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I’ve been meaning to plug this book for a while, and what better time than the release of the 50 Shades of Grey trailer?
Erotica author Jenny Trout did a fantastic sporking of all three 50 Shades books and then decided that she could do this better.
The Boss follows most of the tropes of 50 Shades — a young woman falls into a D/s relationship with an older billionaire and slowly starts to wonder if she has deeper feelings for him besides just lust. However, whereas 50 Shades glorifies abuse and stereotypes Doms as control freaks who only fuck women who look like their mothers because they hate their mothers and want to hurt her vicariously (NO, REALLY, THAT IS AN ACTUAL PART OF CHRISTIAN GREY’S CHARACTERIZATION), The Boss offers a Safe, Sane, Consensual relationship between its leads, a responsible Dom, no stigmatization of safe words, and overall, a relationship that feels real.
Other bonuses: the narrator’s bff is treated as an actual friend and isn’t constantly judged and slut shamed; a lesbian B couple; the male lead is actually older than the female lead by a few decades and isn’t just thirty;and a decently engaging plot outside of the romance about corporate takeovers
And the best part is, the first book in the series is currently available for free as an ebook! Check it out or forward it to the people in your life that read 50 Shades.