Genre: Fantasy, MM Romance, Explicit
Title: Captive Prince
Author: C.S. Pacat
Release Date: 7 April 2015
Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos. But when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave.
Beautiful, manipulative, and deadly, his new master, Prince Laurent, epitomizes the worst of the court at Vere. But in the lethal political web of the Veretian court, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen finds himself caught up in a play for the throne, he must work together with Laurent to survive and save his country.
For Damen, there is just one rule: never, ever reveal his true identity. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reason to hate him than anyone else…
What I Liked:
This book was very unexpected. Going in, I thought this was a MM Romance novel. There is a slight bit of that, but if I had to categorize this book, I’d put it in the fantasy genre. There’s no magic or mythical creatures, but this takes place in a created world with created cultures. It reminded me a bit of the adult, gay version of The Winner’s Curse.
I liked both of the main characters, Damen and Laurent. Their relationship is very complicated, and the tension that exists between them is chokingly thick. They’re one of those couples that are either going to fight or fuck (or both at the same time). Damen and Laurent are at once very similar and yet very different from each other. Once they work through their issues, I think they’ll make very good allies and lovers.
What I Didn’t:
This book definitely isn’t for everyone. Warnings include slavery, non-con, dub-con, implied pedophilia, flogging, and murder. This book goes to some pretty dark places, and as the first part of a continuing story, it doesn’t have a happy ending. It doesn’t have a sad or dark ending, either. It just sort of ends. This isn’t really a complaint, just a warning. I’m very glad that I put off reading this series until all three books had been released!
This book has been popping up on my goodreads recommendations for quite a while. The slavery aspect of it was the reason that I put it off for so long but I finally said “What the heck, I’ll give it a chance.” I’m glad I did. This book was more fantasy political drama than romance, but that’s what I enjoyed about it the most. Because the whole slavery thing makes consent issues a bit murky, I like that the main romance is a slow (very slow) burn. There’s a lot of characters with fantasy names to keep track of, but I liked the world-building, culture clashes, and overall epic feel of the story. I’m really interested to see how the rest of the story plays out, in both the political and romantic aspects of the plot.
My Rating: 3.5/5