Published by Avon Impulse on July 11th 2017
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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?
~~Reviewed by Monique~~
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.