Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos, but when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave.
Beautiful, manipulative and deadly, his new master Prince Laurent epitomises the worst of the decadent court at Vere. But in the lethal web of Veretian politics, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen is caught up in a dangerous play for the throne, he must form an alliance with Laurent to survive and save his country.
For Damen, there is just one rule: he must never reveal his true identity. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reason to hate him than anyone else . . .
Well, first, there are a great many triggers for survivors of sexual abuse, be warned.
This first entry into the Captive Prince world earned a 3-star review from me. It wasn’t the terrible acts of violence and debauchery, it was more that it really felt unpolished.
While reading I never felt connected to any character in particular, and even at the end I hardly knew them. To me, a first installment should definitely be able to introduce and define your characters and set them up for growth later in the series, we get a sense of growth will come, but who cares?
These characters are flat and, beyond their whippings and blowjobs in gardens, not very interesting. I might read on, my friends insist book two and three are fabulous and worth it… but, I’m not sold.