My Bookshelf: The Boss


Title: The Boss

Series: The Boss, Book #1

Author: Abigail Barnette

Genre: BDSM Erotica

Amazon Summary:
“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.”

My Summary:
Basically, a woman finds the sexy stranger she once had a one night stand with and they decide to hook up again. However, they have such chemistry that it’s hard to keep things casual. Also, the dude is totally her boss and super rich, so it’s super complicated to just be normal around someone who can afford to feed caviar to his dog if he so chose to.

Cheers (Possible Spoilers):

  • I love how Neil points out that a fuck-buddy relationship is still a relationship and that no one should feel used or objectified and no feelings should be hurt even though it’s not romantic. Fantastic point, in my opinion.
  • I love that Sophie is anti-baby. I feel the same way and it is GODDAMN ANNOYING when people are like “Oh, you’ll change your mind.”
  • Sex scenes are good. Just as they should be.
  • There is a good plot. It isn’t just a string of bedroom scenes put together with awkward failures of plot devices in between.


  • It’s too preachy about the “don’t judge people on their weight” thing. Once would have been okay without restating it over and over.
  • They smoke a lot of pot. I just look down in general at people who smoke pot just to be pot-heads because I’m a judgmental bitch.
  • This was written basically to give an example of how 50 Shades could have been written to not been a spectacular failure of a BDSM novel. And romance. And just a failure of everything. Sometimes the author goes too far in THIS IS HOW IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE and puts in something directly opposite of something in 50 Shades just to get that message through. However, if you’ve never read her blog or 50 Shades of Grey I doubt you’d notice it.
  • The Kindle version I have has a few spacing issues, with new paragraphs starting in the middle of sentences. Doesn’t happen too often though and may be fixed by then. Also this was a free (legal) download, so I’m not complaining.
  • Ends in a way that forces you to want to read the next book. This is on the jeers list because as a poor college student I despise when I start reading something I don’t realize is a series.
  • The sex overpowers the plot sometimes. This might sound silly, but the plot really mattered to me and so there were times that I read the sex scenes like BUT WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH THE MAGAZINE?

Would I recommend it?:
Absolutely. If you like romance, BDSM, and enjoyed The Devil Wears Prada, this was made for you. If you actually liked 50 Shades of Grey, read this to see how the book should have been handled. It was a fun read and despite being erotica, the plot didn’t get boring the second read through. The Boss is also free for Kindle/as an epub/as a pfd so it’s not going to cost you anything to try it out.

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