At the library last week, the first and third books of the Captive Price trilogy were sitting right in the new/interesting releases. I was sort of put off by the series history when they were first published by a mainstream publisher, but as free reads, sure.
They were very readable, in terms of easy flow of language and predictable plot. As fantasy, they worked fine. As erotic romance or any kind of romance, they were pedestrian; I didn’t believe or care about the protagonists’ relationship beyond the politics and plot. HEA? Eh, if you say so.
The bigger quibble for me was that they read like a single book that was broken into three pieces to sell more books. If I’d paid for them, it would have seriously pissed me off, and prompted a return to the bookstore. Since they were library books and were read during the commute, I don’t begrudge the time and there’s no money out. But I doubt I’d bother to read more from the author.