Captive Prince, Book 1
Synopsis: 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 epitomises the worst of the decadent court at Vere. But in the lethal web of Veretian politics, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen is caught up in a dangerous play for the throne, he must form an alliance with Laurent to survive and save his country.
For Damen, there is just one rule: he must never reveal his true identity. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reason to hate him than anyone else . . .
Review: I’ve never really been attracted to m/m romance but it’s also true that I have not really tested it until now. To be honest, I’m not sure that I’ll really try this genre again (with another series) but I enjoyed this first volume and I’m quite curious to see how the second will be.
Damen is a prince, the heir to the throne of his country, but his fate will change completely during his half-brother’s coup d’etat. Announced dead to the whole population, he is sold as a pleasure slave in a hostile nation. Between the need to hide his identity, to manage his brand new condition and to try to survive, Damen will discover what he never wanted to see. And while his feelings are pretty torn about his master, Laurent (the future successor to the kingdom), our hero is determined to escape at any cost. But then conspiracies and betrayals are mixed with politics and nothing will be easier for him.
I loved to discover Damen. His life is radically changing and yet he tries to keep his sense of honor whatever happens. He wants to help the slaves who were sold like him but who have not been so lucky. Of course, everyone is intrigued about him seeing his “barbaric” behavior, different from the submission that all the others present. He will face with a world that he does not know anything about, to custums he doesn’t follow but that will change his life. Despite the distrust of all against him, he will happen to approach Laurent and even reach to change his opinion on certain decisions. Speaking of that, this character is also intriguing. Indeed, it is very difficult to identify and understand exactly what he wants. His mood can change in any short time, from a stubborn man without heart to someone who is worried for others. I admit that I still can not decide on him, but maybe Volume 2 will help me understanding all this.
In all cases, I loved discovering the ideas of the author in this first volume and it was nice to follow the adventures of Damen and Laurent. The world is intriguing and I’m very curious to find out more now. It was a good discovery, something different and I would read the sequel with pleasure!
I’m definitely tempted by this one though I’m still undecided as to whether I like the cover or not.
everyone is loving it!
I don’t think I’ve read a m/m book *tries to remember* All I can remember is a m/f/m one. Glad to hear you enjoyed this one 🙂
it was interesting to try something different.
At least you’re trying something different, even if you’re iffy on it, and won’t read another one, at least you tried it! 😀
yes I tried.
This isn’t a genre that is for me but I am glad you went out of your comfort zone and tried it!
I can understand too
STICK WITH IT MELLIANE!!!!! The second book is what really made me fall in love with these two. I endured the first book (it was good, don’t get me wrong, but it was very uncomfortable at times) just to get to the second one because everyone assured me it would be worth it. And it was. I hope you give it a try!
I’m glad to see that book 2 is that good, you’re making me really curious.
i saw this at another blog yesterday, thought it curious. Although I’m not generally into M/M, I can make an exception for this
I’m not either but it’s a good one.
I’ve never tried a m/m romance either, but I’m also curious. This sounds interesting, particularly as Laurent is so hard to read. I like characters who make me want to bash my head against a wall, lol 🙂 Yep, that about says it all!
yes I’m r eally intrigued by the characters there. So difficult to really know what they think.
I hear so much about how M/M can be so sexy, and did try one , but it was audio and the narrator wasn’t good, so I haven’t picked another one since. Umm. maybe this could be the one 🙂 I like the premise a lot, and the characters sound very interesting.
it’s a bit complicated for me but this one cas really well done.
I used to read M/M a LOT but here lately I have fallen away from it. I have a couple for review that I need to read soon, so maybe that will jump start me into reading Captive Prince. I know a couple fo my friends want to buddy read this, and I’d love to join in. Glad you enjoyed it!
I hope you’ll love it if you try it!
I do really love m/m romance, but I tend to read more contemporary fiction – I’m glad you liked this one overall though.
yes it was interesting!
I have heard only good things 🙂
Sounds like a good fantasy. I may have to try this one. I haven’t read an m/m fantasy. Glad you enjoyed it!
it was an interesting concept
Agree with Jennie, the second book is what makes it a superb series! read it, D.!!!
lol you’re making me so curious!
I am SO curious about this and want to read it bad. So I’m glad to see you enjoyed it even though it’s different than what you’re used to.
I hope you’ll be able to try soon!
Like B, I have heard many good things about this book. 🙂
yes everyone is loving it!
What am I hearing? You will read the second book with pleasure? PLEASURE? Oh Melly, Melly, you have no idea what delicious scenes will await you. ^^
But you can’t just stop at this genre with this one single series. There are a few others that you can’t miss such as Cut & Run, The Magpie Lord, Loving Jay. You just tell me the sub genre and I’ll recommend you a few of them.
Lovely review <3
Yes really! It was a great book 1! Thank you so much Lola! AAAAAH you’ll make me read more series, I can feel it! You’re bad!!!!!
Yes I will 🙂
I’ve never tried a M/M romance! I don’t know if it’ll be for me, but how would I know if I’ve never tried? Definitely curious for sure, and I’m glad this one worked out pretty well. Thanks for the review!
I can understand. That’s what I thought as well until I got an ARC of this one.
Damen sounds like a great character to get to know
I’ve been sent a few m/m books for review but ahhh not quite my thing. I so prefer having a chickie buffer in there with them. lol Glad you enjoyed this one even it’s not your typical either!
I try m/m from time to time. Not my fav, but interesting. Happy this was good overall.