a good dose of steam 😉

    1. Gabriella says:

      It comes highly recommended 😉 The second one, EVEN more so.

  2. I am so glad I pulled you into this! xx

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