A MelanieM Review: The Captain and the Theatrical (Captivating Captains #3) by Catherine Curzon and Eleanor Harkstead


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.

Sales Links:  Pride Publishing | Amazon

Book Details:

Expected publication: September 3rd 2019 by Pride Publishing
Edition LanguageEnglish
Series The Captivating Captains #3

The Captivating Captains Series

The Captain and the Cavalry Trooper

The Captain and the Cricketer

The Captain and the Theatrical

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