Quite honestly, I was kind of discouraged to pick up this series after quick peeks to some reviews online. Usually, I put more weight on critiques rather than raving fans so I thought C.S. Pacat‘s Captive Prince was all about graphic sex and slavery. Boy, was I wrong. This is one of the rare times I should’ve listened to the vote of the majority.
For the life of me, this was a light and romantic read. If you think this is brutal, then you haven’t heard of Aleksandr Voinov and Marquesate just yet. And if you think this is PWP, you’re really funny.
This is primarily a star-crossed lover kind of story with a heavy dose of politics. Damen, the heir to the Akielon throne has been sent to their enemy country by his stepbrother after the death of the king. The worst is yet to come as he realizes he’s being sent as a bed slave to the prince of Vere whose brother he had killed.
Beyond that, it’s about rising through ranks to regain what’s originally your throne.
You tired of Sonny in my dash? My mom is but I haven’t had enough of his books just yet.
If you had any luck of reading the latest excerpt available at Riptide, you’d feel as ecstatic as I am (well, make sure you read Sunset Park at least). Two reasons for including this to your next Goodreads TBR list: 1) Ray and David (because they ooze sexiness and compatibility – whether we’re talking personality or bed) 2) all the adulting and struggles that come in package. After all, this isSantino we’re talking about. His history of portraying what’s important and real on paper speaks for itself. I’m intrigued how this’ll lead to HEA. I daresay with the way my current life is headed that work and love cannot just co-exist. At all.
I wish I could pre-order the book. Riptide’s website hates me the way Patreon does. I’ve been trying to do online shopping whole day to no avail.
That’s me and my everyday battle with technology. Watch out for the book’s release on October 24th! It’s a good birth month for me this year.
In the 3 books released of Santino‘s 5 Borough series, Sunset Park has got to be my most favorite. To be honest, I read it last because I was so sure I wouldn’t like it. I hated David in Sutphin Boulevard. He’s the inquisitive egotistic piece of meat who can’t just mind his own damn business. Although Raymond sounded hot, a lot contended (Santino included) that First and First is the sexiest in the series yet.
Until I find myself unable to go past chapter two of every book I read without throwing the word ‘shallow’ and asking ‘You call this sexual tension? You call this angst?’
It’s an unfair comparison in the face of genre difference and world building. But the lingering scenes that ICoS left me are still so fresh. I still have nightmares over the hell that Boyd experienced at Aleixo’s. Right then, I know that the best way to keep my reading streak is to open another book from same authors. At this point, I’m done with 1/27 so I turn to their solo projects. Which led me to Sutphin Boulevard. Continue reading →