The Pirate and I: Devil’s Duke #2.5 by Katharine Ashe

The Pirate and I: Devil's Duke #2.5 by Katharine Ashe

Katharine Ashe returns to the blog today with a novella installment in her Devil’s Duke Series.  Please read on for my review of

The Pirate and I

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.

The Pirate and I: Devil’s Duke #2.5 by Katharine Ashe

Title: The Pirate and I
Author: Katharine Ashe
Series: Devil's Duke #2.5
Also in this series: The Rogue, The Duke
Genre: Historical Romance, Novella, Regency, Setting: Scotland
Published by: Avon Impulse
ISBN: 0062641778
Published on: 22 August, 2017
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Pages: 192
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

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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 resist falling again, this time for the dangerous scoundrel he’s become?

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

 

About Katharine Ashe

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 www.KatharineAshe.com or write to her at PO Box 51702, Durham, NC 27717.

 

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