In the kingdom of Teruna, the red-cloaked Seruani teach the Terunans the art of love. Taken from their homes at seventeen to be trained, they are shunned as outcasts by society and considered the lowest of the low. So when Prince Tanish falls in love with the Seruan Feyar, the man who took his virginity and the only one to share his bed, he is not about to declare that love. No one can ever know, because the consequences would be too painful to consider for both of them.When the king of Vancor visits Teruna, he promises that his son, Prince Sorran, will marry Prince Tanish to solidify the alliance between the two kingdoms, with the proviso that the virginal Sorran is instructed in the art of pleasing his husband-to-be. When Tanish’s father chooses Feyar to be this instructor, the lovers decide Prince Sorran must be taught that this is to be a marriage in name only….
A resentful prince, unwilling to share his lover.
A resentful Seruan, unwilling to share his prince.
And the shy prince whose very nature sparks changes in the lives of all those around them.
Teruna is about to change forever.
I love KC Well’s Collars & Cuffs series and I love me a good menage, so I was chomping at the bit to get to this one. I’m happy to say it did not disappoint! Story-wise, it’s very different from anything Ms. Wells has written in the past, but hot sex-wise, it’s right on target with her usual fare. Yum.
The story takes place in a fantasy world, but is told in a way where all the extraneous, complicated world building isn’t really necessary. It all makes sense and allows you to immerse yourself in the setting, but the story remains focused where it should be – on the characters. The virginal Prince Tanish has been taught the ways of love by Feyar, a Seruan – a race that is looked down upon by society because they’re essentially thought of as whores. When Prince Sorran is set to marry Prince Tanish as a political alliance, Sorran’s father hires Feyar to teach the virginal Sorran how to please Tanish, his husband-to-be.
Sometimes menages can be very difficult to accept as there can be an imbalance in the relationships between the three, but the title really says it all. There is such a strong bond between these men that even the minor hiccups in the beginning before they figure it all out doesn’t create too much angst. Their chemistry jumps off the page and grabs you and they are smokin’ hot together. I loved these men.
As far as the tone for this story, it remains super sweet and is definitely a feel good – almost fairytale book.
If you’re looking for a lot of drama and an abundance of tearjerker scenes, this isn’t for you. If you want wizards and dragon-slaying and evil witches – this isn’t for you. If you want to fall in love with three wonderfully sweet men in an alternate fairytale universe, then you will love the living heck out of this book. I’m of the latter opinion, so I give A Bond of Three Five Stars.