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The Pirate Next Door

(Regency Pirates #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  2,090 ratings  ·  185 reviews
Mayfair, London, 1810: Alexandra Alastair, a respectable young English widow, wonders if she dare add the new viscount who’s moved in next door to her list of potential husbands.

He certainly doesn’t look like the gentlemen on her list—Grayson Finley, Viscount Stoke, is tall and sun-bronzed, muscular and blue-eyed. He wears dress so casual as to be unclothed—long coats, le
Mass Market Paperback, 342 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by Leisure Books (first published 2003)
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I don't think I have ever run across an author quite like Jennifer Ashley. If I have, the name isn't coming to mind right now. She has the ability to make each of her series feel totally different from the others. Now, this can be a definite detriment if you love the way she wrote a certain series and go looking to her backlist hoping for other books in the same style... But if you like your authors to keep trying new things and surprising you, it will be a good thing.

This book was a very surpri
5 stars.

Laugh out loud, enriching, intelligent, gorgeous and smoldering read. I adored Jennifer Ashley's Mackenzie series (or what I've read of it anyway), and this little gem is right up there with the Mackenzie boys.
Elis Madison
So sue me. This one gets three stars because the adventure part was great, despite the fact that I thought the heroine was an idiot. And annoying. And such a saint she made me sick.

So here's the story. Alexandra Alastair was married once, unhappily. She's thinking of marrying again and has, with the help of a friend, mustered up a list of eligible men who might suit. She's thinking of adding her extremely hot new neighbor, Viscount Stoke, when, through her open window, she hears a man threateni
Beanbag Love
Jul 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Ashley's style has definitely matured since her pirate series. These are fun, implausible and a little bit clunky, but I can't help but give her props for making me believe the characters belong together (although, like Perils of the Heart, I felt like we skipped over some of the 'getting to know you' stage) and keeping me interested in the outcome of the story.

No, you're not going to find the same masterful story telling as you'll find in the MacKenzie series, but these are better than a lot of
Entertaining and sometimes amusing. Not as wonderful as I expected considering I usually love Jennifer Ashley's books. There was a lot going on in this first book, which is understandable when trying to introduce lots of characters that will feature in the later books.

I liked Alexandra, although if she were my friend I'd lock her up for her own good. I never found myself lusting after the hero or the villain. That alone made the book deficient in my opinion. I need to be able to have a hot lust
Mar 12, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
I love a good pirate book, a bit of swash buckling, scally wagging, kidnapping and romance on the high seas.
I wanted all that from this book and only got a bit. Grayson Finley wasn't piratey enough for me. Fair enough, he had reasons for that. But I sort of wanted to see that bad boy in action.
This was still a really great romance and I thorougly enjoyed it. In fact I am off to read the next in the series. I believe James Ardamore will give me what I am after. Afterall he is a very b
Katrina Passick Lumsden


Actually, there is a decided lack of swashbuckling. I would have been happy with just a bit more swashbuckling. Not to mention a bit less harping from...damn it, what's her name? Alexandra. Yes, Alexandra is a bit of a nag, and Grayson is a bit of a bore, but that wouldn't be such an issue if this weren't (supposedly) about a pirate. Or, rather, a former pirate. Either way. Yes, Grayson is roguish and ch
Lady Wesley
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lendable
I love Jennifer Ashley's books!

Having exhausted the Mackenzie brothers (and, now that I think about it, doesn't that sound like fun?), I've turned to her Regency Pirates trilogy, first published in 2003-2005, which she is in the process of reworking and issuing as ebooks. Right now, The Pirate Next Door is the only one available, but The Pirate Hunter and The Care & Feeding Of Pirates are due out in May and June respectively.

So much happens that I won't even attempt a synopsis, but this book
Jennifer Ashley
Apr 01, 2012 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Newly re-released ebook edition of The Pirate Next Door.
Oct 21, 2017 added it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I think I could go back to this later but just didn't hold my interest at this point.
An Odd1
Dec 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: x-rate
"The Pirate Next Door" by Jennifer Ashley is virile, casual new Lord and neighbor Grayson, hanging by the neck, rescued by red-hair unfulfilled widow next-door Alexandra. Pirate enemies Ardmore and youthful Bouchard shoot pistols, abduct innocents. Has the French Louis been taken by Napoleon's spies? Breeches strained by manly parts, and not, explicit sweaty interludes ... and typos: naval p117 for navel (Grayson licks Alexandra's "nautical"?) and make "due" p201 for "do". Yo-ho-ho, too much rum ...more
Feb 02, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of historical romance / pirates
This is just a fun, fast, light read. This is the second Jennifer Ashley book I've read and I'm officially a fan now. This is a much lighter read than The Madness of Lord Ian.

The best part of this book is the love between father and daughter, it was very sweet. I thought the ending was kind've convoluted which is why it's three stars instead of four.
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
Meh. This book was cute & fun, but it never hit the high note one usually find in this author's books. I think because the feud/hatred between Finley & Ardmore seemed contrived. The big bad villain of the story was utterly ridiculous. It wasn't believable and made no sense.

Like the MacKenzies series better.
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked it, it was fun. I mean, pirates, woo!

Grayson is awesome. Alexandra, though, I never really warmed up to. She was... too perfect, and it made her feel unreal. She was perfectly naive, a perfect lady. But then in the next instant, she was perfectly fierce, willing to stand naked before villainous pirates and stare them down. She would be perfectly frivolous in one moment (again, exactly what one would expect from a well-respected member of the ton) and then perfectly clever the n
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Amanda Alice
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was great fun to read! The plot took more than a few unexpected twists and turns and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. There was comedy, action, and romance. I have to say that I loved that the heroine kept getting asked to be married by like four different men. I can't wait to start book two in the series.
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
If I were to sum up this book in one word, it would be "inconsistent."

I would only recommend this book to fans of this particular writer or someone not interested in reading the best-written romance novels out there. Don't get me wrong; I love a good... er... trashy romance novel as much as the next person. And I ultimately did enjoy reading this book. But potential readers should approach this book with certain (read: low) expectations. The crux of my issues came down to character inconsistenci
Aurian Booklover
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Mrs Alexandra Alastair, granddaughter to a Duke, has been married before. Very unhappily, as her husband was notorious for his many mistresses and adventures outside the marriage bed. She lost her precious baby only a few hours after birth, and is still grieving for that loss. So now she is determined to marry again, and start a family of her own, with a good man. Someone who will really care for her, and not embarrass her. Together with her best friend, she has made a list of eligible bachelors ...more
Jan 25, 2015 rated it liked it
I have read all of the MacKenzie books and they have all been very addictive with great characters, entertaining storyline and all in all good.

This one was a bit of a let-down because the whole story seems like a parody of piratey romance. Also, the characters seem very awkwardly put together. We have the very proper and beautiful society-widow Alexandra Alastair who is next door neighbours to the unattached and dashing, possibly a pirate, Lord Stoke/ Capt Grayson Finley and his exotic looking t
3 stars

I picked this because I needed pirate romance. It has been a while since my last read on Scandalous Desires .

Romance between former-pirate-now-viscount Grayson Finley or Lord Stoke and Mrs. Alexandra Alistair, a widow was pretty quick. She was his next door neighbor and he instantly fell in love with her upon her rescue when his life was at stake. He fell in love with her still throughout the book and he being passionate with her but only his big problem was he didn't tell her his true f
Oct 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Jennifer Ashley writes beautiful historical romances and when I found out she blended her historical with pirates, I was so interested!  I enjoyed her characters and I loved how Alexandra comes rushing to save her pirate next door, Captain Finley. The plot was a bit slow at times and when the couple gets together for the first time I thought it a bit abrupt. Finley went from saying he wasn't looking for a wife and pushing her away to coming in to rescue her from his arch enemy and then bam!, th ...more
Jennifer Ashley writes beautiful historical romances and when I found out she blended her historical with pirates, I was so interested! I enjoyed her characters and I loved how Alexandra comes rushing to save her pirate next door, Captain Finley. The plot was a bit slow at times and when the couple gets together for the first time I thought it a bit abrupt. Finley went from saying he wasn't looking for a wife and pushing her away to coming in to rescue her from his arch enemy and then bam!, they ...more
Oct 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: smut, pirates, humorous
Wow, that was a surprise!
I really did enjoy this book. I laughed out loud more than a few times and this is enough for me to justify the 4 stars. For a moment there I though omg this is a parody of some sort. The end of the soiree part was so beautiful portrayed and made me roll with laughter. The author has a great grip on portraying the details, makes you picture everything like you were watching a movie, a good old comedy.
BTW why not turn this into one? It'll be amazing to see for sure - a tr
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When I got this book, I knew it had good reviews but I wasn't really sure what I expected.But I absolutely loved it! It's romantic, sexy and funny. It's got the suspense and a bit of mystery. I enjoy romances that have humour in them as well (like Julia Quinn's books), for instance I'll just say the scene in the ball with the book and you'll know what I'm talking about, I don't want to ruin anything. It had me howling.
I'm very partial to a pirate romance as well, so this book had al
Overall, I did enjoy this read very much. However, there are just too many plot holes and things that did not make sense for me to be able to rate it any higher.

As for the characters, I enjoyed them all for the most part, though one them, Ardmore, drove me nuts. I knew previously that he is the focus of book two, but he does some crazy things in this book that annoyed me so much that I don't think I will read the next in the series. I understand that the author wants to make everything he does s
Jul 14, 2010 rated it did not like it
Thank God it's finally over!
This book was so so sooooo very boring!, the characters weren't interesting enough to single them out.
Grayson was a jerk most of the time, and not even a charming jerk but a jerk-jerk. Alexandra... bah!, so boring!!!, even when she felt she was being "wicked".
The plot was silly and the final twist with Burchart or whatever the bad guy's name was.. well.. let's just say I didn't even care anymore!, let them all die!, that'd been a be a happy ending for me!
Apr 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical-misc
I really enjoyed this book. Despite the fact that it's light & the characters are very likable, it has its share of dark and intense as well. I'm very intrigued by the second book in this series because it's James Ardmore's story. If you haven't read this book I don't want to spoil anything, I'll just add that in "The Pirate Next Door" James acts like a villain, sort of anti-hero.
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was disappointing. I can’t even pinpoint why. It seemed like amateur writing. I LOVED Jennifer Ashley's Mackenzie series. The first book in that series is my favorite historical romance of all time. I am not sure what happened here.
Jun 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a deliciously fun book, I loved it! Great characters, fun story, and a great adventure with some sexy Pirates! I look forward to the next book.
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NY Times Bestselling author Jennifer Ashley writes historical, contemporary, and paranormal romance, historical mysteries, and urban fantasy as Jennifer Ashley, Allyson James, and Ashley Gardner.

Jennifer's novels have been translated into many different languages, and earned starred reviews from Booklist and Publisher's Weekly. More about her books at, http://www.all

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Regency Pirates (3 books)
  • The Pirate Hunter (Regency Pirates, #2)
  • The Care & Feeding of Pirates (Regency Pirates, #3)