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The Bride

(The Boss #3)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  3,490 ratings  ·  207 reviews
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 Ne ...more
Kindle Edition, 397 pages
Published March 24th 2014
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Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this.
The third in the series that started with The Boss, you need to read them first for this to make sense.
Following on from the angst-fest that was, The Girlfriend, this was a much lighter read, but it still cleverly deals with all the issues that remain - their 25 year age difference, his ex, his continued recovery, his need to take (as Sophie charmingly calls them) 'boner tablets', her lack of career, getting used to his money (yeah, like that would be challenging), her mu
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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
To be honest, I'm glad I'm done reading this series..(book 4 comes out NEXT year..had I known that, I probably would have waited to read any of this). This picks up where book 2 (The Girlfriend) left off. The story is decent enough: (view spoiler) ...more
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I always curious how Neil and Sophie's journey together as a lover and also as a Dom/ sub. In Girlfriend, they deal with Neil's sickness. Now in The Bride, we get a glimpse of their journey to become husband and wife. As a fiance.

The BDSM part is hot as usual. What I do like the best is how the author addresses the issue between Neil and Sophie such as their age difference, their social status, how Sophie adjusting her life to become trophy wife, the acceptance of their family for who they are.
Anouk | (Foxidian_)
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, new-adult
Not my fave of the series but I really love this series :)
A bit of a slog to finish. I deeply loved the first two books in the series, but it was a love that endured despite some rough edges. One of those rough edges was the author's tendency to be an apologist for the BDSM lifestyle. Occasional passages from books one and two in the series would verge on sermonizing in their defensiveness and high-handedness. But overall, the characters were so engrossing, I could skim these passages with an eyeroll and move on. I don't know who is reading these books ...more
EroticaAfterDark (Lilith)

Why I felt compelled to buy the third part of this series is simple: hope. Hope that it would return to the entertaining bdsm joyride the first part promised this series to be and that the Girlfriend simply was a failed attempt to give the story of our two lovers some realism.

I wasn't rewarded, not really. Again it was more about the whole family drama that seemingly naturally occurs when there is such a huge age difference between the coupe that one of them could be the parent of the other.
I me
Spoiler Whore-Momoa
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: abigail-barnette
4.5 stars

I absolutely love this couple. I love how they GET each other. Their Dom/Sub play is some of the best I've read. The sex scenes...CALIENTE!

Sucks that we have to wait till next Spring for more of Neil and Sophie.
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This one was a lot less intense than The Girlfriend (Book 2), and Barnette has once again managed to write a rollercoaster of a story. Lots of emotions, both good and bad, and pretty well acknowledged and explored. I really like how Emma and Sophie's relationship has evolved since book one. I'm do glad that therapy is a significant part of the book, and that problems are being acknowledged and both of them are in the process of dealing with their respective ordeals. As always, the kinky parts we ...more
Please note: This review may contain spoilers for readers who have not read the first two installments in The Boss series:
#1-The Boss
#2-The Girlfriend

The Bride is the third installment in Abigail Barnette's The Boss series. I've so enjoyed the first two books The Boss and The Girlfriend, along with the short story The Hook-Up, and although I enjoyed The Bride too, it felt a bit different. The heavy romance of The Boss and the heart wrenching circumstances of The Girlfriend have now been exchang
Andrea Mcbride
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Omg! I loved it!!! Neil is the perfect man!!! And Sophie is a breath of fresh air! I love her character !!! And the sex! Good lord was it HOT! This third book rocked !!! Now it said the next book will be called The Ex!! Dear god if you spilt up my perfect couple I will hunt you down (Abigail) but I'm thinking it's Valerie ! Ugh that woman is getting on my nerves ! But she does bring the drama! Can't wait to read it! I'm just loving this series !!!
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Finally a book written by somebody who has either properly researched or is knowledgeable on the whole D/s dynamic.

This book (and the whole series) has made me laugh, cry, cheer and was also arousing.
Apr 04, 2014 rated it liked it
What can I say about this third book? It was hot! I enjoyed it, since there were a lot of happy scenes of their life together. What I didn't like was that based on the book title I hoped to read about their wedding, but the bride in this book was everyone but Sophie. Neil proposed, she accepted, hopefully there will be a wedding in the next book, but not in this one. There were 2 weddings though in this book of Emma and Holly but not of Sophie and Neil :/ An other thing that disappointed me was ...more
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Two words: fucking epic.

As usual, of course (O.O) Now back to rereading it. It almost makes me forget that i have to sleep sometime after 48 hours of having my eyes shoved into my kindle with certain small breaks when walking from home to university and from university back home required it.

Or not...

But. There is a but. Well, one single but. Me confused. On the last page of the book i have, it says and i quote "Sophie and Neil will return in THE EX Spring, 2015". (O.O) wasn't the next book suppo
I have a weak spot for meaty romance novels, so every once in a while I will grab a fleshy bodice ripper romance from the past to try my luck at it. With very mixed results. But you know what I love about this author? That she makes me read a 140 000 words novel without getting bored but has me laughing the first few pages into the story. Yehaaa.

The Bride is a great continuation of The Boss series and I can still say that Neil is my number one favourite dominant out there and definitely makes t
Kyleigh Jane
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This series, you guys. It's so hot. It's so hot, and so well written, and so HOT, and so glorious.
I picked up The Boss (book 1) shortly after it came out last year, and I was totally hooked. Then I was smacked in the face with book 2 (The Girlfriend) and I was FREAKING out wanting book 3. Well, this seems to be a pattern. I thought it was aaaall wrapping up in book 3, but nope. There is still more to come. And unfortunately, we are in for a bit of a wait with this one.

But back to The
May 12, 2014 rated it liked it
I was disappointed in this series. I should never buy all at the same time. This series could have been finished in 2 books and there's still another one to come, which I don't think I'm going to buy.

If you are into HEAVEY BDSM and almost nothing but, you will like this series... there's not much of a storyline other than the 2nd book there was a cancer issue but even with that SPOILER ALERT, he let her have sex with another man and that's something, no matter what your sexual preference is... I
Deborah Camp
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm a sucker for this couple. I just love spending time with Sophie and Neil. Neil is the sweetest, sexiest man and Sophie is just so real and funny! Nothing earth-shattering happens in this, but it kept my interest because of the great dialogue and wonderful, complex relationship between this 49 year old billionaire and his 25 year old hot girlfriend. I don't normally go for this kind of age difference, but when the characters are addictive and the dialogue is wonderful and the sex scenes are H ...more
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
This series has been so much fun. The third book was a nice respite from the heaviness of the second, but it felt like it moved Sophie’s and Neil’s relationship in a good direction. I loved seeing Neil and Sophie’s families too. I’m glad there’s going to be another book because I just want more Neil and Sophie! (But why is it called the Ex? Now I’m nervous! It’s gonna be a long wait until Spring 2015!)

ETA: it's been a while since I Had a nonstop compulsive read series like this and now that I'm
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am so in love with this series! The story lines are awesome. The writing is incredible. Seriously talented writer! I hope there are 20 more books in this series. I don't want to ever stop knowing Neil and Sophie! I do hope they somehow find themselves pregnant. I'd love to read about Neil being a father with a baby or toddler!...while having a grandchild! I don't think I can wait until 2015 for the next book :(
Oct 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Not enough back-story, too much juvenile girlfriend wangst and far, far too many weddings, and wedding talk, wedding receptions and wedding decorations, ... in this one to make an interesting read.

The steamy hot scenes were still steamy hot though and I would gladly have traded in some of the silliness for more of those.

Not my favorite in the series, but I'm still looking forward to book number 4 that should be out Nov 22th.
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This author has seriously got my undivided attention with the way she writes. I am absolutely falling in love with these characters. I don’t particularly like Neil’s bisexuality and the whole go screw someone with my permission -while I’m not there- part but overall this book was an excellent continuation to Sophie and Neil’s turbulent romance. I adore these two characters more and more!
J. Grayland
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
This series started off with a great story line and great characters and lots of kinky hot sex but from book two it just went down hill from there. This third book about the romance between Sophie and her older lover Neil doesn't offer much more, seems to be the same story line with the same things happening over again, very disappointed. Narrated by C.J Bloom.
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sophie and Neil are forced into each others worlds after not seeing each other for 6 years. There's quite an age gap which bothers him but not her. There is a mixture of love, lust, explicit sex scenes and drama regarding their lives clashing with each other.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this.
Apr 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Not as good as my thought, disappointed
Apr 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Not as good as other 2!! Kinda got bored!!
Jun 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks, new-adults
3,5 stars.
Jan 29, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I must say, Sophie and Neil are very good at this relationship thing. They went through some stuff, they fight like every couple does, but they always find their way back to each other. It is both heart-warming and fun to see them navigating through all of it, because it surely can't be easy. Luckily, they are perfect for each other.

By now I am quite used to Abigail Barnette's writing so it came as a shock to me how I could expect something to happen and then still be surprised even when I am r
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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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