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am 23. August 2013
"The Boss" is a gem that might be easily missed in the current flood of books that style themselves, more or less obviously, after "50 Shades of Grey". The twist with this one is, however, that the author read and hated "50 Shades" (see her blog "Sweaters for Days" for hillarious chapter-by-chapter reviews). Barnette takes the basic premise of "50 Shades" - a young woman falls for a rich entrepreneur who is into BDSM - and shows how it could have been made into a great book, without all the mysogynist, abusive, "BDSM is for sick people!" nonsense (not to even mention the poor writing, logical flaws and lacking research) that E.L. James throws at her readers.
Instead, Barnette wrote a gripping novel with a strong, likable heroine who is not ashamed of her own sexuality, and a responsible male lead who respects her boundaries. Some scenes are really hot, some are heart-meltingly sweet, and to round it all off, there is some real conflict which seems neither forced nor over the top. Add to all that the well-researched backdrop of the New York fashion industry, full of luxury, intruigue, and quirky, endearing or douchey artists, and you have a book that simply feels good and that you can't put down. In spite of the luxury, though, Barnette keeps it real: her characters are not photoshopped images of perfection that make the reader feel inadequatehave. They have weaknesses (and bad morning breath) like everyone else, which makes them feel so much more authentic.
In short, "The Boss" is a mature and, for lack of a better word, enlightened contemporary erotic novel with wonderful characters. Anyone old enough to legally read it really should.