Captive Prince

Captive Prince

Book - 2015
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When beloved warrior hero Damen's brother siezes the throne of Akielos unjustly, rightful heir Damen is sold as a pleasure slave to Prince Laurent of the enemy Vere Kingdom, and is soon caught up in court intrigue that threatens him and his new master.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2015
Edition: Berkley trade paperback edition
ISBN: 9780425274262
0425274268
Branch Call Number: Fiction Pacat
Characteristics: xii, 289 pages ; 21 cm

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PimaLib_JessicaP Mar 18, 2016

Don't let the description fool you; there is nothing sexy about this book. But the spectacular writing about a horrifying culture featuring slavery and deadly political intrigue will make you forget all about that. The development of character and place are what this first installment of three ar... Read More »


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Sarah1984
Aug 03, 2017

SPOILERS BELOW!!!

This is the second book in a row that has surprised me by being good. I thought the religiosity was going to drive me insane in Redeeming Love, yet I ended up really enjoying it. Here, I thought I was going to have real trouble because of what I believed was going to be a whole lot of rapey behaviour by the 'anti-hero', Laurent towards the 'hero', Damen (aka Damianos) along with numerous other characters. For the first three quarters of the book, every time Laurent and Damen were in the same room I was metaphorically reading with my eyes covered because I was sure that a traumatic rape scene was going to pop out at any second. It was kind of like when you know Freddy's coming because the spooky music is playing, but you don't know exactly when he's going to appear, so you tense up in anticipation of the scare and stay that way until Freddy finally does jump out, except he never really makes an appearance so you just stay tense the whole way through the movie - that's how reading this book made me feel. By the time I finally came to the realisation that no one was going to violently rape Damen and Damen wasn't going to be forced to rape anyone else, I was exhausted and my muscles were aching. There were two rape scenes, but they were not as detailed as I had been worried they would be - Damen has oral sex forced on him and is forced to observe as two slaves wrestle each other in an arena until one gets the upper hand and 'wins' by succeeding in raping the other.

My friends will likely be as surprised as I was that I enjoyed this as I have violently not enjoyed other bodice rippers that we've read as a group. All I can say is that this didn't read like a romance (I've shelved it as fantasy because of where it's set), so I never really saw Laurent and Damen as a couple. All the abuse Laurent (especially the whipping) heaped on Damen didn't feel like it was being perpetrated by a love interest (something that is normally an immediate DNF in a romance), I was able to see Laurent as a villain and Damen as his victim. There were a few times where Laurent showed some vulnerability and I could (just) see how Damen managed to not kill him when he had the chance, but I have no idea whether I'd ever be able to believe in them as love interests (which I know from other's reviews is where this is heading). I may give the second book a go, but as soon as Laurent goes from villain to villainous love interest I'm going to start having problems. How is falling in love with your abuser any different from Stockholm syndrome, where a captive falls in love with their captor (no matter how much grovelling is involved)?

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 27, 2016

Captive Prince is the first installment in the Captive Prince series. This book starts out with an assassination and a coup against the reigning king of Akielos which forces the next in line for the throne Prince Damianos into captivity. Prince Damianos is sold into slavery and sent to Akielos’ neighbouring and feuding country Vere, as a slave for Prince Laurent. Damianos must figure out how to keep his identity a secret and keep himself alive in a country that hates his people. This book is one of my favourites because it incorporates a historical setting and LGBTQ+ romance. This book is specifically for older teenagers and adults because of the content and graphic scenes of violence. I enjoyed it because everything fit together seamlessly and the slow build of Damianos and Laurent’s romance was very realistic. Rating 5/5.
- @scarletsoldier of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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Ruby11
Oct 17, 2016

Wow! I read the first few pages and I was kind of put off, put once I read a little further, this book turned out to be one of my favourites! This was my first time reading a book like this, and I found the characters interesting and enjoyable. There was sooo much development within their relationship. I loved the concept and the plot overall. However, some parts were kind of slow, but all the thought-provoking themes and emotions were worth it. I defiantly would recommend this book to any fantasy/romance reader because it is so unique and well written. I have already read it twice and it gets better every time. And the next two books get even better!!!

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DSE1585
Apr 25, 2016

trigger warning: rape, violence, pedophilia

i was initially really weirded out by this book (especially since it's REALLY graphic), but the plot grew on me more than I thought it would, and all of a sudden i absolutely needed to know what happened next. the characters are interesting and complex, and the writing style is detailed but tasteful, and is excellent at these little implications that only make you more curious. obviously if you don't tend to read these kinds of adult novels, it'll definitely take some getting used to in terms of the subject matter (and you might not want to read it in public unless the view of the text is mostly to completely obstructed), but i'm certain you'll be less intrigued by the low-key grotesquerie and more so by the story, protagonists, and what'll happen next.

PimaLib_JessicaP Mar 18, 2016

Don't let the description fool you; there is nothing sexy about this book. But the spectacular writing about a horrifying culture featuring slavery and deadly political intrigue will make you forget all about that. The development of character and place are what this first installment of three are all about; save the squeeing for the rest of the series, once you get used to all the blood.

Sherique Jun 19, 2015

I loved the first book, can't wait for prince gambit to come out

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