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The Pirate and I: A Novella (Devil's Duke) Kindle Edition
About the Author
Katharine Ashe is the award-winning author of historical romances that reviewers call “intensely lush” and “sensationally intelligent,” including How to Be a Proper Lady, an Amazon Editors’ Choice for the 10 Best Books of the Year in Romance, and My Lady, My Lord and How to Marry a Highlander, 2015 and 2014 finalists for the prestigious RITA® Award of the Romance Writers of America. Her books are recommended by Publishers Weekly, Women’s World Magazine, Booklist, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Barnes & Noble, and many others, and translated into languages across the world.
Katharine lives in the wonderfully warm Southeast with her beloved husband, son, dog, and a garden she likes to call romantic rather than unkempt. A professor of European History, she writes fiction because she thinks modern readers deserve grand adventures and breathtaking sensuality too. For more about Katharine’s books, please visit her website or write to her at PO Box 51702, Durham, NC 27717.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B01LZFL5IC
- Publisher : Avon Impulse (July 11, 2017)
- Publication date : July 11, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 1961 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 197 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 006264176X
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #774,824 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This is a fun short novel, it’s a little too long for a novella at 165 pages, That features two working class protagonists. The book follows the quest for Charlie to free himself from his servitude aboard the pirate ship as well as Esme’s pursuit of becoming a master perfumer. I particularly liked the sections that discussed the different perfumes and scents.
Esme was not the heroine I expected. She was delightfully practical but at the same time also a dreamer. Ever optimistic and lighthearted even when circumstances were at their lowest.
Charles is an interesting mix of alpha hero and beta hero. He is a bushman. But Life aboard a pirate ship has hardened him mentally as well as pardon his body. He’s intelligent but he also knows when to back away and let Esme shine. Frankly I liked him. I also liked that he didn’t assume that his dream was worth more than hers. And that’s quite frankly way to rare in romance.
It’s a fun light book.
This story is most closely related to Ashe's other series novella, The Scoundrel and I. It revolves around a printer's younger son and a young woman with a "nose" for perfume, which is refreshing since neither is a part of the nobility. Esme Astell was in love with Charlie Brittle for years when she worked across the street from his printing office in her perfume shop, but she always thought he loved her friend, Gabrielle Flood. When Gabrielle falls for a naval captain (see The Scoundrel and I), Esme thinks she may have a chance, but Charlie leaves and Esme's heart is crushed to pieces. The Pirate and I takes place a year after The Scoundrel and I, with both Charlie and Esme being totally different people. Charlie has been at sea, while Esme has finally decided to pursue her dream of a perfume apprenticeship in France.
The strength of this novella was the pacing and the description of the shift in feelings between the two leads. Despite its shortened length, the story was a potent mix of adventure, humor, angst, and romance. Both leads had their crosses to bear, and they were at times vulnerable, sexy, and easy to relate to. I also liked seeing more of what Charlie thought since in Scoundrel and I, only Esme's perspective is presented. His thoughts and motivations were not what I expected at all!
Anyway, I really enjoyed this story and would recommend it for anyone looking for a nice read, even if you haven't been following the series. It was a delightful escape and one of my favorites of Ashe's work in some time (this reminded me more of the tone/style from her Rogues of the Sea or her Prince Catchers series than her Falcon Club series). Highly recommend!
I received a complimentary copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Well, I'm so glad that I one-clicked. She pulled a fast one on me by taking familiar characters and moving them to a different venue - Scotland!
Since I don't make a habit of recapping books, I'll just say that this was a great story. It was sexy. There was a mystery. The couple was magic together.
I love seeing side characters reintroduced and getting their own HEA. This book did that in spades with an interesting twist.
I really want all the bad things to happen to Josiah Brittle, Jr. He is a warthog!
Sparkling, fun Regency romance set in Edinburgh (one of my favorite cities in the world!) and involving the hunt for a stolen dog, a smart, independent heroine who's determined to pursue her career no matter what it costs her (and doesn't have to change her mind about that to get a happy ending), a hero who really just wants to quietly look after books but has been forced into becoming a reluctant pirate against his will, fabulous banter between them, and a love scene in an exquisitely described library. It stands perfectly well on its own, but the moment I finished it, I bought the linked novella that's set beforehand with a different couple (The Scoundrel and I). It was just the right kind of frothy, fun, light read for me to discover on a stressed-out, tired week! I'm going to be hunting down all of Katharine Ashe's other Regencies afterward. :)