Rapid Reviews: Captive Prince Series by C.S. Pacat

Rapid Reviews: Captive Prince Series by C.S. PacatCaptive Prince by C.S. Pacat
Published by Penguin Genres: Fantasy, Romance
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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 epitomises the worst of the decadent court at Vere. But in the lethal web of Veretian politics, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen is caught up in a dangerous play for the throne, he must form an alliance with Laurent to survive and save his country.

For Damen, there is just one rule: he must never reveal his true identity. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reason to hate him than anyone else . . .

We’ve been slacker bloggers lately, but hey – life sometimes gets in the way. Ali’s got a few minutes to dedicate to this awesome series though!

Shiiiiiiitttt…this series! It has so many things I love. Male/Male romance, it’s fantasy, it has action and intriguing twists and turns and secret plans and shiiiiiiitttt, just so much goodness.

Damon is basically an exiled prince, sold by a usurper as a slave to a rival kingdom. Damon finds himself slave to Prince Laurent, his enemy in all things.  Damon’s true identity is a secret he holds close, for his own survival. Survival that relies on becoming a vital tool for his new, extremely calculating, owner – who happens to be in a fight for his own crown.

I love a good slow burn romance but I’ve never read any like this. If you’ve read Mariana Zapata and thought that was slow, you don’t know anything. The Captive Prince series is slower. But please, please, please don’t let that deter you. Pacat’s writing is so strong, the plot so thick and the world so interesting that you won’t mind it. Well, some of you will (probably a lot of you), but I sure didn’t. I loved every excruciating  minute while waiting for Damon and Laurent to give in.

Be warned, they don’t give in for quite some time. Like…book two. Half way through. You might get a kiss then. This is not erotica. It’s molasses slow, slow burn romance without extremely gratuitous sex. I’ve read historical romance with ankle touching that is more erotic. If you’re expecting the typical M/M smut, this isn’t it.

Book one was probably my least favorite. In fact, I’d say the books got progressively better as the series goes on. I look forward to future titles from Pacat, as I really enjoyed her voice. 

 

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  • Tiffany Johnson

    It was definitely a slow burn but Laurent’s cunning mind kept me interested. It’s not often series get better as they go along, but I agree, each book was better than the next! Loved it.


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