Prince's Gambit

Narrated by: Stephen Bel Davies
Series: Captive Prince, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
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The second volume in the Captive Prince trilogy.

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.

©2013 C. S. Pacat; "Chapter 19 1/2" Copyright 2015 by C. S. Pacat (P)2017 Audible, Inc.
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Stunning and tender

I loved how we got to explore the world more and are introduced to more characters; I loved watching the complex development of all the characters!
Seeing the Vere politics and backstabbing from Damien's point of view is really intriguing, especially since he is so unused to it and so appalled.

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My absolute favourite!

Would you consider the audio edition of Prince's Gambit to be better than the print version?

No! It is good in its own way, I've read the book more than once but I love how the narrative is holding my attention

What did you like best about this story?

The unfolding plans

Which scene was your favorite?

Laurent destroying the captain assigned to him

Any additional comments?

I want more

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You won't be able to stop "reading" / "listening"

This series. Lord, where to start. This is definitely one of those books that latches onto you and doesn't let go. It requires some trigger warnings, because one of the leads is captured into sexual slavery, but it's handled so very, very well. Honestly, it isn't one of those books out there that feels like it was written as kink porn. Every heart-wrenching moment and plot point has a purpose that drives the story forward and draws the characters together.

The first time I read this series, I read all three books in less than 24 hours and didn't sleep a wink during that time. Or eat. I barely even used the bathroom. It's one of those soul-sucking stories that you can't fathom putting down until every last scrap of plot is resolved. And, thankfully, not only does Ms. Pacat do exactly that, she also provides a few novellas to provide that added dose of much-needed closure to those areas where she hinted at the answer, but us broken and bleeding readers thirsted for more. Thankfully, she gave it to us.

Every single book in this series is a must-read. I'm not going to go any deeper into the plot than that because I would give damn near anything to read these books, blind, as I did the very first time. Just once more. It's an experience like no other, and one that simply cannot be replicated once you've read them once. Trust me, I've tried. Many times.

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loved this beyond words

I have not gasped and felt genuinely upset over the loss of a secondary character in 20 years. Possibly more. I'm totally taken by this story and I appreciate it's existence. Thanks to the creator.

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Yes yes yesssss

I am definitely failing my exam next week. Listened to books 1&2 back to back and about to pull an all-nighter to listen to book 3. No way I can do anything else until I hear how this ends....
Very captivating. Great story lines, love the twists and turns, some parts predictable and others I just didn’t expect. Many parts just had me grinning like an idiot.... I freaking love stories with some power play in the romance... yessss.
One of the best series I have read so far this year!

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Just... wow!

I never thought I would like a romance novel in my life. However, the political landscape and maneuvering of these characters, as well as the incredible way Pacat writes about feelings and sensations had me so hooked! The intrigue had me feeling so anxious that I read through the first two books in less than two days and have already started the third... incredible!

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A good sequel.

If you've made it to this book, congratulations! You've made it past the first book which is somewhat...difficult to get through. This book starts almost immediately after the end of Captive Prince and rides hard and fast, full of action and twists. A great sequel.

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Delicious intrigue

Delightful enough that even though I read it years ago I’ve been on the edge of my seat through the whole book all over again

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Best in the Trilogy

This is my favorite book of the three. The buildup is slow and convincing, the background frightening, including a blind everlasting war. At the beginning I wasn’t pleased with the reader, but he grew on me. He catches nicely Damian’s dilemma and his awe towards Laurent.

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So much better than the first!

Prince's Gambit is the second book in the Captive Prince series by C.S. Pacat. It is an erotic m/m romance set in a Western European, medieval, fictional universe, and is so much better than the first. There was more development of characters, relationships, world building, and plot. This book was as much about revealing Laurent’s deceptions as keeping Damen’s secrets.

This book had more substance than the first. Laurent and Damen’s feelings, personalities, and experiences were much more complex and detailed, and their interactions were so filled with tension, angst, as well as excitement and anticipation.

There was more action, though there were at times more telling than showing of the action. And there was adventure, as Damen accompanied Laurent on his reckless, risky schemes.

There was suspense and betrayals and unpredictable plot twists, but the best part of course was seeing the trust, intimacy, and feelings that grew between Damen and Laurent. They brought out the best in each other.

I loved how Damen came to Laurent’s rescue time and again sometimes with superhuman strength, will, and determination. I loved how Damen tempered Laurent’s anger and willful personality and stood up to him, and how carefully he treated Laurent. How sexy the consent!

I really wonder if there was more going on with Laurent’s perceived frigidity, if it was more than self-preservation, self-defense. It was the one thing that irritated me, it was too ambiguous, but Laurent’s reactions and tension were so strong I don’t know why Damen didn’t wonder about it too. Maybe he didn’t want to confront it. Maybe they both didn’t want to. Or maybe it wasn’t there. But either way it can’t continue to be this ambiguous, and I hope in book 3 it’s put into perspective.

I didn’t think the extra chapter after the end of the book was necessary, so I can see why it was probably cut from the text. The scene didn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know about Damen and Laurent Sometimes, less is more.

Not a big fan of the narrator’s performance in book 1, but I got more comfortable with his voice in book 2. I didn’t want to stop listening to the audiobook and couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next. Apparently, most reviewers felt that book 2 was the best in the series. I’m very curious to see how I’ll feel about book 3. This feels like a series I could read or listen to all over again.

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  • 03-27-20

Great story well narrated

read these books years ago and audio books were just as good. narrator was well picked which is not always the case. would recommend

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  • Alidoc
  • 02-28-20

Identifying rather too closely with Laurent!

I found this to be a perfect union . . . of book and performance!

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  • Laura
  • 07-26-19

Amazing!

I really enjoyed the second novel in this incredible series. It's already an all-time favourite book of mine so I couldn't stop myself from listening to the whole series on audiobook. While I did find the narrator's voice a bit clunky at times and his inflection on some words in a sentence a bit surprising, I still very much enjoyed this book.

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  • Cj Austin
  • 11-14-18

sensational

loved this part 2 in the series and can't wait to read part 3. beautifully different love story.

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  • Benjamin Russell
  • 08-27-17

Prince's Gambit a Terrific Sequel

If you could sum up Prince's Gambit in three words, what would they be?

Riveting. Tense. Romantic.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Prince's Gambit?

The romantic bedroom scene between Damianos and Laurent.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The romantic bedroom scene between Damianos and Laurent.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Every time Laurent came to admire Damianos for his strength and trustworthiness.