The Governess and the Beast by Karyn Gerrard is a historical erotic romance read and is a part of her Blind Cupid series. It is a retelling of a time old tale of beauty falling for the beast with a few twists in the plot. I enjoyed reading Simon and Hortense’s story it goes to show that love goes beyond what you see on the surface and that two lonely wounded hearts can find solace in each other.
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?
Hortense has not had it easy in life. She learned the hard way that she could not trust anyone but herself. Her father taught her that when he died and left her without a place to call her own. She found herself in questionable circumstances after that and now she is trying to find her path to redemption. When she sees an ad for governess she feels this will be the first step in the right direction. She is, however, not prepared for what she finds when she arrives at the manor. She is told by Simon that the job is not for a governess but to be his companion. She doesn’t want to take a step backwards so she asks for him to send her back home. He then propositions her with a night of passion in return for a good reference and a reasonable amount of money. She is not sure she should take it but she knows a good reference will go a long way, so she decides to take him up on his offer. She is unprepared for the journey that one night will take her on. Will she find that there is more in Simon then she bargained for? Will she be able to leave in the morning? Or will the two find bliss in each other’s arms?
Simon is a wounded man both physically and emotionally. The scars on his surface reach much farther than they show. He hasn’t left his home for a long time his scars are too much for others to handle and he would rather not have to bear the looks on their faces. The only problem is he is lonely and would like the company of a woman. When Hortense replies to his add he finds out as much about he as he can so that he can convince her to stay with him. When she arrives and finds out what the position is for she declines it but he must convince her to stay. So he asks her to stay for one night with him in exchange for a good reference and some money. She seems reluctant but accepts his offer. He is ecstatic and hopes that one night will convince her to stay. When he bears his soul to her and she to him they find that they share an undeniable chemistry. They also find solace in each other’s arms, something they have both needed and have been unable to find up to this point. Will this be enough for her to stay with him forever? Or will he be left lonely again?
I enjoyed The Governess and the Beast. I liked that it was a Beauty and the Beast type of story. What I enjoyed most was Hortense and Simon’s back stories. I liked the fact that they were both emotionally wounded and needed each other to find healing. Simon was a war veteran that was wounded and came back another person, while life circumstances threw Hortense into some really bad situations and left her “tainted”. The two of them were perfect for each other and ended up being exactly what they needed. I would recommend The Governess and the Beast to anyone who enjoys historical romances.