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The Girlfriend (The Boss Book 2) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Abigail Barnette

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Unemployed, blacklisted, and pregnant, Sophie Scaife’s life is totally upside down. Her relationship with publishing magnate Neil Elwood is on the rocks. Her best friend’s career is igniting. And Sophie is afraid she’ll make one of the toughest decisions of her life alone…

When a devastating diagnosis forces Neil to return to London, Sophie throws caution to the wind to follow her heart across the Atlantic. Keeping a scorching D/s affair as red-hot in sickness as it was in health is a challenge, even for two lovers as inventive as Sophie and Neil. But Sophie is more than willing to try anything her Sir commands, and their fantasies of control become a welcome refuge from the daily stress of illness.

While Neil’s wealth and privilege make adjusting to her new situation easier, Sophie finds herself rebuilding her life around an uncertain future. And while both of them face the changes between them head-on, they’re all too aware that their happiness may be fleeting—and Sophie could lose Neil forever.

Biographie de l'auteur

Abigail Barnette is the alter-ego of author, blogger, and all-around funny person, Jenny Trout. Writing as Jennifer Armintrout, she made the USA Today Bestseller list with Blood Ties Book One: The Turning. Her novel American Vampire was named one of the top ten horror novels of 2011 by Booklist Online. When she’s not writing award-winning erotic romance, she’s either sleeping or otherwise incapacitated. She is a proud Michigander, mother of two, and wife to the only person capable of spending extended periods of time with her without wanting to murder her.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 393 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1492744115
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  • Langue : Anglais
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19 internautes sur 19 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Brilliant 20 août 2013
Par Hammer Time - Publié sur
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It's witty, heartfelt, and so incredibly sexy. The sex positivity is so refreshing, and it portrays a BDSM relationship in a realistic and healthy way. The way sex is dealt with in the novel is vastly different than many of the other pop culture BDSM novels currently on the top sellers list. The characters have a depth to them that is often missing from novels in this genre, and the narration is perfect. As someone close to Sophie's age, I really felt like I was reading the inner monologue of someone my age. Barnette truly nailed Sophie's character. Though it's a book about two people trying to navigate their relationship around cancer, the story isn't full of melancholy. There are moments that had me laughing until I cried, and then there were moments where I just cried. The tenderness and raw emotion in those moments and throughout the narration was practically perfect. Barnette painted a truly realistic picture of cancer and its devastating effects on everyone in the patient's life. The Girlfriend strikes a delicate balance between humor, sentiment, and sexuality. A huge huge huge recommend to any fan of the genre or to anyone wanting to read a beautifully-written love story.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Not for me but read it for closure of "The Boss" 16 septembre 2013
Par Tete-a-tete - Publié sur
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Sophie is dating a much older man who recently received devastating news of his health. Neil is a billionaire needing to be treated for leukemia. Sophie makes the decision to move to London to care for Neil, but will their relationship be strong enough to last through his life saving treatments and the antagonism of his family? The story is interesting but not the kind of romance story I prefer to read. Most of the story focuses on Neil's treatments and side effects. Thrown into this are the struggles Sophie is having and a handful of steamy sexual escapades. D/s relationship and a smidge of sharing is throughout the book but less sex is in this story than the first book. The book focused so much on Neil's illness that I felt it overshadowed the romance. I realize this is a very real situation for too many people, it just wasn't what I wanted to read about when unwinding at the end of the day.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A fantastic follow up 28 août 2013
Par Kody Thomas - Publié sur
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I really wavered between four and five stars on this one. I loved The Boss, it was definitely 5 stars. With this one, I didn't enjoy it as much for a couple of reasons.

One dislike was the rivalry between Sophie and ex-wife #1. I know that's a common real life thing, but I don't think it added to the story. Yes, Neil still turns to her as business partner/mother of his now grown child, but that creates plenty of tension without her still carrying a torch for him.

Another thing was that the pacing in this book didn't flow as seemlessly as its predecessor.

However, the LOVES outweighed all of that: being a caretaker for a loved one with a terminal illness was presented very beautifully. And I say that as someone who has been there before. The only thing I would change is to add a little more of the resentment/guilt complex that so many carers have to go through.

Also, Sophie has to make a lot of hard decisions in this book, some of which I would have made, and others that I wouldn't. This really affirmed to me that she is a character in her own right and not just the far-too-common blank slate female protagonist.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wonderfully Written and Surprisingly Emotional 27 août 2013
Par saramke1129 - Publié sur
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Such a good book! It was everything you want in an erotic novel but with heart and characters you can actually picture and sympathize with. And it is funnier than you would think with irreverent pop culture references. Totally worth 5 stars!
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 A disappointing follow-up to a great first book 9 septembre 2013
Par Crystal Parker - Publié sur
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I've been writing this review in my head pretty much since I started reading the book itself. I really enjoyed "The Boss" and quite enjoy Abigail Barnette/Jenny Trout (especially on Twitter) and I had high expectations for "The Girlfriend". I was sadly disappointed.

"The Boss" ends with the cliffhanger that Sophie is pregnant, and "The Girlfriend" picks up from there. I pretty much guessed how that plot was going to be resolved by the blurb for this book, and I was right. Though I have no problem with the manner in which the situation was resolved, it was very unpleasant to read about it. It was the first of many times that I put the book down and wondered if I could continue on. Now, after finishing the book, I have to wonder why that sub-plot was even there to begin with. One of the author's criticisms of "Fifty Shades of Grey" (in her wonderful "Jenny Reads Fifty Shades" series on her blog) was that there are pointless sub-plots that do nothing to really move the story forward. I think the pregnancy cliffhanger/subplot was pretty much the same thing. If anything it existed merely so that the author could point out just out feminist, PC, and not-FSOG this book is/tries to be. And really, that continues through the entire story.

What I mean by "feminist, PC, and not-FSOG" is that I constantly felt that the author was trying to convince me of something. And I don't need convincing! As a reader I was constantly reminded of how wealthy Neil is, how much Sophie is NOT there for his money (or interested in it), how much she loved him, how healthy their BDSM lifestyle was... It was just a constant assault of preaching and self-confirmation. We get it! This isn't Fifty Shades of Grey. This isn't an abusive relationship. BDSM is healthy, not sick.

Except... the last sex scene in the book is Neil and Sophie going further in their D/s play than ever before, and it is really uncomfortable to read. When both characters consent to rough sex and taking it beyond any point they've previously gone, Neil calls her a whore and a dirty slut, and then Sophie has to tell us that oh no, in real life if he said this to me I would be back on a plane to New York, but this is A CONSENSUAL RELATIONSHIP and oh by the way, being called a dirty slut is the most erotic thing I've ever heard in my life! But I wouldn't tolerate this talk in any other capacity. But it turns me on incredibly. Blah blah blah. More convincing. I read excerpts of those scenes to my fiance, trying my best to put it in proper context, and all he could say was that sounds like rape to me. I explained it was consensual, that they both wanted it, and still he was like nope, rape. Fine, that's his opinion and he's entitled to it. I don't know why I was trying to defend the characters so much when the whole thing really bothered me.

And then there's the biggest storyline of the entire book: cancer. "The Boss" was so refreshing and fun, and "The Girlfriend" plunges you into the deep end of reality to the point where it all quickly becomes so. very. unsexy. There is too much of a difference between the fantasy of the BDSM/erotica and the bleak reality of awful cancer, and they did not mesh well together. If anything the cancer serves more as a plot device to convince the readers that Sophie and Neil's relationship is based on more than just sex, that they really have a deep, loving relationship. I'm still not convinced. I have what I feel is an absolutely deep, loving relationship (of 5+ years, not 5+ months) and nothing about Neil and Sophie reflects my own experiences in such a relationship. Yes, everyone is different, as is every relationship, but I can only trust with my own experiences and their relationship really is nothing more than two people who like to have sex.

And I'm sorry, but this time around the sex is not that great. I'm so preoccupied thinking about how Neil's physicality and mental health is affected by the leukemia that I cannot get into the "good" stuff. And the author falls into the very same crap she accused EL James of doing in FSOG where every orgasm is explosive (and of course Sophie has one every single time, often five or more in one go) and it's really just the same sex over and over again with slight variation in prop/toy usage. I guess what I mean to say is that "The Boss" was 'Look how much better FSOG could have been' and "The Girlfriend" is 'But really, it's all the same as FSOG, only this time with icky cancer'.

Let me just be clear: there is no reason in the world why someone suffering from cancer should not enjoy sex. It's just not effectively written here, and often times reads more like the book Sophie is writing about cancer (how meta) than the sequel to an erotic book about a billionaire and his younger girlfriend.

And as a final point of contention - and it really is a small thing - it is very unrealistic that Sophie goes from occasional YouTube tutorial hobbyist to audition-for-this-television-show-as-a-beauty-content-creator. I mean, Sophie gets a few thousand hits on a nail tutorial about French manicures and suddenly she's the second choice by a national morning news program to contribute beauty content? And Michelle Phan (arguably the most famous beauty guru ever) was the first choice who turned the opportunity down? Sorry, I don't buy that either. Not to mention Sophie films her videos on a Flip cam and the whole thing just reeks of I didn't research this but rather just used a few YouTube videos as an example (because surely they are all the same).

Ugh, I am just really disappointed. I had such high hopes and this was a chore to finish. An absolute chore. And then it ended almost abruptly and I was left feeling even more unsatisfied. I just didn't really like it, I guess. At least I still have a high opinion of the author. When I read FSOG I developed a contempt for EL James. At least the same didn't happen here. I'd definitely check out the author's other works, despite how much I disliked "The Girlfriend".
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