Dear Ms. Hughes,
Yes, I’d heard of your name but I’d not truly looked into your books nor read any reviews of them. Now that I’ve read this freebie you sent me and have posted at your website, that’ll change.
I have to say that the description of the novella doesn’t exactly match up to what I read. I didn’t get the feeling that Eleanor thought her card game wagers with Viscount Wroxton were desperate. More that both were bored with penny stakes and the fact that the weekly games they played, in the presence of their mothers no less, seemed to be heading into the same-old, same-old territory. So, a little spice, a little daring, a little…something wicked was seen by both as a way to liven things up.
I like that both know their increasingly daring wagers are headed beyond the pale; no one’s a spring chicken or naive newcomer here. They know what the rules are and that they’re breaking them. I like that Eleanor keeps Wroxton guessing about her interest in him. I like that he has a healthy respect for her father and five brothers. I like the period feel and that you don’t rush the story though the ending was a tad abrupt.
As a appetizer, I think the novella works very well. It has sparked my interest and made me eager to try your full length novels. Jane has written posts about how give aways and freebies can increase sales. Here is a perfect example of that. B
You can download Something Wicked for free at Kalen Hughes’ website.