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Miss Abigail's Beastly Beau

Miss Abigail's Beastly Beau

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Teaching the grumpy pirate how to read is the least she can do after he saved her life...

And so the kindhearted Miss Abigail spends countless hours teaching the gruff pirate his letters while nursing his injuries. It's a thankless task, seeing as how the rogue only seems capable of speaking in grunts and growls. And when the local children she teaches decide that they must be welcome in his home as well...

He's not exactly delighted by his newfound status as the town's beloved new neighbor. But Abigail soon learns that the pirate is harboring secrets, and it's possible he hasn't stayed behind in their seaside town because of his injuries. 

No, it seems he has an agenda of his own. And it has everything to do with Abigail.


Prepare to swoon over this sweet, clean Beauty and the Beast tale of a pirate and his angelic schoolteacher. Every romance is this book can be read as a standalone, but there is an overarching plot, so the series is best read in order. 

Main Tropes

  • Grumpy / Sunshine
  • Opposites Attract
  • Beauty & the Beast


A sweet regency adventure filled with pirates, laughter, and mishaps...

The quiet seaside town's beloved teacher has made it her mission to teach the injured pirate how to read.

He'd saved her life, after all, and nursing his injuries wasn't nearly enough to pay him back.

True, he insisted he didn't want her gratitude. And no, he wasn't overly charmed by the fact that wherever the cheerful Miss Abigail went, the children of the town were sure to follow.

But just as Miss Abigail begins to believe she and her sisters are out of danger, she's attacked in the woods. It could have been terrible...if the gruff pirate with the heated gaze hadn't been there to save her. Again.

But now it's clear that the grumpy pirate didn't merely stay in town to nurse his injuries. No, the taciturn brute has an agenda of his own...

And it has everything to do with Abigail.

Intro Into Chapter 1

Caleb Calhoun wasn’t afraid of anything.

Well, he wasn’t afraid of much.

He glanced out the window of his new run-down seaside cottage and took in the sweeping sight of the unrelenting waves crashing to his right and the large expanse of green grass that lay to the left. 

After a childhood spent in poverty, then as an indentured servant, and finally as a pirate turned privateer—there was truly not much that the oversized warrior feared these days. 

But he was man enough to admit that he was terrified of her

Caleb’s new landlord, Arnold Laslow, moved behind him in the small confines of the cottage. “Is everything to your satisfaction, Mr. Calhoun?” 

He kept his gaze out the window. No sign of her. The blonde beauty with the minions of little ones who chased after her like she was some sort of beatific pied piper. “Fine, fine,” he muttered to the other man. “And it’s Caleb.”

Mr. Calhoun wasn’t even his father’s name. It was a fictional name that his friend Marcus had given him when they’d first started sailing together on the Night Raider. Of course, that was a lifetime ago. Everything was different now. For one, he was no longer a pirate. Truth be told, he hadn’t officially been one ever since Marcus had received a letter of marque from the crown a couple years back. He’d become a privateer, along with the rest of the crew. But now he wasn’t that anymore either.

So what was he then? 

He hardly knew.

These days Caleb couldn’t even call himself a sailor. He’d sent Marcus off with the crew and his new bride, and now he was stuck here in this tiny seaside village. Alone for the first time in decades.

As if the little witch could read his mind, she chose that moment to appear, rising up over the yonder hill as if she were some sea sprite come to earth.

To plague him, no doubt. 

Perhaps she had been sent by the gods of the sea—his own personal form of penance for a life spent straddling the line between good and bad, lawful and treasonous.

But he still had no regrets. 

He caught sight of her beaming smile, as if she knew he was staring at her. He jerked back from the window’s ledge. 

He had no regrets, that was, until she came around. Miss Abigail Jones was a living, breathing reminder of his stained and bloodied past. A white angel to his dark demons. 

With a growl he turned away from the window so he wouldn’t be tempted to stare. 

His snarl wasn’t intended toward Mr. Laslow, but the older gentleman backed away all the same, his eyes widening with alarm. It was with effort that Caleb forced his features to relax. He knew what sort of image he struck. A tall, dark beast of a man. Too dark-skinned to be mistaken for a proper Englishman, but not easily identifiable either. He was a mutt, as his first captain liked to remind him. It was the name he’d heard along with a whip’s whistle just before he was beaten for whatever infraction he’d been accused of last.

A mutt and a beast. With too-long black hair, a flat nose that had been broken once too often, and the large, muscular build of a man who’d made a life at sea. The scar across his jaw was an additional reminder that his life had not been pretty. Nothing about him was soft or kind or—heaven forbid—genteel.

But if he meant to stay in this town for any length of time, he couldn’t very well frighten off his landlord, who also happened to run the tavern down on the main road running through Billingham.

No. Caleb certainly could not survive this boring little town if he frightened off the man who put a roof over his head and supplied him with ale. 

He glanced toward the window. Besides, Mr. Laslow was not the one he wanted to frighten off, but the one he wished to drive away was either the bravest woman alive or had no sense in that pretty head of hers.

He suspected it was the former. 

“I know this old cottage could use some work,” Mr. Laslow started haltingly. “But it’s sound enough—”

“It’ll do.”

Mr. Laslow’s brows arched and his expression brightened. “If you’re looking to stay in these parts, I’d be willing to sell the place.”

He gave a grunt of acknowledgment. He had no plans to stay. But then, he had no plans to go anywhere else, either. In short, he had no idea what he was going to do next. He didn’t belong in a quaint, homey village like this one. 

There was no work here, for one, and for another, he didn’t belong.

He would have been driven out of town with whispers and glares if it hadn’t been for Miss Abigail’s father stepping in and telling the town that he was a family friend. He and Marcus. Of course, no one believed it entirely, but after they ran off the smuggling traitor Roger and word spread that Caleb had saved Abigail’s life—he still hadn’t forgiven her for telling that tall tale to anyone who would listen—the town as a whole seemed to have accepted him. 

Even Mr. Laslow. 

Especially Mr. Laslow as he’d given him shelter at the inn above the tavern, up until Caleb had grown too restless in his small room with the constant surge of people in the hallways and down below.

He’d grown used to his own men being around, of course. On a ship one couldn’t escape them. But normal folks. Townspeople. They were a whole other breed all together.

And, as Abigail continuously reminded him—he wasn’t on a ship any longer. So, why not enjoy the open space and some slightly larger quarters?

Mr. Laslow, with his windblown brown hair and his creased features, backed away toward the door, looking horrifyingly eager. “I’d only ask a fair price, of course.”

Caleb grunted again, this time with amusement, though few seemed to know the difference. “A fair price for this place?”

The older man’s laughter was rueful. “Like I said, it ain’t much. But all it needs is some care.” He glanced toward the window, and Caleb didn’t have to follow his gaze to know what he saw. A blonde-haired, blue-eyed angel, too sweet for her own good.

And the children.

Heaven forbid they forget the children.

“Well, I see you’re busy, Mr. Calhoun—”

“Caleb.” It came out as a growl and he just barely held back a sigh of exasperation as Mr. Laslow paled. 

“Yes, of course.” Mr. Laslow sidled toward the door, reaching for the knob just as Abigail first knocked.

Laslow and Abigail struck Caleb as those characters in the theater, always seeming to know the others’ timing. Between the two of them, he couldn’t escape their nosy kindness if he tried.

And he did try. Often.

“Oh, hello Mr. Laslow,” Abigail sang as she waltzed into Caleb’s home. 

To note, she did not literally sing but when Abigail spoke she might as well have been accompanied by a pianist. Her voice was that melodic. And when she walked, she might as well have been on a dance floor, gliding effortlessly.

He didn’t realize his lips had curled up in distaste until her bright blue gaze collided with his and her smile broadened.

That was how this dreadful woman greeted his snarls and sneers. 

With a smile.

Heaven help him, the girl was clearly mad.

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