The Scoundrel and I: A Novella

The Scoundrel and I: A Novella

by Katharine Ashe


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ISBN-13: 9780991641253
Publisher: Billet-Doux Books
Publication date: 08/04/2016
Pages: 196
Sales rank: 295,501
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

KATHARINE ASHE is the USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of historical romances that reviewers call "intensely lush" and "sensationally intelligent," including How to Be a Proper Lady, an Amazon Editors' Choice for the 10 Best Romances of the Year. She is a two-time finalist for the prestigious RITA® Award of the Romance Writers of America with My Lady, My Lord in 2015 and How to Marry a Highlander in 2014. She lives in the wonderfully warm Southeast with her beloved husband, son, dog, and a garden she likes to call romantic rather than unkempt. A professor of history, she writes romance because she thinks modern readers deserve grand adventures and breathtaking sensuality too. For more about her books, please visit

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The Scoundrel and I: A Novella 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
girlfromwvaKY More than 1 year ago
The Scoundrel and I is a provocative and uplifting novella from Katharine Ashe. It is a standalone spin-off novella from the acclaimed Falcon Club Series. It has special *bonus material* at the end of the novella; the whole correspondence of Peregrine and Lady Justice. It even contains never-before published letters between the two. I loved this novella and the story of Gabrielle & Tony. It is fun, romantic, sexy, the start of the next novel about Peregrine and Lady Justice coming this October, "The Earl". Gabrielle is a printer's assistant at the print shop of Brittle & Sons, Printers. Anthony (Tony) is a Captain, just recently returned from the sea. Gabrielle has made the worst mistake of her life, and the attractive, daring Captain has come along and made it worse. Gabrielle feels Tony is the last man on earth who could ever help her with fixing it, but he is actually the perfect one to help her. Could their once in a lifetime love come from such an unfortunate misadventure? I really enjoyed their story and the banter between the two, and the way they open up to each other.
def618 More than 1 year ago
Katharine Ashe puts more story into a novella than some authors do a full length novel. This is a wonderful read and a gorgeous cover! It is part of the Falcon Club/Devil’s Duke series. It can be read as a standalone, but you might enjoy it more if you know about Lady Justice’s letters for the rights of the poor and women. The heroine, Gabrielle Flood, works for very low pay at the print shop that publishes Lady J’s letters. She also takes cares of her sick grandmother. When her employers take a vacation, she takes some type home for her grandmother to feel the letters. However, disaster strikes when an aristocrat in a hurry runs her down and she loses some of the letters. Captain Anthony Masinter has no plans to marry but feels obligated to take care of his deceased first lieutenant’s widow and children. When he meets Elle again after knocking her down he is determined to help her keep her job and in doing so, falls in love with her. But he has a responsibility to the widow. What is he to do? I don’t write plot spoilers so this is a limited review of all that happens in this book. I believe you’ll fall in love with Tony and Elle. I enjoyed it immensely and hope you will try it.
zeeba More than 1 year ago
The Scoundrel & I is a fabulous, heartwarming novella that captivates the readers from the first page throughout the whole story. Captain Anthony Masinter is dashing, handsome and had not planned to get marry but when his first lieutenant dies, he feels responsible for his lieutenant death and decides to marry his widow and children. But when he almost runs Gabrielle Flood down, he isn’t sure if he is making the right decision. Gabrielle Flood is a beautiful and hard worker heroine. She works at the print shop and takes care of her sick grandmother. To make her grandmother happy she borrows some of the type’s letters to take home while her employers are on vacation. But unfortunately she loses most of the type’s letters because of the handsome scoundrel Captain Anthony. Now Anthony feels responsible for Gabrielle too and wants to help her but can she trust the dashing captain………………… I must say this is a perfect and sweet novella with engaging story line and adorable characters. Katharine Ashe has created another fabulous story that is a page turner. I love the story and the cover is gorgeous. Thank you Katharine Ashe
PegC51 More than 1 year ago
Gabrielle Flood works in a printer’s shop and cares for her elderly grandmother, who when she was younger also worked as a typesetter in a print shop in America. Captain Anthony Masinter has left the navy to run an estate he inherited from a great aunt. Elle wants to do something special for her grandmother, so when the shop owner goes out of town, she borrows some of the type to take home. On the way, she is frightened by a horse and rider moving rapidly down the dark street. She drops the tray of type and is unable to recover all of them. A few days later she recognizes Anthony as the man who nearly ran her down and gives him a scathing set-down. Anthony wants to make amends. She refuses. He won’t take no for an answer. Here is where the fun starts. The two of them embark on an energetic quest to find and replace the missing type, and to fall head over heals in love with each other. It was wonderful, and then it wasn’t. A betrayal and a tragedy threaten to deny these two their happily ever after. Is there any way to put things back on track? Anthony is certainly going to try. This story has a fast paced, lively plot that hold your attention from start to finish. The characters are strong, determined, and likeable, except for that one nasty piece of work from the print shop. A good story, read and enjoy.
Loveat1stRead More than 1 year ago
What an absolutely fun romance! I love stories where the hero and heroine are genuinely good people who truly deserve their happily ever after. Gabriella Flood is a printer's assistant who spends her days proofreading publications and spends any and all free time caring for her ailing grandmother. She and her grandmother adore reading the titillating letters between Lady Justice and Peregrine, published by the printing shop where Elle is employed. Knowing her grandmother would be thrilled to see the latest printing type of said letters, Elle carefully wraps the type to take and show her grandmother. Unfortunately, on the way home, she literally runs into Captain Anthony Masinter and the type is sent sailing, crashing, and scattering all over the streets. Utterly ruined! Much like she will be ruined when her employer discovers she took the type and destroyed it. War hero Anthony Masinter feels terrible for his part in the accident and promises to make amends. What follows is a delightful "project" to solve the dilemma of the destroyed set of type. And these two honorable, selfless people can't help but fall in love in the process. I must admit, Tony was so irresistible, I couldn't help but fall in love with him just as Elle did. A wonderfully told story that flowed beautifully and leaves you smiling and feeling hopeful. This was my first Katharine Ashe book. I can't believe what I've been missing. What a great introduction for me to this author! I'll definitely be coming back for more. A Book Obsessed Chicks Review Team Selection
nutsaboutquinn More than 1 year ago
I received this copy as an ARC for my honest review. I have every book Katharine Ashe has written. Each book I have read by her I have given it a 5 star rating. But this one I didn't like it as well, for the reason's being, I felt that it was a little to detailed and descriptive about certain ideals. When it comes to my personal reading a lot of detail information causes me to lose focus on what I'm reading. I feel that it takes away the flow of telling the story for me. For other readers I find that they would love the details and it would never phase them. Now that I said what I didn't like about the book, now let me tell you what I love about it. Captain Anthony Masinter and Gabrielle Flood our different from day and night. He's a War Hero and she's a printers assistant. He's from the Upper Class she is from the working class. How does these two even cross paths you ask? A terrible mishap brings these two together. They are like oil and water at first. But when Anthony comes up with suggestion's to fix the problem for Gabrielle, this is when their adventure starts. The situations these two get themselves in are funny and heartwarming. As we read and watch their friendship blossom and eventually into love is so well written. I love the way Katharine turned this enemies to friends into a Cinderella love story is amazing. Theirs even places in the story that made me cry. Gabrielle is such an independent and free spirit, where Anthony is such an honorable man that he feels he has to save the world at times. Especially if he feels he's in the wrong and caused the problem. Gabrielle, will do just about anything for the people she loves, especially her grandmother. Thus how the two meet, when Gabrielle does something she knows that can get her in trouble if she's caught. She does it so she can make her grandmother happy and smile. What these two do for duty and love is amazing and I adore this. Katharine's writing made me feel each emotion of the characters. This is the kind of writing that keeps my focus and in check. I do recommend this book to any reader that loves Katharine Ashe. Happy Reading.
Sam1219 More than 1 year ago
Printshop assistant Gabrielle Flood never intended to steal valuable typeface from a rare printing press in her employers' office while they were away. She only meant to allow her blind grandmother to feel the letters a broadsheet beneath her fingers one last time before she took her final breath, but when Captain Anthony Masinter's horse came barreling down the street and nearly ran over her, knocking the tray of typeset out of her hands, Gabrielle ended up 53 with pieces unrecoverable and her job hanging in the balance. Bound by honor to help Gabrielle find a way out of her mess, Anthony soon finds himself falling for her charms. But having been hurt in the past, Gabrielle guards her heart zealously. Given the rarity of the press, will Gabrielle and Anthony find a way to recover the missing pieces before the printshop owners return? Will Anthony be able to break through Gabrielle's defenses and win her heart, or will she find that her reluctance to trust in him is justified? This novella is a delightful quick read. Gabrielle and Anthony's witty banter is endearing and authentic. Anthony's struggle with what modern readers will recognize as dyslexia adds the perfect touch of human frailty to the handsome, debonair, larger-than-life, sea captain, war hero and saviour of widows and orphans to make him an evolved hero rather than merely a caricature. The love story is well developed with the female lead playing a refreshingly strong role. As befits her strong personality as a female earning a wage and maintaining her own household, Gabrielle is no simpering miss in the bedroom either. This was my first Katharine Ashe read, but it won't be my last.
kipha More than 1 year ago
Can I just say how much I adore Katharine Ashe's writing and storytelling. This is absolutely going to be one of my favorites from her and it's a novella! I can't tell you how much I recommend this short cute and most adorably lovely story. Katharine definitely knows how to get the readers swooning over her heroes with a touch of humor and smooth talking candour. Not to say that we get to see some behind the scenes from the much anticipated romance between Lady Justice and Peregrine, through their letter correspondence, this was very much Elle and Tony's romance. Gabrielle or Elle being in the printing press business which publishes Lady Justice's pamphlets, is in a quandary. She has just lost 53 typesettings from stealing--- no, borrowing her work's typewriter. And all is the fault of a scoundrel. That said scoundrel is now consistently muddling through her straight head with his smooth charm. Anthony a.k.a Tony, is in a predicament himself. Having retired from the navy as a captain with a bounty of wealth and inheriting a manor house, he shouldn't be in a pickle but some how he is. However, with Miss Flood is in dire need of help and he definitely have time to give if it's to get his mind off of his honorable problem. Of course working a mission together will put these two in close proximity and love is most importantly not on either of their list. But it's a romance and soon their sizzling attraction heats up. However the trouble with their attraction is their differences in standings, with Tony being an aristocratic and Elle a working class plain Jane. Oh what to do with these two? I love these two together! The banter and the wittiness of it all is perfection for a well deserved HEA. I absolutely adore Elle and her grammar correcting ways towards Tony. And I adore that Tony isn't taken aback by her corrections and clarifications. He's kind and protective and just super sexy. And with the bonus scenes at the end with the letters that transpired between Lady Justice and Peregrine, readers will surely be on edge for their own story and reveal in, The Earl. *ARC was provided by the author for honest review.
Chenet_Fabiola More than 1 year ago
The scoundrel and I is a novella by Katharine Ashe. It can be read alone, but fans of the author will meet again some characters which appeared in Kisses, she wrote, and the inflamed letters Lady Justice and Peregrine send to each other that are published and sold in all England. Lady Justice and Peregrine’s story will be published soon and titled The earl, second volume in Devil’s duke series. The scoundrel and I tells the story of Gabrielle Flood and Anthony Masinter. Their encounter doesn’t take place under the best auspices: while the heroine breaks a rule in her work to please her grandmother, the hero causes an accident with possible terrible consequences for her. Anthony, our hero, is a real hero. He’s determined, respectful, but he also has (too much) sense of sacrifice. He feels responsible of his second in command’s death so he will take a decision that is going to change all his life. That’s when he meets our heroine. And because he is a hero, when he realizes what he did to her, he’s going to do everything to help her. Gabrielle and Anthony spend a lot of time together, get to know and like each other, and fall in love with each other. But the initial projects of our hero will counteract our couple’s happiness. As well as the hesitations and the fears of our heroine, that bring her to take some decisions I didn’t understand, especially at the end. To say, my heart was heavy for the hero. Another detail that bothered me about Gabrielle at the beginning, it was her tendency to correct the hero on his language. I found that very improper because she didn’t know him at all. The logical reason could be that she felt safe enough with him to do that. What I liked a lot, was that once they knew each other better, their exchanges about the corrections were funny. As a negative point, I found the end too easy, and that’s a pity. Because the rest of the novella was very good, with enjoyable characters. There was also a lot of emotion. The heroine works in a printing house and I can say that the world is very well described by Katharine Ashe. She also manages to include the setting to her story without making it heavy. In any case, when she describes the printing world, it’s like we are there too. The heroes are attracted to each other, we feel the sexual tension, we also have some sensual scenes, but no hot scene. I found that very plausible given the story. To finish with the review, I thank a lot Katharine Ashe who dedicates the novella to her Princesses, her private fan group. I had fun with the story.
charlo721 More than 1 year ago
I received an eARC for a honest review Katharine Ashe is a favorite author of mine. I love her books because you feel like you are experiencing the story with her characters. You'll love the story of Gabrielle and Anthony. Gabrielle has just made a huge mistake, Anthony only makes it a disaster. They both have secrets, will they be able trust each other enough to fix the disaster? With this story you will get an added bonus, letters between Lady Justice and Peregrine, of the Falcon club series.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Scoundrel & I by Katharine Ashe Publisher: Billet-Doux Books Publication Date: August 7, 2016 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC sent by the author ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): A sexy, heartwarming novella from the USA Today bestselling author of RITA® 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. The publication sale price of 99¢ is for a limited time only. What I Liked: This. THIS is the classic Katharine Ashe that I absolutely love. Her Prince Catchers series was SO good, and I enjoyed each one. I didn't love her latest novel, The Rogue, which surprised me! It had been one of my most anticipated adult romance novels of 2016. But this novella seemed more like classic Ashe! I was enthralled by this story. Please note -- I received an electronic advanced reader's copy of this book from the author. This in no way affected my opinion of the book. Gabrielle Flood has done a terrible thing - she took the printing type set (whatever it's called) from her place of work without permission, and on her way home, she drops it when a horse and rider startled her. Now Elle is ruined, because her employer will let her go, because she was not supposed to touch the machine. She took it because her dying grandmother loves printing and the press, and it makes her happy to touch it. Elle doesn't expect to see the handsome stranger who nearly ran her over with his horse, but she does. Captain Anthony Masinter didn't know that he ruined Elle's life that night, and when he finds out, he is quick to try and help. Finding the missing pieces proves difficult, and so he gets creative. As the pair rush to find the pieces before the Brittle family get back. I adored both Elle and Anthony! Elle is an intelligent woman who corrects Anthony's grammar all the time, which is cute (not annoying). She proofreads publications, including Lady Justice's publications, which are very popular. Elle is a no-nonsense type of woman, especially after having her heart broken by Jo Junior (one of Mr. Brittle's sons). She's closed off her heart to love. But she doesn't expect Captain Anthony Masinter to breeze into her life. Anthony... oh Anthony. I think he's one of my favorite male protagonists of the adult romance novels I've read this year. Swoony does not cover how sigh-worthy he really is. Yes, he's handsome and he fills his Navy uniform really nicely and he's just nice to look at in general. What's more, he's incredibly honorable, determined, and a little stubborn. He wants to help Elle, even though it's pretty much her fault for taking the type setter in the first place. Anthony has a tough backstory, and he joined the Navy as a result, at age twelve. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
Cindyvon73 More than 1 year ago
When Gabrielle "borrows" some type from the printing shop she works at so that her blind grandmother can "read" about Lady Justice and Peregrine, who has London all a titter with their verbal war, she didn't expect to, quite literally, bump into Captain Masinter. After learning some sad news, Tony is racing down the street, caught up in his thoughts, when he pretty much knocks down a beautiful, and very angry Gabrielle. He tries to help her, but she's proud and doesn't trust men and what ensues is a battle of wits and hearts. A very happily ever after tale that leaves you wanting more.
Gitane1850 More than 1 year ago
When a dashing captain meets a printshop assistant: not your regular ton book but what a little gem by Ms Ashe The first thing i thought when i saw the book was: what a gorgeous cover, a beautiful positioned couple, amazing dress, emotion and misschief. Then i started reading the cover and i was hooked. Very important: This is a novella that doesn't feel like a novella. Well developped characters, great prose that sucks you right into the story. It's a spin off of the Falcon club serie but you can read it seperately. I just loved it because it gives you a taste of the next novel about Peregrine and Lady Justice. How the mighty have fallen ;-) What do we have in store for you: Anthony Masinter, a determined bachelor, a naval war hero with his imperfections whom only make him so much more and Gabrielle Woods, a young willful woman, a printer shop assistant, who mistrust men due to an youthful indiscretion. They meet under the worst circumstances. He offers her help which she first refuses and later has to accept. He proves to her that you can become so much more than you are and she's so afraid to feel. He offers her everything and she dicards a scoundrel. Too afraid to trust and love. In an ultimate effort, she trows caution to the wind and tries to win over her scoundrel. *I received an arc for a honest review but i also bought this book because i really fell in love with Captain Anthony and Elle
KattCollins More than 1 year ago
Katharine Ashe is an elegant, witty writer. Fans of Katharine Ashe will recognize that this novella is part of her Falcon Club/Devil's Duke series, and events occur prior to the onset of her next novel, THE EARL. You will be delighted by cameos of favorites from the series, including further exchanges between Lady Justice and Peregrine. Although you can read this novella as a stand-alone (and be won over by the quality of Katharine Ashe's writing), those of us who have followed the series will get the added joy of revisiting old friends and watching Lady J and Peregrine's relationship progress. Calling THE SCOUNDREL & I a novella is almost misleading; where other authors typically publish 99-120 pages, this charmer is a full 190 pages. The story is complete, the characters well-rounded, the dialogue engaging and the hero and heroine completely endearing, flawed and yet perfect in their relationship. No spoilers here! Others have described the setting, and the synopsis of the story. I will simply say that when we meet Gabrielle, she is in dire straits, lonely, disillusioned and yet determined to bring joy to her grandmother, who is in rapidly declining health. An accidental and disastrous encounter with Captain Anthony Masinter brings her to certain ruin. Anthony is a deeply private, outwardly successful war hero who hides a deep and painful secret that he's struggled to bury and overcome, and is honorable to the core. Determined to help Gabrielle recover from his blunder, he endears himself to both Gabrielle and the reader as he inserts himself into Gabrielle's life, and heart. I honestly loved Gabrielle and Anthony, and I am so glad to see their heartwarming story published. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and wholeheartedly recommend it to all! I now anxiously await final book of the series, THE EARL. But I’ll also be sad to see it end!
jerichat More than 1 year ago
I love a good book. Part of the fun is getting to spend time with characters that I really enjoy. That’s why I haven’t given novella 5 stars. This was one of the better novellas I’ve read. The hero starts off as a bit too self-involved, but it doesn’t take long for him to realize that. A good romp – have to admit that Elle reminds me of the “Perils of Pauline” type of heroine (parents gone, infirm grandmother, uncaring boss, etc.) but she manages not to be pitiful or pathetic. The inclusion of letters between Peregrine & Lady Justice foreshadow the next book in Katharine Ashe’s current series (Devil’s Duke) while wrapping up characters from a much-loved previous series (Falcon Club).
angcartwright More than 1 year ago
Sweet On The Scoundrel and I This is a sweet story of a girl who works in a printer’s office, Gabrielle Flood, who has a chance meeting with Captain Anthony Masinter, recently discharged from the Royal Navy. What is nice about this story is that they are not of the aristocracy, though they do brush alongside it. It is a refreshing change from all the stories of Dukes out there. Katharine Ashe nicely builds a slow seduction of Elle by Tony. She resists him but he is persistent. There is also a joint commitment to solve a problem of Elle’s which is quite an adventure and gives the story some meat, again, beyond the typical regency romances of balls and house parties. An overall enjoyable story with a special treat of reading all the letters exchanged by Peregrine and Lady Justice which is a nice serve up to Ashe’s next novel, The Earl, which I am looking forward to reading!