The Pirate and I: A Novella

The Pirate and I: A Novella

by Katharine Ashe

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Years ago, Miss Esme Astell fell hopelessly in love with Charles Brittle, an unassuming and highly respectable London bookmaker.

Then he disappeared without a word . . .

The last thing Esme ever dreamed was to meet Charlie again—

In a dark alleyway—

In a drenching rain—

In a chase with the police—

In Scotland.

Can she fall again, this time for the dangerous scoundrel he’s become?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062641762
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/22/2017
Series: Devil's Duke Series
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 472,650
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.50(h) x 0.50(d)

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 WeeklyWomen’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.

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The Pirate and I: A Novella 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Pirate and I is a short, hot novella about an unexpectedly independent Esme and her long unrequited love Charlie. Finding out he had become a pirate after his unexpected disappearance doesn't deter her in the least from helping him win his freedom. I loved their banter and their easy camraderie. This was a cute love story with steamy scenes.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Giving some backstory to our two characters, Charlie and Esme, even as I’ve read others in this series, the story is easy to follow as it truly is all about the couple. Charlie is a bookmaker (read bookbinder) which is just about the coolest thing ever after you combine it with the current profession of Pirate. After having disappeared from Esme’s (and societies life two years back, he’s returned! And then there is Esme: strong, stubborn and a bit of a scandal as she speaks her mind and has an adventurer’s spirit that spurs her to risk anything to help those she loves. And she did love Charlie, even as she never let him know. But now, she’s working with perfume and following her own dreams, in Scotland for a conference: and there he is. Things haven’t been good for Charlie in the past years: he’s not a pirate by choice, and is running from the police. Ultimately he wants to leave the danger and lawlessness behind, but he’ll need help, particularly Esme’s help, to make the change. Oh the solidity of a friendship and that attraction were clearly evident in this book! The two are so well suited: her daring and his innate honor and desire to protect her combined to make this a romantic and sweetly reaffirming story, complete with plenty of ‘swoony’ moments as the romantic nature of Charlie is revealed. A solid story with plenty of moments between Esme and Charlie that sparkle with great dialogue and plenty of determination to change their lives for the better, together. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated fort this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The overview sounds more interesting than what the actual story is. I like the main characters however.
MistyRose24 More than 1 year ago
"The Pirate and I " by Katharine Ashe is the latest addition the the Devil's Duke series is a page turning novella. The adventure is center of the story line. The meeting of the main characters (where the story really starts) is one of the best I have read. The sense of adventure, the pull and tug between love and career/dream, and the surprising outcome makes this book one to read, buy as gift, and a great stocking stuffer. It is nice to see the inside the perspective of a perfume connoisseur in a historical romance novel. I am sensitive to scent and this added layer makes it an even greater appeal to your senses . Definately, recommend this book.
MADreaderMD More than 1 year ago
This novella set in the the Devil's Duke world is a fun mixture of fairy-tale elements with a liberal sprinkling of The Princess Bride references. Esme is an independent young woman who moved to London from the country to pursue her dream of becoming one of the world's best perfume makers. It's taken a long time, but she's finally got a chance to get noticed by the master perfumers of the world at their meeting in Edinburg. A chance encounter in a dark alley, however, could ruin all her plans. Charlie Brittle is in big trouble. If he doesn't pay off the pirate captain who holds him in bondage, he'll have to remain a pirate. While sailing the seas has taught him many lessons, and improved his physique immensely, he's never gotten used to the brutality of the pirate life. He wants his freedom, and he's determined to get it. After seeing Esme, whom he had known in London, he realizes what he needs is her excellent nose to help him sniff out the prize he is after. Of course, he wouldn't mind having the rest of her as well! This novella has plenty of sizzling romance and adventure, although it's on land not at sea. I liked that Esme contributes just as much to the story as Charlie does. They work together to save each other. I would have liked more background information on both of them, and maybe there is more about them in a previous novella mentioned by the author. There is also a brief meeting with the Devil's Duke to tease us for the next novel in the series.
angcartwright More than 1 year ago
This picks right up from another novella of the author titled The Scoundrel and I. I realized this about 20 pages into the book and went back and re-read that novella out of curiousity but this was really not necessary at all. The book can stand-a-lone for sure. I actually liked it better than The Scoundrel and I - the characters were more likeable and relatable and had great chemistry. I really liked Esme. She was so spunky and vibrant that it was fun to discover more about her personality and the reader wasn’t the only one as the hero, Charles, was discovering her to be a revelation as well. The story was very complicated and hard to follow at times. I marveled at where the idea must have come from to include a quest for a dog in exchange for freedom. I have to say though that many of Katherine Ashe’s books contain creative and complex plots and this really makes her unique. It’s hard to know what might happen next and I appreciate that as too many times books are so predictable. This is a pleasant, sweet and endearing book that I tremendously enjoyed. It wasn’t too short and actually felt like a full and complete novel. Absolutely worth reading! Received an ARC from the publisher
KattCollins More than 1 year ago
This story was the perfectly delightful, escapist romp I needed after a couple of hellish weeks in the real world! It can be read as a stand-alone, but those who follow Katharine Ashe's "Devil's Duke" series will enjoy interwoven references to other "cast members." Katharine Ashe is a wonderfully witty author. Not all her heroes are perfect, and NONE of them are abusive. Not all her heroines are spineless, too gorgeous, or too innocent to believe. I like a heroine who is intelligent and strong, and the same thing goes for the heroes. Katharine Ashe does not create idiotic or violent heroes! The chemistry between the main and supporting characters is what keeps the emotions real and fulfilling, while the plot line keeps you intrigued. The story starts with an unexpected encounter, far from home, between Esme (a gifted perfumer) and Charles (who disappeared years ago and was assumed dead). At the time, Esme was pursuing her dream to be accepted as the apprentice to a master perfumier and travel to France, while Charles was attempting to evade the police who were pursuing him for theft. Esme had loved Charles, but he never noticed her; he has changed so much she wouldn't have recognized him, had she not recognized his voice, and his unique scent. The story follows the adventures of Esme and Charlie as they spy on nobles, find a stolen pooch, discover their attraction and make the most difficult decisions of their lives. Katharine Ashe as an author pretty much assures a happy ending - but that doesn't mean she will let you escape without shedding a tear or two along the way. I heartily recommend The Pirate and I, a delightfully sweet romp through Edinburgh with characters you'd like to call friends.
girlfromwvaKY More than 1 year ago
Katharine Ashe has written "The Pirate and I". The story is a continuation of the author’s The Devil’s Duke Series. This novella is set in Scotland and is the story of Charlie Brittle and Esme Astell. Esme is a perfumer in London. Charlie is pretty ordinary and well-thought-of London bookmaker. Years ago, Esme fell totally in love with Charlie. Then he disappeared... without a word. When Esme goes to Scotland, she runs into Charlie in a dark alleyway during a rainstorm. She had no expectation that she would ever see him again since she thought he was dead. Charlie is actually alive and well, but on the run from the police in Edinburgh. Can Esme fall in love again, this time for the daring rogue Charlie has become? This novella is suspenseful, funny, and a quick read. It is a wonderful addition to the series.
RWBrock More than 1 year ago
This historical romance novella just released today, and it's another winner from Katharine Ashe. A sweet, romantic story of Charlie and Esme, who while initially attracted to each other, do not connect with the other until 2 years later after they've both been through some obstacles in finding themselves and going after what they truly want. Great banter here! Ashe is a go-to author for me! I loved that Charlie was not the typical macho, take-charge hero to Esme's heroine. Yes, he had her back, but he also allowed her to make her own decisions and wield her hard-fought independence in their adventures together. And Esme for her part was a feisty, spunky young woman who saw more for herself and her family and was ready to conquer the world to get it. She radiated a genuine sweet wonder about the world around her, but it wasn't a naive innocence. In a modern setting, she would have been someone with a bucket list...a curious free spirit. And both characters, while initially running from something, end up re-making themselves and ultimately re-discovering each other through new eyes. For a novella, it was satisfyingly complete and lovely. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Pirate & I by Katharine Ashe Book 2.5 of the Devil's Duke series Publisher: Avon Impulse Publication Date: July 11, 2017 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from Edelweiss Summary (from Goodreads): Years ago, Miss Esme Astell fell hopelessly in love with Charles Brittle, an unassuming and highly respectable London bookmaker. Then he disappeared without a word. The last thing Esme ever dreamed was to meet Charlie again — In a dark alleyway — In a drenching rain — In a chase with the police — In Scotland. Can she resist falling again, this time for the dangerous scoundrel he’s become? What I Liked: This novella was an absolute delight to read. I'm up to date with the Devil's Duke series and I actually think this is my favorite so far. Not that The Rogue and The Earl were bad - but this novella was so fun and heartwarming. It has crossover with The Scoundrel & I, featuring Esme Astel (who is Gabrielle Flood's friend) and Charles Brittle (from the Brittle & Sons print shop at which Gabrielle worked). This novella is an excellent addition to the series but also a fine standalone story. Esme Astel hasn't seen Charles Brittle in nearly two years, so imagine her surprise when he comes running down the alley on a rainy night, silently pleading with her not to give him away as the police search for him. Everyone thought he'd left for good, or was dead. As it would turn out, Charlie Brittle joined a ship two years ago, and then the ship was taken over by pirates, and he became a pirate by necessity. He is back - well, in Scotland - in order to complete a mission to get another pirate off his back. Esme has loved Charlie for years, and seeing him again is a dream come true. But he is full of mystery and danger, and not quite the same man from two years ago. And her current dream is to live in Paris as an apprentice to a perfumer. In this story, dreams come true for both Esme and Charlie, in the sweetest and most hopeful of ways. From the start, this book is full of sweet romance and yummy tension. You can practically feel the chemistry between Charlie and Esme, from the first pages and onward. This isn't a second-chance romance, though Esme and Charlie knew each other for years. Esme was secretly in love with Charlie for years, but she was sure that he was in love with Gabrielle - which is why he left. But Charlie has never loved Gabrielle like that, and he left for different reasons. During his years away, only one woman occupied his thoughts, the woman he was too shy to whom he was too shy to speak up. Esme is a sweet and tough young lady, with big dreams and a big heart. She has always had a knack for distinguishing smells, hence why she has gone into the perfume business. She is in Scotland for a perfumer's meeting, and she hopes to get an apprenticeship with one of the perfumers of Paris. Then, she can starting saving money to move her two sisters and mother out of her wretched uncle's house. Charlie is every inch a pirate - big, broad, unsmiling, up to some scheme, and running from the law. However, he is a good man, and though he denies it, a gentleman. He is selfless and caring when it comes to Esme and her family. He isn't an alpha male hero, but rather a seemingly hard yet sweet man who is protective to a fault. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
def618 More than 1 year ago
Esme Astell loved Charlie Brittle, the printer's son who worked across the street from the perfume shop she worked in. Charlie disappeared almost 2 years ago and is believed dead. She leaves London for Edinburgh to attend the Society of Perfumers meeting hoping to get a better job in Paris. Imagine her surprise when she sees Charlie alive! He needs her help to sever his ties with the pirate he has been slaving for since his disappearance. Between attending her meeting and helping Charlie, she discovers he loves her too. Now the problem is freeing him from the pirate and getting a job. Novellas are too short to ruin the great story Katharine Ashe has written. Her novellas are as good as her books. There is a lot more going on than the little I've told you. I highly recommend this book.
janeeyre01 More than 1 year ago
Engaging, Fun, Sensual, great hero and heroine. Cute secondary characters
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
Esme Astell had saved all her money from her work in a perfumer shop in London to go to Edinburgh for a perfumers’ meeting. Her dream is to go to Paris and learn how to be a perfumer: she has the nose. But Esme never thought she would see Charlie Brittle again, after twenty one months. Dependable Charlie of Brittle and Sons Printers, whom she had loved in silence, had vanished into thin air. Charlie needs Esme in a professional capacity: he needs her nose! After enlightening us on printing in her previous novella, Katharine Ashe takes us into the world of perfume. Ms. Ashe paints a layered atmosphere imbued with scents, the scenery’s colours muted in the Scottish rain. Charlie has filled out in the time he was away, and Esme is even more mesmerised than before his absence, but now an aura of danger surrounds him: Charlie had become a pirate. The author’s sharp descriptions made me see Esme’s world through her eyes, as well as experience her inner thoughts and feelings. A song, a dance, a few kisses, and Ms. Ashe had me completely lost in this exquisite love story. The author’s sumptuous and wonderfully evocative prose shines, and the dialogues are simply dazzling. THE PIRATE AND I is a perfect example of slow burn brilliantly executed: the sex scenes are especially sensuous and lovely, and I loved that Charlie was a real gentleman. There are also exceptional secondary characters, such as the delightful Monsieur Cadence and young Rory, and a brief appearance of the Devil’s Duke. Katharine Ashe’s writing has never been more gorgeous, and the ending was exactly what I wished for and didn’t think I would get. THE PIRATE AND I is yet another exquisite book by Katharine Ashe who, hard to believe, gets better all the time. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.