Following the recent death of her father, and in need of both a job and somewhere to live, Kiya takes a housekeeping job on the spur of the moment. She soon finds herself living in a beautiful but neglected mansion, working for a strange and reclusive man.
St. John is a man scarred by the past, both physically and emotionally, and is determined to live out his life alone. They are two very different people, drawn to each other almost against their will, but can Kiya convince St. John that he is not the monster he believes himself to be?
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About the Author
A contemporary romance author, Ellie lives in the beautiful East Riding of Yorkshire, UK, with her partner, David, and two children, Joe and Abbie. Ellie is a proud member of the Romantic Novelist Association and currently works full time in public services, although her ambition is to be able to write full time. Ellie's novels are published by Tirgearr Publishing.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Not my favorite retelling. The Beast went Jekyll/Hyde too often and too quickly for my liking. I know he was hurt and scared, but still... When he wasn't being beastly, he, along with all of the other characters were very likable. Well, except for the one we weren't meant to like. That the main characters couldn't figure out how the other felt seemed plausible, even though everyone else saw it.
The book is a good sweet romance read. The story has a good story line. The characters are good, and they have good chemistry. The story is an enjoyable, and fun read. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Reviewed by Daria White for Readers' Favorite Beauty and the Recluse by Ellie Gray tells the story of Kiya, who takes a housekeeping job after she sees an advertisement. The people around her wonder why she wants this particular job, especially since she’ll be working for the recluse St. John. Kiya takes the chance anyway. She accepts the opportunity to work for St. John, but he has strict orders for her to follow. She is to stay away from him. Easier said than done, since Kiya is curious about her boss. Can she help? Does he want it? Is there more to him than meets the eye? The more St. John pushes Kiya away, the harder she tries to bring him out of his mental prison. The question is, how far is she willing to go? I absolutely loved the contemporary twist to the classic story of Beauty and the Beast. I loved the story and cartoon as a child, so Ellie Gray’s version had me engaged. I literally read Beauty and the Recluse in one sitting, because I was on the edge of my seat, anticipating what would happen next. When Kiya asks St. John, “Why won’t you let me in,” and he replies, “I can’t,” I felt the emotions of them both. When the author describes St. John’s past, my heart went out to him, and the way Kiya tries to bring him back to life is beautiful. It’s amazing what we as humans can get through with the right people around us to help. I highly recommend this as a great read. Again, it’s a beautiful story.