Captive Prince Trilogy by C.S. Pacat:
1. Captive Prince
2. Prince’s Gambit
3. Kings Rising
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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 is forced to 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 . . .
From reading the title and summary your mind might be flashing red at the words ‘prince’ and ‘pleasure slave,’ but rest assured it’s not that sleazy. In fact, sleazy is the furthest word to describe this trilogy that could’ve easily gone down that path; Captive Prince is smart and highly political, but it also satisfies those looking for a M/M read.
I certainly wasn’t expecting to get so invested in this trilogy when I picked it up out of curiosity. Captivated I was, finishing the three books in a week. It’s quite a feat for me to finish a book, let alone three, in a single week (it used to be possible). The first book wasn’t particularly long, but finishing novels is quite the task I struggle with nowadays no matter the length. I tried brushing off the book as simply average, but who was I kidding? I was utterly engrossed in the characters and relationship. I reread the whole trilogy in the same month.
Warning for spoilers ahead.