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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 tUnemployed 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....

Title : Purely Relative
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ISBN : 9781301612598
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Number of Pages : 83 Pages
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Purely Relative Reviews

  • Jill
    2019-07-17 15:34

    After being fired from her job, and being responsible for her colleague and boyfriend, Jon also being fired, Gayle Lindley is finding it difficult to land another job. But Jon Cripps is not actually unemployed. He's a FBI agent and was working undercover at Gayle's former firm. This is a really delightful follow-on from The P.U.R.E., Claire Gillian's clever and funny debut, giving us a glimpse into Jon and Gayle's continuing romance. Though the first book was contemporary romance plus mystery, Purely Relative is a straight CR. Told in first person from Gayle's point-of-view, this novella may be even better than The P.U.R.E. This is a self-pubbed work and kudos to Claire Gillian for the formatting which is clean, professional and as far as I could tell, typo and error-free. Purely Relative brings a much-anticipated HEA to Jon and Gayle's relationship and is a must-read for those who have enjoyed book #1 in this series The P.U.R.E.Steam: 2.5-3ARC courtesy of Claire Gillian

  • Sandra
    2019-07-01 13:21

    MY REVIEWAs 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!

  • The TBR Pile *Book review site*
    2019-06-27 16:16 sequel is a comedic glimpse into Gayle and Jon's future after Anderson-Blakely and is a great reunion with a wonderful romantic duo. I also enjoyed all their family members.Ms. Gillian's writing is fresh and enjoyable, both funny and angst-filled in turns without being over the top. I highly recommend this book to those who have read the first one (and the first one to those who have not).

  • Terri Rochenski
    2019-07-17 11:29

    Too short! Too short!That's my only yucky, & not worthy of deducting stars, so onto the yummies. This is a little shorty follow up from the novel The P.U.R.E. which released last April. HERE is my 5 star review for that book. If you haven't read it, do so. But on to the first yummy ...Voice voice voice voice voice. Ms. Gillian knows how to tell a yummy, fun story. I love her style and snark. Nothing like reading a good romance with a hint of humor to keep a reader giggling or snorting. As I mentioned in my review of TP, the MC, Gayle, is a total hoot. She's one of those great characters you could read about all day - especially if you're having a shi##! day like I've been enjoying today. The man. Oh yes, Mr. Cripps. Yum. Need I say more? What a romantic sap - what woman wouldn't want (LOOK AT THAT ALLITERATION!) a man like that? And his family? Hoot #2. The family dinner scenes were hilarious. So real. It's like I was sitting there, jaw slung open & wide-eyed as all get out. Excellent!And the ending. Oh, the HEA. :) LOVED how Ms. Gillian brought this story to a close with all that inner monologue argument between sex, reason, & heart. Once again, excellent!If you haven't read The P.U.R.E., DO SO. Then nab this enjoyable little nugget.

  • Jacque
    2019-06-25 08:22

    Anyone who has spent the holidays with his or her family will love Purely Relative. This laugh out loud comedy begins when Jon pops the big question to Gayle - come over for Thanksgiving and meet the family. The mayhem that ensues when everyone lets it all out will have the readers rolling in the aisles. The story is presented from Gayle's point of view so the reader gets to experience meeting all of Jon's family for the first time with her. Each character is perfectly written and completely lovable. The dialog, which is quirky and fast-paced, will keep the reader entertained from beginning to end and have you begging for more. Over all, author Claire Gillian did an excellent job with Purely Relative. I highly recommend this book to everyone.I was provided a copy of the book by BTS eMag for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review - all conclusions are my own responsibility.Stars - 4, Flames - 2

  • MsRomanticReads
    2019-07-09 13:25

    Picture this: It's Thanksgiving, you're about to be introduced to your boyfriend's parents and siblings for the first time, they're well off, you're barely making ends meet, having trouble finding a job AND you're the new girlfriend since your boyfriend broke off his engagement not very long ago. Oh, and the would-have-been in-laws are close friends of the family, so they'll be there too. Fun times.Thanksgiving seems to be synonymous with good food and bad behavior. There was no shortage of that. Gayle didn't exactly receive a welcome with open arms, but she wasn't dirt on the shoe either. Luckily for her, there were other Cripps siblings in attendance who had their own personal dilemmas. Jenny Cripps is engaged to an overbearing creep and Jason Cripps is home from college with his girlfriend in tow and his BFF, Tully. Tully is a girl and she hates his girlfriend. When Gayle announces that her own brother will be joining her for the holidays, Jenny suddenly perks up. Hmmm.This novella was crazy, funny and romantic. This novella takes place between the last chapter and the epilogue of the first book (which I haven't read), but I still managed to follow the characters. As for the chemistry between Jon and Gayle, I wonder if my impression was clouded because I hadn't read their story. They had great chemistry in bed, but outside of it, I couldn't shake the feeling of waiting for the other shoe to drop, so to speak. A few times, Jon acted strangely, and it made me wonder just how stable their relationship was. When the time came for the main characters to address their relationship seriously, that is when they finally came alive for me. That part felt real and portrayed one likely obstacle a modern couple might face - career or love? Compromise or let go? Gayle wanted to hold on to her (financial) independence so badly, that she refused to accept a little help from Jon that would get her across the country to be with him. I loved how the author made each of them get what they thought they wanted because it made both of them realize a few important truths. The ending was so touching and romantic that it made all the previous tension just melt away.I think it would be best to read the first book, The P.U.R.E., to get their full story. Overall a short, fun read with great dialogue and good pacing.Rating 3.5 rounded up to 4Disclaimer: I received a review copy from the author for the purpose of an honest review

  • Sandra Bunino
    2019-07-11 11:12

    Claire Gillian's The P.U.R.E. was one of those rare stories that had me thinking about the main characters long I finished reading the book. So I was anxiously awaiting the companion story, Purely Relative. Ms. Gillian does not disappoint! Gayle is as adorable as she was in The P.U.R.E. And Jon? Jon is still as sexy. Purely Relative give the reader a "deep dive" view of the time span of the next to last and the last chapter of The P.U.R.E. in Gayle's POV. We get up close and personal with Jon's family, especially his sister Jenny (my favorite secondary character in The P.U.R.E.). We also get introduced to other interesting Cripps family members and I'd love a story about Jon's little brother.Not one to give anything away, all I'll say is I highly recommend this fun, well written and entertaining story!

  • Melanie Tikalsky
    2019-07-06 15:37

    I didn't realize this book was part of a series.. I do wish authors would note that on Amazon when they publish! That being said, I really did enjoy this story. It was laugh out loud funny and kept me flipping the pages to see what would happen next!I don't like to give a full synopsis of the story because I feel it takes away from the surprises of the story. Overall, I found this book to be very enjoyable. The story was great. The story itself was unique and original. I wish it would have been a bit longer but I am hoping there is a follow up to this one.

  • Pam
    2019-07-10 10:31

    Curse you, Claire, for not only making me cry once but twice during my reading of this book. *shakes fist*I had to admit, at first, it started out almost like your typical romance but then Ms Gillian proved me wrong. The character of Gayle really shines in this one. All her insecuries, prat falls...the things that just make her a great character.I highly recommend this one...but first please read The P.U.R.E and get to know how these characters met. It's worth the ride.

  • Jenni Fields-Hatfield
    2019-06-19 13:34

    "Sex all the time? You'd get blisters and die!" Purely Relative was definantly too short! Picked it up as a freebie and was not disapointed. It was quick, funny, and left you wonding why this has not already been made into a Hallmark movie!

  • Corinne Carmony
    2019-07-02 16:21

    I loved this book! A great follow up to the P.U.R.E. and a lot of fun to read. I only hope to see a 2.o soon.

  • Cate
    2019-07-05 11:24

    After reading several excerpts of this book, I know I wanna read it cover to cover! Great humor and fun characters.

  • Julie Reece
    2019-06-21 08:27

    This couple is hilarious, so much fun! Full review to come.

  • Mandy Beyers
    2019-07-18 13:27

    Full review:

  • Jennifer
    2019-06-18 11:26

    Purely Relative is probably a great follow-up novella to the first in the series, P.U.R.E. by Claire Gillian. Unfortunately, I went in a little blind to the backstory, because I didn’t read the first one, and therefore, didn’t know the characters. This isn’t really a bad thing though, because Purely Relative read just fine as a standalone novella (although I still recommend you read the first one – it sounds like there was action and hijinks).Gayle is a likable protagonist: she’s funny and witty, and definitely self-deprecating in her sense of humor. She definitely looks at the funny side of things, and as her author, Claire Gillian tells her story with a lot of banter and funny. She’s the kind of character that someone like me (sometimes offensive, often inappropriate) can totally relate to, because she’s the same way.She’s also a total nympho, which leads to laughs, often.Jon is more reserved, but he plays the typical male role well, and Gillian writes him rather well, if cliche, as the bumbling boyfriend who doesn’t talk, is over-protective and would beat up any man who looked at his woman wrong. Oh, and who also likes to have a lot of sex, often.These two had so much sex, I’m surprised they were still able to walk by the end! As Amanda said in her review of Tammy Faulkner’s novel, The Magic of “I Do,” some authors write steam and some write sex. I think Purely Relative was more on the sex side than the steam side and I personally prefer steam to sex, although I’m not opposed to sex at all. But I want it to leave me breathless at the end of the scene, much like the characters, and I didn’t personally feel that in Purely Relative. But their sexual hijinks (and references to hijinks past) made me laugh!I did not feel like the book read right for their ages. They are supposedly in their 20s, but I was reading them as if they were in their early 30s. The tonality of their characters just didn’t fit with 20-somethings for me. That sometimes threw me off, but overall, it wasn’t a large issue, just a minor complaint. Although if their tone didn’t convey their age, their sex-drive certainly did!I enjoyed the dynamic with Jon’s family, it reminded me very much of my own: loud, obnoxious, over-bearing, and very, very Italian. I guess that’s just how we roll.The novella ends on a very good note, and this is one for the HEA fans. I think romance junkies should pick up the first and this one as well, because it’s a cute contemporary read.This review is also posted at The Bawdy Book Blog. I received this ARC in exchange of an honest review.

  • Siobhan Muir
    2019-07-17 08:12

    I liked this story, though I'm not usually a fan of first person tales. However, I will say being stuck in Gayle's head was sometimes frustrating. Like many women (me included), she tends to over-think things and get caught up in her own stuff rather than pay attention to what all is going on around her. This story has quite a bit of humor and embarrassing situations to make a light and fun comedy. Still, I like Jon and Jenny, and Ian, though he's just a bit of a sketch. Gayle does pull it out in the end. Good contemporary humor piece with light sex.

  • Michele Tanton
    2019-06-18 15:17

    Pretty good book - drug a little in spots. The only thing I didn't like is that it had a lot of spelling and grammatical errors.

  • Lynn
    2019-07-03 09:38

    Read this while sick. Follow up novella to P.U.R.E. I enjoyed having a little closure for the characters.

  • R. Brennan
    2019-06-25 08:26

    Review to Come.

  • Kaetrin
    2019-07-18 11:22

    free at Smashwords and ARe at present