Review: Prince’s Gambit by C.S. Pacat

Prince’s Gambit by C.S. Pacat
Series: Captive Prince #2
Published by Berkley on July 7, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, LGTBQ, Historical
Pages: 404 : Paperback edition
Source: Borrowed from my local library
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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…

 

This review will be broken down into two sections. The spoiler free and the nitty gritty fun part full of spoilers and unedited feels because, reasons.

Spoiler Free

If I were to ever be kidnapped (God forbid) and tortured, I would recommend to my captors (that’s ironic considering the premise of this series) that they try to make me read this without reacting. I have never gasped or said “oh my god!!” so many times while reading a book. Usually trilogies run into the problem of the second book being filler material until the climactic end of the third. Prince’s Gambit didn’t have that issue at all for me. I sometimes struggle with tedious battle/war planning in books because it can be SO oppressively dry, but the way that C.S. Pacat is able to weave a slow smutty build up of Damen and Laurent interactions it made all the other plot stuff worthwhile.

Which, to add to that, I thought I had signed up for a light hearted story of a guy (Damen) being held captive and keeping the secret of who he really is from his guy pal (Laurent. Who is not his pal). This has slowly turned into a very complex storyline of political strife and strategy that I was genuinely surprised that I became invested in. It’s just so compelling!

So if you’re into angst, general feelings of hating yourself for not being able to force your eyes to read faster, and getting your feels continuously smashed with a hammer, then I 100% recommend picking this up!

Spoilers

OH MY GOD. WOW. I can’t believe that cliffhanger ending! If you were following my updated progress of reading this on Goodreads (see below) then you know that I was a total mess in the last 30% of the book.

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Every single time that Damen/Laurent would get captured or try to escape capture I was trying so hard not to bite off all my fingernails in anticipation/fright. And then the tension that keeps building and building with each other?? Oh my it was just so steamy sometimes (for example, please refer to all of chapter 20 and 21. I thought I was going to die from excitement over these two).

I was really hoping that Damen’s identity was going to be revealed in this book to Laurent but I guess I’m going to have to wait until the next one since C.S. Pacat is a writing monster and wants to keep me waiting. Oh, Amazon, please PLEASE ship my book faster!

Have you read this series? Are your feels still in shambles? Let me know what you think of Laurent and Damen (#kinghusbands2k16).

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