Thursday 28 March 2013


ISBN: 978-1937744021
Series: The P.U.R.E.
Publisher: Self/Indie
Pages: 306
Formats Available: E-book

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Unemployed and living far from home, Gayle Lindley is nevertheless lucky to be alive after narrowly escaping her murderous ex-employer. She’s also thankful to the boyfriend gods for having blessed her with a former co-worker. Jon Cripps is brains, brawn and bedroom-certified, all in one delectable package. Life is finally on the uptick.

…Or so Gayle thinks until Jon pops the big question—no, not marriage, but meeting the rest of his family. What he neglects to mention is his loose familial definition also includes the parents of his ex-fiancée. And too bad Gayle has already met one sibling while engaged in a vigorous mattress inspection with Jon. Everyone will think she’s a man-stealing hussy!

As Gayle tiptoes into the bosom of Jon’s extended family, she is deluged with more secrets than even her curious nature can absorb. But the drama hits hardest when Jon, mysterious as ever, drops a bombshell that threatens to unravel every single stitch of progress she has made with him and his … ‘interesting’ relations

As I had read and really enjoyed The P.U.R.E by Claire Gillian I asked if there would be more in the series as I loved the characters of Gayle and Jon so much and wanted to know what the future held for them, and this novella gives us a little insight into that future. So when I knew there was a 1.5 novella available to read and Claire asked if I'd like to read it I jumped at the chance. Claire sent me a free copy in exchange for my honest review.
The cover depicts Jon and Gayle in a quirky sassy pose, and has pictures of family behind which refers to the novellas main theme of "meeting the family" I like the font and style of the title, and authors name too. I also love the little byline of "Time to meet the family. . . " as like I said earlier in this post that is the one of the main themes.
So the novella centres around the family of Jon Cripps, and starts with the thanksgiving dinner, which is a new concept as being from the UK it's something we don't have. Gayle is nervous about meeting Jon's parents and coming face to face with Jenny his sister after she walked in on them in the heat of passion. Gayle wonders or rather panics that Jenny will have told everyone about the incident even though Jon reassures her that won't be a problem. Then to worry Gayle even more Jon slips into the conversation on the way to his parents that their family friends will be there too who just so happen to be Thalia's parents. (Thalia is Jon's Ex girlfriend) Another theme going on through the novella is Gayle and Jon's relationship and where that is going. Gayle worries the relationship could be going to fast when she find a receipt from a jewellery store hidden in a crossword book in the Cripps bathroom and later discovers the puzzle book is in fact Jon's. I could go on and on but, I don't want to give up all the secrets of the novella. How can I sum it all up? I would say the book is all about relationships, Gayle & Jon's, Gayle's & her brother, Jenny & her boyfriend Scott, Jason (Jon's brother) & his somewhat stuck up girlfriend & Jason's best friend Tully. The list could go on so I suppose I could sum up by saying the book is about family & relationships.
So did I enjoy the novella? Yes, loved it, though it made me want even more of Gayle & Jon! Would I recommend? Yes to all who have read The P.U.R.E Would I read more of this Series? Yes please I want to know how all the relationships work out. Would I read more by Claire Gillian? Definitely!

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the lovely review, Jeanz! I'm so glad you enjoyed Purely Relative. I really appreciated the tweets as well. :)