Book Review: Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat (The Captive Prince Trilogy #1)

Title: Captive Prince
Author: C.S. Pacat
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Pages: 270
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Fantasy

           
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.
I truly believe this book has been, and is being, misrepresented.

I went into this book believing it to be one thing, having certain expectations for the genre, only to become confused when the story did not conform to the "rules" of said genre.

Captive Prince is being advertised as MM Erotica. This was the main reason I decided to pick up the book to give it a try, along with all the hype it has been getting lately. However, in my opinion, Captive Prince being advertised as MM Erotica is completely inaccurate.

Your first tipoff should be that you open to a map. The next clue should be that after the map, you find an extensive list of characters. These two characteristics are not something you would find in an erotica book, rather, you would find them in a fantasy novel, which is what I believe Captive Prince to be. Fantasy.

This book is not filled with romantic tension, or sexual scenes, or lover’s trysts. Not a single element that you would find in an erotica or romance novel. What you will find it murder, torture, betrayal, and court intrigue and manipulations.

Captive Prince was very well written, I liked the story line. I found the book very intriguing. I found the story of the slaves very fascinating. However, the pace was just really too slow for my liking. Since there were no sex or action scenes, the story needed way more than just court machinations. There needed to be something to break up the monotony of day to day court life.

I really wanted to love this book, but alas, I simply just liked it.

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