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The Ex

(The Boss #4)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  2,204 ratings  ·  139 reviews
TRIGGER WARNING: This book contains frank discussion of recovery from rape and suicidal thoughts.

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 e
Kindle Edition, 326 pages
Published November 22nd 2014
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Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
***Wooo Abigail Barnette has written a special Christmas scene for Neil and Sophie. It takes place after the end of The Ex but before The Baby. Bloody brilliant:

This is one of my favourite series. Neil and Sophie are an established couple who actually behave like a real couple, with the banter, the teasing and the domestic woes every couple has but coupled with silver fox Neil's alpha male kinkiness just to keep things interesting.

Just like in the previou
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I could read about Neil and Sophie forever.

If you want great Dom/Sub play, then I HIGHLY recommend this series. I love their sex life. I love how open minded they are.

*side note*
I'm looking forward to Sophie taking the strap on to Neil.
The Ex is the fourth installment in Abigail Barnette’s erotica/bdsm series titled The Boss. I have consistently enjoyed all the books in this series to date, but this installment is my favorite so far! (view spoiler) The lead characters: Sophie and Neil have been through so much together (and continue to do so), and while I do realize this is a work of fiction, I can’t hel
Feb 16, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Desperately unsexy. While Neil grows more intriguing as more of his issues and backstory comes to light, Sophie heads the other way and becomes more preoccupied with vapid, materialistic concerns and PC sensitivities. Unfortunately, the book follows the less interesting partner (owing to the fact that she is the main character), and the former is relegated to the sidelines. The author seems to have run out of ideas and is turning to Tumblr for information about human relationships and sexuality ...more
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing, exellent,knock me out of my socks.... stll is one of my favourite series and on of my favourite couple.

Sofie is one of the kind female character that doesn't do drama. She is down to earth and regardless of her age I have great respect of her and her views. You don`t have to agree with her choices (although I do) but you grow to resspect and love her. This is a kinky romance love story but sounds so real. They have ordinary problems that aren`t boring to read. They age difference is som
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Abigail Barnette - The Boss #4 - The Ex

Enjoyment quantity :: 4 stars
Literature quality :: 5 stars

"I wasn’t taking Neil’s name, I wasn’t wearing white, no one was walking me down the aisle. That was surely radical enough, right?"

Hero :: Neil Charles Leif Elwood
My Sir. Retired billionaire. Big big super big wiener. England knight. 50s. Midlife crisis. Hot daddy. Fast expensive car loving.
Heroine :: Sophie Anne Scaife
Fashion magazine owner. Shortie brunette. Grown up in trailer. Says no to pregnanc
Hmmm, I am sorry to say that I loved this romance story more in the beginning. Somehow all this swinging and swapping - which might even be hot if it has the right context - has become de trop for yours truly. But Sophie and Neil have only been together for two years, and the last one Neil fought for his life and against leukaemia. Generally, I prefer monogamy in my romance stories, or a less casual approach to the subject at hand at least. The sex scenes are at their best when it's just Sophie ...more
Gabriella Gricius
Why Read: Sex. Can I just be bold enough and say that I'm reading this for sex scenes? After explaining myself for the three other books, I think it's reasonable to get straight to the point. Finding well-written erotic romance novels are hard enough, but finding well-written sex scenes is even more of a challenge. No Shame Ever.
Review: After the last book lulled us readers into a bit of rut with Sophie and Neil, they are back and more riled up than ever. Ta-da! Our favorite pair is finally eng
Kyleigh Jane
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rarely is there a series that can hold my interest through 4+ books.
Either it hits a point of me being annoyed that the characters can't get their ish together 3 books later, or there is no longer any real meat to the story, just reading like:
"sex, passing of time, big obstacle, sex, more time passes, sex, misunderstanding, sex."
Not so with The Boss series. Four books later, this is still one of my absolute favorite stories.
Not because it’s hotter than hot (which it is) and not because it’s u
Megan Dittrich-Reed
Really a 2.5. I think I'm just getting bored with the gimmick and I don't have much in common with either of the main characters (even though they are much more fleshed out [pun intended] than most erotica protagonists). The author also has an irritating way of inserting lessons on different aspects of human sexuality into each book. I think it's great to inform the general public about things like bisexuality and asexuality, but the way she discusses these topics is super-clunky and just kind o ...more
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!
They are my favourite kinky couple.
Sophie and Neil are so good together, even if they have zero in common.
I love how real they are, they even argue like a real couple not as it usually is in romantic novels.
I am in awe of writing in this book, of Sophie's feminism, of the kink.

Abigail Barnette, chapeau bas!

Jul 27, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I don't know if I'll read anymore of this series. I just find the main characters irritating and sometimes childish.
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed the first one and liked the characters enough to keep going for the next couple, but she's starting to lose me. I just couldn't get excited about this story.
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction, lemony
Another amazing addition to this series. A wonderful balance of sexy times and hard times. Barnette does a wonderful job of balancing both the steamy scenes and the intense plot lines of this novel. While at times certain things felt a bit outlandish, I think that's part of this series. There is a fantasy element to these stories and some of the happenings in The Ex can be written off as plausible in this world.

My one harp about this book is that there were some really heavy plot lines that deal
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 27, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was kind of disappointed in this book. It's certainly my least favourite of the series so far. I just felt that it was missing something that the other books had, but I can't quite put my finger on it. Because of the subject matter it was never going to be as light-hearted as the others but it was missing some of the humour of the earlier books.

We finally had the wedding. All I will say that having your wedding at The Plaza doesn't mean it can't be tacky. I think the idea was for the dress to
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow this book did not disappoint!!! It started with a bang and I could not put it down!! So hot and steamy with highs and lows and that wonderfully humorous writing style I loved through this whole series.
Aug 31, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Michelle Finkle
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd forgotten how much I love Neil and Sophie. So glad their story will go on. One of my favorite series ever.
I'm pleasantly surprised with these books. They are sooo good and so real!
Moaaar, give me moaaaar!
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cannot wait for the next book!! As always it was hot without being over the top and kept you guessing a bit as to what was going to happen.
I have read all of the 'The Boss' series by Abigail Barnette up to 'The Ex' and found the earlier novels to be quite enjoyable. They lack the high-drama and hysteria that other series such as FSoG, Crossfire and This Man series have, but because they are more grounded they tend to be less repetitive and more emotional. However, I really didn't like this novel at all. It was shallow and lacked focus and I almost gave up a few times.

Based on the title, I assumed that the main plot would be Steven'
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Sometimes a series will start to peter out and I'll wish the author would just let the characters go off into the sunset and live happily ever after. This is NOT the case with Abigail Barnette's sexy series. The characters remain compelling and the storyline keeps me interested. I want more. After I finished this one, I went back and re-read portions of The Boss just to remember certain details. This series is very well written and HOT. I will continue to buy any
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
So far my favorite

This series has had me hooked since the very first chapter. But this book was by far my favorite so far. It took Sophie and Neil’s relationship and made it so much more personal than it has been before, and it seemed much more human than its predecessors. It made me laugh, cry, and everything in between. I cannot wait to finish the last two books!
More Sophie and Neil - I love this couple!!!! As Sophie and Neil prepare for their wedding, a former lover of Neil's decides to write a tell-all book. Plus, the pair become grandparents and Sophie's mom moves in with them. Lots going on - another great story!!!
Gregory Willingham
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Can’t wait to read more as these characters are so complex but engaging. Real life storylines make them relatable and lovely to read about. Particularly thrilled to learn more about Sophie’s mom and can’t wait for more. Don’t miss out
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this series. Gobbled the whole thing up. Probably the most serious, heavy, real, loving story I’ve read.
Rebecca Coup
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Series highly recommend!
May 29, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Too repetitive problems since book one against a background of something new that just gets focused during the first and last few chapters.
Still in love with these books
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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

Other books in the series

The Boss (7 books)
  • The Boss (The Boss, #1)
  • The Girlfriend (The Boss, #2)
  • The Bride (The Boss, #3)
  • The Baby (The Boss, #5)
  • The Sister (The Boss, #6)
  • The Boyfriend (The Boss, #7)