22 November 2014

O Captain! My Captain! by V.L. Locey

 Being a single working mother isn`t easy. Just ask Maggie Charles. She`s juggling a job she hates, a rebellious teenage son, and the aftereffects of an abusive first marriage. There isn`t room in her life for a love affair, not that anyone would want to romance someone her age anyway, right? So why, after all these months, when she runs into the strapping Wildcats` captain at a charity event, does the sight of Derrick Andersson leave her so breathless once again? Is that really desire burning in the captain`s green eyes when he looks at her? Is it possible for a couple of been-there-and-done-thats to find love the second time around?
I am so happy to see more middle aged characters in books these days, all dealing with real issues such as divorce, raising kids as a single parent and trying to find a new dream in life.  The author did a fabulous job with this shorter book in giving us a romance to remember and courage to cling to while raising teenagers. 
If you are a single parent you know the drill.  You go to work, come home late after rushing to the store for what you need to make dinner, only to find your teenager has done nothing but play video games or worse yet isn’t even home.  This is how the book starts and what Maggie faces when she walks in her house dropping groceries. 
Being a mother and escaping an abusive marriage to her first husband Travis she carries the guilt of how her teenage son is currently acting.  The only thing that seems to make him happy these days is video games and the Philadelphia Wildcats hockey team, whose captain I might add is Derrick Andersson, the man who Maggie ran away from years ago. With her extra pounds and ton of stress, she tries to avoid watching Derrick and his team at all cost, the reminders are too painful.
Derrick isn’t ready to accept that there are no second chances in life.  He still wants Maggie regardless of age, weight and baggage, he only sees the woman that captured his heart and never returned it.  I loved Derrick’s accent and frustration when he was faced with decisions about his career that were out of his hands.  As if his own life wasn’t full of chaos, he took on Maggie and Trevor and tried to find a way to heal some of the damage that had been done. 
Trevor really ticked me off and reminded me again why I was so thankful when my son turned 21.  He wasn’t going to learn anything the easy way, no he was going to create a situation that would force him to grow up in a hurry and make Maggie accept that there are some things she can’t stop no matter what.
The author takes you on a beautiful ride with the rest of this story, breaking our hearts in places while renewing our belief in love and acceptance.  I really enjoyed this book as a standalone, but then I went back and read A Most Unlikely Countess: To Love a Wildcat.  I wanted to see if this book could really be appreciated on its own merit and while I believe it can, you will gain a much broader understanding of the characters that appear in this series as a whole and the overall theme. I would strongly suggest you read them all in order but if you can only do one, you won’t go wrong with Maggie and Derrick.  
I absolutely adored Oh Captain! My Captain! As Maggie has been with the series since book one, it was nice to see her get her second chance at happiness. That she went the way of her predecessors and fell for a Wildcat makes one wonder what’s in the water at that newspaper for geez sake.

Although I was already familiar with Maggie’s character from the previous two books, I was not prepared to learn exactly how rough she had had it. She’s been a single mom for the past ten years, which she is grateful for because she was able to get out of the abusive marriage she was in. As her story unfolds, you can’t help but feel bad for her as life just seems to be handing her one serving of crap pie after another. Fortunately the light at the end of the tunnel appears in the form of Derrick Andersson. The Wildcats captain is everything she wants in a man but never thought she’d get considering she was a single mother of one rather surly teenage boy.

One of the many things I loved about this book was that Maggie and Derrick are adults in their 40s and they’re portrayed realistically with aches and pains from their career (Derrick) and aging. It made it so easy to connect with them. As Ms. Locey does such a great job of infusing the book with humor, I not only got to fall in love with the couple but I got to do so while laughing frequently. O Captain! My Captain! is an excellent addition to the To Love a Wildcat series and I am sooooo looking forward to the next book.
V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, belly laughs,  reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, the New York Rangers,  comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a steer named after a famous N.H.L. goalie,  a pig named after a famous President, and a flock of assorted domestic fowl.

When not writing lusty tales, she can be found enjoying her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand. She can also be found online on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and GoodReads.

1 comment:

  1. Two great reviews. I've read this series and I couldn't agree more. Love these books and can't wait for book #4!