Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat #Review

Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat #ReviewCaptive Prince by C.S. Pacat

Series: #1 Captive Prince
Genres: Fantasy Romance, M/M Romance
Published by Berkley on April 7, 2015
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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This was recommended to me even before this current form of publication and it sounded fantastic. I didn’t have an opportunity to read it until now. I loved the idea of getting in while it was newly published and this edition comes with a bonus short story too. This fantasy ‘captive’ romance story started off grabbing my attention from the start and I read it in one sitting. It was exciting, full of intrigue and the twists were just the kind to make me hold my breath a few times. The romance is just a hint at this point (since they are still enemies that makes sense and all) and I love that this story is so all encompassing in its strengths that I barely noticed or cared.

The story starts out with Damen, Warrior Hero and Crowned Prince, ready to take his deceased father’s throne, but in steady his half-brother stages a coup and Damen has been enslaved and sent to his mortal enemies as a gift to their prince, Laurent. Laurent is cold, calculating and brutal, but Damen doesn’t break. He is set on escape and returning to his homeland to take his rightful place.

Things get complicated when he learns that Laurent and his regent uncle are in a silent battle for the Verian throne and the ramifications affect even Damen’s country who is an ally. Or so he thought until he learns of the unstableness there and the Verian’s plans to exploit this. Damen has to figure out what to do in the best interests of himself and his people. The political intrigue going on affect his plans and he has to learn to understand how these people think even as they use him for their own needs. Neither Laurent nor his uncle know who Laurent’s slave really is and he must keep it that way. No one can be trusted and everyone has their own agenda.

This opening story in the trilogy did a good job of setting the table and getting things going. The characters and plot are amazingly complex. Damen is the narrator and he is a straight forward man of honor who has been dropped into a viper’s pit. While he is a slave and has been stripped of his human rights as a result, I loved that it didn’t emasculate him or break his will. He has to learn to be subtle, but he shines very brightly. The intrigue is fantastic. I enjoyed trying to figure out what was going on and who was doing what even behind the scenes. Laurent is an exciting mystery at this point. He’s playing a deep game that has Damen learning to re-assess his original opinion about the younger prince. There is an underlying sexual tension between these two that is just being hinted to at this point and I love it.

Can’t wait to get on with part two of the story. As this was recommended to me, I will whole-heartedly recommend this one to M/M Fantasy Romance fans.

My thanks to Penguin Group and Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

DiscussionStarter

This book falls in that niche of tropes called Capture Romance. It took me a long time to cross the line and read one. I’m not a fan of Dub-Con or Non-Con in general, but a few of the capture romances have appealed to me. I’m just curious what others feel about this. Do you like capture romances? Only under certain circumstances? No opinion either way?

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Lovely review you have here. These characters sounds very compelling. I tend to be picky about m/m romance, but this one sounds really wonderful.

    • It is pretty exciting, Renee and at the moment the guys are still warily circling each other. I love this slower development. I can’t wait until the next installment comes out.

  • I still have no idea why I haven’t read this book yet. It has literally been sitting there staring me in the face for months. @______@;;;

    • Oh my glands, Jaay, you can’t believe how much I want to smack myself for not starting the books long ago. I loved it so far.

  • It sounds fun with the medieval type world, princes, warriors and action. Very cool review, if I read m/m I would have given it a shot. :D!

    • It had that whole Arabian Nights feel to the background without the magic, Lanie. I wouldn’t be surprised if there is a similar fantasy capture romance with a m/f couple. Something in the same ballpark is Carrie Vaughn’s Warprize between a woman given over to a warlord to keep the peace between their countries. There’s a YA genie one, Exquisite Captive that sounds good too.

      • Thanks Sophia:D I’m going to have to write those ones down. I love books like this, it shakes things up.

  • Skye Warren have some capture romances that I was able to get into…her romances have dubious content though and they have a very dark edge to them. As long as the author lets you know up front what you are getting into then I’m fine with these type of romances. I think as a reader we should have the option to go into a story if we want to or not.

    • Good point! Knowing up front what sort of story it is really helps and doesn’t feel like a betrayal. I got a book a few years back that was a gal captured by a druglord and it was touted as a romantic suspense no mention of non-com or abuse. It ended up being a brutalized captive and rape scenario and she doesn’t leave; she falls for the guy who abuses her. I was less than impressed that it wasn’t tabbed as erotic or put with a warning in the blurb or something.

      Obviously this one says it all even in the title so no surprise here. 😉

  • Wow, this sounds like all kinds of intrigue, back stabbing and mystery.

    • It is, Mary! I am dying to know what happens next in volume two of the story.

  • Sometimes I wish I had the pull towards m/m. You make them sound great. I like this sort of storyline and have read capture/noncon before. Warren is a favorite of mine too 😀

    • This would be one to entice a lot of folks I think both toward m/m and capture romance. It’s just such a compelling story once you start. I have a Skye Warren sitting on my e-reader that I got after reading one of Shari’s reviews. And that was like two years ago. Yep, there it sits…

  • karina

    Second book is even more awesome, Sophia Rose!!! So glad you shared my love for this one! such amazing characters:-) Fab review!

    • So glad to hear it, Karina! The way things ended with this one I can tell its going to get even more exciting and dangerous. Can’t wait!

  • Lindy Gomez

    Oooh! I love a book that is complex, and I have to figure out what is going on! Sometimes the sexual tension or anticipation in a story is better than the actual act itself. Great Review Sophia 🙂

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    • Exactly, that’s how I feel about sexual tension too being used to make a story even better.