*I received a free ARC of this book, with thanks to the authors. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*
Blurb: A sexy city boy and a country squire will set the countryside alight!
Tarquin Bough is a tweedy squire with an ambitious fiancée who controls his every move. He’s also the owner of the finest collection of saucy artefacts in the world. From Christine Keeler’s eyelash to the Virgin Queen’s dildo, they’re all safe in Tarquin’s care.
Christopher Hardacre is a city-slicker with the tightest jodhpurs and the most smackable bottom in London. He’s given up the ratrace for a country life as captain of the village rowing team. The only trouble is, he’s lost his money to a ruthless scam and Bough Bottoms is his last hope of a home.
But Chris hasn’t reckoned on his late uncle’s will. The house comes with a sitting porcine tenant and if Chris can’t look after his newly-acquired pet pig, he’ll lose his inheritance and his last chance at happiness.
When Tarquin sees Chris it’s lust at first sight, but dare he be honest about his feelings in a village where being gay is bound to be a hot topic? As soon as Chris and Tarquin get together, it’s the hottest summer this little corner of England has ever known.
With a scheming local hotshot out to turn the beloved pig into sausages, can the captain and the squire save everybody’s bacon?
Jolly British hijinks in the countryside with, as is usual for these authors, some very touching moments and sweet soul-mate romance.
Stuffy, stuck-in-the-closet Tarquin Bough (pronounced ‘Boff’) sees himself as a typical ‘Squire of the Village’ sort, keeping up appearances with his awful fiancée, Petunia. That is, until he meets unabashed city boy Chris, his new next door neighbour. What follows is a classically English farce, complete with tricky inheritance conditions, sexy antique secrets, neighbourly feuds and an adorable prize pig.
There are plenty of cheesy puns and some very steamy action (with some mild spanking and antique sex toys), but the root of the story is the very sweet love between the two main characters, and them overcoming their many obstacles to be together – in jodhpurs and little else!
I was particularly touched by Tarquin’s deep unhappiness and self-doubt throughout the story, fed by Petunia’s despicable bullying of him. His situation was so desperately sad that I was able to brush aside his cheating on the odious woman, as I desperately rooted for him to find his confidence and some happiness with cheeky Captain Chris.
Anyone who loves a saucy romp with good old-fashioned boo-able villains and lots of light-hearted banter, will enjoy joining Tarkers, Chris and Orry (who stole the show!) for a ride or two in the country!
Tarquin turned to see a vision in a dark blue shirt, ample chest showing as the garment was scarcely buttoned.– Catherine Curzon & Eleanor Harkstead, The Captain and the Squire
Tarquin tried to casually drape his hand in front of his jodhpurs, but there was really no disguising his erection.
“I wasn’t expecting you! Good morning—how nice to see you.”
And your jodhpurs. How nice to see all of that.
“I thought I’d come over and ask if you fancied a ride?” Chris leaned on the doorframe, one shoulder casually resting there. Then his gaze dropped momentarily but very deliberately to Tarquin’s groin. “Can I tempt you?”
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