Friday, December 23, 2016

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

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.

Jewel's rating:

​How delightful it was to find myself in Teruna, again! ​​A Bond of Three​ was in my top 10 for 2015 and getting to spend time in Teruna again was like taking a long vacation in your favorite city. And though we get to spend time with King Tanish, Prince Feyar and Prince Sorran, and see the love they so obviously share with one another has not only survived, but thrived, this story is not theirs. Do read A Bond of Three, first, if you haven't already, though. I really think you'll get more out of this story if you have read the first book.

Keeping with the mythology that was laid out in ​​A Bond of Three​​, ​​A Bond of Truth​​ is about a predestined union of three men; two of whom are Seruani, and the third who is not. Dainon is a warrior from Kandor, sent to Teruna on a mission of mercy to seek information and aid. He is in his early 40's and is a widower. Princes Kei and Arrio are both 20 or 21 and though they know of each other, they have never met. Kei is heir to the throne of Vancor and is the much younger brother of Sorran, from ​​A Bond of Three​​ and Arrio is the adopted son of Sorran, Feyar and Tanish, who was found at the very end of ​​A Bond of Three​​, and the heir to the throne of Teruna.

Do keep in mind that though Kei and Arrio are 'uncle' and 'nephew', they are not blood related and they have never met before now. Their feelings toward each other are far from familial, from the very start. Like ​​A Bond of Three​, our three MC's in A Bond of Truth know that there is something special about their attraction to one another. Dainon, however, does not understand it's significance, it's so foreign to his experience, and thus he does not trust it. He's felt this strong of an attraction only once before, and that was with his wife. Plus, he's never been with another man, much less two and of the three of them, Dainon is the most untrusting of those feelings. Arrio's fathers have cautioned him to take things more slowly, but of course, youth is not known for patience. So, there are many misunderstandings and Dainon, especially, doesn't know how to proceed. He's from a land where same sex unions are illegal and a union of three is even more outlandish.

Though ​​A Bond of Truth​ didn't resonate with me as much as the previous book, I still really enjoyed it. And up until the major plot twist, which mirrored ​​A Bond of Three​ a bit too much, I felt this was a solid 4 star read. However, that plot twist was not only very predictable, which I would easily forgive, but it was so obviously preventable that I was left shaking my head. No way would King Tanish and his consorts not insist upon using all the tools at their disposal to find the truth, and no way would Kei or Dainon have been so lackadaisical, either. So that whole part of the story did not ring true for me at all. The rest of the story, however, I loved. It was sexy and sweet and sometimes very hot.

I was happy to see that Kandor was no longer an enemy, but with their decimated population, unlike Teruna and Vancor, Kandor had laws against same sex unions. But with the aid proposals that Turuna gives them, they are faced with many changes. Of course, Kandor makes those changes seem way too easy, but at the same time, it was lovely to see a people adapt so quickly. It speaks of hope and love and I wholly approve of both.

I also loved how the resolution of the impending royal wedding played out. The ending was so wonderful, it made me want to stay in Teruna a while longer. No one does a high fantasy menage story like KC Wells!


ARC of A Bond of Truth was generously provided, by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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