Title: Princes Gambit (Captive Prince #2)
Author: C. S. Pacat
Release Date: January 28, 2014 (originally self-published in 2012)
Page Count: 343
Reviewed by: Lenalena
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5
With their countries on the brink of war, Damen and his new master Prince Laurent must exchange the intrigues of the palace for the sweeping might of the battlefield as they travel to the border to avert a lethal plot.
Forced to hide his identity, Damen finds himself increasingly drawn to the dangerous, charismatic Laurent. But as the fledgling trust between the two men deepens, the truth of secrets from both their pasts is poised to deal them the crowning death blow . . .
Find the review for Volume 1 here.
In this second volume Captive Prince really begins to shine. It starts with Damen and Laurent riding for the restless border region at the head of a ragtag army filled with Laurent’s uncle’s men. While telling the story of how the two men try to survive the uncle’s machinations, prevent a war between their countries, and while yet more layers of political intrigue are exposed, it does an excellent job of showing the increasing fascination and attraction between these two.
Laurent is like a jewel: all beautiful, hard and sharp edges that wound and cut, with different facets revealed as the story unfolds. Damen is the forceful, straightforward, honorable man who is smart and perceptive enough to follow and admire the twists and turns of Laurent’s exceptional mind. He is steady enough to withstand the inevitable fallout. About midway through the book the Unresolved Sexual Tension (UST) starts oozing off the pages and what happens when it happens it brilliantly in character and very moving. Best sex I’ve read in a long time. And that is because of the journey these men have made through the course of these two books. This may possibly be the best Enemies-to-Lovers story I’ve read. No magic dicks. No ‘sex solves everything’.
Whatever version of these books you read: free online, paperback or ebook, make sure you get your hands on the ‘extended chapter 19’ in the ebook. It’s essential.
Now. Where is my book 3?!?
P.S. I’ve put the ‘old’ cover up there, because that is the book I read years ago. And it is so, so pretty! As you can see, once the book got acquired by Penguin and Pacat became a ‘serious’ author, she changed her initials from the funny S.U. Pacat, to C.S. Pacat. Same book, same author! This review wasn’t allowed on the site back then (different owner, different rules), so here it it, belatedly.