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Tarah's Review

This series made my top of 2014 list last year, but somehow I’d never actually written a review. O.O Appalling. I know. Then the fourth book was released this year and it helped me get on the ball.

If you’ve never heard of this series go ahead and scroll down to check out the synopsis. I’ll wait…

Excited? You should be. To make things better, The Boss is FREE. How can you go wrong? I will be hugely surprised if you’re not left wanting more after reading book one.

It’s very hard for me to write this review without spoilers, but I assure you I won’t. The series is one of my all time favorites. Ever. (Book five is coming and I might die waiting…) It is so bloody smart. The biggest factor that I cannot stress enough? It is real. Is there a billionaire in this book? Why yes… there is. However, the fantasy world that many books in this genre cling to does not occur in this series.

These books hold things I just have a personal enjoyment for and other things that I find often lacking in a BDSM series. The hero is much older and bisexual. The heroine is self-sufficient and intelligent. Each character is so lovely to read and holds true to themselves the entire series. Abigail wasn’t afraid to write characters that didn’t fit the mold. Thank-fucking-god. Neil and Sophie’s love isn’t without fault, arguments, and downfalls. Their struggles, both as a couple and personally, are true to life. There are tragedies and triumphs. A relationship doesn’t just climax with one gargantuan hurdle and then perfection is found. It is a constant. And seriously, it is done so well in this series. Every character is done well. The plot surrounding friends and family is important. The dialogue is perfection. You will fall in love with these characters. My stomach would tighten, I would laugh, I would get angry, I would get the feels… it was wonderful.

The topics touched throughout are important in today’s culture. The moving and serious events that occur will break you and build you back again. From subtle conversation and gestures to life altering events and realizations, things like gender identity, bisexuality, rape, and addiction are just some of the things I was pleased to find. Pleased in such a way that while some of these are horrific, it is a realistic and founded occurrence that doesn’t have light shone upon it often enough. Abigail was able to write such with respect and honesty. It was emotional and gutting, but I am ever grateful.

This BDSM relationship between Neil and Sophie is one of the most mature and satisfyingly written I’ve had the pleasure of reading. Of course, it’s ridiculously sensual, sexual, and impassioned as well.

I sincerely cannot say enough good things. I really want you guise to read these. If you’ve already started the series? Keep going. I give each one five stars. I have not been let down yet. New to the series? Book one is FREE. Seriously. Give it a go.

5 Stars

the boss

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.

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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.

While Neil’s wealth and privilege make adjusting to her new situation easier, Sophie finds herself rebuilding her life around an uncertain future. And while both of them face the changes between them head-on, they’re all too aware that their happiness may be fleeting—and Sophie could lose Neil forever.

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After a tumultuous year, Sophie Scaife’s relationship with her boyfriend and Dom, billionaire media mogul Neil Elwood, is hotter and happier than ever. His sizzling Dominant side pushes Sophie to new and challenging heights of submission and erotic exploration as she follows her Sir’s every whim. But with his daughter’s impending wedding and a milestone birthday turning Neil’s thoughts toward settling down, Sophie faces a much different future than she’d planned.

Caught in a conflict between her new wealth and her desire for independence, Sophie fears she’s becoming just another Fifth Avenue trophy wife. With her fashion journalism career over and her new effort as a writer uninspiring, Sophie has to work harder than ever to prove her intentions to Neil’s family and friends.

Sophie isn’t the only one struggling to adapt to her new lifestyle. When private jets and designer labels threaten her bond with Holli, Sophie finds herself walking a fine line between the world she now inhabits and the past—and people—she fears she’s left behind. After a shocking revelation divides her loyalties, Sophie is in danger of losing her best friend or fracturing the trust of the man she loves.

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Magazine editor-in-chief, bride-to-be, and soon-to-be-step-grandmother at twenty-six, Sophie Scaife is looking forward to married life with her fiancé and Dom, wickedly sadistic billionaire Neil Elwood. As they enter unexplored sensual territory, Neil leads Sophie to the very edge between pain and pleasure—and she discovers a surprising new side to her sexuality.

While Sophie balances her hectic work routine with her devotion to her unconventional family, Neil has to adjust to life as a retired mogul. With their big day drawing nearer, they have to forge through pre-wedding jitters, personal crises, and an unexpected houseguest to get to their kinky ever after.

But a decades old trauma still haunts Neil. When the private details draw public interest, Sophie learns that the scars of his past are greater than he let on—and he’ll need all of her love to heal them…

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About the Author

Abigail Barnette is the pseudonym of bestselling author Jenny Trout.

JENNY TROUT is an author, blogger, and funny person. Writing as Jennifer Armintrout she made the USA Today bestseller list with Blood Ties Book One: The Turning. Her novel American Vampire was named one of the top ten horror novels of 2011 by Booklist Magazine Online. Jenny writes award-winning erotic romance, including the internationally bestselling The Boss series (written as Abigail Barnette), as well as young adult and new adult novels.

As a blogger, Jenny’s work has appeared on The Huffington Post, and has been featured on television and radio, including HuffPost Live, Good Morning America, The Steve Harvey Show, and National Public Radio’s Here & Now.

She is a proud Michigander, mother of two, and wife to the only person alive capable of spending extended periods of time with her without wanting to kill her.

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