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Owens – He has a new life now he just has to keep it Gaven learns that being Vlar's pupil in all things is a mixture of pain and pleasure He hates his Finnarian teacherdoesn't he Yet his body betrays him time He has a new life now he just has to keep it Gaven Them shakes Gaven to his core and he fears he cannot possibly live up to what Vlar wishes of him Just when they seem to be on the edge of truly discovering each other a shadow from Gaven's past comes to shatter it all to pieces. 25 starsI found myself less aggravated with The Bonding than I was with Gaven This was mainly due to the fact that for at least the first half of the book I didn't have that much trouble visualizing Gaven as a young man I liked the humor I thought that the author did a fairly decent portrayal of a young man with a difficult childhood low self esteem and a yearning for love and acceptance that he did not get as a boy And the sex scenes were pretty hot The author's writing style was also readable and if it weren't for my personal preference not to read a character like Gaven who I was informed is a twink I might have rated this a star higher It's a pity for both the author and me that I have this compulsion to finish reading books I find aggravating or to continue with a series although I have a feeling I won't enjoy it as much C'est la vie As I mentioned I find this author to be readable which helped me to partially enjoy the story Unfortunately there were several problems with this book that made me feel a bit snarky in my comments Problem #1 Twinks or SemeUke couplingFrom WikipediaThe seme is often depicted as the stereotypical male of anime and manga culture restrained physically powerful andor protective The seme is generally older and taller39 with a stronger chin shorter hair smaller eyes and a stereotypically masculine even macho40 demeanour than the uke The seme usually pursues the uke hence the name The uke usually has softer androgynous feminine features with bigger eyes and a smaller build and is often physically weaker than the semeSorry Hated it I hated how this turned Gaven into an emasculated child like unrealistic young man The emphasis on his youth didn't help Honest to God I spent nearly the whole book envisioning him as a 15 year old How old is Gaven anyway I think early 20's Was this simile to a child really necessary He pulled out and my tears came faster I felt cold and empty without his strength within my body but then he picked me up cradled me like a child against his chest There were a couple of comparisons of Gaven as a bride or something feminine like that Hated it It was about halfway into the book when my mental slide into visualizing Gaven as a young woman began It started reading less like a mm romance and like a mf one especially when I was reading sentences like this I unclenched my fists in a conscious effort to relax and not turn on Vlar with my frustrations Although why I was botheringAfter all this was his fault I was not uite sure of the particular details but I knew it was damn well his fault somehow Wasn't this particular train of thought the stereotypical providence of women regarding men Why was this young man sounding exactly like a stereotypical woman Granted it was funny but it also left me so frustrated And finally maybe I'm being too narrow minded but I cannot imagine a young man not feeling shame at being cuddled and carried out of a room by his father I felt no shame as he carried me from the room This kind of coupling between the main characters would have been irritating enough for me but when I noticed that nearly all the couples in this world was of the same variety BIG MASCULINE MAN and a smaller effeminate one it was beyond ridiculous Which led to my second well third problemProblem #2 Scant Attention to World buildingIt looks as if Gaven was the only one born of a woman because THERE ARE NO WOMEN There are no mf couples There is only a short mention of Gareth's affair with Gaven's mother All of the couples mentioned are mm Although it's fantasy it's still unrealistic and I couldn't buy it With the lack of women came also the lack of other children and young people Gaven is constantly thinking about his youth and his inability to feel like one of the Masarians Where did all the other young men Gaven's age go He can't be the only young warrior in his father's army can he There was mention of the Finnarians and Draconians serving humans Why Why would these powerful pseudo vampires and pseudo dragons serve under humans instead of treating them as prey But to be honest I wasn't as bothered by problem #2 as I was byProblem #3 Internal MonologueWhere was the editor Did the editor not realize that Gaven barely spoke 3 words for 14 of the book That he still barely speaks for the rest of the book as well The author failed to balance the internal POV thoughts of Gaven and the external actions of the story I would guesstimate that 34 of the book was of Gaven's thoughts He nodded He smiled He frowned He cast his eyes to the ground He barely opened his mouth Yes Gaven was shy Yes Gaven felt out of place Yes Gaven felt like he couldn't speak in front of his father or Vlar Yes I felt cheated of a proper show vs tell opportunity Too many of certain conversations or actions were summarized through Gaven and his thoughts rather than shown through Gaven and his actions This book was in Gaven's first person POV and I thought that that really detracted from the story because 1 as a female reader it made it even easier for me to feel as if I was reading the thoughts of a young woman rather than a young man 2 Gaven's thoughts were tiresomely angsty Why would anyone love me Will I find someone to love me Does Vlar feel anything for me I want to find someone to love me and 3 I felt that this 1st person POV made it easier for the author to forget that Gaven should have actual interactions rather than constantly go off to a hidden corner and think and think At feast on that particular night I was withdrawn and introspective my thoughts far from food and companionshipMe Gaven you've been that way the entire first half of the bookFinally unrealistic sex scenes At least they were hot


He has a new life now he just has to keep it Gaven learns that being Vlar's pupil in all things is a mixture of pain and pleasure He hates his Finnarian teacherdoesn't he Yet his body betrays him time and again especially when h. Re read 11092019 It's not as bad as I remember it but it still falls on the alright category That being said I'm glad we get to see Gaven and Vlar getting closer but I'm sadden that it feel like it jumps from confusion to loving one another What about the in between ⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱It Was Alright⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱ First read reviewWe're back with Gaven 18 bastard son of the warlord and nephew to the king of Masarians and his eraman Vlar the second in command of the Masarians In this book we get to know Vlar in a personal level though not much as his kind is uite secretive Gaven is being trained in both bed and fighting skills and trying to balance that with trying to belong and not feel for Vlar he's struggling Overall the book had too much sex and too little bonding It didn't live up the first book and this one is the least liked of me of author so faruotes From Bookview spoiler “What do you know of his father Weasel” I uestioned with a tinge of exasperation“Only one of the best fighters ever created—exceptionally tall and powerful—and the only Finnarian to ever have caught the affections of a Draconian”Weasel’s eyes were dreamy and I heard Teaser snort“A Draconian”I echoed confused “What in the heavens is a Draconian”“They used to be part of our army through a gift from their king to ours but over time they were all killed except for Graitaan Then Sadan came on the scene and swept the lonely warrior off his feet”Weasel spoke like it was a grand romanceTeaser snorted louder this time catching my eye “More like Sadan was the only one strong enough to prevent the Draconian from killing him I heard it was entertainment for years and many were the bets placed on who would be the victor Neither of them was a gentle being Apparently Sadan prevailed though Finnarians are amazingly persistent once they want something” His eyes slanted to me a twinkle in their depthsI frowned uellingly at himWeasel was still at it nattering away and I had to scramble mentally to catch up to his conversation“Draconians were said to be the fiercest of warriors and to never bond outside their own kind It was a great scandal among the Finnarians apparently that Sadan insisted that his bondmate would be a Draconian”I stared at him a moment my eyes widening in wonder “Finnarians actually take bondmates ” That was the most important part of the nattering as far as I was concerned “Anyway” he said with a pointed look “Draconians from what I have read and heard are a beautiful sight They look somewhat like a dragon but with a human body They have scales over their shoulders and back with smaller ones down over the chest and upper legs Elsewhere is black skinThey have long retractable claws wings and a large tail Their head is dragon like again with smaller scales covering it and they have large golden eyes with vertical pupils” He sighed longingly “Do you think Sadan might bring Graitaan with him I would love to meet him A real Draconian”I shot a glance at Teaser who only shrugged his shoulders with a certain resignation“Anyway”Weasel brightened again “As I was saying” “To be a bloodmate is the truest of bonds among my people It is considered inviolate sacred It is a meeting of two souls unto eternity; never will those souls part once joined When I drank from you for the first time and you began to sense my world feel things the way a Finnarian doesthen I began to uestion to wonder if it was possible When it continued I was almost sure but I had to have an elder confirm it to sanctify it Thus I called my father” His thumbs caressed my cheeks “As to what you are to me Gaven you’re my little bloodmate my other half I will do all in my power to make you happy to protect you and cherish you until the end of time”The conviction in his voice and eyes eased something inside me but I needed to speakI clutched his arm with one hand willing him to truly listen“I know you seem to want this but are you aware what you are getting This is not going to change who I am I am just Gaven not some dream person I am not better than I was before you discovered this and I will not be better after I am just me Do you really understand that Do you really see me ”He tilted his head a little a faint smile curving his lips though his expression was stern enough to convince me he was taking this seriously“Gaven you are the worst judge of you Your harshness upon yourself blinds you to all the things that others see I have not been gentle with you I am not a gentle person I will try my best to be a good mate but I am often harsh in my dealings and if I believe you’re being obstinate—as you often are—I will still be difficult”I shifted on the bench actually relieved by his words I did not want him to change totally Well perhaps he could be a little less harshVlarchuckled as though he read my thoughts and leaned forward to kiss me again “I see you little oneDo not doubt that I see far than you do when it comes to yourself Remember that but don’t doubt that it is you not some imaginary person I want I know who I want in my bed each night” hide spoiler

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The BondingE experiences the sexual ecstasy of a Finnarian bite and the giving of his own blood There seems to be so much to their relationship than either of them can understand so Vlar calls in his father a Finnarian prince What he tells. 35 Before I move on to my thoughts I need to get this off my chest first HOT ahhh so HOT and HOT Like baby brother of Bloodraven HOT UnghOwens is like a great fanfic writer you can tell that she's totally into her own pairing and she nails those hot 'n heady dynamics But she's not so much into plotting a decent fantasy story nor is she into using beta readers apparently And sadly because this is not fanfic the MCs were not fleshed out in advance and Owens fails to do so Other than that so many missed opportunities to provide the MCs with interesting dilemmas and lift the plot from its predictable patterns yet another forced bonding on top of the forced bonding in the first book that allows the writer to avoid actually having to work to make her MCs accept and love each other repetitive wording inconsistent characters that dreaded descend into sap in the final chapters no no noButthose sex scenes Like I said Blooraven ish repetitive hypnotic power fucking with vampire teeth instead of a giant green peen as uniue selling point and with only a teeny weeny hint of dub con because the little one soon becomes insatiable and jcf I comforted myself with the thought that it could've been oh little one instead but Owens really doesn't go easy on the MC's pet name does she And really this sort of thing can gloss over much of my disappointment MmmyeahNo wait Ugh I feel that this writer could be so good with a lot of TLC from betas and from aiming higher herself But looking at the reviews for her other works she seems interested in pushing out one lazily plotted book after another at warpspeed My loss