A VVivacious Review: The Captain and the Cavalry Trooper (The Captivating Captains #1) by Eleanor Harkstead & Catherine Curzon

Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

Trooper Jack Woodvine has just arrived at the Chateau de Desgravier where he learns that he has the job of taming, the temperamental stallion Apollo but he doesn’t realise that his real challenge will be resisting her Captain.

Captain R. B. Thorne is impressed with his newest recruit, and it seems that the Trooper has managed to not only charm Apollo but her Captain as well.

They find love in the background of war but if not for the politics at the Chateau, surely the war will tear this love story asunder. Will these two find their way back to each other or will their love be lost to the ravages of war…

I have recently realised that it is vital that a story have you invested in its characters from the very beginning and I must say that this story managed to do just that with the introduction of Jack, Queenie and Captain Thorne. Before I knew it I was thoroughly engrossed in the story of Jack and Thorne.

It really took me by surprise how quickly I was in love with these two characters and before I knew it I was rooting for these two to be together. I loved how they first came to consummate their desires. It was amazing how well these two fit together.

The story is set in and around the Chateau, its fairy tale like visage keeps the brutalities of war just miles away rich in the minds of its residents and us readers. This helps add the necessary gravitas to their love story because these two truly love each other like every day together could be their last.

I love how this book is so intensely focused on this love story that even the horribleness of war can’t keep love from blooming and despite hardships and hard times love always finds its way despite petty grudges and despite things as daunting as a World War.

Going into this story I had no idea how I would feel after I finished reading it but reading this story has made me so happy that I find myself wanting to read other books by the authors.

I really loved this story how it evolved in an almost meandering way with troubles along the way but nothing is strong enough to keep these two apart.

That epilogue at the end really had me wishing for an eternity of togetherness for these two.

Cover Art by Posh Gosh. I really liked this cover despite my non-preference for covers with actual people on them, but the models on the cover really embody the personalities of  Jack and Thorne and very closely resemble my mental picture of these two, so I am absolutely in love with the cover. Also, that smirk is killer.

Sales Links:  Pride Publishing | Amazon

Book Details:

ebook, 1 edition, 211 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by Pride Publishing
Original TitleThe Captain and the Cavalry Trooper
Edition LanguageEnglish
SeriesThe Captivating Captains #1

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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