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The Boss

(The Boss #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  10,759 ratings  ·  1,039 reviews
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 magn
ebook, 327 pages
Published July 15th 2013
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SueBee★bring me an alpha!★
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★★★★★! The Boss, book 1 of 5. The best sex of her life with an older man at an airport becomes the forbidden affair with her new boss!

“Can you spank me again, Sir?” I asked, pumping my hips against the pillow.
This time, the slap he gave me made me yelp loudly in surprise.
“If you can’t stay quiet, I’ll gag you,” he warned. “And don’t tell me how to do my job.”

Books in The Boss series should be read in order:
Book 1: The B
Jun 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Normally, I don't read erotica. Just not my cup of tea, so to say. I do gynecology for a living¹; no need to venture to the 'private parts area' in my spare time.

¹ I could not resist posting this picture. It's just too awesome.

Or maybe I was just too scarred by my venture into that territory, courtesy of Anne Rice. This book, however, may have helped fix my literary post-Anne-Rice PTSD.

For a year or so, I have been happily following the blog of Jennifer Armintrout/Jenny Trout for the brilliant a
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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ME - the biggest prude on Goodreads just read a BDSM book . . .

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had a baby you would pretty much end up with something like The Boss. The good news is, the dom/sub stuff wasn’t totally rapey like 50 Shades and the male lead wasn’t a complete and total creeper. The bad news is, I still didn’t like it.

Sophie and Neil met six years ago when the flight they were supposed to be on to T

As an answer to the monstrosity that is FSoG, this is wonderful. As an erotic tale on its own? Meh.
Jamie Kline
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-for-review
When I pick up a book that is supposed to be erotic and have hot sex scenes, I expect to be turned on reading it. I see people who praise 50 Shades of Grey for being so steamy and an inspiration for the sex lives of all of these readers, and I just don't understand. Did we read the same book? There is no part of me that would want to be in a relationship like the one depicted in that train wreck of a trilogy and the sex scenes left a LOT to be desired. Which brings me to The Boss, which renewed ...more
Crystal Cierlak
Sep 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
It's both easy and difficult to compare this book to "Fifty (or is it 50?) Shades of Grey". Easy because the storyline is similar, but difficult because "The Boss" is what FSOG should have been if it was:

-written by a talented writer
-based in common sense and logic, representative of a real D/s relationship
-not glorifying abuse as romance
-completely devoid of any oh my/jeez/inner goddess/subconscious/earth shattering orgasms every.single.time.

Also, "The Boss" has plot that moves and side stories
Erica Ravenclaw
Jan 13, 2015 rated it liked it

No spoilers and colorful language abound! P.S. this is free on Amazon!

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I was not expecting to like this. I was wrong.

Just because I'm not into D/s smexy stuff, doesn't mean I don't find it entertaining to read about. One must broaden their horizons and junk. In fact, I'd go as far as to say this is what FSoG should have been, it was down right empowering to read about a women taking control what and how she wanted it. Now, if you like your smut chock full of emotionally crippled men wit
benevolent bastard
Is the reason I’m able to connect with Sophie so well is because of our mutual daddy issues? When did it get this bad?

6 years ago she decided to take a leap and try something new. She met a man at the airport and boy did he blew her mind.

Flash forward to the future that man is her BOSS.

“And that I had met you too early in your life to do either of us a bit of good. I wrestled with the idea of continuing a relationship with you in Tokyo, but I was afraid. I thought I would ruin you, try to mol
August 2016 Re-Read
Abigail Barnette just released her prequel novella (#0.5) The Stranger which covers the one night stand continually referenced in The Boss. So after finishing that sexylicious novella, I had to proceed to The Boss just one more time...

June 2015 Re-Read!!!
I read The Boss before via ebook but when I saw the audio version at my library I knew it was time to re-experience it. I enjoyed it the second time around so much more now that I have read the rest of the series (at
Alessandra Torre
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bdsm
4.5 stars. A well-written book that explores a 24 year old assistant and her sex-only relationship with a 48 year old billionaire. The word 'billionaire' was tossed around a little more than I prefer, and their sex was constant (not really complaining) - but it was varied enough to keep it interesting. They have a Dominant/Sub relationship, which... it seems like the last five books I've read have been that theme, so I think I'm a little bored with safe words and gags - as weird as that seems. : ...more
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Wow! This book is too long. It has introduction of BDSM. It is very steamy.

The story is so much better than Fifty Shades of Grey. The chemistry between the characters are off the chart. I like how Miss Barnette takes time to develop the characters and the BDSM really heighten the story. And the secondary characters really play a good supporting roles to the story. I just found a bit odd that Neil does not realize his company is under trouble. He is a billionaire after all...

Anyway, the cliffha
There's a lot to like here - honestly. I love the voice, and how the author portrays the story. She's got a great rhythm in telling the story.

I love the sensibilities and respect of the characters. Just check my updates for all the stuff that I love in this book.

Unfortunately, I'm not getting the "connection" between the hero and heroine. There's a huge age/power/experience disparity. I can't figure out what they see in each other except for good sex - and I'm all for that. I'd be good if that's
Dee Montoya
Absolutely AMAZING!!!!!!! I can’t write a review right now because I need to go read the next book. I love this!!!!

The Boss was so freaking good. I absolutely loved the audio book. Definitely blew through it and now I really need the next one.

This book follows the romantic relationship between Sophie and Neil. Their chemistry was on fire and I adored it. This book had so much freaking smut it was amazing. Mind-blowing. Again, so freaking good. So it was definitely a no brainer when she ended up being pregnant with his baby. Yes, we don't find out until the end - which made me mad -
Sep 18, 2013 added it
Well... I'm not going to rate this one. Pushed myself to a little past 50%, then skipped 25% then skimmed the last part just so I could get an idea of what happened and how it ended.. It is a cliffhanger but this one just didn't hold my interest well enough to read the next one. It's got the formula I love .. sexy billionaire, steamy sex, etc... but I just could never really feel the connection with Neil and Sophie and the story surrounding them just didn't grab me. Oh well.. it happens.

Patty Bowling
Sep 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: don-t-bother
I hated this book!

I started out really liking it. I was thinking...yes, a 4-star read, at least. But as it moved along, the stars just kept dropping. It's well written, in the sense that Abigail Barnette is talented with prose. She is a clever writer. My dislike of the book and the overall series is the direction in which she takes the story, and the choices she makes for the characters.

1. The book is supposed to be the antithesis to 50 shades, but despite some of the petty criticism of 50, the
monica ♪
DNF @ 16%

It was free on Amazon and I love free books (who doesn't? LOL) so I downloaded it. And I happened to see that someone said it's similar to Fifty Shades of Grey, so I gave it a try because I love FSOG so much.

BUT!! it's TOTALLY different!

The story is just don't 'click' for me.

I know age doesn't matter in love but still, I found it gross.
The Hero is 24 years older than the Heroine (twice the Heroine's age).
And the Heroine is the same age with The Hero's DAUGHTER!!
Seriously you fuck a
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was just...


Neil & Sophie

Sophie works as an assistant for one of the most important women in the fashion industry. When her boss gets fired, Sophie is shocked to realize her new boss is the man she had a one night stand 6 years ago.

The man she never stopped thinking about, even if she didn't expect to see him ever again.

Well, turns out he didn't forget her either...

I was a little uncomfortable in the beginning with their age difference, but I got over it. It's Sophie's life after all,
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I don't know if I've been living under a rock but HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS SERIES????? I am currently devouring what I can only describe as 'one of THE best erotic series I've ever had a pleasure of feasting my eyes on'.

Sweet baby Jesus ... Neil and Sophie are absolutely one of my favorite couples ever written and Neil, without a doubt, is now in the 'TOP 5 BBFs' of ALL time!

This series has it all! It's brilliantly written, there is humor, plenty of heat and feels. The story only gets bet
Sep 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really really liked this.

It's choppily paced since it started life as a serialised story and I'm not too keen on the ending due to this, but otherwise it was great fun to read. It's essentially Abigail Barnette/Jennifer Armintrout going "Hey, EL James. You think you know shit about erotica and BDSM? Think again, sweetie". It's full of knowing winks, genuine humour, characters you don't want to punch in the face, sexy sex and consent! The last one shouldn't be as big a deal as it is but there y
Feb 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Don't you just love being pleasantly surprised by a book? Especially when it is free!

As far as mummy porn goes, this was alright. I'm generally not a fan of books where sex is the main focus. But surprisingly, for a huge prude like me, the sexy times were not too cringe. There was a lot of spanking, and way more orgasms than felt natural (unless I've been doing it wrong??). But, there was absolutely no use of 'down there" with relation to the female anatomy. The c-bomb was dropped. A lot. And I
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Boss was a great first book in this six part series. My attention was captured very early on thanks to Neil and Sophie. They meet again after their hot as hell one night stand six years ago. Now he’s her new boss. He enjoys D/s in the bedroom and Sophie enjoys letting go of control. Neil makes her enjoy sex like never before. Their chemistry was insane. So hot and their scenes together almost lit my iPad on fire. I just needed more story cause I felt like not much happened. The story revolve ...more
Jan 08, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, read-in-2015
How I feel about this book, I have no idea. At times I loved it, at times I was bored.

The beginning was great, the middle part was somewhat boring, and the last few chapters were okay. However, the fact that I’ve been reading it for sooo long says I’m not too thrilled. Therefore, I’ll settle for 2.5 stars – seems fair.

You know what’s the problem with erotica books? After a while, they all start to sound the same. Man, you have to be creative – even with sex; especially with sex, in fact, conside
Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So I previously read First Time: Penny #2 and realize that if maybe I had read "The Boss" first I would have liked it more. Instead, I saw the same themes and had the same issues with this book that I had with that one.

I know that Abigail Barnette (Jenny Trout) wrote this book as the anti-Fifty Shades of Grey. And believe me I am happy that she actually did a very good job of showing a BDSM relationship that didn't have the same crap going on with Christian and Anastasia in that book. I could be
Ellen ✦ Book Bellas ✦
4.5 - 5 Stars!

MY NEW FAVORITE SERIES! I’ve heard SO much about these books but I just devoured ‘The Boss’ (WHICH IS FREE RIGHT NOW) and I don’t even know where to begin.

Abigail Barnette is the pen name for Jenny Trout, who writes a hilarious blog and also writes books under the name of Jennifer Armintrout. But I digress. Back to the book, which is all adult, erotic, funny and real. If you liked FSOG, or even mildly cared about the story at all, the you will LOVE ‘The Boss.’

Although the plot
Feb 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
I did not enjoy this. I have not read 50 shades of gray neither do I plan to but I admit I was curious to know what the fuss with this new genre is all about, and having seen reviews that this was way better I decided to give it a chance. The main character is not as annoying as almost all romance/erotica novels are, I'll give her that. But it was just so bland, predictable and not distinctive in any way. ...more
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've been looking for this book for a long time--that is, a D/s erotica with characters I actually like, and a relationship dynamic that doesn't make me want to scream at the heroine to run very far away.

(I don't usually put gifs in my reviews, but I've probably yelled this at no less than five BDSM heroines in the last couple years.)

The Boss is like if The Devil Wears Prada and... I was going to say The Secretary, but neither character is as fucked up as those two. But suffice it to say, Sophi
I just yelled at my visiting mom, because she interrupted me reading the last few paperless pages of this and I was dying to know what happened. Now I do, and all I want is to start The Girlfriend, but, sigh, I must go be social. I absolutely love this book and Sophie and Neil. My poor brain is truly like a sieve and I forget books almost immediately, but I very much hope I remember this one...it's so well-written!

And I read that this book is really the anti-Fifty Shades? Well, whether it is or
Dec 14, 2013 marked it as lost-interest
Shelves: sexy-times

I started out liking this, but apparently I'm as vanilla as they come. The Dom and sub aspects do nothing for me. It seems it's just not something that revs my engine.

I began reading this because the author's breakdown of 50 shades was hilarious. I figured if I were going to read a Dom/sub book, it would be one by an author whose writing I already liked. Lord knows I wouldn't touch Fifty Shades of Shit with a ten foot pole.

However, every time he gave her an order I just kept thinking "screw you
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Loved it. Didn˙t have a problem with age difference. Maybe I have a problem but I don´t care. I liked that she doesn˙t have girly uncontrolled and stupid outburst...she is so level-headed girl that I liked very much...

of I go to the second book
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Abigail Barnette is the pseudonym of Jenny Trout, an author, blogger, and funny person. Jenny made the USA Today bestseller list with her debut novel, Blood Ties Book One: The Turning. Her American Vampire was named one of the top ten horror novels of 2011 by Booklist Magazine Online. As Abigail Barnette, Jenny writes award-winning erotic romance, including the internationally bestselling The Boss ...more

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