Ellie Gray – Beauty and the Recluse – Virtual Book Tour

Contemporary Romance
Date Published: February 12, 2016
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?

Singing softly to herself, Kiya was halfway into the room before she
realised that she was not alone. From the corner of her eye, she saw St.
John O’Neill spin around in surprise and she gave a startled cry, the
vase slipping through her fingers to smash on the floor by her feet. He
was a very tall man, easily 6ft. 5ins, broad-shouldered and muscular.
His thick black hair, although clean, was long and unkempt, and his
beard did not quite hide the vivid scar that ran from high on his right
cheek down to his mouth. Incredibly bright blue eyes bore into her and,
despite the scar and his rough, dishevelled appearance, Kiya was
breathlessly aware that he was an incredibly attractive man. He
continued to stare at her, radiating an aura of menace, and Kiya gave an
unconscious shiver.
‘Seen enough?’ he asked coldly.
Blushing furiously, aware that she had been staring, Kiya quickly bent to pick up the pieces of shattered vase.
‘Leave it.’ His words were clipped.
‘I’m sorry, I didn’t realise what time it was. I’ll just clear…’ she babbled, nervously.
‘Dammit, I said leave it.’
hand jerked at his unexpected ferocity and she gave a yelp of pain as
the sharp edge of the broken vase sliced her palm. She stood quickly,
lifting her hand to check the severity of the cut, and felt a wave of
nausea wash over her at the surprisingly profuse amount of blood pouring
from the wound. She heard St. John mutter an explicit curse and looked
up to see him striding quickly towards her, his expression furious.

When I choose to read “Beauty and the Recluse” by Ellie Gray it was
because of the concept of “Beauty and Beast” that lurked just under the surface
of the Blurb to that book. 
And I was not disappointed when it comes to that. This book is really
one of the “cleanest” and sweetest romances I have read lately. Interesting was
that it was really hard to make out if it was contemporary at all … I think it
would only take the removal of less than 10 words in the whole book and you
could place the whole story into almost any century you wanted. 
The writing is fluent and flawless and I believe lovers of the Beauty
and Beast theme will adore this book. 
But you have to be warned – if you are
not willing to accept clichés, this might not be your book.

Ellie is an
author of contemporary romance who also enjoys writing YA fiction. She is a
proud member of the Romantic Novelist Association and lives in the beautiful
East Riding of Yorkshire with her partner, David, two children, two cats and a
working full-time in the public sector and studying for a Masters Degree, Ellie
hopes one day to achieve her ambition of being able to write full time.

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