The Boss series by Abigail Barnette/Jenny Trout comprises of The Boss, The Girlfriend, a novella titled The Hook-Up, The Bride and The Ex. The Baby is the next book in this series and is expected to be published this year sometime.
The series explores the Domination and submission relationship between 24 year old Sophie and Neil who is a 48 year old billionaire. Each book is well written and filled with drama and constant sex.
The first book, The Boss, introduces Sophie and Neil to the readers. Their relationship which starts of as purely sexual becomes more when their emotions come into play and despite the huge age difference; they are well into each other as well as into the BDSM aspect of their relationship. The interactions between the characters are believable and their banter made me laugh. It was definitely fun and hot read!
The second book, The Girlfriend, sees Sophie and Neil go through a fair bit and it is not as light-hearted as the first book. From unexpected pregnancy to leukaemia to dealing with the ex-wife and other sexual partners, it has it all. However, this does not stop them from having kinky sex while dealing with all the ups and downs of life and mortality. It was heart wrenching to read particularly around the despair, loneliness and frustration felt by Neil and Sophie whilst he underwent chemotherapy.
In The Girlfriend, Neil and Sophie meet Emir who plays a starring role in their sexual encounters while Neil watched on unable to participate due to the strain his body is going through due to his treatment. The Hook-Up is a short story and follows on from The Girlfriend. This short story is told in Neil's POV and it is centred on his night with Emir which Sophie setup. The roles are reversed in this book, with Neil submitting to Emir, making this the second time he has ever submitted to anyone.
The Bride is the third instalment in this series. The name is a bit deceptive as it gives the impression that Sophie is the bride. However, that is not the case. There is a bride, in fact two brides, but it is not Sophie. The bond between the Neil and Sophie does deepen as they deal with issues that keep cropping up. Like the others in the series, the book is just as hot and kinky.
Sophie and Neil are now an established couple and in The Ex, they plan for their big day but at the same time they are confronted with personal issues. This book also touches on substance abuse and how they both deal with it. The interaction between the two is very life like — from their banters, arguments, how they deal with everyday problems and work-life balance. With the added spice of threesomes and changing partners, they continue to push and explore boundaries together whereby Sophie discovers that she is bi-sexual too.
The writing is really good and draws you in, making you want to know what happens next. All in all, I enjoyed reading this series and look forward to the next instalment.