Yes I know that we are Saturday and it is a First Impression Friday…but I was busy yesterday!
This meme has been imagined by Joe@Storey of Stories .
It’s a meme where you talk about a book that you JUST STARTED! Maybe you’re only two sentences in the book, a chapter or two , maybe a little farther. The goal is to give a few impressions and predict what you’ll think by the end. It will be fun to go back to this post once you’ll have finished the book! Did you think you’d love it and ended up hating it? Or did you think you’d hate it and wound up loving it? Or were you right all along?
Today is a first and last impression because I don’t plan to finish the book! This is not a review as I did not finish it but rather a detailed unpopular opinion of Captive Prince by CS Pacat.
DNF after 120 pages in the book!
I wanted so much to love this hyper hyped book! Most if not all my friends who have read it loved it and say it’s brilliant.
Well I will be the odd one here.
The thing that certainly is brilliant is the author’s writing as she gripped my attention from the very first sentence that’s true.
I am just plain disgusted right now…
Let make something clear:
–I love MM romance and some of the most beautiful and poignant books that I have read are Wolfsong and The Silver Cord and A Charm of Finches;
–I have no problem at all with BDSM, dominance in the bedroom and some kink;
–I love alpha males;
–I don’t have a problem with “Stockholm Syndrome” as one of the best books with Stokholm Syndrome that I have read its “Twist me” by Anna Zaires;
–I have loved books with sex slaves and my favorite is Captive in the Dark (The Dark Duet);
This book did not work for me at all because …too many triggers and things against my belief.
-No I don’t like it when a royal court forces slaves to fight each other and rape the other for sport;
-No I don’t like when the main MC is forced to have a blow job and is betrayed by his body (physiological and normal reaction) because being betrayed by your body when you are raped is the worst kind of abuse;
-No I don’t like when sex slaves are children;
-No I don’t like when the “love interest” in this case the master Prince Laurent “shares” his slave with others. I love my heroes protective and exclusive;
-No I don’t like that the “master” is beating the other or witness his “rape” with boredom on his face, like his slave (and don’t forget our main MC) is nothing and no one;
So you see this book contains so many huge triggers for me I could not resume my read.
Maybe if I did it would become brilliant?
Maybe I would understand why Laurent did all that he’s done because there must be a reason.
Maybe it’s pretense because he has to survive;
But I will never know.
Now I am not judging others who love this book because to each his own and as I said the authors is not bad at writing, not at all. I guess that my upbringing, experience, beliefs have shaped me in the reader that I am now. A reader unable to enjoy this book even if her friends do love it.
And that makes me sad somehow as I wanted “in” but that’s who I am and I promised to be always honest in my reviews.
So here I am, ranting somehow to you and hoping that by the end of the day you’ll still be my friends and respect my opinion like I respect yours.
Will I read other books by CS Pacat?
Why not because her writing is certainly not at fault here but clearly none with the same triggers.
Have you read this book/series? What did I not see that you’ve seen in it? Does it get better and do we get an explanation to Laurent’s behavior?
Thanks for reading.