Bethany reviews ‘A Bond Of Three’ by K.C. Wells (Published by Dreamspinner Press on January 19th, 2015)
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Cover Artist: Photography by R.J. Sebastian, designed by Alexander Tsopanakis, with exclusive cockboys.com models: Levi Karter, Duncan Black & Tayte Hanson
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.
Categories: Alternate Universe, Fantasy, M/M Romance, Menage/Poly
“We are alone,” Sorran said after a few minutes. “Tell me of the cashor. You have intrigued me.”
Tanish thought for a moment how best to begin. “It is worn by the Seruani.” Sorran’s furrowed brow told him what he needed to know. He sighed. “The Seruani are those men and women who provide a special service. They instruct us in the pleasures of the flesh. A husband whose wife no longer wishes to share her bed with him, those who have lost their partners, youths who seek their first experience to be with someone knowledgeable—all these people can pay for their services.”
Sorran’s forehead smoothed out. “Ah, I understand. We have such people in Vencor.” That frown was back suddenly. “But I am still confused. Why would someone not pay us heed if we wear the cashor?”
Tanish stared at him. “Because Seruani are considered the lowest of the low. When a youth is taken to be trained as a Seruan, he or she loses all contact with his or her family. If a Seruan was to be seen in the street by a family member, they would not be acknowledged. In truth, they would be shunned.”
Sorran pulled at Forena’s reins, bringing the stallion to a dead stop.
Tanish halted Nerita and twisted in his saddle to regard Sorran. “What is the matter?”
Sorran shook his head, his expression pained. “In Vancor, such people are revered. They are viewed as mystical.”
Tanish was astonished. “But why?” He could not believe such a difference in attitude could exist.
Sorran tilted his head. “My teachers tell me that when two people make love, their joy can be such that they almost touch the heavens. Surely one who can help you reach such levels is a person to be cherished, valued, revered.”
His description brought tears to Tanish’s eyes. To think that but for an accident of geography, Feyar could have been born into a land where his gifts would have had worth, where he would have been treasured. Tanish bowed his head, eyes closed, overwhelmed with emotion.
A soft hand came to rest on his arm. “What ails you, Tanish?” Sorran’s voice was low and lilting, his concern audible.
Tanish opened his eyes and gave Sorran a feeble smile. “For many years I have wept at the thought of those chosen to be Seruani, shunned by their families and society. I have wished for change.”
Sorran smiled, his dark eyes flashing. “But you are to be king one day, just as I will be. A king wields so much power.” He leaned closer, his gaze fixed on Tanish. “If a king does not like a law, he has the power to change it.”
Tanish shook his head. “To do so would be to insult those who drew up the laws in the first place.”
Sorran quirked his eyebrows. “Who created those laws? And when?”
“I do not know. It has always been so.” Tanish had reflected upon that many times.
Sorran frowned. “That does not mean it must remain so. And laws can be changed a little at a time. Take small steps, but always be sure of your goal.” He patted Tanish’s arm. “Win the people’s hearts first, and then lead them where you will go. If you act justly, your motives clear, they will follow you.”
Sorran’s earnest expression seemed older than his years. Tanish gazed at the prince in wonder. Sorran’s words resonated deep within him, sparking a flame of hope—and something else. For the first time in a long while, Tanish felt at peace with his destiny.
We were offered this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read: I am a huge K.C. Wells fan, that and the cover, oh my goodness the cover……….
This isn’t just a simple story, it’s a simply beautiful love story……
I wasn’t sure going into this one, not because of the ménage aspect of it, cause I do love a good ménage. My hesitation was due to the fact that historical and alternate universe are not something that I would pick up on my own. But because it was written by K.C. Wells, that and there were CockyBoys on the cover, I knew it would be one that I would have to read.
Where to even begin…Ok so I do love a good ménage, but it needs to be written in a way that all three MCs have equal say in the relationship. No, I don’t mind when two of the three have been together for years prior to adding the third. No, I don’t mind when they all meet at the same time and enter into a threesome because they all agreed to it. What I have issues with is when one of the main players has hesitation to being part of the threesome. I don’t like to see my characters hurt in any way.
Well, let me tell you, K.C. Wells knows how to write a story between three men. I loved the easy acceptance that both sets of parents had toward their children loving the members of the same sex. That right there is a big plus in my book. Yet there were still things that couldn’t be accepted for certain kings. Those things that seem to stand in the way for true happiness for our three MCs.
Oh, I fell in love with Tanish and Feyar from the first few sentences, so much so I thought I would resent Prince Sorren for intruding into their perfect little bubble. Yet when we are introduced to Sorren and we get to know him I realized there was no way I could NOT love him as much as I loved the other two. And by this point you are begging, pleading for the three of them to find a happy ever after.
But there are bumps and heartbreaks that they must go through to get that happy. Things that will leave you wanting to scream, things that will leave you just downright angry, things that will leave you in tears. You feel the pull the three of them have to one another. And it’s a pull that makes you cheer for them. These three are characters that will grab you from the beginning and won’t let you go till the very end.
This is one of the first fantasies that I have read and, like I mentioned before, it is not something I would pick up on my own. That said, while reading this I was transformed into an alternate reality. I was taken to their world, I escaped the here and now, and was enveloped into Sorren, Tanish and Feyar’s world. It totally changed the way I see fantasy books.
Look here is the thing, this book left me feeling content, and happy. It is one that I stayed up late to read, and got up early so I could sneak in a few chapters. One that had me so hooked, I thought about pulling out my phone during church so I could read JUST.A.LITTLE.MORE. It is truly a beautiful story, one that I highly recommend. But I should not be surprised, K.C. Wells is a brilliant story teller who transforms pages into something that takes you to a different place, a place to get lost in, a place where you become a part of these characters lives.
Born and raised in the north-west of England, K.C.Wells always loved writing. Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way.
K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, where the purchase of a ménage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative. An even bigger discovery waited in the wings – writing about men in love was even hotter…
K.C. now writes full-time and is loving every minute of her new career.
The laptop still has no idea of what hit it… it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C goes, it goes.
Where to find K.C. Wells:
K.C. can be reached via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/KCWellsWorld), on Twitter (@IslandTalesPres or through comments at the K.C.Wells website (www.kcwellsworld.com ) K.C. loves to hear from readers.
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I would like to give a big Thank You to K.C. Wells and Will at Pride Promotions for letting us take place in this release day blast.