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The Boyfriend

(The Boss #7)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  313 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Though life hasnt turned out at all the way Sophie Scaife planned, things couldnt be better. With her devoted husband and deliciously sadistic Dom, Neil Elwood, and their fiercely protective and passionate boyfriend, El-Mudad ibn Farid ibn Abdel Ati, Sophie is living a romantic, naughty fairytale she could never have imagined in her most wicked dreams.

But when El-Mudad
Kindle Edition, 271 pages
Published November 11th 2018
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I never thought Id drop this series but there it goes. ...more
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was ok

The first few in this series of books were excellent. They have slowly gone down hill and this one is hugely disappointing. The grammar errors through poor editing are frustrating. The story is ridiculous on the whole, potentially important themes regarding threats from Laurence are not developed. Who the hell goes on a 10 day cruise after those threats have been made and indulges in a shag fest!! Sophie has become the worst kind of female protagonist. Full of self loathing, self
Jan 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
To Abigail
please,please promise me one thing,quit with this serie.
you as a writer,don`t love Sophie and Neil`s story annymore.
it is getting more and more awful.
I get that you need a paycheck,but at least try to produce something
that is a bit more,like the first books.
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book more than I did - I've enjoyed most of the books in this series. This one felt different. I'm not sure if I had a harder time connecting with Sophie in this story, where she is feeling VERY upset about turning 30, even though both of her lovers don't care AT ALL. I liked the discussion of emotions and feelings relating to the idea of a triad relationship. And Olivia was wonderful in this book! I guess part of my dislike is because so much felt unfinished at the end of ...more
Nov 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Comfort reading if you know the characters, not a stand alone. I liked this one much more than the last couple because it addressed several things that had been bugging me - Sophies relationship to money and the possibilities of philanthropy; El Mudads presence in their lives instead of being relegated to the periphery; and my deep desire to wear a glamorous tuxedo to a fancy event someday.

The plot moppet is still unbearable but maybe thats because I dont care for little kids much? And as
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
This may be my least favorite of the Sophie Scaife series. It read like this was a book that the author banged out in a couple of nights because she was on a deadline. The last book (The Sister) read like filler. This was not much more substantial. I'm also a little tired of everything just magically working out in Sophie's favor. I know, I know. It's not great classic literature. It's a story about a woman who somehow snagged not one, but two very hot, overly sexual billionaires. But I feel ...more
My least favorite of the series.
Apr 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Would be a 4 or 5 if Sophie wasnt so whiny, idle, pompous and condescending

I have loved this series - probably in my top 3, but if this book had been the first, I wouldnt have kept reading the series. What happened to Sophie? She was the strong, independent young woman who has now become whiny and guilty about having billions, yet she has no problem spending the money and being all self-indulgent. Shes worried about Olivias pre-school but does she make inquiries? No. She leaves it to Neil - and
Marie Bullock
Jan 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
very disappointed in this book. It all became so FAKE and never addressed so many issues. I wasted my money and these books are expensive in relation to other e-books. No feminist heroine would ever subject herself to the degrading misogynistic sadism that is within these pages. The males are such hypocrites and the heroine so weak it defies belief, she never once calls them out on their BS. Don't bother wasting your money.
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
GRRRRRRR 1 1/2 "I still love El Mudad and the sexy cover" stars
I really really wanted to like this book! Alas...I managed to finish it, and like a little of it..but wow...when did Abigail Barnette stop caring about her characters and storytelling?

Here comes my grumbling!

This "story" read more like everyday life and the things that happen, rather than having an actual plot. The main point of the story seems to be the characters negatively judging each other and themselves, along with openly
Sophia Hanson
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Not that any amount of pizza or Poldark would fix this situation."

Of course my first read of 2019 was smut.

Real talk though, I love this series. It sounds silly, but it is so much more than just spicy sex. The characters are realistic, loving, flawed and face real problems in both their romantic and platonic relationships. Barnette somehow manages to weave grief, aging, the reality of poverty in America, coming out, addiction, and broken families in with some seriously hot smut and billionaire
Spoiler Whore-Momoa
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed the story enough but I needed El-Mudad to get fucked by Neil.
Tonya Gonzalez
Dec 13, 2018 rated it liked it
OK, this wasn't what I've come to expect. But still a good read.

Although I was immersed in every chapter, it felt shot and dare I say...not as special or just an means to an end. But what happened with the threat Lawrence made to take Olive away? Sophie's aunt kept her phone at the wedding. Did she see the video recording of Sophie and El-Mudad on it? Did Sophie grow her back bone and stand up for herself when she needed to? Did the three of them live together the rest of their lives? Did Sophie
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
I don't know if I'm going to keep reading this series (if it continues). I just don't enjoy them like I did the first few. I did appreciate the Poldark references (especially before she named the show).
May 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
Pathetic. Horrible. Disastrous.
Elena Johansen
What a way to bounce back!

This time around, the story focused almost entirely on the difficulties of maintaining a stable polyamorous relationship while also hiding it from a society, and especially the family members, who won't necessarily understand or approve of it.

I felt this book. Seriously. These emotions are strong and believable.

And I want to say this is realistic, too, though I've got to stick the caveat on there that Sophie is in love with two billionaires and money solves a few of the
Kristy Dean
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great read in this series

I have been a huge fan of this series and author since it started. I have to say, please read them in order so you know the characters and events. Be advised that you will get the full book hangover feeling from each book and want more (not cliffhanger books). I can't wait for the next book. This author and series is a 1 click buy for me.
Overview. Sophie has a couple of struggles in this book. She is still adjusting to her new life choice (not working), dealing
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful installment in The Boss series. Interpersonal relationships take center stage as Sophie, Neil, and El-Mudad (aka Amir) navigate becoming a committed thruple and Sophie navigates relationships with family and long-time friends. Sophie also becomes more accepting of her billionaire status and makes plans on how to spend her time after selling her stake in Mode magazine to Deja. A special delight for those of us who adore El-Mudad as he becomes a permanent fixture and were ...more
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is exactly what I needed. There are so many aspects in this story that I like but right now, I especially appreciate the LGBQT representation and the social commentary on poverty and welfare. Yes, I liked the sex scenes, they were really, really good, but I particularly liked the "small" things: polyamoric couple, bisexuality, the struggle with being your true self, discussions on poverty...

I loved El-Mudad and his daughters.
I hope we get to see a bit more Holly and Deja next time.
And of
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Three to four star range. Sophie, Neil, and El-Mudad begin building their "thruple" life together officially, with a long-distance celebration of Sophie's 30th birtday--I did think she stayed too hung up, too long on this--through Christmas festivities in England, to the specially-commissioned yacht that Sophie presents to her men. They are careful about Olivia, Amal, and Rashida. Main drama surrounds discovery by Sophie's Mom of their uncoventional partnership. If this concludes the series, it ...more
Laura Jobmann
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Slightly disappointed

I loved this series and I thought this book would be as wonderful as the rest. It was very anticlimactic. I thought it would bring the love between Sophie, Neil and El-Mudad to the forefront and watch the growth between them all after fighting to be together. So many things remained unanswered. Olivia and how things grow. Valerie and Laurence as well as how does El-Mudads daughters become a part of their lives. Abigail Barnette wrote this like she was tired of the series.
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: unputdownable
Enjoyable and unputdownable as always! It wasnt earth-shattering, though. Somehow I find El-Mudad to be a third-wheel - I just dont feel his love connection with N and S and I feel that he just doesnt fit in. I keep having this nagging feeling and hes going to end up hurt in the (loosing) end, unfortunately.

But Neil, though. Even after starting this series years ago, Neil just STILL does it for me, esp when hes in take charge mode. I absolutely adore him! Sophie and Neil should just leave it as
Karen Wolf
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Love this series

I read all seven books in about a week. Loved this series and this character. What I did not like is no resolution with Laurence and no word on the next book. I looked and there was a big gap in publishing between 6 and 7. I want to know what happens and love to see more Olivia
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Protectors

I loved the next chapter in Sophies life. I feel
Like she has bookends to be there for her. The sex is great and the family stuff is very up and down but in the end very satisfying. My only confusion. was Afi and Mr Ati in the same paragraph. Neils =
Afi. (Grandpa) and El-Mudadss last name. Enjoy
Mignon Brown
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely enchanting

I loved this book so much. Neil and Sophies love story made me laugh some and also cry. The way they love each other is inspiring. I was disappointed when I got to the end of the book only because I didnt want it to end. I hope this is not the end of there story, I would love to read more from Neil and Sophie, and Olivia.
L.A.A. Law
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you

The story series hit home on so many issues that we have experienced and we're handled in a manner that makes one feel they are not alone in their grief, confusion, or feelings.
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure I'd be into the polyamory angle, but it works! And that ending had me literally gasping out loud, wondering what would happen next, and then remembering: oh yeah, I have to read to find out!
Dec 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
Tried to but absolutely awful.
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it
It was okay I was hoping for more. I also worry about the dynamic for her and Neil and their marriage. Guess we will have to wait for the next book.
Sydney Palmer
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Literally the best

Theyre making me do this review which is annoying me because I just wanna read the damn book cause theyre so good. Read this ish if youre kinky
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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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