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review 2017-02-28 22:07
Kings Rising (Captive Prince, #3) by C.S. Pacat
Kings Rising: Book Three of the Captive Prince Trilogy - C.S. Pacat

Last year, I read the first two books in C.S. Pacat's Captive Prince trilogy and absolutely loved them! I loved them so much, my partner and I bought them as soon as we finished reading them to add to our collections! And it's only now that I am getting around to the third and final book to the trilogy (I know there are short stories that come after the series so I will get to them soon). I have to say I LOVED this book!

 

If you're familiar with the series, then this continues off where the second book ended. It continues Damen and Laurent's struggles of fighting a war with the Regent of Vere. I won't say anything of the plot because this IS wrapping up the story. However, I will say if you loved the first two books then you will love this one immensely.

 

The writing is breathtaking! Pacat's depictions are lovely. I adore the way she described scenery the most. The characters are just as engaging as they were in the first two books. And, yes, Damen is still dumb. I can't believe he wasn't able to figure out Laurent was raped and abused by his uncle. And, no, I don't consider that a spoiler because the hints were HEAVILY implied throughout the ENTIRE trilogy. So anyone with a brain could figure out the abuse Laurent had to endure from his uncle when he was a child. And then there's Damen... man, is he dumb. He really didn't know this entire time... and then he does something ELSE stupid later on that I can't say because that IS a spoiler but... it was just as stupid as not figuring out Laurent's rape. Still, Damen is dumb in a harmless way. In what I mean that he has his heart in the right place... even if he can't use his brain to save his life... LITERALLY!

 

Laurent really made my heart ache in this book. Knowing what we know about his childhood and how much he misses his brother, it pains me to see him trying to protect himself by pushing those away. He's also protecting Damen because he knows what kind of man his uncle is and he doesn't want Damen to have to deal with that. So Laurent does the one thing he knows how to do: Keep him at a distance by being a total ass to him! I swear, I love Laurent. I do. But he can be such a jerk sometimes. Actually, I find it quite hilarious the way he acts and responds with snarky/sassy comments. Laurent and Damen's relationship is such an interesting, wild, sometimes bizarre, ride that I can't help but LOVE it!

 

In short, I love this book. It's fast-paced, fun, steamy, and incredible! My one complaint was how it seemed to just end. The ending, I felt, needed to be dragged out a bit more. BUT! The short story, The Summer Palace, is an epilogue of the trilogy which is why I'm not too upset by Kings Rising stopping almost abruptly. Just keep in mind that you might want to have The Summer Palace nearby if you want to have a full conclusion to the story. 

 

The same warnings apply as to the first two books. So if you've read the first two, you know what you'll be getting in this one. There's sex, violence, adult language, mentions of rape, and murder. If you're okay with reading that then I highly recommend you read this book. These are fun books that you can read in one sitting if you're looking for a steamy mlm politically-run romp.

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review 2017-01-17 00:00
Kings Rising
Kings Rising - C.S. Pacat This is kind of a review for all 3 books, overall. I don't go into the plot at all, so no spoiler worries.


This series first came onto my radar when my friend Renee spoke so highly of it. I marked it TBR and decided I would read it soon-ish. Then, the second book was on sale for $1.99, so I bought it. Then, my (not so) secret Elf Ashten bought me book 1 and Josy (whom I'd really like to hug right now), also during the Elfcapades, bought me book 3 -- so finally, I had the whole series and just needed to queue it up.

Well, I'm here to tell you that this series is nothing short of amazing! I devoured all 3 books in less than 3 days and all I really want to do now is read them again. This series is that good.

The romance is a super slow burn - Damen and Laurent don't even like each other for the entire first book, and through the second, they come to respect one another and we get a glimpse of what their romance could be, and the third we get the romance, the love story, the adventure and then they are really together. And to watch them go from enemies to allies to lovers is breathtaking.

Prince Damianos, the heir of Akielos, also the prince-killer from the battle of Marlas, six years ago when he killed Laurent's older brother, Prince Auguste, never thought his brother Kastor would betray him. He held family in the highest regard. Honor means everything. But he miscalculated and it could have cost him more than his kingdom. Kastor, sent Damen to Vere as a slave; a gift for Prince Laurent, knowing that Prince Laurent would likely kill him. Kastor is a coward, through and through.

Prince Laurent, heir to the throne of Vere, will inherit when he turns 21 in 10 months. His uncle has been serving as Regent for six years, when both Laurent's father and brother fell in battle. Laurent is spoiled and self-serving and loves to bait the Regent any chance he gets. Or at least that's what we see at first. His greatest asset is that everyone underestimates him and he makes sure of it. Laurent hates Damianos for killing his brother and has always dreamed of killing him.

But, so much is not as it first would seem. As the story unfolds, we see all kinds of power plays and many many unexpected things happen. And every bit of it was brilliant. I loved it all, and will definitely read this series again.

So thank you, Renee, for telling me about this series, and thank you Ashten and Josy for gifting me books 1 and 3!! And for those of you that like fantasy series -- read this one if you haven't. I mean, drop what you're doing and read these! Very very very highly recommended!
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review 2016-02-28 07:17
Captive Prince Trilogy by C. S. Pacat
Kings Rising - C.S. Pacat

What a great conclusion to this series. Book one started a little slow for me, but once I decided to actually sit down and read it,  I was hooked.  Well worth the re-read that I did of the first two books. I hope this author goes on to right more. I am adding her to my auto buy list.

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text 2016-02-26 21:42
Reading progress update: I've read 50%.
Kings Rising - C.S. Pacat

There are no words to describe how much I love this series. 

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review 2016-02-19 07:02
Kings Rising (Captive Prince #3) by C.S. Pacat
Kings Rising: Captive Prince Book Three (The Captive Prince Trilogy) by Pacat, C. S.(February 2, 2016) Paperback - C. S. Pacat

Damianos of Akielos has returned.

His identity now revealed, Damen must face his master Prince Laurent as Damianos of Akielos, the man Laurent has sworn to kill.

On the brink of a momentous battle, the future of both their countries hangs in the balance. In the south, Kastor's forces are massing. In the north, the Regent's armies are mobilising for war. Damen's only hope of reclaiming his throne is to fight together with Laurent against their usurpers.

Forced into an uneasy alliance the two princes journey deep into Akielos, where they face their most dangerous opposition yet. But even if the fragile trust they have built survives the revelation of Damen's identity - can it stand against the Regent's final, deadly play for the throne?

 

 

 

 

My Review:

I'm confused... beyond confused... I am lost with a map and no sense of direction.

Where are these extra characters coming from? How did the captivity happen? Who's army is it outside?

The easy solution ending was too easy and didn't really make a whole lot of sense.

I'm not sure if I just forgot all the previous plot or what but I spent most of the book being completely lost.

I think its time that I go back and re read this trilogy from the beginning because I don't know what happened in this book because I DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED IN THIS BOOK.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Note: I received a print copy in exchange for an honest review from Berkley Publishing

 

 

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