Review: The Scoundrel and I by Katharine Ashe

Review: The Scoundrel and I by Katharine AsheThe Scoundrel and I: A Novella by Katharine Ashe
Published by Billet-Doux Books on August 4th 2016
Genres: Historical, Romance, Regency
Pages: 196
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four-half-stars

A sexy, heartwarming novella from the author of RITA(r) Award Finalists My Lady, My Lord and How to Marry a Highlander... Printer's assistant Gabrielle Flood just made the worst mistake of her life. Then handsome, dashing Captain Anthony Masinter came along... And made it even worse. And he's the last man on earth who can help her fix it. Sometimes a disaster is exactly what two people need to fall in love.

The Scoundrel & I is a standalone spin-off novella from Katharine Ashe’s acclaimed Falcon Club Series, with special BONUS MATERIAL: the complete correspondence of Lady Justice and Peregrine, including never-before-published letters.

Review:

(I always can tell how much I love a book by the amount of quotes I save. This one had a lot)

A wonderfully adorable novella from Katharine Ashe! This story just has the most sweetest and cutest couple ever. Anthony definitely makes it up there for best cheerful charming hero!

“Assuredly. Now tell me your trouble and I’ll do my scoundrelly best to solve it.”

An accidental-filled meeting has our heroine Gabrielle a little unhappy with our hero Anthony when he comes riding by and causes Elle to lose some printer type pieces. Anthony, determined to help Elle, comes up with a few plans and the couples go on an adventure to save Elle’s job.

I love how different they are. Gabrielle works in a publisher’s office and is all about the proper (grammar, she is a proof-reader after all), and the no nonsense (Elle adorable constantly corrects Anthony’s grammar.) While Anthony, sea captain, is a little more about the nonsense and slightly more carefree way (he constantly teases and puts a blush on Elle).

Despite it being a novella, I think their relationship really developed well. I love their banter and seeing Elle’s walls crumble in the face of Anthony’s charm. They go on a slightly silly adventure trying to get the type pieces back and it’s filled with cuteness. And what I really loved about them is that it’s Elle who fights for and has to win Anthony back when she messes up.

Did I mention how much I love Anthony? Because I do. So much. He’s so good-hearted and swoon-y and cheerful! He did have a little bit of noble idiocy from keeping him from being too perfect but that’s okay. And I love that he strives to make Elle happy!

“You will bribe strangers to compliment me?”
“Whatever it requires.”
“Whatever it requires to accomplish what?”
“Whatever it requires to wipe the care from those pretty eyes forever.”

Overall, it was a fun and heartwarming romance with a couple that I just adored. I liked that that there’s depth to both Elle and Anthony’s back story despite the shortness of the story. This novella definitely left me grinning

(Quote-tastic quote!)

The gaze he turned upon her was full of pleasure. And affection. Undeniable affection.
Elle’s breath went entirely out of her.
“Stop looking at me like that,” she managed. “I was chastising you.”
“Rather be chastised by you, Gabrielle Flood, than praised by anybody else.”
“Then you are very silly.”
His forehead crunched anew. “No doubt of that.”

PS. This novella is a standalone spinoff from Ashe’s series The Falcon Club, which I haven’t read yet, but I’m definitely intrigued!

About Katharine Ashe

KATHARINE ASHE is the award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of historical romances that reviewers call “intensely lush” and “sensationally intelligent,” including her acclaimed Devil’s Duke Series, as well as My Lady, My Lord and How to Marry a Highlander, finalists for the prestigious RITA® Award of the Romance Writers of America. Her books are recommended by Publishers Weekly, Woman’s World Magazine, Booklist, Library Journal, USA Today, Kirkus Reviews, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and many others, and translated into languages across the world.

Katharine lives in the wonderfully warm Southeast United States 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.

four-half-stars

Author: Cyn

noun. a bum a student again. A master’s student…oooh. procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.

14 Comment

  1. YAYAYAYAYAY! Wasn’t this one amazing? I think it’s one of my favorite Ashe books (though it is a novella). I immediately reread my favorite scenes after finishing. I especially loved the climax of the book, because the heroine goes after her man (usually it’s the other way around). 😀

    I’m so so so glad you enjoyed this book. Wonderful review, Cyn!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. This was such an awesome read!! I think this is probably my favourite of her’s too 🙂 I swooned a bit when Elle went to win back Anthony, haha!
      Thanks, Alyssa!

  2. This sounds so sweet! I’m not usually the biggest fan of romance novellas but they are such a fantastic way to figure out if a new-to-me author is for me. I have yet to read Katharine Ashe though I’ve been wanting too and this sounds fantastic. Adding to my TBR!

    1. I’ve read a few of hers, and this is definitely one of my favourite of hers. It was such a well done novella, and I just loved the couple! Hope you enjoy it!

  3. Oh this must be good, if you rated a novella this high. I am off to make it my own!

    1. I was definitely impressed! I hope you love it!!

  4. oh I have so much love for this author!!! I haven’t read her novella’s though, but I am so happy to hear that this one has depth and doesn’t feel like a novella….very rare now adays.

    1. I think this is my favourite of hers to date! I was so happy that this story totally sucked me in!

  5. nooooooooooo a novella.. I was hooked so hooked and than it said it’s a novella and now I am heartbroken.

    1. It’s still worth the read, Lily! Don’t be heartbroken yet 😉

  6. Aw I like that quote. It’s been a while since I’ve read hers. Might need to get back into them 🙂

    1. This one is definitely worth getting back to 😀

  7. This sounds like a good story. I have read one book from the author, and the name escapes me right now. I really enjoyed it. It had a ‘Clue’ feel to it. I’m glad you liked this one!

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