Published by Billet-Doux Books on August 4th 2016
Genres: Historical, Romance, Regency
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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.
(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
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!
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