Review: The Captain and the Cavalry Trooper

The Captain and the Cavalry Trooper was published by Pride Publishing and is co-written by Catherine Curzon and Eleanor Harkstead. It’s the story of Trooper Jack during WWI, who becomes a groom at a chateau in France for the prickly horse Apollo and his equally prickly owner Captain Robert Thorne.

I’m always a little hesitant to read romances set in war time. It’s usually all grit, dark, gloom and angst and drama or it’s overly sweet and unrealistic. The Captain and the Cavalry Trooper didn’t really fall in either category, but has tones of being too sweet, but also too dramatic. There is lots of insta-love and characters that didn’t fit in with the time period, despite the authors doing their best. If this was a movie, I’d say the characters were over-acting.

I liked the characters. Jack is like a eager puppy and Robert like the prickly hedgehog who is all sweetness at heart. The setting of the story should be really dark, but it wasn’t. Instead the story reads a bit like a soap opera with the grabby officer and all the other things that happen that – for me – were a little too much over the top.

The writing is not bad, and you can see the partnership between the two others, yet the writing lack a bit of depth. It came off a bit too stiff, which could have fit in with the story if it hadn’t been too much of a soap opera.

While I enjoyed reading The Captain and the Cavalry Trooper, it didn’t draw me into the story and made me emphatic towards the characters. I felt more like there was a bit of distance between me and the story.

Should you read The Captain and the Cavalry Trooper? That is hard to determine. While the story didn’t rock me boat, it could be an okay in between read for you or you could even really like it. In short you should try for yourself.

The Captain and the Cavalry Trooper Book Cover The Captain and the Cavalry Trooper
Catherine Curzon and Eleanor Harkstead
historic, romance, drama, war romance, lgbtq
Pride Publishing
April 3, 2018
A copy was provided by the authors

As the Great War tears Europe apart, two men from different worlds find sanctuary in each other’s arms.

Captain Robert Thorne is the fiercest officer in the regiment. Awaiting the command to go to the front, he has no time for simpering, comely lads. That’s until one summer day in 1917 when his dark, flashing eye falls upon the newest recruit at Chateau de Desgravier, a fresh-faced farmer’s boy with little experience of life and a wealth of poetry in his heart.

Trooper Jack Woodvine has a way with strong, difficult stallions, and whispers them to his gentle will. Yet even he has never tamed a creature like Captain Thorne.

With the shadow of the Great War and the scheming of enemies closer to home threatening their fleeting chance at happiness, can the Captain and the Cavalry Trooper make it home safely? More importantly, will they see peacetime together?

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