Review & Interview: The Governess and the Beast (Blind Cupid #2) by Karyn Gerrard

August 21, 2013 Review 59

Review & Interview: The Governess and the Beast (Blind Cupid #2) by Karyn Gerrard

Hiding secrets and a past she longs to forget, Hortense Jennings answers an ad for a governess and embarks on an adventure she did not expect.

Concealed in a gothic, crumbling manor on the edge of a North Sea cliff, Baron Simon Wolstenholme is hiding from life. Horribly scarred from battle wounds, he lives up to his name “The Beast of Stonecliff” in both appearance and attitude until he realizes how lonely he has become.

Simon propositions Hortense for a singular night of passion. Raging weather and storms of anger clash between a lonely man and a distrustful woman to reveal secret desires in an emotional crescendo. Can the Governess and the Beast find calm amid the storm and admit their true feelings, or will pride destroy the fairy tale before it begins?

Title: The Governess and the Beast
Author: Karyn Gerrard
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: My Highlander Cover Model, Heart of Rock, The Copper and The Madam, Beloved Monster
Published by Decadent Publishing
Source: Publisher
Published: 14 May, 2013
Genres: Erotic Historical Romance
Pages: 63
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Stars: five-stars

This started with a very Jane Eyre feel: governess heading to decrepit  and isolated manor house, brooding lord of the manor sort of thing.  Very quickly, Gerrard managed to pull us out of that rather somber tale and move the story into one fraught with insecurities, doubt and secrets.

Lili and Simon are crafted with such deliberate care and emotional veracity that they, and not their circumstances or actions are the highlight of this story. Packing all of that characterization and emotional impact into a short story of less than twenty-one thousand words shows Karyn Gerrard’s formidable writing talent, and makes her my new must-read author.

While the characters are wonderful, and readers will empathize with and cheer for each one in turn, there are elements that make this an incredibly sexy and sensual read.  Who doesn’t love a man that is focused on making a night memorable, and forgoing his own pleasures to treat the woman he is with to a smorgasbord of delights?  With some cleverly placed mild bondage and spanking scenes, some sexy chatter and explosive reactions, the story is exciting and steamy. But most of all, it is well written and contains all of the elements one hopes for in a short story: and does it well.

Decadent Publishing

Karyn Gerrard

Vanessa: Would you please start by telling us a little bit about yourself?

I am a middle-aged Canadian chickie who hails from the east coast. I love to explore the emotional side of romance and the hot side as well. Fueled by huge amounts of Earl Grey tea, I try to write a little each day. I am lucky that I no longer work. I have the luxury of visiting my make believe worlds on a steady basis.

Vanessa: If you could trade places for a day with one of your characters, who would it be and why?

I will go with Hortense from The Governess and the Beast. Locked up all day in a gothic manor with a passionate, well built, lonely baron from the Victorian Age? Sure, he’s scarred, but what a man!

Vanessa: If you could spend a day with any one of your hero’s where would y’all go and what would y’all do? Juicy details please! 

I would spend the day with my time-traveling Highlander hunk, Cailin Thorburn. I adore this hero! I could just listen to him talk with that sexy, Scottish burr and listen to his stories of his life in 1814. And I would insist he wear the kilt. Shirtless. And Hold a huge sword. *sigh*  You can find Cailin in My Highlander Cover Model from Decadent Publishing.

Vanessa: When was the oddest circumstance one of your characters started talking to you and what did he/she want to do? 

For me, it is always late at night, usually when I am drifting off to sleep. Of course, I have to snap on the light and take notes. Come to think of it, it is usually sex scenes. Must be the way my late-night mind works!

Vanessa: Which of your characters is most/least like you, and in what way(s)?

I would say there is a little of myself in every heroine. I like to think Skye from My Highlander Cover Model is the most like me. She’s practical, can be funny, and very passionate! The least like me? The heroine from My Vampire Cover Model. She was a little too insecure for me, but I understood where she came from.

Vanessa: What is one thing about you that your readers would find surprising or never guess about you?

That I came to romancing writing courtesy of the Sims 2 video game. I used to take shots in the game and write stories to accompany the pictures. Had story blogs and everything. What a great tool for plotting and creating characters. One day I began to wonder, could I turn this Sim story into a workable manuscript? Turns out, I did. Two years ago I was published and I haven’t looked back. Wish I had more time for the Sims, though!

Vanessa: How do you spend your down time between edits, deadlines, writing and creating new and fascinating books? Do have a favorite pastime or hobby to fill you spare time with?

I was always a voracious reader, but the romance genre has moved to the top of the line. I read all the time. Still prefer a book in my hand. Also a rabid Red Sox fan, watch every game if I can. Love to travel, my summers are spent on the road.

Vanessa: Who is your favorite author that you enjoy reading? 

Mary Balogh, Historical romance writer. I only came to romance recently, and she was one of the first I read. I was hooked. Simply Love was the first book of hers I read.  (and it’s a scarred hero)

Vanessa: What do you enjoy most about being an author?

The process of plotting and creating characters and putting the story together is what I enjoy the most about this whole being published thing. I love to immerse myself in my make-believe worlds and enter my characters head. I especially love doing the POV of the hero the most.

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59 Responses to “Review & Interview: The Governess and the Beast (Blind Cupid #2) by Karyn Gerrard”

  1. Books4me (

    Scarred heroes are best when there is a strong woman willing to fight for him! Paranormal romance is good for this type of man.


  2. BookwormBridgette

    Do you love a scarred hero?
    Yes Of Course!!! Every warrior in Donna Grant’s Dark Warriors Series is scarred in one way or another and they are strong and smecksi and willing to protect what;s theirs at all costs!!

    What genre do you like best for this type pf hero?
    Paranormal Romance I think is the best genre for these roles because they are more diverse and can have different issues than normal every day human/human romance.

    • Karyn Gerrard

      I’ve never read Donna Grant, I will certainly check her out!
      I agree about Paranormal, great fit! Thanks for commenting!

  3. Mary Jo Toth

    Yes, I do enjoy scarred heroes … I love any kind of hero to be honest. I can read about scarred heroes in any genre – if the relevance of the scars is important to the character then that is completely find with me.

    • Karyn Gerrard

      I agree, its great to read about a hero who has flaws and him finding the woman to look beyond them. Thanks for commenting!

  4. Kirsten L

    I do love a scarred hero, they’re more real. I think it could be any type of genre, but paranormal is my fave.

  5. DebraG

    I do like scarred heroes. I think they work best in books where he was a soldier.

  6. Marlene Breakfield

    The beauty and the beast theme is one of my favorites. I love scarred heroes and think the historical genre suits them well.

    • Karyn Gerrard

      It’s one of my fav themes as well. Historical is a great fit, especially when they live in a gothic manor~lol! Thanks for comenting!

  7. Christine Merritt

    Beauty and the Beast is my all time favorite fairy tale (I even love the Disney version). As for the genre.. for me a paranormal setting would be the perfect venue for a scarred hero story.

  8. jacklynn sizemore

    I love a scarred hero…Paranormal romance have some of the best scary heros!!!

  9. Sophia Rose

    Ever since I was a child hearing Beauty and the Beast for the first time, I’ve been partial to a scarred hero even if the scars are internal. I enjoyed the review and now I’d love to read this book.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  10. Janice Hougland

    Yes, I love a scarred hero, ’cause he’s redeemable and a love story is the redeemer. 🙂 And I think a scarred hero is good in any genre, except maybe the paranormal…but I’m not sure about that one. In all walks of life and in all eras, people and heroes are scarred. So happy to “meet” you on this blog today, Karyn. I’ve not read anything by you…yet…but I intend to do so. Have fun on your tour.

    • Karyn Gerrard

      Hi Janice, you make a great point about all of us being scarred in one form or another. Great to meet you, too! Hope you check out my books, cheers and thanks for commenting!

  11. Sherry Johnson

    I love a scarred hero,makes the book seem real somehow,its hard to explain.They are best in paranormal genre but I also like reading about them in books that are set in the past.

  12. Mel Bourn (

    I do love a scarred hero. Makes me root for him and the strong heroine willing to take him on. I like it best in paranormal.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  13. Nicki B

    For a scarred hero, I prefer him to be in a romantic suspense book

  14. erinf1

    congrats to Karyn on the newest release! Looks and sounds awesome! I love scarred heroes in any genre. They have more depth and emotion 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  15. Cheryl Sanders

    I do love a scarred hero and I enjoy all genres with this type of hero but my favorite is military romance. The super tough alpha man made vulnerable by something tragic in his past. Love it!

    • Karyn Gerrard

      Good choice on the military romance! The Alpha having to deal with such adversity does appeal. Sexy! Thanks for commenting!

  16. Lori Meehan

    I love my scarred hero’s in historical romance but I think they work well in all genres.

  17. Lauren

    Scarred is awesome (sucks for the guy, but I LOVE reading about it!) Especially when you have, say, some immortal being who has been carrying around his torment for centuries and finally finds a cure for the ailments of his soul in the heroine of the story. Brilliant!

  18. BookLady

    Congratulations on the publication of The Governess and the Beast! It sounds like a very exciting book. I love scarred heroes, especially in paranormal romance. The Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward and the Dark Hunters by Sherrilyn Kenyon are two great series with scarred heroes.

  19. Kimberly Mayberry

    Yes, I love scars on men. Most scars are battle scars of one sort or another. As for the genre, a scared man can be in any genre–scars are universal, and maybe at times, extraterrestrial. lol

  20. Janie McGaugh

    I love a scarred hero, since it fits in with my favorite Beauty and the Beast theme. I think it fits best in historical romance.
    jmcgaugh (at) semo (dot) edu

  21. crystalg78

    Yes, I do love a scarred hero. I find they work best in paranormal romance and my favorite example is Zsadist from Black Dagger Brotherhood (BDB). Mmmm, Zsadist – enough said! Thanks for the giveaway!

  22. Ashley E

    I love a scarred hero, and I don’t necessarily think one genre works better than another for this. If the author can make it work within whatever genre she picks, then it works for me.

  23. Nikki Flannery

    I do love a scarred hero.And as for the gene, I think the scarred hero can fit into any gene

  24. Sherri Williamson

    Scarred males make the best heros!! They have that hurt-in-the-past-gotta-get-over-it thing going on that melts you. I think any genre will work for them.