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?
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.