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.
Do not let the blurb worry you!
Yes, this story is a high fantasy set in an alternate world with kingdoms and princes. And there is a threesome.
But it's all done with such sweetness, your heart will melt into a puddle of chocolate.
Prince Tanish and Feyar have been lovers for seven years. They cannot declare their bond to the world as Feyar is a Seruan, a sort of courtesan. The Seruani are treated with contempt by the people of Teruna. Tanish knows this is wrong but feels powerless to change it, since his distant father is still king.
Enter Prince Sorran, newly betrothed to Prince Tanish so their two kingdoms can form an alliance.
Tanish is none too thrilled with this development, as he is in love with Feyar, and Feyar is in love with him. Neither man wants to share, but when Tanish's father declares that Feyar must teach Sorran how to please his future husband, things get interesting.
And really fucking SEXY.
Puppies and chocolate aside, this was a damn HAWT read. Feyar is a very good Seruan, and the chemistry between the two (eventually three) men is smoldering and all consuming. Tanish and Feyar feel drawn to Sorran, and they cannot help but welcome him into their bed, and their hearts.
Even though I'm typically wary of ménage à trois stories, the three-way really worked here. It felt right and complete.
There were elements of magic, as Sorran has visions of the future, visions that haunt his dreams. His abilities become more powerful as he joins with Tanish and Feyar.
The book alternates between the three men's POV, which allows us to see their inner thoughts and reactions.
This was not an angsty book. There were moments of tension and danger, but they were resolved fairly painlessly. The focus here is firmly on the relationship between the three men and on the treatment of the Seruani in Teruna.
The ending is a glorious HEA, but there's definitely room for a follow-up (yes, please!). The men find something precious at the end, and how this gift came to be is a mystery.
I loved this story! It was full of symbols, FEELS, passion, sexy stable boys, horses, wise advisers, ancient scrolls, centuries-old betrayals, and kisses in a summer storm.
As an added bonus, in Teruna everyone wears robes, so just untie the sash, and voilà!