The Fire Rose
Title: The Fire Rose
Author: Mercedes Lackey
In a retelling of “Beauty and the Beast” set in 1905 San Francisco, destitute scholar Rosalind Hawkins takes a job reading to a recluse under a werewolf spell.
Book One of the Elemental Masters Series
Rosalind Hawkins is a medieval scholar from a fine family in Chicago; unfortunately, her professor father has speculated away the family money and died, leaving young Rosalind with no fortune and no future. Desolate with grief, forced to cut her education short, she agrees to go West to take a job as a governess to a wealthy man in San Francisco.
Jason Cameron, her new employer, is a man with a problem: an Adept and Alchemist, Master of the Element of Fire, he had attempted the old French werewolf transformation, and got stuck in mid-transformation. Trapped halfway between wolf and man, over the centuries he has been slowly losing his humanity, and with it his ability to discover a cure for his condition.