Sunday, July 8, 2012

Sample Reading #2: Improper Relations by Juliana Ross (e-novella)

This is a new feature on my blog called Sample Reading. This is where I will talk about book samples that I've gotten online. I'll read the sample and will answer the very important question:

Will I buy it?

This week I read the sample of an e-novella: Improper Relations by Juliana Ross

The Blurb:
When Hannah’s caught watching her late husband’s cousin debauch the maid in the library, she’s mortified—but also intrigued. An unpaid companion to his aunt, she’s used to being ignored.

The black sheep of the family, Leo has nothing but his good looks and noble birth to recommend him. Hannah ought to be appalled at what she’s witnessed, but there’s something about Leo that draws her to him.

When Leo claims he can prove that women can feel desire as passionately as men, Hannah is incredulous. Her own experiences have been uninspiring. Yet she can’t bring herself to refuse his audacious proposal when he offers to tutor her in the art of lovemaking. As the tantalizing, wicked lessons continue, she begins to fear she’s losing not just her inhibitions, but her heart as well. The poorest of relations, she has nothing to offer Leo but herself. Will it be enough when their erotic education ends?
- from Juliana Ross' website

I got the sample from: Amazon, Kindle format
# of Pages: First chapter (of an 8-chapter e-novella)

My impressions:
The first chapter is told from the point of view of Hannah. I'm not really a fan of the first-person POV and I'm a little worried about how Hannah's "education" will be written about in the later chapters.

Hannah explains how she came to live with Leo's family and her current situation as lady's companion and poor relation. She stumbles upon Leo having a tryst in the library and we know that Hannah, though once-married, is unused to the sort of passion and play between Leo and his partner.

The first chapter also reveals Hannah's feelings for Leo:

I'd watched him for years, had been half in love with him for nearly that long.
- loc 86

We also find out a bit of Leo's background as well. (Though I am not sure how accurate this part is because it is from Hannah's point of view.) And, from what she tells us, Leo seems to be a rake of the first degree.

He also drank too much and gambled too much, raced his horses where he oughtn't and consorted with the wrong sort of women. He'd left university after only two terms, refused to buy a commission in any of the fashionable regiments, and fell asleep on those rare occasions when he could be convinced to attend church. He was, predictably, the despair of his family.
- loc 65-86

Price: $2.99 on Amazon **Corrected on July 11.
Will I buy it? Maybe, yes. I am curious about how Leo and Hannah's story will end -- will it be a case of the saint reforming the sinner? Or the sinner converting the saint? ^_^



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