My husband was an innocent bystander when he came home to find me more than halfway through CS Pacat’s Captive Prince trilogy. Granted, Jake did have on some spectacularly sexy black trousers and a slim cut button down, so he knew he looked good.
What he didn’t know, when I glanced up from my book, was that after hundreds of pages of sexual tension, Damen and Laurent were finally having sex — so that meant my husband had a frisky wife on his hands, and …
Wait. Let me back up. Once upon a time, a friend of mine, who knew I liked erotica, told me about this series called Captive Prince. I added it to my Amazon Wish List and forgot about it until, by chance, I saw something about the trilogy online and thought I’d buy the first book, just to give it a try.
The trilogy began as an original-fiction web serial, which attracted viral attention before being acquired by Penguin. Captive Prince went on to become a USA Today bestseller and for good reason.
It’s the story of Prince Damen who is betrayed by his brother and sent as a sex slave to their enemy country. There, his true identity secret, he is chosen to be personal slave to ice cold Prince Laurent. Damen recognizes the name, of course, since he murdered Laurent’s older brother on the battlefield years ago. But Laurent is all grown up now, and he does not play nice.
In the world created by Pacat, men sleep with men, and it’s the normal way of things, as are sex slaves. Damen is disgusted at the thought of being a slave, especially to Laurent, but luckily, it’s known far and wide that Laurent doesn’t spread his legs for anyone. However, they soon build a begrudging camaraderie, especially since Damen needs to play nice to get back to his home country and murder his conniving brother.
Halfway through book one, I ordered books two and three. The sexual tension was off the charts. I writhed on furniture every time Laurent looked at Damen funny, every time Damen remembered how gorgeous Laurent really was. Pacat strung me along … and along … and along … which was why, when things finally, blessedly, went down, my husband didn’t stand a chance. I pounced.
I’ve written articles previously about how good erotica can be for your sex life. Reading it can set the mood and give you fun ideas for your own boudoir. Yet, the Captive Prince trilogy transcended even my expectations, for a couple reasons …
One: It’s incredibly well written with beautiful descriptions and detailed battle scenes that even a Dungeons and Dragons nerd could get down on. The plot of the entire trilogy is so thrilling, you can’t stop. You have to know what happens next, especially since this sensual tale is rife with villains.
Two: Laurent and Damen are such well-developed characters, filled with intrigues of their own. They fit so well together (no pun intended), and even when Laurent is being an evil bastard, you still want them to end up cuddling because he’s so sexually vulnerable.
Three: I already mentioned the sexual tension, but … The Sexual Tension. Every time anything happened — a flirty look, a touch of the hand, a brief kiss — I screamed at Jake, “THEY KISSED AHHHHH!” I was hysterical with my need to have Damen and Laurent just do it already.
Finally, four: The actual sex. This is not a spoiler. Sex does happen, okay? And it is good. It is hot and desperate and beautiful. It’s scalding and yet emotional. It’s animalistic and tender. It’s love, baby.
I guess the only speed bump for some people is that this is gay erotica. I’m talking about two dudes, no matter how pretty Laurent is, so if you can’t deal with two dudes in lust, Captive Prince isn’t for you.
It is for me. Pacat’s Captive Prince trilogy is something I will read and reread, with my husband’s obvious blessing. Because of people like me, there’s Captive Prince fan fiction. There’s fan art. There’s a whole community of us rooting for Damen and Laurent. My advice: just buy all three books at once. Otherwise, you’ll go mad with the wanting.