Title: The Governess and the Beast
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?
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
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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.
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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