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Alors que leurs royaumes sont sur le point d’entrer en guerre, Damen et son nouveau maître, le prince Laurent, doivent échanger les intrigues de palais contre la violence ouverte des champs de bataille. Contraint de dissimuler son identité, Damen est de plus en plus attiré par le dangereux et charismatique Laurent. Mais alors que la fragile confiance entre les deux hommesAlors que leurs royaumes sont sur le point d’entrer en guerre, Damen et son nouveau maître, le prince Laurent, doivent échanger les intrigues de palais contre la violence ouverte des champs de bataille. Contraint de dissimuler son identité, Damen est de plus en plus attiré par le dangereux et charismatique Laurent. Mais alors que la fragile confiance entre les deux hommes se renforce, les secrets de leurs passés risquent de leur porter un coup fatal…...

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Le Guerrier Reviews

  • Emily May
    2019-03-16 20:40

    Okay, we need to talk about this. Because I am literally starting to feel like I read a completely different book from everyone else.The only thing I got from this book was: COCKS. COCKS EVERYWHERE.I quite liked (but didn't love) the first book; I had some issues but I pushed them to the back of my mind because I was so happy to have both a M/M romance in fantasy AND for it to be slow burn. But I just... can't anymore. I don't understand. It has a 4.62 average rating. All my friends seem to love it (5 stars kind of loving), even those who are the toughest romance critics. Really, did we read the same book?Firstly, this book is erotica with some snoozeworthy politics and battles thrown in. I don't buy into the whole "it has so much more than romance! politics and royal scandals!" No, it doesn't. The plot is a thinly-veiled disguise for the descriptions of sex and penises.And on that matter - why is everyone so obsessed with cocks? Cocks are hanging out everywhere. Damen goes to find a guy and he’s screwing the stable boy, he goes to find yet another guy and he is described by his state of undress, with particular mention of the way he is holding his pants up. All the descriptions of everything are sexual (but not, I might add, sexy).I am thankful for an LGBT romance that doesn't a) stick to contemporary, or b) just present the difficulties of coming out/dealing with sexuality, but I just don’t believe that gay men are this obsessed with each others cocks. I’m a bi, cisgender woman, I don’t even have a cock, and I assure you - they are just not that exciting.Even when dramatic stuff is supposed to be happening, even in political meetings, there’s a constant genital awareness in every scene. Everyone is always aware of the others’ penises.Also, let's talk slow burn. Slow burn is my passion. In fact, it's pretty much the only kind of romance I like. I knew I loved him the moment I saw him. I already don't care.Yes but sometimes you just know for reasons you can't understand. Yup, still don't care.And is this romance slow burn? Oh it's slow burn, alright. It's as slow burn as the romance between Dumbledore and Mcgonagall. What are you saying, Emily? I'm saying let's look at Damen's slow-burning relationship with Laurent's earring:“His gaze dropped to Laurent’s lips. When he forced it upwards, it fixed instead on the earring. The lobe of Laurent’s ear was pierced through with the ornament of his uncle’s lover. It suited him, in the mundane sense that it matched his colouring. In another sense, it looked as incongruous as it felt to tear another mouthful of bread from the flat loaf, and lift it to feed him.”And just when you think he’s done…“It was the earring. Laurent was always so austere. The earring reframed him. It gave the appearance of a sensual side, sophisticated and subtle.”Oh yes, this romance is slow burn. It burns so slow I fear I might have died of boredom by the time they actually get together.Because slow burn in this sense means that nothing actually happens. Lots of other cocks come and go, and Laurent and Damen spend a lot of time staring broodily at one another. The whole point of slow burn is TENSION. Instead, I’m rolling my eyes and wishing something would just happen (either that or the book would just end).And Laurent himself is so unappealing to me. He's broodier than Edward Cullen, with even less personality. In the first book, I thought his cold, distant character was going to develop into something more interesting, but that has yet to happen. I feel nothing for him.Honestly, I want to love this book. A central LGBT romance in fantasy is so rare that I want to tell you this book is amazing. But I just don't feel it.Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | Store

  • LolaReviewer
    2019-02-19 20:34

    Third read: July 27th, 2015A kingdom, or this.Oh god, I'm such a pathetic mess. I grew so attached to Damen & Laurent that it hurts and maybe you find it stupid to feel so helplessly bewitched but this is the best and most perfect, in all its flaws, love story I've ever read. To get what you want, you have to know exactly how much you are willing to give up.These are not my two favorite quotes, but they're powerful if you're able to catch their meaning, and they represent Damen & Laurent's relationship oh so well.Maybe you'll believe me, maybe you won't, but it took me 20 hours to re-reread this book. I reread my favorite passages four, five times when I encountered them and tried to find meaning to everything inside it.This is why I am now convinced of this: (view spoiler)[Laurent knows (hide spoiler)]. There is no doubt. I'm 99% percent sure... only something Laurent says about The Regent and the King of Akielos not knowing what an asset Damen would be to him makes me doubt, but even then... Tell me what you think.------------------------First read: January 2014Second read: March 2015How is it that, right after finishing this sequel for the second time around, I wish to re-read it all over again? And again. And again. That is the Captive Prince effect ❤

  • Navessa
    2019-03-12 04:43

    I am not going to review this book. Because I cannot review this book. Because there are no words for this book, other than these: This is my new favorite book of all time. Nothing else even comes close.This review can also be found at The Alliterates.

  • Candace
    2019-03-21 04:13

    As the 'Captive Prince' series progresses, I find myself completely lost in the story of Damen and Laurent. Talk about a slow-burn, I have been dying for something to happen between these two. The anticipation was absolutely killing me.While the first book primarily focused on the hedonistic indulgences and cruelty of Laurent's court, this second book shows more of the inner workings. Many of the pieces are beginning to fall into place. There is far more to Laurent's situation than meets the eye. In many ways, he is every bit the captive that Damen is.The nearer Laurent gets to the day that he will claim his throne, the more underhanded his uncle becomes. It is evident that he has no intention of ever relinquishing the power of being King. He does everything within his power to discredit and undermine his nephew at every turn.Unfortunately for Laurent's uncle, his own manipulations end up being unexpectedly counterproductive. He coerces Laurent into serving near the border, anticipating that he and the substandard group of soldiers that he sent him with will end up being killed off. The assassins that he sends will surely finish off the job if the poor state of the group does not manage to die of their own accord.Instead, Laurent and Damen form an unlikely alliance. Their tenuous relationship grows much stronger, even becoming the best of friends. Damen often finds himself in the position of a trusted confidante for Laurent. Before long, the two are practically inseparable.At last, it is evident that there is far more going on between Laurent and Damen than meets the eye. Of course, there is a pervasive ominous feeling to this book. Damen's identity is still a secret at this point. The looming threat of discovery lingers, tainting his interactions with Laurent. The more he grows to care for Laurent, the more Damen fears that his betrayal will come to light.I enjoyed every minute of this book. I was taken in by the evolution of Damen and Laurent's relationship from enemies to friends to lovers. I want things to work out for them so badly, even as I know that disaster is lurking around the corner. So many secrets. So many feelings. My heart is breaking for these two.Needless to say, I thought that this was a wonderful book. I will dive into the third book immediately. I absolutely must know how things work out for Damen and Laurent. Despite the fact that M/M is not my usual preferred genre, I have absolutely fallen in love with this story. I want Damen and Laurent to get the HEA so badly.Check out more of my reviews at

  • Julio Genao
    2019-03-04 04:14

    reck-uh-lus be-hay-vyuh.dunno why laurent makes me think of zayn malik. maybe it's the way malik is so desperate to appear a man that his first solo video after 1D is of him lavishly acting out a sexual fantasy with various women, including the one below, while wearing the scruffiest of if that could ever truly disguise his elfin, boyish, swoopy-haired beauty.but they always try, don't they, pretty boys. they grow unfortunate mustaches and delete the bounce in their step in favor of a surly lope. they bathe in cologne and get into fights and change all their friends and...and they start keeping secrets. hmm.maybe i do know why i'm thinking of zayn malik, after all.but never this volume, the facade cracks, skin peels away in patches and strips, and the real story underneath it all becomes apparent. part of it is problematic. part of it is disturbing. part of it is erotic as hell.but all of it is excellent. on goodreads, three stars means "i liked it." four, "i loved it." five stars means "it was amazing."i so rarely find it in me to upgrade a rating that i can remember every time i've done it:once for love of a man.once to honor the bravery of an honest person. and here, now, to express the awe and admiration in me at the close of this volume.five stars. because i am amazed. it was, truly, amazing.and everything is amazing.stay swoopy, zayn._____________previously:[historically inaccurate twerking intensifies]it takes two to make a thing go ri-i-ightit takes two to make it outta sight no time for a gif; volume two re-read in effect._____________previously: Well, that was—frankly—stunning.

  • Whitney Atkinson
    2019-03-18 01:31

    OH MY GOD this is definitely turning out to be a much better series than the first half of book one makes it seem.I knew going into this that it was everyone's favorite in the series and I CAN SEE WHY!!!! I just love books that explore angsty relationships with slow-burning romance and I KNEEWWWW that laurent had a deeper layer that we didn't get to see in book one. These two characters are just developed so exquisitely that I could not put this book down. They seem like real people they're so troubled and SMART oh my god they're so smart and their conversations just punch me through the chest with all the wit and experience and it's just so ruthlessly entertaining to read. I almost want to take .5 stars off of my rating just purely because of the fact that the battle scenes in this book got a little bit blurred. It needed to be better explained where they were going, why they took the stops they did, who was friend, who was enemy, etc. There were a lot of invasions and alliances and betrayals in this book and I was left confused as to who was who, and going into book three I think it will be easier to understand, but still, what with the Vaskians and Patrans getting involved, I was like whhaaaaaattt

  • Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
    2019-03-16 04:42

    ”Never had he wanted something this badly, and held it in his hands knowing that tomorrow it would be gone, traded for the high cliffs of Ios, and the uncertain future across the border, the chance to stand before his brother, to ask him for all the answers that no longer seemed so important. A kingdom, or this.”Can I just say how much I love this book?!I love, love, love, love, love, love and adore it to bits and pieces!!! XDPrince’s Gambit has everything I want in a good book and since the shocking and heavy topics of the first book aren’t in the focus of the second instalment it was so much easier to read and enjoy! Whereas Captive Prince played a lot with clichés and sensitive issues this book was just an amazing fun read! Don’t get me wrong, there were still some serious and interesting topics but it was all wrapped up so nicely that I just couldn’t help but had to love this book!There are intrigues, there is hope, there is humour, there is anger and despair, there is pain and passion and there is so much love it almost killed me!!!! ARGH!!! The love in this book caused me to die again and yet again!!! It’s so subtle and such a slow burn but OH BOY did it hit me with the feels!!! It hit me so hard I couldn’t contain my joy and even though this was already my second read I’m still convinced that it will knock me out if I read “Prince’s Gambit” a third time. *lol* Laurent and Damen are everything and all I want is that they are happy!!! <333Gosh they deserve all the happiness in the world. XDI can’t even!!! I really can’t!!! I feel so strongly for those two boys it’s not even normal anymore. And can we please just take a little moment and appreciate how wonderful this story arc is? From archenemies to reluctant allies, from allies to cautious friends and from friends to gentle lovers. C.S. Pacat you pulled this off so nicely it’s just amazing! I relished this so much and I savoured every second of it! <3 So just in case you didn’t realise it by now:I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!There I said it and I will say it again and again until I’m wrinkled and old! *lol* ;-PThe plot:”To get what you want, you have to know exactly how much you are willing to give up.”This time around the plot is easily told. After the ending of the first book Damen and Laurent are forced to make their way to the border and to say there happens a lot on their journey would be putting it more than just mildly. XD I guess you’ll just have to read the book if you really want to find out more about the troubles they have to face! All I can say is that I enjoyed it immensely! ;-) The characters:”I didn’t understand what being king meant to you.”“What’s that?”“An end to fighting.”There will be many quotes and a lot of gushing and screaming and fangirling in this section! Considering how much I love this book I might even add some uncontrolled flailing to the list. *lol* So be warned, this is my spoilery spoiler sector and you’re just about to enter the fun! ;-PDamen:”What makes you think Kastor is the weaker man? You don’t know him.”“But I’m coming to know you,” said Laurent.Damen is such a sweet, honest, loyal and honourable soul and by now it seems like even Laurent realised it! Finally! *lol* I swear, it was so amazing to watch Damen grow. In the first book he didn’t understand Laurent and his actions but in “Prince’s Gambit” he tried his best to figure him out and eventually realised that not everything is as it seems. He finally got a glimpse at the Crown Prince’s true nature and saw past the façade Laurent keeps so well. After everything he’s gone through and all the experiences he made Damen didn’t just begin to question his own attitude towards the people of Vere but also realised that he probably wouldn’t have treated them any better. I think the encounter with Naos was one of the best scenes in the entire book and some sort of key moment that put everything into a new perspective. If given half a chance the old Damen would have wanted war with Vere too and wouldn’t have even hesitated to take their land by force so it was really nice to see when he realised that he has prejudices as well. Damen’s world is no longer just black and white and I love him for trying to be aware of the grey. ;-)”And perhaps out of this, a thin thread of respect was growing. It was apparent why his uncle had kept Laurent away from the reins of power: he was good at leading.””Damen felt Laurent start shaking against him, and realised that, silently, helplessly, he was laughing.””They were kissing. He felt it in his body, like a tremor he couldn’t still. He was shaken by the force of all he wanted, and he closed his eyes against it.””He felt the passing of time like a growing pressure. He was aware of each moment because it was one fewer that he had left.””For everything that my uncle and Kastor planned,” said Laurent, as Damen felt himself grow cold, “they had no idea what they did when they gifted me with you.”Laurent:”When this campaign is over, I think – if you are a man and not a worm – you will attempt to gain retribution for what has happened to you. I expect it. On that day, we roll the dice and see how they fall.”I love this boy so much! <333 He’s just amazing and he’s so damn young!!! I loved that we finally saw parts of his true self and I adored that he began to open up to Damen. I swear to follow Laurent’s progress and to see his change was one of the most beautiful things to watch! Laurent is so much more than initially meets the eye and it was such a delight to see glimpses of his vulnerable side! XD He’s not the cast-iron bitch everyone thinks him to be and we finally saw that he has not only a good sense of humour but also compassion! There are more and more chinks in his armour and layer by layer his true self is revealed. And boy do I love what’s hidden underneath all his cool and indifferent composure!!! Deep down within him he’s just a lonely and broken boy and everyone who knows me knows how much I love those broken boys. *lol* KRYPTONITE!!! That’s all I say. Haha! Well anyway, what I probably loved the most was that he realised his faults and that he’s painfully aware of how much he wronged Damen. He knows what he did is unforgivable and even though he expects Damen to take revenge, this still didn’t stop him from putting his trust in him. Unconditional love… we’re finally getting there!!! XD”I intend to survive, I intend to beat my uncle, and I will fight with every weapon that I have.””Laurent’s cool-eyed arrogance proclaimed that no one could touch him. The earring said that one man could. It transformed him from unattainable to exclusive, an elite pleasure no one here could afford.””Laurent fought like he talked. The danger lay in the way he used his mind: there was not one thing he did that was not planned in advance. Yet he was not predictable, because in this, as with everything he did, there were layers of intent, moments when expected patterns would suddenly dissolve into something else.””He resented him,” said Damen.Paschal gave him a strange look. “No, he loved him. He hero-worshipped him, the way that intellectual boys sometimes do, with older boys who excel physically. It went both ways with those two. They were devoted to one another. Auguste was the protector. He would do anything for his little brother.””Can you stand? We need to move out. It’s not safe for you here. Too many people want to kill you.”After a moment, Laurent said, “Everyone to the south, but only half the people to the north.”Jord:I really like Jord! He’s such a good and loyal man and he only wants what’s best for his prince. I guess in some way he’s Laurent’s father figure and I think this actually might have been the reason why he was so harsh to him. Poor Jord! He definitely didn’t deserve any of the things that happened and I feel so damn sorry for him. He truly loved Aimeric and Laurent’s words must have hurt him even more than he cared to admit. *sigh* I hate the Regent so much!!! His damn machinations hurt every single person that lives under his thumb and I really can’t wait to see his end!!! How many people have to get killed before he’s finally dethroned? >_<Dament – Their relationship:”You remind me of him. He was the best man I have ever known. You deserve to know that, as you deserve at least a fair … In Arles, I treated you with malice and cruelty. I will not insult you by attempting to atone for deeds with words, but I would not treat you that way again. I was angry. Angry, that isn’t the word.” It was bitten off; a jagged silence followed.I LOVE their relationship so much that I decided to give it its own space! *lol* They are just so damn amazing and cute together, I can’t even put it into words!!! There was so much tension between those two the air literally sizzled with heat! I just adore everything about them, the way they teased each other, how they tried to hide their attraction, how miserably they failed!! XD And all those intense moments!! Gosh they were my undoing!! That scene when Damen came back to the camp even though he could have run away, or the little moment when Damen teased Laurent about his accent!!! *lol* Their night out when they hid behind the door and THE MASSAGE!!!!!! OMG! The massage! *fans herself* BUT nothing, absolutely nothing was as intense as CHAPTER 19!!!!This chapter was the death of me and I want to die again and again!!! Never in my entire life have I ever read such a beautiful sex scene! The way Pacat described it was so lovely I died a thousand deaths. It was so bittersweet, it killed me! I wanted to cry because it was so sad, yet at the same time I wanted to dance with joy because it was finally happening!!! My heart broke for those two boys! It broke and was mended, stopped beating and started all over again! They both knew they only had one night together but they still took the risk, they preferred that moment of bliss over the pain that would follow and this, THIS made the entire chapter so wonderful to read!!! Oh god! Just to think about that scene makes my heart ache!! I will never get over Chapter 19! Never! The tenderness, the trust, their unconditional love, the knowledge and sadness that didn’t just swing in every single word they said but also was visible in every gesture they made.For the first time they saw each other with all their insecurities and flaws and they embraced the truth, they cherished it, they accepted their feelings, they trusted in their love… They just loved. Unconditionally, without restraint, with everything they were and had!SO. DAMN. BEAUTIFUL!!!! I just can’t anymore… I can’t…. *sobs and dies*”That’s right, I’m still captured,” said Damen.‘Your eyes say, “For now.”’ Laurent said. ‘Your eyes have always said, “For now.”’From the severe, straight-backed posture to the impersonal grace of his cupped yellow head; from his detached blue eyes to the arrogance of his cheekbones, Laurent was complicated and contradictory, and Damen could look nowhere else."“This is instructive. I’ve seen you put half a dozen men in the dirt without breaking a sweat.”“Not right now, I couldn’t.”“I can see that. You’re relieved of your regular duties in the morning.”“That’s nice of you. I can’t get up. I’ll just lie here. Or did you need something?”“Oh, how did you know?” said Laurent. “Take me to bed.”Damen groaned and found himself laughing after all, in the moment before he pulled the furs over his head.”I’m going to leave tomorrow,” said Damen, as steadily as he could. “I’m not going to come back.” He drew in a breath that hurt his chest. “Laurent – ““No, I don’t care. Tomorrow you leave. But you’re mine now. You’re still my slave tonight.””I can’t.” It was a raw admission. “I can’t think.” The words were torn out of him. Wide-eyed in the silence, Laurent said them again in a different voice, his blue eyes dark with the exposure of the truth. “I can’t think.”“I know,” said Damen.The conclusion:I loved “Prince’s Gambit” and I savoured every single word!!! This time around I was so much more aware of everything that happened and it only enhanced my reading experience! =) What made everything even better was the fact that this was a buddy read with my adorable Gansey! It was so much fun to be able to gush about Laurent and Damen and I can’t thank you enough for reading this book with me! ;-) Let’s tackle “King’s Rising” soon! XD”I lack,” said Laurent, “the easy mannerisms that are usually shared with,” you could see him pushing the words out, “a lover.”“You lack the easy mannerisms that are usually shared with anyone,” said Damen.

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  • Dd
    2019-03-07 20:39

    LOVED it!!It was AMAZING,FABULOUS,BRILLIANT,WONDERFUL.....Shall I go on???I am speechless!Can't say anything except that I'm awestruck by its brilliance!!I devoured this book.It made me laugh,smile,scream,bite my nails,....just loved it!And what else?Did I mention that I loved it?Please read these gems!!!That's all I'm trying to say!That's all for now.Ta-Ta!!

  • Judith
    2019-03-14 04:17

    4.5 Stars.Delicious.....What can I say that hasn't already been said...But I will echo a lot of people and say,so far,this is definitely the best book.Damen and Laurent are two of the most sensual characters I've read about.....this isn't dirty sex at all.Right so this book definitely had a different feel about it.There isn't the hedonistic vibe so much.It's a lot different from book one but in a good way.M/M is my absolute fav thing and if someone said try a book with no sex scenes until the end of book two I would have been long goneThis was perfect.....intrigue,tension and the anticipation of Damen and Laurent together was delicious.So...does a slow burn work??It definitely did here.Every time I thought they were even going to kiss I got excited.And when they did get dirty together,it was so sensual and so beautiful....definitely worth waiting for.So looking forward to book 3

  • Susan
    2019-02-21 04:13

    Muthaf’ing Brilliant.Captive Prince is (so far) 2 books, 30 chapters, of the most intense foreplay, the most brilliant war strategy, the most dysfunctional family…with one of the most satisfying, mind-blowing, WTF’ing endings/cliffhangers…I loved Volume 2. Yes, it got sloggy at times with some of the war bits…or that’s just me admitting that I was confused, and sometimes lost…”Wait, who’s betraying who now?” But, the relationship between Damen & Laurent continues to build bit by painstaking tiny bit and their interactions were DELICIOUS!When they do finally give in to each other, it makes for one of the most intense, controlled, gorgeous love scenes! Whoooo wheeeee!!!!! I was left panting at the end!Laurent is a mastermind…a freakin’ genius…And Damen, oh Damen…you’re my hero… *sigh*DO NOT DELAY (Lenore)…this is a MUST read…I would not let the WIP status hold you off…don’t miss out on this goodness!!!!

  • Rachel
    2019-03-19 23:39

    * For anyone looking for the Timelines of this series, here are the links: Prince's Gambit Timeline Complete Captive Prince Series Timelines I also posted them on GR in the Timeline and Cliffnotes section of Captivated. It says a lot about a book when it can transform a 33 year old heterosexual female who has been an avid reader of the M/F romance genre for 15 years into a M/M genre addict. On a chilly February night I was craving a historical M/F enemies to lovers romance novel to warm me up - I stumbled across S.U. Pacat’s Captive Prince series instead. Probably one of the best stumbles I’ve ever made and I fell hard. The StorySet in a historical AU that bears likenesses particularly to the historical cultures of Greece and France, I expected to read a chintzy slavefic possibly analogous to the bodice rippers of which I was acquainted. What I found was a story that is not chintzy. Not a slavefic. Not anything that my presupposing mind would have expected from a free WIP posted by an amateur author. Prince Damianos of Akielos, aka Damen, stars as our narrative guide. Influenced by slavefics of Anne Rice, Pacat notes in a Livejournal interview, that Damen’s origins lay in “the alpha warrior-prince who keeps his attitude and sense of identity in all circumstances.” Damen is all that and more. He is likeable, relatable, no genius, but no dummy, honest, confident, a fighter, but reasonable. The kind of hero who is just itching to gallop into a fray in shining armor on a white horse and kiss the pain away - and even cuddle afterwards. Alas his world is jarred when he is forcibly taken from a place where he is centered and complacent to a place where he is, well, not. Enter Laurent, Prince of Vere. Inspired by Dorothy Dunnett’s Francis Crawford of the Lymond Chronicles, Laurent is ten steps ahead of everyone … possibly even Pacat herself. Together theirs is a tale of enemies to … speaking terms, to cautious trust, to budding respect, to sexual tension, to hesitant lovers, to more intrigue to come. As subtly as hidden truths unfold, so does an undercurrent of affection between these two. The story is spectacular. However, Volume I is an obstacle that many readers will face the challenge of completing. I would venture that the many readers, like myself, are honest folk, trusting until betrayed and discerning based on prior experience - making not only relating to, but liking Damen a naturally easy conclusion. Damen’s likeability is a comfort and a distraction to the reader at the same time. Damen sees of Vere what he expects to see. And the reader sees what Damen sees. And as readers journey through Vere, reliant on Damen’s observant, but biased POV many of us will fall into the same trap that Damen does - to believe he has just journeyed down the rabbit hole into a depraved and perverted slave fic with a spoilt and dastardly Prince bent on being a thorn to his pleasure slave. About halfway through Volume I many readers will have the urge to toss it on the pile with Tribute and A Prince for a Kingdom wondering were the “smarts” that are hyped to set this series apart are hidden. Stick with it, you’ve been fooled. And so has Damen. The reader is dependent on Damen to tell the story. And from his telling, one must filter the actual story from his POV - the clues come in piecemeal and must be assembled after absorbing these two volumes from start to finish to savor the full affect. I cannot promise that this series will appeal to everyone, but I can promise that Volume II holds much more than Volume I for those of you who struggled to get there. Persevere it is worth it. The Writing The story is clever and intricate, but it is the writing that sells it. Don’t let the silliness of the pen name fool you, S.U. Pacat possesses an extraordinary command of prose. Though the words didn’t fall in line at the snap of her fingers, in a commentary on her Livejournal account, she notes that each chapter underwent multiple beta reads and edits, one of which was rewritten 40 times! The obsessive persistence of mastering the prose paid off and she got it right in the end. Pacat has found the allusive balance of simple and complex. While writing, she does what I believe every author should do, she keeps the phrasing simple. No overindulgent, superfluous descriptions with ostentatiously flowery wording, her sentences are formed of easy elegance. Next she infuses these undecorated prose with layers upon layers of meanings, symbols and imagery. Her innocuous wording belies the complexity of what is actually stated. A complexity that must be deciphered bit by bit, which required of this reviewer multiple readings. "The wooden doors were delicate as a screen and carved with a repeated design that included gaps in the wood; through them you could glimpse shadowy impressions of what lay on the other side.”This seemingly basic description of the architecture of a Veretian door, was just that my first time reading the series. The second time around, it was not just a visual cue for Veretian architecture, but for Veretian culture as a whole. And my third indulgence into this work, I realized it very well could be describing Laurent (and possibly the series itself). I am not sure that I can fully relay how much a single, simple sentence like the one above - one that can change and shift with the reading and understanding of the reader, makes me smile. And so far there are two full volumes of these sentences! At art school I spent an inordinate amount of time sitting in silence, staring at a painting to analyze every carefully executed detail for symbolism, for meaning. From a broom in van Hoogstraten’s The Slippers to a lion on the belt of a Cyprian soldier sculpture, an image could say a thousand words. "The tiled floor around the table was scattered with detritus: overturned pewter, an apple rolled to a far tile, a pitcher of wine that had let fly its contents so that the floor was soaked in red. The silence stretched out." Turns out that two sentences are able to say a thousand words as well. Pay attention to the imagery. It is woven seamlessly throughout both volumes (and I suspect the third also). Watch a sapphire earring appear at moments Laurent gets personal and blood red wine spilled repeatedly in a most decadent fashion every time a villain’s machinations ripple to fruition. There is more hidden in plain sight in this series than in a 17th century Dutch painting. I can only estimate the difficulty to achieve the same effect with a pen instead of a brush. And I admire the results. Let’s talk businessWith Captive Prince, S.U. Pacat excels the quality of writing in the romance genre. Not solely the M/M genre - the romance genre. Jane Austen would be jealous. And by putting forth such quality, is how an amateur writing nobody grabs the attention of and a contract with a big six publisher. As of October 1, 2013, the series was removed from S.U. Pacat’s Livejournal account per her agreement with Penguin Publishing. Making Captive Prince a free online fiction WIP, that is no longer free online, but it is still a WIP. The paperbacks and e-books are now available for purchase on Amazon and upon completion Volume III will be offered there as well. I recommend the e-books, which each contain a bonus chapter at the end of them (you particularly don’t want to miss Chapter 19 ½ at the end of the Volume II e-book). The e-books are currently retailing for a meager price of $3.99 each and are worth every cent. Pacat’s current work in progress is Volume III, which is expected to be the third and final volume in the series - to be released (tentatively) in 2014. Promising an HEA and to retain full artistic control over the content of Volume III, despite Penguin’s acquisition of it, Pacat has set the bar high for herself. Fingers crossed she can deliver, out of the love I hold for this series and concern she could face a wrath of diehard Captive Prince fans if she allows capitalist commercialism to muddy the unique niche that Damen and Laurent have filled in many of our libraries. Does it warrant the hype? Yes. This series can stand on it’s own merits - that is why the “hype” is generated by it’s readers. That is why a big six listened to the buzz - because they didn’t create the buzz. The series created the buzz all by it’s self. I am always a bit weary of overzealous hype surrounding a book, but in the case of Captive Prince I can only add to it. I recommend picking this one up with an open mind and a hungry mind and it will sate plentifully. Don’t just read this to sate a mood for some M/M romance, read this for the character studies of what should be predictable high id archetypes that instead surprise with plausible reactions. Captive Prince is not a work of erotica. It is a work of adventure, of danger, of the posturing of court politics, of power plays on the battlefield, of nail biting traps and great escapes. And circulating in the midst of it all is a work of intimacy. Read it for the intimacy, for the beauty of the writing and yes, one scene halfway through Volume II that is as moving as it is sensuous. Read it to be stunned.Captivated

  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    2019-03-10 01:16

    #1 Captive Prince ★★★★☆#2 Prince's Gambit ★★★★★#3 King's Rising ★★★★★“To get what you want, you have to know exactly how much you are willing to give up.”I was pleasantly surprised by the first book in this trilogy, but that was nothing compared to how much I loved the second installment. Everything that I enjoyed in Captive Prince was magnified in Prince's Gambit, plus the character development was everything I wanted and more.“That’s right, I’m still captured,’ said Damen. ‘Your eyes say, “For now,”’ Laurent said. ‘Your eyes have always said, “For now.”While reading the first book, I literally thought to myself, "There is no way I could ever like Laurent!" Wow, was I wrong. Of course he did terrible things in the first book, and nobody is denying that, but the lighter shades of his moral greyness come to light in Prince's Gambit. There is so much more to Laurent than meets the eye: he is wickedly intelligent, always a step ahead of his foes, and puts so much more on the line than anyone realizes. There is a motive behind every move he makes, and watching these things come out in the open, as well as seeing Damen's reactions to learning that this man he travels with isn't only a cruel snake, is so incredibly captivating.“Because a king maker would always choose the weaker man. The weaker the man, the easier he is to control.”Damen, of course, is just as lovable as he was in the beginning; from the very start of Prince's Gambit, he is putting himself on the line for people he owes nothing to, simply because he's such a kind-hearted individual. His homesickness is still heavy, but it begins to mingle with so many other emotions as he finally garners the respect of not only the Veretians he travels with, but Laurent, too. The first moment in which we see Laurent treat Damen as a confidante is such a warm, tangible thing. ❤“Stop enjoying yourself," Damen murmured. "We're going to be killed, any minute.""Giant animal," said Laurent."Stop it.”As far as the romance goes, if you couldn't guess from the first book, this is one hell of a slow burn, but it's so lovely to watch the two men shift from sworn enemies to something more. I've always been a sucker for the enemies-to-lovers trope, and this is one of the best executions of that trope I've ever seen. Their banter absolutely kills me and I could read books on end just of Laurent smarting off to Damen.I could gush for ages, really, but I'll just say that I cannot recommend this series highly enough - if you can handle the tougher sides of the content. There's not nearly as much abuse in book 2 as there was in book 1, but it is still present in some areas, so please proceed with caution. Meanwhile, I'm off to binge read the finale!

  • Kai
    2019-03-21 04:28

    “To get what you want, you have to know exactly how much you are willing to give up.”This was even better than Captive Prince. Sudden plot twists, excellent scheming and unbearable tension made this book worth their 5 stars.I'm honestly impressed. I've read a review about this book before starting it, and it said this was all about cock and more cock. So that's what I exepcted, sex scene after sex scene. But C. S. Pacat wrote an extremely well plotted, hence intruiging novel.What really killed me was Damon's and Laurent's relationship. I was shivering with anticipation until the very end, I desperately wanted this ship to sail, while at the same time I didn't want this one big secret to destroy a promising romance. I'm sure you can tell that for me it was a very emotional read.Now I'm even more curious to read the final book! I have high hopes and I feel like Kings Rising could actually meet, or even exceed my expectations.Find more of my books on Instagram

  • Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
    2019-03-16 03:38

    Actual Rating: 1.5 StarsBuddy read this with the fabulous Kainat, except she abandoned me in favor of more interesting books which I totally don't even blame her for!See, in my review of Captive Prince I may have said I would not touch the second installment in this series with a ten foot pole? Well...I lied. Why, you say, do we keep reading books that we expect to hate? Well. It's because... I'm a fan of well-informed hatred. PLUS, this series has an obscene amount of positive reviews... and I've heard many people say not to judge the first book on its own. Well now I'm here to judge both the first and the second book together.Prince's Gambit is very different from Captive Prince, in that there is much less rape. We traded in the awkward public rape scenes for casual sex talk around the fireside, but it was still so forced that I was rolling my eyes constantly. Almost every meaningful conversation between these characters concerns who is fucking whom? Someone always slips in some kind of innuendo? I'm over it.The plot takes place outside of the palace of Vere, and it's made up almost entirely of military strategy. I felt like there was more to take seriously here, but I was just SO BORED. I got a slightly better sense of Damen and of Laurent, but nothing really interesting happened at all so...One thing I will not get over is just how fucking poorly these books are written. I'm sorry, but it's just bad. Did anyone even edit these books before they were published? Did anyone tell the author to stop morphing simple words into unnecessarily complicated words? Or maybe to stop describing the characters by the exact same phrases 16 times a page? Laurent with his "cool/frigid gaze" and his "yellow/pale head" I GET IT HE HAS BLONDE HAIR AND BLUE EYES! STOP TELLING ME! I really wanted to keep a list of all the dumb words that were used but I honestly picked my pencil and immediately lost the will to carry on...Sometimes the dialogue didn't even make sense. It may as well have played out like this:Damen: You've done something amazing, transforming these men into soldiers.Laurent: I've been thinking about shoe laces. Damen: Yes, now they know how to tie their shoe laces like men should. They are yours to command. Amazing, isn't it? Laurent: You think you know me? -broods- Damen: ...The above conversation is just an example I made up, but you get the idea. Commentary that's completely out of left field. It made no sense, and once again I was laughing about how ridiculous these books are. Also I just want to complain for a second about some specific stuff I think is bullshit. (view spoiler)[So in the first book, Damen gets the ever-loving shit beaten out of him by Laurent. His back literally resembles uncooked hamburger by the time Laurent is finished whipping him. And in the small space of time between then and when this book takes place, DAMEN AND LAURENT ARE FUCKING??? WHAT?? I'm sorry if someone whipped me even a little I wouldn't be forgiving them and crawling into bed with them, I don't care how emotionally fucked up they are. Laurent is a little shit for the entirety of the first book, and while I think giving him some humanity was necessary to make him interesting, this is just ridiculous. Damen HAVE SOME RESPECT FOR YOURSELF SON.And then Damen goes from being Laurent's scum Akielon slave to being the captain of his men?Like...????? I just don't understand how I'm supposed to accept these huge incongruities. I get the whole "Damen is the only one who really gets me" thing we were going for here, but why? Why does Damen get you? No duh he's gonna be a good captain cause he was preparing to be King of Akielon, but am I really supposed to believe that Laurent would be so emotional as to promote him to captain? And does that even make sense when he knows Damen is leaving soon? Why strip Jord of the title when the position is gonna be vacant in 2.5 seconds anyway? (hide spoiler)] Okay glad that's off my chest. I am giving this one a slightly higher rating because I can see some minor improvements. I saw more of the "slow burn" everyone's talking about. I saw an attempt at a plot with more depth, it was just poorly executed. Either way I'm glad this book is over, it was slower going than the first because I was that damn bored. I have a feeling C.S. Pacat was struck with an idea one day, "I want to write a hate/love story about two princes with lots of sexual tension" but then really fumbled when she had to write the meaningful bits that would make that idea a good one. Anyway, I'm very sad that I couldn't fall in love with this series like many others have.

  • Sabrina The Trash Queen
    2019-03-16 04:30

    JUST MAGNIFICENT, I’m dead!!.!!I’ve reread this book so many time and every time I love it more and more! How is that possible?Slow burn at its finest!Okay, I LOVED EVERY SINGLE BLOOD FUCKING SECOND OF THIS BOOK, couldn’t be happier with this!!!!!!!“It was like being alone in a pit with a snake: the snake could relax, you could not.”EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS BOOK WAS ON POINT.“Laurent got only two words out before the man simply did what most people wanted to do when speaking with Laurent: he hit him.”My babies are freaking rising in here, can I get a “FINALLY”.“That man had laid hands on Laurent, and Damen was going to kill him.”DON’T DO THIS TO ME, WHY???“You’re mine, he wanted to say, and couldn’t. Laurent didn’t belong to him; this was something he could have only once.”YES YES YES, that’s all I wanted to heard!!!!!!!!“What had happened was not going to be threatened by anything or anyone”

  • Val ⚓️ ShamelessBitchySKANKY ⚓️ Steamy Reads
    2019-02-27 21:16

    Re-read 2/6/15...because book 3 finally came out and - not gonna lie - I can't remember SHIT about books 1 and 2...My bad! Original Review:This was sooooooo good.The plot is all twisty and turny and just when you think you know what's going to happen?The Regent be like:Laurent be like:Damen be like:Val be like:Until I found out book 3 isn't out yet???!!! Then?

  • TheCrazyWorldOfABookLover
    2019-03-11 22:24

    “It felt, in all the lies between them, as if this was the only true thing.” Do you remember in my review for Captive Prince where I said this book/series may not be for everyone?Yeah. Scratch that. I take it back. This series needs to be read by EVERY SINGLE PERSON!I don't care if you "don't do M/M."I don't care if you "don't like fantasy."This series is INSANE. And I mean that in the best way possible.It has the MOST INTENSE unbearable sexual tension, the most dysfunctional crazy families, brilliant intrigue and war strategy, and one of the most satisfying, mind-blowing, ‘WTF!! HOW?! DOES HE KNOW HE HAS TO KNOW WAIT WHAT DOES THIS MEAN???’ endings.This book is so much better and so different from the first. And it is just so brilliantly written. I can’t even begin to praise this author for the time and thought it must have taken to weave this delicious and deceptive tale. From the severe, straight-backed posture to the impersonal grace of his cupped yellow head; from his detached blue eyes to the arrogance of his cheekbones, Laurent was complicated and contradictory, and Damen could look nowhere else.Chapter 19? GOOD LORD I had to go back and read it three times to fully digest the beauty that is that chapter. I didn’t think C.S. Pacat would be able to sell me on Laurent and Damen. <--what lies. She didn’t sell me, she blew my head off and obliterated my heart:The warm, sweet kiss had been broken in a moment of promise: the first slight parting of lips, the hint that Laurent had been on the cusp of allowing the kiss to deepen, though his body had been singing with tension. When he closed his eyes, he felt how it might have happened: slowly, Laurent’s mouth opening, Laurent’s hands lifting hesitantly to touch his body. He would have been careful, so careful. ___‘You want to take me, as a man takes a boy.’ ‘As a man takes a man,’ said Damen. ‘I want to take pleasure in you, and to please your body with mine.’He said it with soft honesty. ‘I want to come inside you.’ The words rose, like this feeling within him. ‘I want you to come in my arms.’ ‘You make it sound simple.’ ‘It is simple.’ Because those two? That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you do slow burn. Stirring drowsily, Laurent shifted a fraction closer and made a soft, unthinking sound of pleasure that Damen was going to remember for the rest of his life. And the best part? This second novel has caused me to completely appreciate the first in a way I didn’t think possible. So many things make sense now. So many theories are running through my head. The sometimes extremely brutal violence from book 1 has been replaced with a quick-paced plot filled with betrayal, deception, and battles among a unsure but beautiful romance. The complexity of these characters and the lies and twists are JUST BEYOND FASCINATING. READ IT! READ IT! READ IT!Find Me On:Instagram ❤ FB Page ❤ FB Blog ❤ Blog ❤ Twitter

  • Kyle
    2019-02-24 03:13

    Much better than Volume One! I was a bit disappointed when I finished Volume One, but now having finished Volume Two I can see how it was simply a setup for Volume Two. With Laurent and Damen forced to trust each other in order to avoid a war between their two countries, a new sexual tension starts to build between the two of them. As the book progresses it gets to the point where you want to shout at the book, "oh just do it already!"The complex plot is great as Laurent tries to outwit his uncle. Of course, Damen continues to avoid getting found out as the Prince who killed Laurent's older brother. All the twists and turns are great. It certainly kept me guessing what would happen next and I LOVE that about a book.If there was any negative about the book it would be the huge cliffhanger that it ended on! Now where's my copy of book 3?

  • ☆ Todd
    2019-03-07 02:35

    *This* story is what I wanted more of in book 1. The setup in the first story was critical; however, here we finally get to see Damen and Laurent becoming a team. Building a strong, yet still fragile, trust.Plus, the plotting and scheming in the first book didn't hold a candle to the underhanded planning carefully and precisely played out in book 2.I do have to admit that these books continue to frustrate the shit out of my 'romance' heart, as getting moments of affection from Laurent are equivalent to searching for an ocean in the middle of a desert.The end of book 2 was pretty much perfection on a silver platter, except that now I'm goddamn afraid to read book 3, with the entire fort being privy to Damen's true identity.Either Laurent has known the entire time, which I suspect, or we're going to see some Amy Lane level of angst happening, when Laurent has to work side by side, shoulder to shoulder with the man who killed his beloved older brother.Whatever the case may be, I'm sensing some high drama to come in book 3 and can't wait to see either Laurent or Damen finally chop the head off of the Regent's slimy, loathsome body.4.5 stars.-----------------------------------------------** NOTE: For anyone interested, I found a truly incredible fan art site dedicated to the Captive Prince trilogy, so if you're a fan, do check it out. It's all kinds of amazing. : )--> -----------------------------------------------Book 1 Review: Book 3 Review: See All My Latest Reads (Review Quick-Links)-----------------------------------------------

  • Loederkoningin
    2019-02-28 02:37

    2016 rereadI feared that 2016 me would possibly be less impressed with this series the second time around. Little did I know that I'd read until 3 AM to finish this book this last night, which is rare for a reread. It's even better than I remembered. 2012 reviewM/m romance has not only become an addiction, it also opens all these little doors inside my head to different scenario's for my favorite books and films. For example, imagine how exciting it would've been if Lord of the Rings Strider did not go home to an Arwen? If ya know what I mean...I'm sure there's LOTR fan fiction out there already though, ha!In Damen I recognize that noble Strider type of hero as well. He's a man who is made to be a king. Loyal, honorable, courageous and a warrior extraordinaire. He's the perfect character for a compelling high fantasy tale. Prince Laurent and I, on the other hand, got off on the wrong foot because of what he did to Damen. And in my mind I created numerous scenario's, all ending in his satisfyingly painful death. With him Freece/Pacat (take your pick) took her time to create a complex and intriguing character. Infused with political intrigue and conspiracies from a very early age, it is impossible for Laurent to trust anyone. Therefore it's magnificent to read how these two men slowly form a fragile bond, that finally results in...ahh! Add deadly royal games, spectacular battles and military strategies to Captive Prince and hey, I'm off to cloud nine! But, oh god, what if Laurent finds out who Damen truly is? The thought alone makes me shiver. I'm anticipating book 3 and yet dreading the heartbreak it will cause. It must be worth it though, it will be grand!

  • Lia Bonnibel
    2019-03-16 22:17

    “To get what you want, you have to know exactly how much you are willing to give up.”If there's something rereads taught me over this past few years, it's how much your judgment on a book can change (for the better or worse) after you read it more than once. Prince's Gambit is the actual confimation of this statement, since I loved it the first time I read it, and adored it this time around. I feel like the slow burn was easier to handle in this one, not to mention how the writing improved in a matter of pages and I found myself enjoying and savoring every single line after the first two chapters.Laurent is still a mess, but he's one hell of a complicated and amazing mess. *sighs* My son.We finally get to see his real self come to surface, and we get a glimpse of the truth, a hint of what's really there, behind his mean behavior and cold blue eyes. All his sassiness and the witty remarks, start to make sense and if there's something I'll always adore about this books, is how much you see the characters grow and develop under your nose. Damen is still a cupcake of a guy. I think my love for him will never cease to exist, and I was pleasantly surprised to notice how much he and Laurent have to learn from each other. I didn't notice the first time, because maybe I was too consumed by their burning and longing passion...The award for favorite character, however, goes to Jord. I ADORE THAT MAN. He deserves nothing but happiness. Those of you who are familiar with this trilogy, know the poor thing hadn't had much till now. Unlike book 1, Prince's Gambit has an actual plot and it flows perfectly, without many frills and holes. This book is also filled with the most unbelievably awesome and unforgettable quotes. I can't believe (or can I?) how many times I found myself laughing out loud for something sarcastic Laurent said or did. And Damen does a pretty good job at keeping up with his witty bits.I mean...“I lack," said Laurent, "the easy mannerisms that are usually shared with," you could see him pushing the words out, "a lover.""You lack the easy mannerisms that are usually shared with anyone," said Damen.These two will end me before I turn 30, I swear. Can't wait to read Kings Rising and see the eternal and anticipated shit finally hit the fan. What can I say...I live for drama, sometimes. I think I probably liked it better this time because I had the chance to read it and fangirl about it with two of my favorite people in the world: Ginny aka my actual Ronan Lynch in disguise, and Swaye aka my LLBFForevah. I guess it's true what they say. Share a book with your friends and it will be the best experience ever.

  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
    2019-03-11 22:30

    4.5 starsOHMYGAWD, OHMAGAWD!! WHAT DOES IT MEAN?! (view spoiler)[DOES HE KNOW?!??! (hide spoiler)]*takes a deep breath*Okay, obviously (view spoiler)[Laurent couldn't know. Could he? I mean, if he knew, he'd've had to have known WAY back when he gave his ring to the Messenger, so, NO, he can't know . . . (hide spoiler)] In which case . . . shiiiiiiit. Full RTC.Pre-review:#sorrynotsorry["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • sana°¤°
    2019-03-04 20:42

    ***May include spoilers from this book and there will definitely be major spoilers from the previous book***Raising a star because of people. ಠ_ಠ My review for Captive Prince here.Well, this was 10 times better than the first book and less revolting as well. In Captive Prince, rape was mentioned a lot and it got a bit uncomfortable and gross, but in this book there is barely anything mentioned about it. (Maybe I'm wrong and missed something, but feel free to correct me!) Spoilers from here on!◇◇◇◇◇◇In the first book, we were exposed to the messed up customs of the Kingdom of Vere, of how rape is treated commonly and used as entertainment and how males would have male pets etc etc. (I explain all that in my review for Captive Prince.) We were left off at Damen and Laurent preparing to go stop a war (i think? i have such bad memory lol). I'm also glad that there was less mentioning of rape. I loved Laurent and Damen's relationship growth. I loved their moments and how Laurent was actually being nice to Damen. (cri) I loved seeing Laurent soften up and listen to Damen. He freaking complimented Damen and told him he gives good advice*dies a little*Okay okay fuck all that, let's talk about the most important thing of them all. CHAPTER 19. AKA LAURENT AND DAMEN NAKED IN BED PLAYING WITH COCKS, MAKING LOVE AND KISSING. LOTS OF FUCKING KISSING. *dies a bit more*I LOVE THEM BOTH AND I LOVE ERASMUS THE MOST. kbye i need to read the third book-----You know it's going to be marvelous when you randomly open the book to (view spoiler)[Damen: Laurent kiss me (hide spoiler)]I am hyperventilating and internally screaming.Send help

  • DayDreamer
    2019-03-10 00:36

    Of course it would end there. Of bloody course.Actually I expected it to end 20-ish pages earlier, but it makes more sense this way.Quotes ahead. Spoilers for Vol. 2.To get what you want, you have to know exactly how much you are willing to give up. A kingdom, or this.Laurent said, ‘When this campaign is over, I think — if you are a man and not a worm — you will attempt to gain retribution for what has happened to you. I expect it. On that day, we roll the dice and see how they fall. Until then, you serve me.'"...You don’t understand the way a mind like that thinks. I do. If I were Jokaste and a king maker, I’d have chosen Kastor over you too.’‘I suppose you are going to enjoy telling me why,’ said Damen. He felt his hands curl into fists, heard the bitterness in his throat.‘Because a king maker would always choose the weaker man. The weaker the man, the easier he is to control.’Damen felt the shock of surprise, and looked at Laurent only to find Laurent gazing back a him without rancour. The moment stretched out. It wasn’t . . . it wasn’t what he had expected Laurent to say.As he gazed at Laurent, the words moved through him in unexpected ways, and he felt them touch something jagged-edged within him, felt them shift it a first, tiny fraction, something lodged hard and deep, that he had thought immovable.He said: ‘What makes you think Kastor is the weaker man? You don’t know him.’‘But I’m coming to know you,’ said Laurent.‘My honourable barbarian. I wouldn’t have picked that as your type.’‘Type?’ ‘A pretty face, a devious mind and a ruthless nature.’No. Wait. I... wait.’ Damen stopped, and turned. Laurent’s gaze was edged with indecipherable emotion, and his jaw was set at a new angle. The silence stretched out for such a long time that the words, when they came, were a shock.‘What Govart said about my brother and I . . . it wasn’t true.’‘I never thought it was,’ said Damen, uneasily.‘I mean that whatever... whatever taint exists in my family, Auguste was free of it.’‘Taint?’‘I wanted to tell you that, because you,’ said Laurent, as though he was forcing the words out, ‘You remind me of him. He was the best man I have ever known. You deserve to know that, as you deserve at least a fair... In Arles, I treated you with malice and cruelty. I will not insult you by attempting to atone for deeds with words, but I would not treat you that way again. I was angry. Angry, that isn’t the word.’ It was bitten off; a jagged silence followed. (Ch.14)  ‘Don’t go,’ said Laurent, quietly.‘I’m just clearing my head. I already told my escort I wouldn’t need them until morning,’ said Damen.And there was another awful silence, as Damen realised what Laurent was asking him.‘No. I don’t mean—forever—just—’ Laurent broke off.‘Three days.’ Laurent said it as though producing from the depths the answer to a painstakingly weighed question. ‘I can do this alone. I know I can. It’s only that right now I can’t seem to . . . think, and I can’t . . . trust anyone else to stand up to me when I’m . . . like this. If you could give me three days, I—’ He forcibly cut himself off.‘I’ll stay,’ said Damen. `You know I’ll stay for as long as you—’‘Don’t,’ said Laurent. ‘Don’t lie to me. Not you.’‘I’ll stay,’ said Damen. ‘Three days. After that, I ride south.’Laurent nodded. After a moment, Damen came back to rest against the table beside Laurent. He watched Laurent find his way back to himself. Comic drawn by keiki.

  • K.J. Charles
    2019-03-17 23:29

    And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how you do a slow burn. The continuig story of Laurent and Damon is fantastically developed, the politics are compelling, the romance swooningly good. I haven't cared so much about characters in years. Bring on vol 3, I need to know how the story ends. NEED.

  • Sara
    2019-03-15 03:19

    So, a bit of history on why I read these books. About a year or so ago, I drove two hours each way to meet an author, an author I have become friends with as much as a reader could become friends with an author through love and support of their books. After this meeting/book signing deal; there was this talk about books in the parking lot for over an hour with she and I and another friend. Captive Prince was brought up and I was told how amazing the story was and how in your face it was. This author friend got in my face to emphasize theIN YOUR FACE of the story. Like nose to nose in your face and I was all, "Okay then." Flash forward to a year later, I still had not read the books and said author friend was still um, insistent, so I read volume one. While I liked it, I admit to not loving it and felt like I would never be part of the cool kid group that adored this books. I thought, maybe I was too shallow to really get the whole deal. That was until I flipped through my Kindle App and decided to give volume two a shot and was sat on my ass nice and firmly. It took me a bit to see the brilliance of this story, of both volumes and once I was about 36% into this one, I realized just how amazing volume one really was. It snuck up on me just like the emotions that were wrenched from me with this. I am a mess. I stayed up until 12:30 am reading this, I don't stay up for just any story. I couldn't put this down. Not only was the UST with Damen and Laruent off the mother effing charts, this story was so intense, so layered and so fucking gorgeous that I coudln't stop reading. I hid under my blankets in bed so I wouldn't wake my husband as I sobbed and gasped at a few scenes. You see, I was ready for the boys to connect but I wasn't prepared for the emotions to overwhelm me the way the did. The way that they are now as I write this and I try to keep it together and not weep at scenes that just tear my heart out. My poor strong and wickedly smart Laurent. What you have been through kills me. And Damen, can you get any hotter? I mean, really? Being inside your head was stellar, it was sexy and it was sadly heartbreaking when you realize what was happening. OMG! This book. I GET IT NOW! I get it and I am so glad that I didn't give up and kept going because... how can you not read this and just have your mouth hanging open at the amazing talent of the author. Sure, this is romance but the war, the battles, the imagery of the landscapes, the tents, the furs, the rooftops, the inns and the... JHFC. ALL OF IT. I am stunned and shocked and scandalized by this book. The secrets, and the lies the end. THE END! Really? Leaving me hanging like that with all the questions that I have. It's not nice to do that to a girl with OCD, ya know? Oh but chapter 19½... *ahem* Can I get some audio of that? I was not expecting that after what we got in Chapter 19 but Laurent... and Damen and holy hot intimacy... yeah. That extra bit has one of my favorite things boys do together. Mmm Hmm. So, my dear C.J. Roberts, you are vindicated and I have finally listened to you and did what you said. What was that again? Oh yeah .... You told me to read it, and now I have so be prepared for my constant WTF's of the story and foaming at the mouth for book three. You have created a monster and I thank you for it.

  • Kristalia
    2019-03-20 03:19

    Final rating: 4.5/5 stars"To get what you want, you have to know exactly how much you are willing to give up."This was sooooooo sooooooooooo much better than the first one! More world building! More action! More sexual tension ! More treachery! More Politics! More waaaaar >:D and everything else >:DAnyways, it's awesome sequel, with one irritating thing:freaking cliffhanger!!! Whyyyyyyyyy, why didn't it happen beforeeeeeeeee???? Why at the end of the book? WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!So i have to say something to you S.U. Pacat:!!! ► CHARACTERS:Damen finally got opportunity to shineand be more awesome than usual. Then again, he was still under dominance of Laurent , who most of the time has reverse PMS and BPD(bitch personality disorder). But then, Laurent knew what he was getting into, so he was quite amused when Damen proved to be more reliable than he originally thought . And in the end they finally have sex in this book, was about time >:DAnnnnnnnnnd, they are not the only characters who were important! Enter Jord and Aimeric. Well, they are in relationship as well....And i need to spoil so....*it's quite serious, so don't click if you are not sure* (view spoiler)[ Damn you Aimeric, first you betray them, and then you kill yourself!!! Damn you!(hide spoiler)]And many many more...characters :D► OVERALL: How long must i wait till i read the final book???? Hurry up and write it!!! Edit: I really have to reread these again and write proper reviews.► REVIEW(S) RELATED TO THIS BOOK:◈Captive Prince (Captive Prince, #1)◈Prince's Gambit (Captive Prince, #2)◈Kings Rising (Captive Prince, #3) ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦
    2019-03-13 01:37

    ➦I've been meaning to read this trilogy for a long time and now, finally, I've read all three books back to back. This will be a quick review of the trilogy as a whole.➦My overall impression was positive. But I was surprised by a couple of things. I've expected this fantasy to have, well, more fantasy?➦This felt a bit like... like... Game of Thrones pumped full of testosterone and minus the dragons. Or magic. Ok, forget it, it wasn't like GoT. But there was a battle for the throne (or two) and it felt like most characters were those of the male variety. ➦D'uh, exactly. It's an M/M novel. But still? Anyways. A captive prince sold to slavery to another prince. Sounds fun! A lot of action, twists and betrayals in this trilogy to keep a reader interested until the end, but no magic. It's a fantasy world with lots of fighting but a traditional kind, with swords and such. Yeah, not even a little bit of magic. It's ok, I got over it. It was still good.➦Another surprise was how slow burn this was. Also, not a bad thing. But if you're expecting pokepoke you might not get it for a while. May be some strokestroke to keep you interested. lol I know, so eloquently put.➦Ok, so, to sum it up: if you're looking for M/M fantasy with a lot of war strategizing, action and twists then this is for you! And in the midst of it all is a slow burn romance between two people who are very unlikely to ever trust each other or be friends. But no magic.