I would like to start this by giving the caution that this book is not for the innocent of mind, anyone squeamish of LGBT, or simply doesn’t like it.
After seeing this book a thousand times in my Instagram feed and on a bookstore I went to for a book event, I gave up and decided to borrow it from the library to see what it was all about. It has joined the list of books I don’t understand why I didn’t read earlier in my life because of how good it was.
Captive Prince was a hell of a ride. from the moment the story starts we are thrown in the middle of the action that will change Prince Damiano’s life into that of Damen, a slave sent to the enemy territory of Vere. I was entranced by the character of Damen as his world turned upside down as he tried to survive as a pet to the Prince of Vere, Laurent, and the horrors of the Court. I was traumatized at first with how erotic and uncensored everything was, but at the same time, it let me understand these people and how it all looked from Damen’s eyes. From same-sex relationships, rape, slavery, customs and traditions, it was all interesting and spellbinding to the story.
The story is filled with many political controversies and conspiracies. This pleased me because it made the world building so much richer and interesting to know about while also pinning for Damen to survive this nightmarish place. Though among the politics there was Laurent, and that was a force to be reckoned with.
Laurent was the epitome of evil, cruel and cold, yet endearing as we get to understand him better. The sexual tension between him and Damen killed me in a way I didn’t anticipate. I shouldn’t ship it, shouldn’t want it, shouldn’t want it to happen, but I do with all my fangirl heart. Theirs is a complex and rocky relationship as pet and master that slowly progresses to a better understanding of one another and somewhat agreement.
It was a fast and easy to understand read that introduces to a far more complicated plot to come in the next two novels. I feel like lovers of Game of Thrones and Greek Mythology might be interested in this one as it gives off that kind of vibe with its themes and settings. I am definitely reading the sequels, probably will look for money under rocks to buy them, and can’t wait. A must read for lovers of LGBT and fantasy/historical-ish fiction ❤
Rating: 5 stars