“To get what you want, you have to know exactly how much you are willing to give up”
Title: Prince’s Gambit – Captive Prince: Volume Two
Author: C.S. Pacat
Why you should read this book: Because after reading the first book of the trilogy you can’t stop, you need to see how this is going to end.
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
“Then, in the spirit of benevolence, “Your face is well balanced.” She slapped him encouragingly on the back, “You have very long eyelashes. Like a cow.”
It contains spoilers, it’s a wonderful sequel of a wonderful book!
Ohhh that was hot, a steamy improvement from the first book. I loved it!!
We left Laurent and Damien leaving the Palace of Vere to go to the border following evil regent’s orders. Damien insisted on accompanying him because it was 450% a trap set by his evil uncle. Was he wrong? Of course not, that man is so evil he deserves an entire country in hell.
During the month of travel, Damien is starting to see Laurent differently. He thought he was only manipulative and really smart but he has so many other layers. It was so good seeing the walls around him crumbling down, not only for Damien but also for his men, the soldiers he needs to win against the DemonUncle. Seeing Laurent being funny and flirtatious was one of the best things in this book.
“Stop enjoying yourself,” Damen murmured. “We’re going to be killed, any minute.”
“Giant animal,” said Laurent.
Laurent is smart, not your usual “I can take myself out of anything” smart but more like “I am planning revenge since I was 13” kind of smart. Nothing seems to surprise him more than necessary, it seems that he expects everything, every betrayal, every attack. How many eyes does he have??? Can he see what lays ahead of him? I think that since he doesn’t sleep much, when he does, his dreams show glimpses of the future. That’s the only explanation.
“After a long moment Laurent said, with painful honesty, “I…find it difficult to let go of control.”
“No kidding,” said Damen.”
There were so many twists I wasn’t really expecting. New characters that made me like them but then revealed themselves to be very different. Some had their own illogical reasons, others were only pawns in an evil game meant to transport Laurent to a more comfortable palace…in heaven!
Laurent’s way to win game after game against DemonUncle surprised me. He knew everything that had to be done. He knows a lot of things so I wonder if he already knows Damen’s secret? I hope so, it would make things much easier and a happy ending truly possible. Please, let me be right!
I would have loved to see a couple of chapters from Laurent’s pov, it would’ve been interesting to see what was on his mind during more than one scene. ONE SCENE in particular. Damen and Laurent’s staring games were driving me crazy, I was screaming in my head: “Kiss him already, what are you waiting for???”.
This book was “adequate”! Read it and you’ll understand what I mean.
Do I recommend it? Of course, everyone should have a chance to love Damianos and Laurent.