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?
©2013 Karyn Gerrard (P)2014 Karyn Gerrard
This was an interesting historical take on Beauty and the Beast, except Beauty carries scars of her own. A former soldier, Simon was damaged and scarred in battle. He has grown reclusive, a subject of gossip by the people in the village. He has shunned his friends and acquaintances. But now he is lonely. He wants company, female company.
To this end, he puts out an ad for a governess for his ward and then plans on making more of the woman who appears. This woman is Hortense, who is desperately trying to begin a new life for herself. I actually felt really bad for her, because the offer Simon puts forth basically brings her right back to her former life and yet really, what choice did she have? Good for her for putting conditions on it.
One night together, that’s what they have between them and they have sex. A lot of sex and Simon is very focused on making things good for Hortense. A lovely thing, that Simon.
As far as the BDSM aspect goes, it’s very light. A bit of tie up is the farthest they go and it was not done as I would have expected, so I liked it all the more.
I have to admit, while I am a fan of audiobooks, this narrator’s performance detracted from the book. While her delivery during descriptions was spot on, dialogue tended to be very over dramatic and made me view the characters as ridiculous when they shouldn’t have been.
As this is a short tale, there is a lot of sex for the length but that’s what the story is about. There is insta-love, as well, but it worked for me. Something I particularly liked was that the situation Hortense found herself in when her father died was exactly what could happen back in those times of women having no status. This is an easy, quick read, particularly for historical fans.
For what this is I did enjoy it. The idea was formed well, and for something so short it was developed well. Yet still I'm left with the unsettled sense of differing oppinions.
I rarely listen to erotica but a love a good book with well placed and detailed erotic scenes, the sexual tension preceding to it. Senseless sex and crass language a distraction from a good book in my opinion. Yet this story wasn't erotic in a heated sense of tension built.... but it was graphical. Again a mix of differing opinions.
NARRATOR: I found that something lacked in the delivery.... the intonation of the male character was all wrong.... even the female at times... yet it didn't bother that much except my frustration at being distracted from the story.... All in all I suppose it was acceptable but this narrator could likely be the deciding factor for NOT choosing a book in future.
CREDITWORTHY? Don't be a fool.... it costs a fraction of what a credit does. Was it worth the $5.... Well, it was less then a mediocre movie.... but better, so yes.
HEAT FACTOR: For the first time it's difficult to say... yes it boiled, and steamed a little... yet even with constant frank sexual talk I didn't see real heat. How can there be sex without heat???
I'm one of the reviewers at the Guilty Indulgence Review Site. I am always reading - I don't go anywhere without an ebook or audiobook!
The Governess and the Beast is hot - hot - hot. The narrator's voice is melted sex and brings this already explicit story about the heated encounter -and ultimately beautiful story- between a scarred war hero and a lonely woman. Despite the setting being historical, the tale is one that could be set in any era. The audio version of this book amplifies every emotion rolling through the scenes.
Want a delicious read? Need to sink into something sexy? This book fits the description.
Mom, and caregiver. Variety in my music and book libraries. I love a good romance or mystery. In order to be worth my time and money
Maybe… Reader, yes. Author, maybe
Not if I had to pay for it.
There are only two characters… both? Or fill out the characters more
Snuff novella. The reader is a good one with the breathy tones expected of this kind of story – even the slight accent to assist. It certainly has its hot parts – it is labeled as BDSM erotica however and this is a misnomer there is no dominance and submission in any real way, there isn’t even any real playtime other than a lot of sex; even a bit of kinky sex.
Would I recommend this story? Well, the characters are decent; the setting skimmed over but filled out could be nice – overall as a short read – sure if the reader knew what they were getting into. Would I spend an Audible credit on this? No. Though the reader is a good one and I might look to see what else she has done the story was short and had little depth. Did I come to care about the characters? Well, lightly that could have become interesting if the story had been further filled out but they weren’t well developed enough.
If this author/reader combination came up in the freebie section I might give it another chance if I was looking for pure smut but otherwise I wouldn’t give the author a second glance. This novella is essentially what my mother thinks romance novels are – all sex, little character development and no depth. There are a lot better stories to hold my attention and fill my time. Think porn on paper and there is this novel.
I am open to reviewing quality products.
What a yummy little quickie!!!! I love a smexy read and this one really delivers!!
The book starts off with a Jane Eyre reference, yeah, one of my fav classics!! It swiftly jumps into the steam. Things get sexy really fast, more of a lusty feeling than love. Most of the book is steam, but it has variety and depth to the bedroom scenes. I love a man who is a giver, if you know what I mean!! And one does not generally encounter an naughty mouth in a historical, but be prepared, this gent is a dirty talker. Oh la, this is a hot ticket.
The characters are surprisingly engaging and dynamic. They are each damaged in their own way, a perfect match for healing. Things start off rocky and there is a slight misunderstanding. They get past that quickly. Simon is really gruff but when her opens up he steals your heart!! And how could the sweet governess resist him. Even though it is a short period of time I am willing to believe the feelings are real. They share so much in their time together, it creates a true bond for their connection.
The book is a mixed narrative, swapping between the two leads POVs. This makes them more real and gives insight into their motivations. This goes a long way in making Simon less beastly. Sigh, and you get to understand poor Lila as well.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Audrey Lusk. She does a great job with the character's voices, keeping them distinct and consistent. She has a wonderful pace that is brisk and helps the story flow. Oh boy, she adds serious vocal energy to the smexy scenes!! Definitely looking for more of her reads!!
I really liked this smexy historical. I hope Ms Gerrard plans to add more of her delightfully naughty reads in audiobooks!! I am definitely a fan! Sexy steam with a great story hidden in it's folds. I could only wish it were longer!!
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