Book Review: The Girlfriend by Abigail Barnette (#2)

20664599Title: The Girlfriend (The Boss #2)

Author: Abigail Barnette

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

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services (I.e. Self-Published)

Published: August 17, 2013

Page Amount: 393 pages

Blurb From Goodreads: Unemployed, blacklisted, and pregnant, Sophie Scaife’s life is totally upside down. Her relationship with publishing magnate Neil Elwood is on the rocks. Her best friend’s career is igniting. And Sophie is afraid she’ll make one of the toughest decisions of her life alone…

When a devastating diagnosis forces Neil to return to London, Sophie throws caution to the wind to follow her heart across the Atlantic. Keeping a scorching D/s affair as red-hot in sickness as it was in health is a challenge, even for two lovers as inventive as Sophie and Neil. But Sophie is more than willing to try anything her Sir commands, and their fantasies of control become a welcome refuge from the daily stress of illness.

Why Read: Obviously I’m addicted to this series… in case it wasn’t super obvious. Normally I stick to one review a series, but I love this so much (and this second book is so different from the first) that I felt it deserved something special.

Review: If it were possible to feel deceived by a book, it would be by this one. I went into The Girlfriend expecting some emotion (since it’s Abigail Barnette) but mostly I was prepared for sex scenes, BDSM, and love scenes. That is the farthest thing from what I ended up experiencing. Instead of the usual kinks, think chemotherapy, think hard medical truths, and the struggles of being a caretaker.

This story hit a bit close to home for me, given my family history with cancer so I found my experience of the book markably different than most. Hospital scenes and watching life-saving medicine kill someone who is meant to live… it didn’t feel like what I signed up for.

The characters of Neil Elwood and Sophie Scaife, we already knew as readers and so the introduction of their families is not as tedious as it otherwise may have been. Personally, I thought the character development of Sophie to be the best part of the book. Life-threatening illnesses are often treated as though only the ill are involved. People forget the caretaker, how emotionally taxing it is to watch someone undergo treatment and be able to do almost nothing. Watching Sophie go through that hurts. As a reader, I was upset – it certainly wasn’t pleasant. But it was thoughtfully written (don’t let my feelings dissuade you).

Why else was this book amazing? Pace. The speed of Neil’s illness and dealing with Sophie’s *ahem aftermath is neither too short nor too long-winded. Just like Alice’s meal with the three bears. In summary then, it was a seriously good book. Anything that makes you tear up on the bus and train has something. There are sex scenes far and in-between, and don’t get me wrong – I loved them. Who wouldn’t appreciate a little light-heartedness during illness sadness? But if I were to tell you to read this for purely sexual reasons, I’d be doing you a disservice. The book is so much more than that. It comes so highly recommended that I tell you all: READ IT (Props to Rebecca for telling me to check this out.).

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

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