on January 28, 2014
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Series: Captive Prince Trilogy #1
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 . . .
Since I mostly read Contemporary, I decided to step away from my normal reading genre because I thought Captive Prince sounded interesting and different, and the Goodreads reviews were great. I’m not gonna lie, I’m blown away by how much I enjoyed this book! This book is difficult to describe. It’s not a romance, however I can definitely envision a love affair blossoming. I did find it strangely erotic at times, but not overly erotic. The best description I can come up with is it’s Game of Thrones meets Captive in the Dark. <– I bet that throws you for a loop, huh?!
Going into the Captive Prince I was worried with its’ setting it would be hard to grasp with tons of strange names and places. However, that was not the case. The writing was very eloquent and flowed beautifully. The author builds a fantastical world that she naturally eases readers in to as smoothly as spreading butter on hot toast. I had no trouble with who or what or where because it was extremely well written. It was an excellent balance of both plot and character development.
‘And what did it mean, to be a prince, if he did not strive to protect those weaker than himself?’
The main character, Damen, is enslaved to an enemy kingdom far, far away from his homeland. In the kingdom a hedonistic society resides where not much of anything is taboo or frowned upon. Having a pet slave is the norm for courtiers of the palace. Damen is trying to find an escape before his true identity can be discovered. The relationship building between Damen and his captor, Laurent, was enthralling. I wanted Damen to both get away and stay held by Laurent. I really enjoyed their dynamic together and I can’t wait to see where the author takes their journey.
I’m so very happy I stepped out of my comfort zone and gave this book a chance, and I hope other readers will as well. I loved the action and adventure and the erotism. The author’s writing is top-notch, and I know in the future I will pick up anything she writes because it was just that good!