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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Book Review: Prince's Gambit (Captive Prince #2) by C.S. Pacat

Prince's Gambit (Captive Prince #2)
by C.S. Pacat
Paperback, 416 pages
Expected publication: July 7th 2015
by Berkley
The second novel in the critically acclaimed trilogy from global phenomenon C. S. Pacat—with an all-new chapter exclusive to the print edition.

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…

Includes a bonus chapter (print edition only)!

I’ve got book hangover! Not just because I stayed up late into the night to finish this book, but because I can’t stop thinking about Damen and Laurent. There is one more book left and I want their happy ever after so bad I can taste it, but I see the train wreck they are heading for and my heart already breaks for what it coming. This is a romance so I’m counting on the fact that there will be a HEA (Do you hear me CS Pacat?) but this story has all the makings of a great tragedy. The betrayal Laurent will feel once he finds out the truth of Damen’s identity…right in the feels! Very few characters are developed as carefully and perfectly as Laurent. In book one he is closed up so tight it is painful to read. Over the two books his character has opened up emotionally one layer at a time for Damen. We are getting glimpses as to why Laurent is the way he is and again, the feels. In book one I wasn’t too invested in Damen’s character, but in book two his struggle as the line between where his loyalties lie become blurred makes him very real.

The story is well written as the characters are moved around like chess pieces. I love watching the plot unfold and have been surprised a few times with unexpected twists. The sex scene at the end isn’t graphic and is more about emotional connection and trust. Feels people…all the feels…

5 “you better give me a HEA or I will be ruined for life” Sheep

About the Author:
C.S. Pacat is a Melbourne writer. Her first series the Captive Prince trilogy began its life as an original web serial. Self-published in 2013 to critical and commercial success and acclaim, the Captive Prince trilogy was acquired by Penguin, and will be published worldwide in 2015.

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