ARC: Purely Relative by Claire Gillian

Posted on 07/01/2013 in Book Review / 5 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
ARC: Purely Relative by Claire GillianPurely Relative by Claire Gillian
Published by Self-published on 4/30/2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Fiction, Romance
Pages: 83
Format: eBook

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.

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.


Catching me and her little brother going at it in her guest bedroom probably wasn’t the best way for him to announce he’d traded in his long-time family friend/fiancee for some short blonde chick with a fat ass.

I received this book from the author in exchange of an honest review. I was not compensated with money. If you decide to purchase through any of the affiliate links on the blog, we do receive a small commission.
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Jennifer is both a book nerd and professional photographer. That means she lives in the fantasy world all the time, whether of her making, or someone else's. She collects books like the Duggar family collects kids, and began waiting for her Hogwarts letter at the tender age of 33.

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