Forced to hide his identity, Damen finds himself increasingly drawn to the dangerous, charismatic Laurent. But as the fledgling trust between the two men d ...more
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 rom ...more
Can I just say how much I love this book?!
I love, love, love, love, love, love and adore it to bits and pieces!!! XD
Prince’s Gambit has everything I want in a good book and since ...more
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 ...more
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 beards.
as 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 ...more
#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....more
‘Your eyes s
Never had he wanted something this badly, and held it in his hands knowing that tomorrow it would be gone.”
S T O R Y ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
When I first heard about this series I didn’t know what I should be thinking.
Was I interested? I wasn’t sure.
It sounded interesting, but it wasn’t like other books where I literally threw everything other to the side and started reading.
And even though the first book wasn’t perfect, i ...more
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 en ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 - ...more
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 m ...more
Buddy 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' ...more
“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 f ...more
With Elena, Hayley, Moony, Rosa, Teal and Xia.
5 +++++++ epic stars
This book captured my soul...
Damien and Laurent's relationship growth is evident and amazing.
Laurent is still Laurent you either love him or hate him.. I for sure love him..
Damen said, ‘It’s not naive to trust your family.’
‘I promise you, it is,’ said Laurent. ‘But I wonder, is it less naive than the moments when I find
myself trusting a stranger, my ...more
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???!!!
*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 equiva ...more
So much raw emotions and honesty. It was like using a magnifying glass and analyzing the two very hearts and souls of these two imperfectly perfect couple. *happy sigh* 😌 Laurent and Damianos will always have a place in my heart. 😍
Original review: Revised edition
I don't want this to end .. I really don't. 😭 And I'm quite sad that I've finished book two and now there's only one book left in this trilogy. These books are simply just too awesome! 👏
In the first book, we learnt ...more
“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.”
🌟 Prince’s Gambit is one of the best books I have read this year, if not ever!
The author stepped up her game in all aspects of the story.
🌟 If you read this book or you are planning to, then we are past the controver ...more
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 Lau...more
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 ...more
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 uncl
I 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.
M/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 di ...more
A Kingdom or This?
BR with the lovely Monique! Thank you for going along this adventure and fangirling with me over Damen and Laurent 🥰
4.5 ‘My honourable barbarian’ 🌟
We’re all here because we read books, right? Right. So it’s obvious that we have ‘met’ a lot of characters through those books. But occasional you find characters that stay with you. Characters that grip you in a way that every fiber in your being comes to recognize them. Damen and Lau ...more
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Other books in the series
"You lack the easy mannerisms that are usually shared with anyone," said Damen.”
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 important. A kingdom, or this.”