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Prince's Gambit: Captive Prince Book Two (The Captive Prince Trilogy) by [Pacat, C. S.]
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“Pacat’s powerful debut, a blend of intense erotica and political fantasy, is disturbing and intriguing in equal measure…The intricacy of the political entanglements gives depth to the novel’s erotic turmoil...Fans of Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel series will eat this up with a spoon.”--Publishers Weekly

“Fans of Pacat's internet-serial sensation will need no convincing of the merits of this series, but new readers should take note--this book lives up to every word of praise it has garnered. The lush setting, full of intricate historical detail, engaging decadence and ruthless scheming, will draw many, but it's Pacat's characters...are the ones who'll surely keep readers captive. Their tenuous, fractious relationship is the heart and soul of this trilogy, and thankfully, readers will not have long to wait between installments in order to watch it unfold.”--RT Book Reviews

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The second novel in the critically acclaimed Captive Prince trilogy from global phenomenon C. S. Pacat.

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 a final devastating blow...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1565 KB
  • Print Length: 343 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (Jan. 28 2014)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I3REIKK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,611 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I don't know how this author managed to top her first book, considering it was enthralling and amazing! But, somehow she did it! Somehow this book blows the first one out of the water! I was astounded by what a good author she was when I finished the story.
I am a very tough judge of novels containing m/m romance, and this book checked every box I have, it even created some new ones. For once I didn't wish an author did something differently. For once, I was completely surprised by plot developments! I am always disappointed by m/m books and put many down half way through, or just experience of sense of apathy after I finish them. Not this time!

The political machinations of this book make sense and are very well thought out, not to mention engaging. It certainly drives the story! The relationship between the main characters is so realistic and engaging and different from anything else I’ve ever read in an m/m novel! For once I wasn’t reading an m/m author with the realization that they were just filling pages with drivel until they got to the steamy bits. This has to be the most well-written and appropriate sex scene I've ever read it a book; it was crafted to fit the era and the characters perfectly. I’d even say it was handled with something akin to reverence. It would not have been such had the author spent any less time developing her characters or rushed to get to this portion.

Every detail in this story was meticulously thought out and I find myself eagerly checking this author's blog daily to see if there are any updates regarding a release date for the final volume! She has truly written two characters who do not bend for the convenience of the story as a plot device, they are solid and believable and completely unique.

If you are an m/m fan, READ THIS BOOK!
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The second book is a clear continuation of the first, but one that gives the characters so much more room to grow and expand into the people I know and love today. When I read the first book I got hooked on the story, but when I read the second I fell in love with the characters (both of them!). You see their personalities in whole new ways due to the vastly different settings of the two books.

Read it!! This book contains the majority of my favorite scenes throughout the series so far.
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Third read: July 27th, 2015

''A kingdom, or this.''

Oh god, I'm such a pathetic mess. I grew so attached to Damen & Laurent that it hurts and maybe you find it stupid to feel so helplessly bewitched but this is the best and most perfect, in all its flaws, love story I've ever read.

''To get what you want, you have to know exactly how much you are willing to give up.''

These are not my two favorite quotes, but they're powerful if you're able to catch their meaning, and they represent Damen & Laurent's relationship oh so well.

Maybe you'll believe me, maybe you won't, but it took me 20 hours to re-reread this book. I reread my favorite passages four, five times when I encountered them and tried to find meaning to everything inside it.

This is why I am now convinced of this: (view spoiler). There is no doubt. I'm 99% percent sure... only something Laurent says about The Regent and the King of Akielos not knowing what an asset Damen would be to him makes me doubt, but even then... Tell me what you think.

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First read: January 2014
Second read: March 2015

How is it that, right after finishing this sequel for the second time around, I wish to re-read it all over again? And again. And again. That is the Captive Prince effect '
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“To get what you want, you have to know exactly how much you're willing to give up.”

I need to make something clear before I make a bold statement. What I'm about to say is NOT something I take lightly but it is the absolute truth for me...

Out of all the books I have read in the last three years since I switched to the romance genre, Prince's Gambit is my favorite. Not one of my favorites. Not top five. My absolute FAVORITE. Plain and simple. I really think you have to be in the right mood for this series but I read it at the perfect time. A time when I needed something completely different. As much as I loved book one, this book blew me away!

Take all five stars and add five more...that's how I would rate this book if I could.

“Because a king maker would always choose the weaker man. The weaker the man, the easier he is to control.”

Pretty much everything is a spoiler so this review is going to be pretty vague. Sorry, but I refuse to ruin this book for anyone. There are so many things that I could gush over when it comes to Prince's Gambit but Laurent won't stop screaming in my head to be heard. I'm not sure if I have ever been more intrigued by, or as invested in a character, as I am him. Yes, the political intrigue is enthralling and will keep you guessing as to how everything will play out. But this series is character-driven, so what stands out most to me is their development, ESPECIALLY Laurent. This is more than just a little growth. They are not without flaws, but C.S. Pacat gives you reason to forgive those flaws, to sympathize with them. It's expertly written in that sense. I might be slightly obsessed with Laurent. I want to live inside these books forever so I never have to leave his side.
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