My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is NOT a Young Adult book, this is ADULT Erotica, so please steer clear if you’re uncomfortable / underage.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – Near Perfect, easily one of my all-time favorites.
(If it was possible, I’d give it 4,5 stars. Mostly because there were some things I absolutely didn’t like.However, the writing made me round up instead of down)
Trigger Warning: Rape
“Captive Prince” is the first book in a fantasy trilogy. It’s intended for mature audiences, and depicts the growing sexual relationship between two princes.
Beware of possible spoilers
When Prince Damianos’ jealous half brother usurps the throne, Damianos is captured and sent to be the pleasure slave of a prince in the neighboring country—the one man who hates him more than anyone else.
The simple way to describe my opinion about this book is this: I
loved liked it.
There were things that made me queasy, that made me wish the author had chosen a different approach, and things I flat out chose to omit from my head for the rest of the book in order to enjoy the book.
Thoughts while reading:
➤ That is one crappy half brother. The idea that brothers fight for the throne isn’t exactly new, though.
➤ A pleasure slave? O.o
➤ So, wait… They’re bringing him to the brother of a man he is celebrated for killing? That’s cold.
➤ Rape is not sexy. I repeat; rape is
sexy. And frankly, it’s a kinda weird form of entertainment. I much prefer cable.
➤ Not much fantasy around, is there? Apart from the names, this could probably count as a historical novel. I wouldn’t be surprised if anything similar has happened.
This next part is what I like to call “The Spoilery Bit”. It’s where I delve deeper into my thoughts on the book. Only continue if you don’t mind spoilers.
✧ First thing first: I am well aware that rape is a fantasy among many people. The difference between fantasy and reality is the fact that in the fantasy, there are some kind of control. While it may be somewhat sexy to be helpless in the arms of this super hot, saucy sex god who can ignite a fire in your loins, then most people will agree that to be forced, hurt and violated by some creepo person: that isn’t sexy at all.
✧ Because I don’t find the idea of rape particularly appealing, I deliberately decided to ignore that scene in order to enjoy the rest of the book. Apart from that particular part, I enjoyed the rest of the plot.
✧ The story starts with Damen being captured and shipped off to be Prince Laurent’s slave. The first couple of chapters explains what happened, and why being left alive might be even more cruel than death. Apparently, Damen killed the oldest Prince of the neighboring country in battle. Which makes him the killer of his new owner’s big brother.
✧ I know I already mentioned the rape part, but really… it bugged me. Not just because of the content, but because it really wasn’t needed. The whole idea of pleasure slaves isn’t exactly something new. And in real life, regular slaves were beaten and raped, as well. My issue is that the character I’m supposed to root for is portrayed with a questionable morality when he not only ignores, but even supports an instance of rape. Even though he truly hates the person, it still makes me queasy. Had that particular part not been there, this book would, in my opinion, have been better.
✧ I enjoyed the way that Laurent slowly came to not necessarily trust, but rely on Damen. It was slow growing, and with my mind shutting off the bad part, it seemed almost realistic that two enemies would form a bond that way.
All in all, I enjoyed the book a lot. The characters were interesting, and the writing on point.
Recommended for: To be honest, I find it hard to recommend this book. Mostly because the content isn’t for everyone. I enjoyed it, sure. But I know that a lot of people wouldn’t.
But if you want a well-written story about two males who slowly grows to form a sort of friendship, then this story might be for you. It is not a romance at this point, though. If that’s what you want, I’d suggest reading on to the sequel, or choose something else.