The Boss

“And if he couldn’t respect me for prioritizing my career over him, then maybe I’d fallen in love with the wrong guy, no matter how great the sex was, or how much fun we had together.”

” ‘I hate to tell you, but I don’t think I would look good as a redhead.’ I lifted one long lock of decidedly brunette hair. ‘I could try it, if you want.’ ‘You’d better not,’ he warned me. ‘Don’t ever change your appearance solely to please me. I love you exactly the way you are.’ “

“We’re having some growing pains, but I’d much rather argue than not talk about our problems.”

One Million Page Princess

 

Unless you are either lying or living under a rock, you’ve all read or at least heard about Fifty Shades of Grey. Now while the Fifty Shades trilogy wasn’t the first published work of erotic fiction, it definitely seems to be the most popular/mainstream. I personally really didn’t like those books, and yes, I gave the full trilogy a fair shot.

Nope. Still wasn’t my cup of tea.

Earlier this year I read another erotica book called Mad Love, and unfortunately, that one also got a bad review, mainly because it was poorly written, misogynistic, and unrealistic. However I did like it more than Fifty Shades.

But barely.

That got me wondering what exactly makes an erotic novel popular enough for the mainstream audience to feel comfortable discussing it in public?

A few months ago I was introduced to the hilarious Jenny Trout, and her blog called Trout Nation, (check. it. out.) where you can find a chapter by chapter breakdown of her thoughts on the entire Fifty Shades trilogy. Not only is it one of the funniest things I have ever read, it is intelligent, and empowering. Please see an excerpt from her blog below:

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So when I found out that Jenny Trout aka Abigail Barnette (her fabulous alter ego – duh) had written her own series of BDSM erotic novels, I had to check out the first one titled The Boss. While it wasn’t completely devoid of eye-rolling moments, and at the end of the day (like most erotic novels) there wasn’t much of a plot, I thought it was pretty fantastic. The writing is actually interesting to read, it has a strong female protagonist who didn’t let her life or career revolve around a man AND that actually owned her sexuality, and it didn’t glorify an abusive or controlling man as ‘romantic’.

Sophie is a twenty something trying to figure out life’s greatest mysteries. What do I want to be when I grow up? If I eat ramen noodles all month will I be able to pay my rent in time? And oh, yeah, is it okay for me to start a way steamy relationship with a guy who is 20+ years older than me, who is also a bajillionaire, and oh, is my new boss?

It’s fun. Sophie is fiercely independent, and Neil (the love interest) never does anything to try and control her. The sex scenes aren’t bad either. I say check it out if you’re feeling like reading something a bit naughty, but don’t want to insult your own intelligence. Oh and warning? It ends on a cliffhanger. I haven’t read any of the other ones in the series either so I’m not sure where it’s headed, but the author seems to have her head screwed on pretty well so I’m not too worried.

Until next time!

OMPP