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The Girlfriend is the second installment in Abigail Barnette's The Boss series. Ms. Barnette has developed these amazing characters that I am 100% invested in. In The Girlfriend, Neil and Sophie's relationship is put to the test many times and after reading how committed they actually are to each other, I am 100% invested in their relationship as well. Their relationship is not just a fleeting romance, it's serious stuff. In this installment, Sophie and Neil have to deal with their options regarding her unplanned pregnancy. This was such an emotional subject. Also, an explanation is provided for Neil's many headaches mentioned in the first book The Boss which leads to a road neither Sophie nor Neil has been down before. Needless to say, Neil has a challenging path ahead of him but Sophie's decision to remain a support for Neil also presents incredible challenges for her. When we hear of people undergoing long-term treatment for illness, our hearts go out to them, and rightfully so. But Ms. Barnette writes the struggles and isolation of the caregiver who is watching helplessly. If Ms. Barnette has not been in Sophie's position personally, then she definitely did her research regarding this subject.
I loved how Ms. Barnette tied Sophie and Neil's BDSM lifestyle to their need for control and intimacy during this stressful time.
"When the hospital visits and the medications took over our life, we would both need this memory: The Dominant in his element, virile and in total control. That was why we were here, I realized. Neil wanted to show me that he was still capable. That he was still a man, and not a disease."
Also, the character development of Sophie and Neil goes into double time. Personal issues tend to come to the surface during stressful times- things get very real- and Sophie and Neil are not immune to this fact. But the commitment they have to each other overrides it all. Sophie is an absolute angel and I adore her even more now.
Although the above issues are the things that I remember most about the book, there are some additional conflicts that occur in the beginning that add quite a bit of drama among various characters. My only complaint in this book specifically is Sophie's continuous refusal and annoyance with Neil's money. OK, I get that she didn't know he was a freaking billionaire when they first met, but he is and sharing his money does not make you a gold-digger. I think by voluntarily remaining at Neil's side proves to everyone that she's not with him for his money. But it was so repetitious in the first half of this book that I had to take a star away. It annoyed me to no end. But that really is my only complaint. It got better later in the book after her comfort level and perspective changed. This was a sexy, intimate, and very real book that was a perfect addition to this series. Oh, and we do have an addition of another character, Emir, who I am hoping to see again in future installments. Well done Ms. Barnette!
My favorite quote:
"The cancer bubble. It's almost like he's not here. Like he's on pause, and my life with him is on pause, and we're just waiting to see if somebody is going to hit play again or just stop the thing entirely."
Spoiler and trigger warning below...
Abortion. While i completely understand we live in a society that agrees and disagrees with the topic. Personally, it bothered me. It wasn’t implied but there was a whole scene around being in the room. I’m sorry, for me it literally made my stomach cringe and feel a little sick to my stomach. If abortion is something that is a trigger for you, the book isn’t for you.
I just couldn’t get past it. Sorry.