Monday, December 19, 2016

Release Day Review: A Bond of Truth (Sensual Bonds #2) by K.C. Wells

A Bond of TruthTitle ~ A Bond of Truth (Sensual Bonds #2)

Author ~ K.C. Wells

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press

Published ~ 19th December 2016

Genre ~ M/M/M Romance, Fantasy

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Synopsis

Sequel to A Bond of Three
It is twenty years since the Bond of Three returned to Teruna. The kingdom of Kandor, once Teruna’s enemy, seeks help and sends its finest warrior, Dainon, on a diplomatic mission. A solitary man since his wife and child died, Dainon is unable to explain why an encounter with a young man on a beach rocks his world to its core.
Prince Arrio of Teruna has always been attracted to men but has never acted on it—until he meets Dainon. Headstrong Arrio goes after what he wants, despite his fathers’ advice. But when Prince Kei arrives unexpectedly, Arrio finds himself drawn to both men. Is history repeating itself?
Prince Kei has his first taste of freedom and is shocked when the visions that have plagued him since childhood become reality. The three men embark on a voyage of discovery. No one has foreseen the day, however, when the arrival of a stranger threatens to destroy their bond.

 

Debra’s Review

This is another fantastic trip to the land of Teruna. Twenty years has passed since A Bond of Three and King Tanish and his consorts Feyar and Prince Sorran still rule the land, which has flourished since Tanish ascended to the throne. This time, there are three new men who are about to experience the power of three, and if you’ve read the first book you’ll be thrilled to discover just who will be finding their destiny this time around.

At 21, Prince Arrio spends his days exploring his homeland of Teruna, training with the guards and learning from his fathers for his eventual rise to take the throne as king. When he meets Dainon on the beach he feels as if he’s dreamt of the warrior before and is immediately drawn to him. Although he tries to practice restraint, it isn’t his strong point. Arrio is ready to jump into things with the reluctant Dainon even against the counsel of his father. He is down to earth and acts on emotion, but when dealing with Dainon, his forwardness could prove to be what pushes the reluctant warrior away.

Prince Kei, heir to the throne of Vancor, is innocent and sweet (though he might not like me describing him that way). He has largely been confined to the palace for his 20 years and is only now making a journey on his own to visit his brother in Teruna. While naïve and innocent in many ways (much like Sorran was in the first book) he senses his destiny is in Teruna and he is determined to see what lies there for him. What he didn’t expect was to find two men who allow him to find the peace he has longed for but never had due to his Seruan ability to hear others’ thoughts and see their auras.

Dainon is 44 and in his own words, is just a warrior. He does not possess any Seruan abilities and is not sure he believes in magic, yet he can still feel the jolt of power when he first touches both Prince Arrio and Prince Kei. He knows what it means to some extent as he felt it with his wife, the soul mate who passed away along with his son 16 years prior. Confusion, fear and desire are all present and Dainon is not really sure what to make of things. This is the catalyst for the slow build of the romance between the three men. Not only does Dainon need to sort out these new feelings, he needs to let go of the grief that has shrouded him.

The first part of the book is largely devoted to the men meeting and trying to figure out their bond, told with points of view from all three characters. Dainon is especially troubled. He first meets Arrio and is just starting to accept his feelings when Kei arrives. Dainon sees how Arrio and Kei are with one another and just can’t see himself with the younger men who so clearly belong together. Misunderstandings and miscommunications complicate things and Dainon really struggles, inadvertently hurting both Arrio and Kei. Just when things seem to be settling as the men accept their fate and give in to their mutual attractions, a stranger who claims to be part of Arrio’s past, shows up in Teruna and turns the tide of the men’s happiness.

K.C. Wells really ratchets up the tension in this one. First there’s the sexual tension between the men and the will they won’t they as Dainon tries to come to terms with his feelings and his supposed destiny. When the three finally come together, it’s hot and sweet and dirty with a passion that heats up the pages. Then, when you think things may just start to go smoothly, there is a whole new level of tension when a stranger arrives in Teruna. Lomar unsettles everyone with his claims and what he is seeking. In fact, K.C. Wells does something she’s never done before when one of her characters is forced to make a life or death decision and it had me cheering and heaving a sigh of relief.

All three main characters are very different and all captured my heart in different ways. They all are strong in their love and loyalty to the others and their willingness to sacrifice for the happiness of the other two, but I think the fan favorite here will be Kei. He may seem young and innocent, especially when he is communing with the animals he has a connection to, but he knows what he wants and when he finally lends voice to his desires, look out! Arrio is all heart and emotion, and sometimes acts before thinking things through, while Dainon is steady and mature, that is until Arrio and Kei get under his skin.

If you haven’t read A Bond of Three, you can jump in right here, although Tanish, Sorran and Feyar have a big part in this second book as well. As with the first book, even if you are not a big reader of fantasy (which I am not) you can easily enjoy this story. Full of romance, drama, adventure and a bit of magic and humor, I highly recommend it to fans of ménage stories. If you’ve liked the books in the series so far, rumor has it there may be at least one more on the horizon and I for one am all for another journey back to Teruna.

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A Bond of Three (Sensual Bonds #1)

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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.

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Meet K.C. Wells

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, when 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.

And as for those men in love that she writes about? The list of stories just waiting to be written is getting longer… and longer….

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