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'd previously read a couple of Wells' other non-fantasy series', but this ménage story was definitely my favorite from her, so far.
I must admit that I did initially find the world building a bit difficult to follow, so I needed to keep a cheat sheet of what was what and which character was exactly who, which was a bit distracting.
However, once everything began falling into place, I didn't want to stop reading. I mean, you've been with the love of your life for 7 years, then you're forced to marry someone else? Must. Read. Now!
Prince Tanish and Feyar, his hands-on sex ed instructor for lack of a better term, have been in love since Tanish was 17, but now at 23, his ailing, distant father has ordered him to marry a prince from the neighboring kingdom.
And worse, the new prince, Sorran, is to be trained on how to sexually please Prince Tanish -- by his own beloved Feyar.
Sounds a bit like a telenovela, right? Well, yes and no. The story line definitely had a huge potential to go high-angst, but the dramatics were kept to an acceptable level, so the story didn't get bogged down any unnecessary melodramatics.
Sorran's character was a joy and, in spite of the initial hatred toward him due to him being the source of Tanish and Feyar's relationship woes, Sorran very quickly endeared himself to both partners. Then everything became so much more.
The book is VERY sex-driven (AND CRAZY HOT); however, there was real relationship development occurring as the story progressed and the sex felt necessary and non-gratuitous, allowing the reader to fall in love with all three main characters, too.
The story was about love, bucking the status quo and setting past wrongs to right, which I found highly entertaining.
There's also some magic, betrayal and intrigue, so I highly recommend this very enjoyable, 4 star read.
My copy of the book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.
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