Title: The Captain and the Cricketer (The Captivating Captains #2)
Author: Eleanor Harkstead and Catherine Curzon
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: July 17, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Erotic Romance
Page Count: 235 pages / 86,121 words
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
When an uptight countryside vet and a sexy TV star meet on the cricket pitch, they’re both knocked for six!
Henry Fitzwalter is a solid sort of chap. A respectable rural vet and no stranger to tweed, he is the lonely inhabitant of crumbling Longley Parva Manor.
Captain George Standish-Brookes is everyone’s favorite shirtless TV historian. Heroic, handsome and well-traveled, he is coming home to the village where he grew up.
Henry and George’s teenage friendship was shattered by the theft of a cup, the prize in a hard-fought, very British game of cricket. When they resolve their differences thanks to an abandoned foal, it’s only a matter of time before idyllic Longley Parva witnesses one of its wildest romances, between a most unlikely couple of fellows.
Yet with a golf-loving American billionaire and a money-hungry banker threatening this terribly traditional little corner of Sussex, there’s more than love at stake. A comedy of cricket, coupling and criminality, with a splash of scandal!
Well, isn’t that an interesting beginning. Our two heroes are immediately at odds. Seems like everyone and everything is conspiring to keep them at loggerheads with each other. Of course poor Henry vacillates between being angry at George and regretting loss of yearlong friendship. Even in scenes from Henry’s POV it was clear George felt the same. And the whole story was told in merry tone bringing forth the local flavor of small English village. It was absolutely splendid.
Henry yelled and waved his arms about. “George, for God’s sake, you idiot!” No Captain George now, not even a sarcastic one. “The last thing I need today is a drowning in my sodding lake!”
Especially not the drowning of a beloved local celebrity.
Poor Henry. I’d sympathize if he didn’t have said celebrity half naked in his lake, heh.
Even the villain part which sounded generic from the blurb turned out to have it’s own unique slant fitting perfectly into the story. It’s an amusing story. Through everything that happens connection between men moves back and forth as their lives collide once again. Even ghosts from the pasts make their appearance and lend a helping hand. Each of the characters has its own strengths and failings but together they make formidable unit. They are without doubt better with each other. Henry clings to preconceived notions of what his life should be. He had forgotten to be happy. George on the other hand, seems to go after what he wants, and has a stronger support system than Henry, but he too is afraid of losing what he has to reach for his dream. The connection between them is there, strong and real, but they have to work on maintaining the relationship which means facing some hard truths.
While I did have occasional stumble the story is lively and unencumbered. I can see myself reading it again to relax. There are some lovely turns of the phrase and erotic scenes besides being hot are in keeping with the book’s cheeky tone. It had a rather impressive end where the villain gets its comeuppance and our heroes get their happy end.