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Saturday Conversations 02/16/2013

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Today we continue a new topic to our Saturday Conversation posts… this will be a reoccurring chat (see schedule below). I hope you enjoy this read along!

Mmmhm. The Boss is here! Twice per month, we will have author Abigail Barnette here on the blog to discuss the latest installment of her serial contemporary erotic romance, The Boss. Ms. Barnette is providing The Boss free to her readers, with new chapters on the 15th and 30th of each month. If you’re new to our Read-Along, go to our first post HERE and see what all the fuss is about!
This week, we’re sending you to read Chapter 3 HERE, then come back to this post to discuss your thoughts on The Boss, and read what others have to say.  No.  Don’t scroll to see what they’re saying first.  Cheater.  Go. Read.  It’s only about 20 pages!  We’ve included a handy SCHEDULE below so you’ll be ready for the next installment discussion. Just bookmark Abigail’s site, and then you can devour the next chapter the moment it goes LIVE! 
We’re excited to have Abigail here, sharing her serial, The Boss, with us.  
The Boss Read-Along
Let’s start off our discussion of Chapter 3 by talking about the INSANE sexual tension between Sophie and Neil and see where the conversation leads!

BTW, anyone else crushing HARD on Neil yet?

Discuss amongst yourselves!  Abigail and VampBard will be around to kick in their 2 cents until Tuesday!
About the Author
The alter-ego of USA Today Bestselling Author Jenny Trout (Jennifer Armintrout), Abigail Barnette was born during a conversation with author Bronwyn Green, who encouraged Jenny to develop an elaborate fantasy persona– complete with nom de plume– under which to pen erotic romance. Abigail enjoys long naps in fairy-filled glades, running through corridors in tragically romantic haunted castles, and drinking goblet after goblet of spiced wine.
Chapter #
Release Date
Read-Along Date
01/15/13
01/30/13
02/15/13
02/16/13
Chapter 4
02/28/13
03/02/13
Chapter 5
03/15/13
03/16/13
Chapter 6
03/30/13
03/30/13
Chapter 7
04/15/13
04/20/13
Chapter 8
04/30/13
05/04/13
Chapter 9
05/15/13
05/18/13
Chapter 10
05/30/13
06/01/13
Chapter 11
06/15/30
06/15/13
Chapter 12
06/30/13
07/06/13
Chapter 13
07/15/13
07/20/13
Chapter 14
07/30/13
08/03/13
Chapter 15
08/15/13
08/17/13

  • http://vampbard.livejournal.com/ vampbard

    OK. I have to say that I’m a TOTAL sucker for sexual tension in a book. It’s **almost** as good as a well-written sex scene in which there’s tenderness and caring between partners. Lunch with Sophie & Neil? Um. Holy Hotness, Batman! There is NO way I would have been able to keep my act together like Sophie. No. Way. Ever. Day 1 would have had me frazzled. The following day? Hot Mess. I definitely loved the way she took time with her appearance, so she would feel confident. I totally do that. Takes me forever to get ready to go out somewhere.

    What probably gets me the most in this chapter is Neil’s insecurity. His unease, the way he GIGGLES. His obvious attraction to Sophie at war with ‘what is right’. I’ve always been one to ignore social conventions when it comes to relationships, so this makes me happy that we’re seeing a dude considering some sort of relationship with a partner young enough to be his daughter. Yeah. Sure. Fantasy material, right? It doesn’t feel that way with Neil, for me.

    Call me a hopeless romantic, but I think that social norms and conventions have no place in a relationship. The little spark that can start a roaring flame needs to be there. It’s SO obvious that Neil & Sophie have the spark. Can’t wait to see the roaring fire!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15967077936760125208 Lizzypoo

    When Neil found out she was only 18 at the time I nearly died. I can picture his “oh shit” face. Eighteen is legally an adult, but damn that’s young. As Sophie though I would have been furious if someone thought I was way older than I actually was…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08759432656586252689 Jenny Trout

    LOL, that’s a good point, Lizzypoo! I suppose she can forgive him based on the fact that she lied about her age to begin with. But now that you mention it… she might have to bring that up. :D

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11267405113503713323 Twimom227

    I agree… I like Neil’s insecurity… And I’m really glad they got it all out in the open. However, the fact that he is apparently ready to jump back in as long as they are “discrete” makes me a little uneasy. He is her boss, no matter how they feel about one another. And honestly, I didn’t feel the connection between the two. Their “spark” as Vampbard put it isn’t so obvious for me yet. But I’m not discouraged though… I think this chapter is just laying the groundwork for the rest of the story. I’ll wait for more in the next couple chapters.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11267405113503713323 Twimom227

    Lizzypoo…. I would agree if she was a woman in her 30’s, but as an 18 year old, she probably LOVED that he thought she was older. What 18 year old doesn’t want to be thought of as at least 21 if not a little older?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08759432656586252689 Jenny Trout

    I remember wishing people would think I was older when I was in my teens… and now it’s not as flattering! LOL

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15967077936760125208 Lizzypoo

      Yeah I’m mid-thirties. :/ I guess I was just projecting. I don’t really remember 18…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10389626195373000419 Nim

    I know this is kinda a weird comment, but can I just say that I really love Sophie not ordering what Neil suggested at the restaurant? I can’t ever remember that happening in another book. The person (usually a woman) takes the recommendation and it ends up being delicious and the other person ‘right’. It just felt good that she decided for herself.

    This was my favorite chapter so far; though I have felt like that with all of them! Great cliffhanger and I can’t wait to see how they deal with it. And I’m kinda hoping for Sophie to be the seducer/aggressor since she is the one who propositioned him.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11937725992799451053 Chris Allen-Riley

    I’m with vampbard. I absolutely adore that even though Neil is a wildly successful businessman, he’s also achingly real – insecurities and all. And for me, that just makes him even more appealing.

    But to be fair, that’s one of the things that I really enjoy about Armintrout/Barnette’s characters. They’re so imperfectly real that I half expect to run into them in real life.

    Can’t wait for the next chapter! BTW, I really like the whole read along thing. I haven’t seen that on a blog before. Very cool!

  • http://vampbard.livejournal.com/ vampbard

    @Nim: That is such a FABULOUS point re: dinner suggestion vs. what Sophie ordered!
    @Chris: I think it’s cool that Jenny is releasing this title as a serial for FREE! Getting the blog involved in the read-along was a natural step, I think!

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