Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
When Captain Pendleton needs an emergency fiancée, who better to turn to than his male best friend? After all, for Amadeo Orsini, life’s one long, happy drag!
Captain Ambrose “Pen” Pendleton might have distinguished himself on the battlefield at Waterloo but since he’s come home to civvy street, he’s struggled to make his mark.
Pen dreams of becoming a playwright but his ambitious father has other ideas, including a trophy wife and a new job in America. If he’s to stand a hope of staying in England and pursuing his dream, Pen needs to find a fiancée fast.
Amadeo Orsini never made it as a leading man, but as a leading lady he’s the toast of the continental stage. Now Cosima is about to face her most challenging role yet, that of Captain Pendleton’s secret amour.
With the help of a talking theatrical parrot who never forgets his lines, Orsini throws on his best frock, slaps on the rouge and sets out to save Pen from the clutches of Miss Harriet Tarbottom and her scheming parents.
As friendship turns into love, will the captain be able to write a happy ending for himself and Orsini before the curtain falls?
The Captain and the Theatrical (Captivating Captains #3) by Catherine Curzon and Eleanor Harkstead is a delicious surprise romp of a romance, totally in keeping with the theatrics in the title. I am new to this series, Captivating Captains, but it made no matter. Because this story certainly held me in its delightful sway from start to finish.
Here the friends to lovers trope is giving a merry ride when one of the friend’s assumes gown and heels to save his best friend from a loveless, business based marriage. That Orsini is already the toast of the town as a gorgeous lady? Makes it that much easier. Or does it when the attraction looms large between them.
The language and manner in which the feelings pour out feels right for the era the book is situated in. The characters are lovingly created, all sprightly and vivid. They avoid being shallow, the author giving them depth of feeling with past histories like Pen’s PTSD from the recent war he has returned from and the parents (to be revealed) he is so fond of. There is even a parrot to steal the show (the real show on stage) and the story, as well as a mystery to solve.
Plus a relationship and romance and marriage to carry off. Yes this story has a full checklist but it makes a fun journey and a very entertaining quick read for it all.
If, at the end, you have to suspend a tad more belief with a slight roll of the eye, well that’s alright. It’s all been done with a great wink, a audacious kiss to the cheek, and a knowing smile. Isn’t that fun delicious romps are all about?
Want to have a good time? Spend it with the Captivating Captain of The Captain and the Theatrical (Captivating Captains #3) by Catherine Curzon and Eleanor Harkstead. I definitely recommend it.
Cover art is perfect for the characters , the story and even has the parrot. Love it.
Expected publication: September 3rd 2019 by Pride Publishing
Series The Captivating Captains #3