Review: Kings Rising (Captive Prince #3) by C.S. Pacat

kingsrising

Summary: 

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 Regents final, deadly play for the throne?

Review:

If by any chance you follow me on Goodreads you know that I hated the first book on this series. To be completely honest I don’t remember clearly what it was that put me off, if it was the violence or the sickening sensation that the romance was going to develop in some sort of romantacized Stockholm Syndrome. But everyone and their mother told me to read it, so I did. As I said, it was not a good start and I genuinely thought I would never keep reading them, however, here I find myself: finished the last book and loved it.  Continue reading

Review: A Hundred Thousand Words by Nyrae Dawn

A Hundred Thousand Words

Summary:

Tobias Jackson grew up in Coburn, a town where the gay population equaled exactly one: him. Add that to the fact that his dream guy was his best friend’s jerky older brother Levi Baxter, and it made hooking up virtually impossible.

Now home from college for winter break, Toby is a different person. He left Coburn for San Francisco, where he wasn’t the lone gay guy and the only black kid in town. And yeah, he took advantage of what the city had to offer.

Apparently Toby isn’t the only one who’s changed. Levi’s not acting like the self-centered guy with all the answers that Toby remembers from growing up. Oh and Levi’s realized he’s bisexual, which makes things a lot more interesting…

Heading back to college, Toby doesn’t expect to meet up with Levi again, despite him being in med school not far away. A surprise visit from Levi blows that assumption out of the water. As they spend more time together Toby sees Levi as more than just the fantasy. He’s complicated, unsure…he’s real. But if Toby can’t get out of the past and find the words he keeps locked inside himself, he’ll lose his chance at Levi for good.

Review:

I’m not sure how to convey my thoughts for this book. It was a cute read and it had many elements (I will explain below) that I really liked, but it just did not convince me. I gave it 3 stars on GR so it was not bad (not at all) but I felt like the romance was too rushed and you couldn’t connect with the characters enough for you to like them or understand their love.

What kind of life is it if you don’t let yourself experience it? If you don’t go for what you want and live how you want? If you don’t open your mouth and say what’s important and cling to those you love? Not being who you are, or saying how you feel, or fighting for what you love, not being willing to risk your heart, is losing by default.

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