I love novellas. When I don't have a lot of time or, let's be honest, much of an attention span, the perfect fix is to lose myself in a short story. An instant happily ever after. And if we're really lucky, we still get great characters, a complete story arc, and a believable romance. Whatever reading mood you're in, these novellas offer something for every genre lover and are all stand-alone ebooks, even more convenient for the ereader fans who don't have to cart around a single book to get a complete and satisfying story.
For the fans who like their historicals with heat, Improper Relations, by new author Juliana Ross, gives us a very simple premise that pushes all my buttons when it comes to a story that will make me swoon: a touch of forbidden love, drawn out sexual tension that actually builds with each encounter, a rakish hero, and an inexperienced but eager heroine.
“Why?” I blurted out. “Why me?”
“You intrigue me, that's why. You give every appearance, on the outside, of conforming entirely to the identity my mother has conferred on you. The drab drudge of a lady's companion. The poor relation who lives in the shadows. The ghost who –”
“Stop! Just stop. I know who I am, what I am. I've no ambition to be anything more.”
“But you do. I can see that so clearly now. When I think of the way you responded to me in the library, I know you're more than that.”
He was wrong. He had to be wrong. “You mistake me. Boredom has driven me here – that, and simple curiosity.”
“About what? Come now, Hannah—what are you curious about?”
[Gotta say, my curiosity's piqued now too...]