Two reviews in one post? Why, yes. And this isn’t because I’m behind on my reviews. Nope. Not at all.
Warning: These books are NOT young adult books. This trilogy is an adult M/M fantasy romance/erotica. Content includes sexual violence, physical abuse, war, language, and other adult content.
Prince’s Gambit (Captive Prince Volume 2) | C.S. Pacat
My Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
I did not like the first book to this trilogy and I did not like the second. However, I will concede that the second book was much better (I use this term very loosely) than the first book, which had far too much sexual violence for my tastes. Rape is not sexy, Ms. Pacat. Not at all. It seemed she learned her lesson in the sequel because there was little to no rape in this book and there was a genuine focus on the political/ war aspect of the story, as well as the romantic. She built up her characters, particularly Laurent and Damen, to make them much more likable and she developed the relationship between the two men quite well. There was humor and there were some sexy time scenes, but nothing compared to the madness that was the first book. The war scenes need some work and the author’s attempt at political intrigue is a bit basic and predictable, but this is an M/M romance (more like an erotica, to be honest). Groundbreaking political drama with spectacular twists and turns is not be expected. Eh, I’ll give it 3 stars. It kept me interested, and that’s all I ask for.
Kings Rising (Captive Prince Volume 3) | C.S. Pacat
My Rating: ⭐ ⭐ 1/2
The last book of this horrendously entertaining trilogy is not as good as the second, but still “better” than the first. The sexual overtones have been toned down, not by much, but are now bearable at least. The romance between Laurent and Damen is amplified quite a bit in this last book and I found myself content with how their interactions and love lives played out. The politics within the book are nothing special, often predictable, and at times, simply a load of bologna. Even so, it added an extra bit of spicy content that prevented the book from being a straight-up M/M romance with nothing else going for it. The big reveal at the end was no surprise at all, even though the author worked hard to make it seem as if the secret between Laurent and his Uncle would tip us over the edge. But no. I guessed this all the way back in book one. And I’m sure you could, too. The ending was tied up way too nicely, but at least it was satisfying to a certain degree. So yeah….I’ve got nothing more to say about it. I regret it, yes, but at least I was entertained for a few hours with this trilogy.