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(Captive Prince Short Stories #4)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  1,906 ratings  ·  317 reviews
Pet follows the rise of Ancel at the poisonous court of Vere. Set during the events of Captive Prince.
Kindle Edition, 40 pages
Published January 6th 2018 by Gatto
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Amanda Prado
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I've always held the opinion that The Ancel Scene was the one huge, undefensible fuck up of book 1 (just look at my review, I didn't give Captive Prince 5 stars because of that), so when Pacat announced the last short story was going to be about Ancel, I was confused, but thought "maybe she's trying to fix her fuck up?" and this was pretty much it, y'all. I love being right.

One of the reocurring theme
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
OMG, Ancel is such a trip. And Berenger? *swoon* Pacat is truly gifted (why isn't she writing more books?!) and for such a short story, it had a proper arc.
Shin Mon Thway
It was funny to think because I wasn’t even that excited for this short story when it came out. And that’s why it took me that long to dig into this. C.S. Pacat really has a knack for enthralling her readers with her vivid imaginations and impeccably clever plots. 😌 I will admit that I was not a big fan of Ancel when I was reading the captive prince trilogy. By all means, the guy truly is manipulative, ambitious and bitchy. 😏 After I read this short story, my opinions of this guy hasn’t changed ...more
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, 2018-reads
oh Shit, I take back what I said about her short stories, this was so good!
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
as a person who has never given ancel a second thought, this was so much more interesting than i thought it would be
Lily ☁️
Jul 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommended to Lily ☁️ by: Hamad
2 1/2 stars

This gave me flashbacks to everything that emotionally scarred me in Captive Prince Vol. I. 😭

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Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
BUT IF HE WINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i cant handle this my brain refuses to believe it has come to an end but it was ! so good this is such a good way to end this series bc it brings us back to the beginning in a way and aaaaaaaaaaa

this has been such a long and beautiful journey

ive met so many people through capri and made so many very good friends and this entire series has given me more hope and strenghth than i would have ever expected im just so emotional

these characters r gonna,,,, keep our thoug
Sophia Triad
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
‘I think,’ said Berenger, ‘that the only person in this place who shows me their real face is you.’

Who cares about Ancel's story? Ancel always has been a manipulative little shit. Not a favourite character.
Apparently and surprisingly I found his story fascinating. Berenger was such an honourable man who made me wish that things between him and Ancel were different from the beginning. Maybe then Ancel would have a chance to be a better man.
And Ancel's story made me wonder: what if Laurent was po
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Color me surprised! I didn't think I'd enjoy this short story as much as I did.
I've always considered Ancel as a trivial character, but reading about how his mind works and his relationship (kinda) with Berenger, well I've definitely changed my mind.

ps. is it possible to hate the Regent even more? Because I do.
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was fabulous, nuanced, and slightly sad, which is to say that C.S. Pacat remains my queen and this series still aggressively ATTACKS my emotions with what I can only assume is witchcraft (jk, it's just excellent writing).

My problems with this are the typos because damn, son! Whole words are missing! There's also the fact that it wasn't anywhere near long enough. Another 50 pages would have made this far more satisfying, but alas, I'll take the scraps C.S. Pacat throws at me and still come b
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Update: Help I can feel myself sliding back into the pit of hell that is called my obsession with Captive Prince. I'm beyond saving.

I enjoyed this way more than I thought I would! I didn’t care much about Ancel while reading the trilogy but this short story made me look at him differently. He’s not so bad, and this one was actually pretty funny. I love reading about Damen and Laurent from someone else’s POV so these short stories are perfect! I miss the series terribly now though I need to do a
JV (semi-hiatus)
"But if he wins?"
The overtly ambitious Pet that is Ancel. Nothing would ever stop him from getting what he wants. He's a spectacle to himself and others, especially to that of noble births. Totally unsympathetic, he uses his antics to dazzle all those around him and when the offer is right, he would take it. As a pleasure slave, he's cynical and great at faking things. As much as he wanted to please his new master, Berenger, it just wouldn't work. Would he still be able to fake everything thi
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well, isn’t Ancel a saucy, social-climbing, creative and undaunted whore? I think I might love him.

An intriguing short story set during the Captive Prince.
A very sweet, well-written addition to the Captive Prince series!

It was very interesting to see the "garden scene" and then the great hall scene through Ancel's eyes... ;)

As for Ancel himself? I started up disliking him and thinking what a sneaky, plotting pest he is! but... ended up liking him ?!?!

Lord Berenger was hard to decipher but at the end (when some of his reasons were revealed) I felt for him, too... :)

Off to Prince's Gambit now! ;)
Dec 30, 2017 rated it liked it
it was interesting & I’m grateful for this but some of the disturbing scenes from book one made a cameo and. no thanks

Jex L.
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, my-favorites
Loved it, but I feel empty knowing this is the last CP short (last Captive Prince story...? I hope not). The hangover is real.
Apr 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Ancel seemed a strange choice to have his own short. And honestly I wasn’t feeling overly excited about it.

Ancel is beautiful but manipulative and he’s right when he says he’s the perfect pet. He will advance the ambitions of the man holding his contract. As long as he’s advancing his own at the same time.

I have a much better understanding of him now. And while he’ll never be a favourite of mine I found myself rooting for him. Yes he’s greedy and self serving but he’s also honest in his own way
i decided to leave this rating at 3 because i really really liked the writing, it's so Pacat and it's brilliant
i loved berenger
i loved seeing that laurent had support
i loved interactions between ancel and berenger especially the constant "i see" bit lmao

but i really don't understand why this short is about like on of the least relevant characters in the whole universe. exploring previously unexplored characters? im all for it. but idk can we like explore characters who had the impact on the plot
Alexis  (TheSlothReader)
To be honest, this was my least favorite of the short stories. I can't say that I was overly interested in Ancel as a character when I read Captive Prince. As such, I didn't really care that much to read his story. I enjoyed his relationship with Berenger but the ending was pretty unsatisfying. I'm going to give it 3 stars because I still enjoy Pacat's writing style and I enjoyed being able to see the events of CP from a different point of view. However, I'm not any more interested in Ancel now ...more
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was so skeptical about this story -- I couldn’t see any sort of happy ending by the 25% mark. I’ve seldom been so pleased to have been proven wrong. Ancel is ambitious, cunning, and (surprisingly) loyal. It’s rare that I get this invested in characters in such a short story, but Pacat clearly has the talent to imbue her writing with emotional depth, tension, and romance. Reading this story has me itching to go back and start this series all over again.
anna (readingpeaches)
icb that im here now, crying over ancel,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtqia, 4-stars
I don’t know how C.S. Pacat managed to make me interested in the story arc of a character I couldn’t care less about but somehow she did so clearly she’s magic

4 stars!

Things I enjoyed in this short story:
• Berenger!!! Only C.S. Pacat could make me fall in love with a completely new character in under 40 pages.
• I’d like to think that he becomes besties with laurent and damen post-“war”/Regent’s and Kastor’s coup d’état
• No seriously, where’s my fanfiction of this? Link me.
• If berenger wasn’t
3.5 stars
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
THE LAST LINE oh my god
Goodbye, Captive Prince, you were amazing :’)
Ellen Gail
Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Captive Prince is one of my favorite series. All three novels are excellent, the last two in particular. And I love that C.S. Pacat has given us these glimpses back into this universe. Each story makes me want to go back and reread this wonderful jewel of a series.

These four little shorts have been hit and miss, but it's one of those cases where being immersed back into the world is so delightful that I haven't been very critical of the individual stories. Pet was mostly a hit, and none of them
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtqia, favorites
Reread August 2018: Last of the four Captive Prince short stories (five if you count The Training of Erasmus) that is set before and during the events of book1.

I absolutely loved reading about Ancel. He is a deeply fascinating and complex character and his ambition and pro-action is incredible, if ruthless at times. I loved his story, and I loved Berenger, the noble holding Ancel's contract.
Through the both of them we get to see a bit about what happened behind the scenes at the Veretian
Katrin D
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Out of all the Captive Prince short stories this was the best. I really want to read more about Ancel and Berenger.
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq
Book Reaction:
Rating: 5 Stars - absolutely perfect
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Leave it to C.S Pacat to take one of my least favorite characters of the entire series and turn him into one of my babies! I was not as excited for Pet as I was for the other three short stories, but let me tell you, friends, I would like to slap myself in the face for ever doubting this would be anything less than a masterpiece!
Let's set aside the Damen and Laurent references, because OF COURSE I loved them with every fiber of my body. Seeing Damen and Laurent in the times of Captive Prince, wh
Jan 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Who knew I was gonna be interested in reading a short story about Ancel? Not me. CS Pacat did, though. Honestly, I'm disappointed this wasn't longer. I wanted more Ancel, because I thought he was amazing. I also wanted a bit more development to the central relationship. That said, the ending? Well played, CS Pacat, well played.
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C.S. Pacat is a Melbourne writer. Her first series the Captive Prince trilogy began its life as an original web serial. Self-published in 2013 to critical and commercial success and acclaim, the Captive Prince trilogy was acquired by Penguin, and will be published worldwide in 2015.

Other books in the series

Captive Prince Short Stories (4 books)
  • Green but for a Season (Captive Prince Short Stories, #1)
  • The Summer Palace (Captive Prince Short Stories, #2)
  • The Adventures of Charls, the Veretian Cloth Merchant (Captive Prince Short Stories, #3)
“Look, it's those flowers from that boring poem that you like,’ Ancel announced proudly. He stood in front of the spray of white flowers.” 6 likes
“It's—everything,' said Ancel. 'All the most elegant fashions, the most powerful people. Here you're important. It's not like a small village where you can never affect the world. I like feeling—'
Like part of it. Like the master of it. Like he had power over men, like if they wanted him they had to pay a fortune for it. Like he was more valuable than the wine goblet Berenger held, or the silver pitcher a servant had poured from. Like he mattered.
'Perhaps I ought to think of it more like that.'
'How do you think of it?'
'I think,' said Berenger, 'that the only person in this place who shows me their real face is you.”
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