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The Captain and the Cavalry Trooper

(The Captivating Captains #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  22 reviews
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
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Published April 3rd 2018 by Pride Publishing
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Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do love a good historical romance and I very much enjoyed this one set during the horrors of the First World War.

There were a whole heap of interesting characters, an excellently drawn villain who gets his comeuppance in the end and a glorious Happy Ever After which had me smiling a great deal.

Jack and his Captain were super sweet together and the smexy times were pitched just right. There's some angst but it's not over yet top and it works within the narrative.

This was the first book from
C.F. White
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gosh. Where do I start? First of all, I loved it. I consumed this book in approx 24 hours, which is pretty much unheard of for me, not because I'm not a fast reader but, with so many other things I have to do, I have little time. This book I read every spare moment I could (and some less spare moments).

Set in World War 1, I simply loved the historical element and the authors clearly know their stuff (I am shamed to admit I had to google a couple of times, but that just meant I learned new
Joyfully Jay
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sue
A Joyfully Jay review.

2 stars

The Captain and the Cavalry Trooper was too much of everything — too much saccharine sweetness, too much insta-love, and too much over the top dramatics. I didn’t dislike Jack and Robert; they were a cute couple in many ways, but there isn’t much substance to them. They feel a bit flat and weakly rendered. They have a lot of heart for one another, but not much else. They do enjoying writing rather terrible poetry, but even that fails to be terribly redemptive. There
I will say this - the prose is lush (though there are some purplish hues to it now and then but I didn't really mind). And it's a romance with a capital R. That's not a bad thing for many people and if you enjoy the I'll-leave-you/send-you-away-for-own-good tropes and the big-misunderstanding, by all means, get that book. It's lovely. If you like to sink into a warm, shiny, sparkling HEA at the end of your historical romance - get that book. I mean it. There are many reasons to like that book.

Frankie (Chicks, Rogues and Scandals)
If I could I would like to give this book more stars!!
This is book one in the new ‘Captivating Captains’ series, and what an introduction! I think this is set to be a powerful and addictive series and a great addition to both Ms Curzon and Ms Hartstead’s catalogue, it is astoundingly touching and beautifully portrayed. There is heartache, tender romance and danger all wrapped up in brilliant story from an era that really doesn’t get show cased enough in Historical Romance – which I don’t know
Lisa The Novel Approach
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As the Great War is roaring, we peel back the curtain on the almost idyllic French countryside location of Chateau de Desgravier. The Chateau is home to a varied motley contingent of English soldiers, all at a way point just miles from the front line with Germany. It’s a pocket of loveliness, a setting made up of horses, streams, paddocks of green and the smell of hay. But all around it men are dying, and the men who live in it are all too aware of their own breaths and how tomorrow may bring ...more
Mari  Cardenas
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars!

Cavalry Trooper Jack Woodvine has been assigned to Captain Robert Thorne during WWI, while they're both stationed at the Chateau de Desgravier. Despite Captain Thorne's hardass reputation, Jack and him bond after Jack shows his Captain that he's very good with horses and especially good with Apollo, who doesn't care about anyone else other than Robert.

Even if they are from different worlds, they strike a tentative friendship that quickly evolves into more. But there are enemies
Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, m-m
It took me a while to decide how to rate this.

On the one hand, there were things I *really* liked: it's a lovely book, has a happy ending, the sex scenes were well done. A bit instalove, but I can more or less forgive that in a 'we might die any time now' WWI setting.


Okay, so as the MC is coming to the chateau, right at the beginning of the book, the very first character he meets is this amazing, femme-y, completely queer character (whose name turns out to be Queenie even), and I was like
Liz Crowe
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
These amazing authors have done it again! I'll admit that historical romance is not really my preference. I do love a well-told m/m romance and I know the Curzon/Harkstead writing team can deliver that. I was not disappointed.

If anything, I hated for it to end. It's a gorgeously rendered piece, full of WW1 drama, sights, and sounds serving as the perfect backdrop to a tender love story. The many double-entendres used thanks to the fact that one man is trainer/groomer to a feisty horse who also
Lynn Bryant
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this very quickly. Do like a historical romance and this is one, not traditional maybe but no less romantic for that.
I’m not giving anything away but this is a touching and sexy romance between two young men from very different backgrounds who are thrown together in wartime. When I first read the blurb I struggled to imagine how the romance could play out in the horror of the trenches. In fact for some of the book it is the anticipation of the horror that makes the unexpected connection
Lena Grey
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
“In the chaos of the world, you and I did find love...” ~ Avijeet DasLike so many young men, Jack Woodvine, of 'The Captain and the Calvary Trooper' by Catherine Curzon and Eleanor Harkstead, is on his way to his first post of the Great War. Jack isn't sure what to expect. Since Jack has worked with horses all of his life and has a great rapport with them, he is stationed at Chateau de Desgravier, headquarters for the British cavalry to work for Captain Thorne. When he meets the captain, he's so ...more
Steph Warren
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
*I received a free ARC of this book. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*

This is my first MM romance and it has reminded me that it doesn’t matter what your personal preferences are, a good story is a good story. I’ll definitely be reading more by these authors!

The Captain and the Cavalry Trooper is a beautiful sweet romance, with some tender erotic scenes. At many points in the story I was reminded of classic romance novels like Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice: here we find the
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This review was first posted to Love Bytes: LGBTQ Book Reviews. It has been slightly edited here for content.

This is a perfect book for die-hard historical romance readers. It has a happy ending, a realistic setting, and enough escapist elements for us to truly get lost in a very different world from our own.

This is a WWI setting I’m not very familiar with, and the historical elements are, for the
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When Trooper Jack Woodvine arrives at Chateau de Desgravier, he takes a liking to Apollo, a horse that frightens most of the other grooms. When Jack meets Apollo's rider, Captain Robert Thorne, he's not sure which is more in need of tempered care. Their love of Apollo brings together these two soldiers in a time when the end could be just over the next hill but is it enough when Jack is given his orders to return home and Robert is sent to the front?

I love World War 1 era stories and there just
Ruby Scalera
An absolute wow! This is my second book from Catherine and Eleanor and I'm absolutely blown away. I've been looking forward to this title for a while and it didn't disappoint!

The Captain and the Cavalry Trooper is set at a daring time and place for a romance novel, most especially a queer romance novel, but it does service both to the war around them and the romance of the two main characters. Jack and the Captain are both fully-realized, individual heroes whose behaviors and attitudes
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Out of the Ordinary & Extra Ordinary

The incidents rolling through this superlative love story will surprise and sometimes make you skeptical. But if you stick with it and realize that, given the chaos of The Great War and the utter stupidity of how it was fought, you could imagine that lonely, and randy, troopers (and their superiors) had to seek relief from tension in sexual ways. Sometimes, with each other.

Therefore it may come as little surprise that Captain Robert Thorne (in the
A ScatteredThoughtsandRogueWords Review. This review can also be found here.

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
Diana Ridout
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A truly beautiful book about a love that transcends time and place and even gender. Set during the First World War, we meet and get to know Jack Woodvine and Captain Thorne, and a host of other clearly defined and very believable characters, including 'invert' Quentin Charles, always known as Queenie.
The story is the story of the love between two men and was so beautifully described as to seem that the authors were following a story told in a soldier's diary rather than creating a set of
Rosie Amber
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
The Captain And The Cavalry Trooper is book #1 in the Captivating Captains series. It is a romance set in the latter years of World War 1.

Trooper Jack Woodvine is sent to Chateau de Desgravier where he will be Captain Thorne’s latest groom. Both the Captain and his horse Apollo share fierce reputations; several previous grooms have been kicked by the horse and yelled at by the Captain. But Jack grew up on a farm and with gypsy blood running through him; he has a talent for calming horses with
Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it

While I did enjoy this, it was a bit over-flowery in places, and there were parts where the pace dropped.

The language suited the tone of the book though, and I might well re-read this at some point.

Bonus points for an almost cartoon-style ending to a truly awful character.
Mar 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Historical MM romance set in 1917 first world war.
Jack and Robert.
Loathed Queenie (Quentin), I just wanted this character gone.
The story between Robert and Jack is Insta, Insta love, Insta Burn, Insta trust.
Fast paced story. well written, enjoyable entertaining read.
Helen Hollick
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Catherine Curzon is an author and royal historian of the 18th century.

Her work has been featured on, the official website of BBC History Magazine, and in publications such as All About History, Who Do You Think You Are?, and Jane Austen's Regency World. She has spoken at venues including Kenwood House, Wellington College, the Royal Pavilion, the National Maritime Museum, the

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