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The Captain's Ghostly Gamble (Captivating Captains 3) by Catherine Curzon & Eleanor Harkstead at Pride Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Paranormal / Ghosts/Spirits/Hauntings / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 11-September-2018

Book Blurb

For centuries, foppish Captain Cornelius Sheridan and brooding John Rookwood have haunted the mansion they duelled and died for. Now these phantom foes must join forces to save both their home and their feuding descendents.


But when Captain Sheridan sacrifices his afterlife for the sake of true love, will Rookwood risk everything to keep his companion by his side, or is it too late to say "I love you"?



Publisher's note: This book is related to the Captivating Captains series.

Book Review

“From goulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties and things that go bump in the night, good Lord, deliver us!” ~The Cornish and West Country Litany, 1926

Captain Cornelius Sheridan and John Rookwood, of 'The Captain's Ghostly Gamble' by Catherine Curzon and Eleanor Harkstead, are about their regular routine when company comes calling. As Cornelius and John contemplate how best to get rid of them, they discover that their “ghost hunter” guests are none other than Dan Rookwell and Jenny Sheridan, their respective descendants. This revelation changes their game plan. Instead of wanting them gone, Cornelius and John want to communicate with them. They become frustrated, knowing that the only way to let the couple know they are pleased to see them is through whiffs of rose scent, or stomps of their feet.

When they discover that Dan and Jenny are a couple they are taken aback by the fact that a Sheridan and a Rookwood could fall in love, but when they see how much they love each other, they want to counsel them on love and the importance of listening to each other. Dan and Jenny are having a serious lack of communication; instead of selling the mansion, Jenny and Dan secretly want to keep it, but neither will admit it for fear of upsetting the other. Cornelius and John think that when a couple is in love, they should not hold feelings and thoughts inside, but must express them. Otherwise, how would one know how another feels.

Even with their limited way of communication, Jenny is sure they are there and listening so she confides in them that she really wants to live here. Dan is skeptical, but eventually admits to John and Cornelius that he wants to stay there as well, but thinks that selling the mansion is the only way he can give Jenny the best life possible: money and possessions. Even knowing that neither Dan nor Jenny want anything other than to live there, have babies, dogs, and huge Christmas trees, there's little more that Sheridan and John can do; if they fail, they know that Jenny's heart will be broken and Daniel will always regret his choice.

Catherine and Eleanor have a created a quirky, funny, and romantic story involving funny, but endearing ghosts who most of all should take the advice they are dishing out. It seems odd to say that about ghosts, but they even have character growth. Their descriptions are detailed and hilarious and the tales they relate about past antics to scare people had me laughing so hard, my husband came in to check on me. Seriously, the tale may be short and sweet but there's a lot of emotion and an important lesson to always be honest with the ones you love. Thanks, Catherine and Elizabeth, for a very entertaining story.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 35 pages/10591 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 11-September-2018
Price $0.99 ebook
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