For a hot cocktail readThe Boss by Abigail Barnette is a scorcher. There were times when I had to put down my iPad and fan myself with the small cocktail napkin from under my drink.

The novel tells the steamy tale of Sophie and Neil, six years after a chance encounter when their flight to Tokyo is delayed. Mega-mogul Neil Elwood and carefree Sophie Scaife spend a night together that neither have forgotten— or seemed to have gotten over. They meet again at the magazine where Sophie works, the very magazine Neil has just taken over, and Neil learns that Sophie is his now his assistant. The two realize that they are still extremely attracted to each other and decide to see where their relationship could have gone if they had not parted six years earlier.

Reading about Neil and Sophie and their burgeoning relationship, based on a hot one-night-stand— and by hot I mean the kind of hot that would make your toes curl and your eyes flutter as you read— was pretty tasty. I enjoyed Sophie and Neil, I thought their relationship was as real as any relationship could be between a wealthy older man and a 24 year-old beauty can possibly be. I liked that there wasn’t a lot of drama hanging over these two— the only real darkness they shared was really in their sexual appetites. Which was like a good dark chocolate, you know? Yummy and sinful, but nothing I was ashamed about. But you’ll need to keep your cocktail glass near by— at least to help cool you off as you read. Trust me, if we all had bosses like Neil— work would be a very delicious treat.

I did feel as if I needed a drink most of the time, so Nanea Hoffman, the mistress of the Cocktail Corner, came up with one that I think you will like.

The Boss

“The Boss” Cocktail is a smooth, sophisticated, strong drink: 1 oz. cognac, 1 oz. chambord, and a float of heavy cream. This is a layered shot, so starting with the cognac, slowly pour each ingredient over the back of a spoon into a shot glass. This keeps the layers from mixing.

If you want to lick the spoon or spank someone with it afterward— that’s your call.

Whatever you decide to do, just make sure you keep this shot (or a few) on hand for all the good parts in The Boss, which definitely adhere’s to my definition of a hot cocktail read. Cheers!

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