Sunday, July 9, 2017

Review of The Pirate and I by Katharine Ashe


Another wonderful addition to the Devil's Duke Series.  This novella is about Charlie Brittle and Esme Astell.  Esme works in a shop across the street from Charlie's family printing business.  She secretly loved him and he didn't know that she existed.  Then one day Charlie disappeared and never returned. Two years later Esme is in Scotland attending the Society of Perfumers to learn and obtain a post as an apprentice to a master perfumer and move to Paris.  

Walking back to her boardinghouse one night she literally runs into Charlie.  He has changed so much physically.  If she didn't recognize his scent she would not have known who he was.  Charlie pretends not to know who she is and disappears into the night.  

When Charles appears again it is to ask Esme to help him find a dog that will buy his freedom from the pirate that he is being pursued by.  He needs Esme nose to sniff out the scent and lead him to the dog. Charlie has been enslaved on a pirate ship for the past 21 months having suffered torture and other cruelties, he is not the same man he used to be and will never be able to go home.  So begins the adventure that will lead Esme and Charlie on a path brimming with danger, excitement and a new beginning for both.

Katharine is one of my favorite Historical Romance Authors.  Her stories are original.  Her characters are intelligent, strong, brave and a joy to get to know.  Her writing is sensual and beautiful.  She is also historically accurate and I learn something new with each book she writes.  This is a novella that reads like a full length novel, full of hair raising peril, unforgettable characters and a Happily Ever After.  I recommend this book to anyone who loves superb stories that will leave you wanting  more.

Received a complimentary copy for an honest review.