New Release Review ~ The Captain’s Snowbound Christmas by Catherine Curzon & Eleanor Harkstead

Genre: Short story romance

Length: 25,057 words

Publisher: Pride Publishing

Release: 22nd December 2020

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Will Reuben be unwrapping a captain this Christmas?

Reuben’s a makeup artist who’s much in demand in the business, from making the beautiful even more gorgeous to creating an alluring love-scene glow. All of his Christmas wishes come true at once when he’s hired to work on the set of his favourite TV show. And not only that but on the swoony Christopher Manners.

Bunny is lusted after by millions as the brooding hero of television’s Captain Firth adventures. His manly swash and handsome buckle have earned him a legion of fans, and when he strides onto the screen and commands, “Draw your sword, sir,” it’s time to get down to business.

When Reuben and Bunny’s first date turns into a disaster, it looks as though the show’s over before it’s begun, but a blizzard, a mysterious bearded man in a red coat and a hot winter night combine to give them a second chance.


~ * ~ Jos Review ~ * ~

3.5 Stars

This is part of a series linked only by using ‘Captain’ in the title: the books are all very diverse scenarios. This one takes a makeup artist and the star of a long running period drama on Tv series (think Poldark). Reuben is booked to do the final day’s makeup on the shoot, where Christopher “Bunny” Manners is filming a love scene—cue whole body makeup and a lot of flirting, which leads to a date. Bunny is known for his “Draw your sword, sir” but has learnt to dread it, and this leads to a disaster during the date. To sort this out, and get their HEA, they’ll need a little intervention from Santa.

This is a sweet story that I generally enjoyed. The stuff on the film set felt really authentic, and the interactions between the two are fun and flirty. It’s a fun and light hearted story. My only drawbacks were, I didn’t like the “disaster”. Bunny’s reaction felt over the top, and then the coming together had a few touches that stretched belief just a little too much. I also really struggled with the name Bunny.  

But, putting these aside, if you’re looking for a light, Christmas read, this fits the bill easily.

***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement.***