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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Review: The Pirate and I by Katharine Ashe

I love romance. I love pirates. I love pirate romances and this one totally delivered in a short amount of time.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Release Date: July 11, 2017

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?

What’s it About? Esme Astell fell hopelessly in love with respectable bookmaker Charles Brittle from afar only for him to disappear without a word. Two years later she runs into Charlie in Scotland but he’s definitely not the same man she remembers. He’s big, dangerous, and on the run from the police. At first she thinks he doesn’t remember her but then when he shows up in her rented room all but begging for her help, she doesn’t hesitate and the two end up on an adventure that Esme never dreamed of.

Overall reaction to the story? I could not put this novella down! I’ve read Katharine Ashe before but I still consider myself a newbie to her books. I didn’t get to start this series with the first book *wails* but I didn’t have any trouble following along with this story since the story surrounds just the two main characters. Charlie and Esme’s story was so dashing and romantic; I didn’t want it to end! The Pirate and I definitely didn’t feel like a novella, it felt more like a full length novel from start to finish.

I know Charlie and Esme were already established characters from a previous book but I’m glad Katharine Ashe still gave a little background information on them both without taking too much time from the present timeline. I was able to connect more with both characters and feel a whole mess of sympathy for Charlie and the life he had. I am curious to see the “before” Charlie though so that just gives me more of a reason to read Katharine Ashe’s books.

I also think we need more heroes named Charlie. I mean, how many bookmaker/pirates do you know named Charlie? Also, how sexy is it that he worked with books? He’s a book nerd who also happens to be one heck of a dangerous pirate. RAWR if you ask me. Total RAWR. And Esme is just awesome. She works with perfume! She’s unconventional for sure because she’s also blunt, stubborn, and willing to do anything to help those she loves. I thought she was a lot of fun and she had an adventurer’s spirit which was very appealing to me.

Another great thing about The Pirate and I was the sense of urgency and adventure that was present from start to finish yet it didn’t feel like the story was incomplete. I was very happy with the pace, the plot, and the happy ending. I even liked how Esme would call Charlie by his full name whenever she was upset at him.

Click It or Skip It? Click It! I was totally charmed by this second chance romance. It’s one of the few novellas that I can say was much more than I expected. And memo to me: Add the previous books in the series to the Throwback Thursday Reviews wish list.

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