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The Bonding pdf The Bonding, ebook The Bonding, epub The Bonding, doc The Bonding, e-pub The Bonding, The Bonding 52507310889 Genre LGBT FantasyGaven 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 He Experiences The Sexual Ecstasy Of A Finnarian Bite And The Giving Of His Own Blood There Seems To Be So Much In Their Relationship Than Either Of Them Can Understand, So Vlar Calls In His Father, A Finnarian Prince What He Tells Them Shakes Gaven To His Core And He Fears He Cannot Possibly Live Up To What Vlar Wishes Of Him Then 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 Publisher S Note This Book Contains Explicit Sexual Content, Graphic Language, And Situations That Some Readers May Find Objectionable Male Male Sexual Practices, Strong Violence, Voyeurism


10 thoughts on “The Bonding

  1. says:

    It Was Alright We 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 quite 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 far.Quotes From Book view spoiler What do you know of his father, Weasel I questioned 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 romance.Teaser 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 depths.I frowned quellingly at him.Weasel 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 skin.They 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 does,then I began to question, 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 speak.I 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 harsh Vlarchuckled, as though he read my thoughts, and leaned forward to kiss me again I see you , little one.Do 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


  2. says:

    JC Owens has succeeded keeping me locked to the reader with his telling of how Gaven finds his place within the Masarian s and in Vlar s heart, the Finnarian teacher who at first he hates The road he follows isn t easy and he has much to learn in a world that is violent but also very very sensual.Vlar One of the scenes I love The wolves


  3. says:

    OhI am so torn on how to rate this I am going to go with 3.5 rounded up to 4 On the one hand, the first 3 4 of the book was great I enjoyed it and I love Gaven I can understand his issues and I like his internal monologues However, the last 1 4 of the book just seemed to completely change the atmosphere of the entire book Personality changes occur that are so out of character that it s hard to reconcile them We get no good explanation for the changes of heart that occur Additionally, Vlar has a change of attitude that is disconcerting I suppose it s understandable but it was jarring and unexpected for him to go from casual indifference and somewhat harsh treatment of Gaven to treating him like a treasured prize All in all, I really, really like the way JC Owens writes but the ending of this one seemed to try to tie everything up in a happily ever after ribbon too quickly and in such a way I found it hard to reconcile the beginning with the end.


  4. says:

    Gaven s story picks up at the second book and Gaven finally arrives at the Masarian capital One of the things I love about this book is Masarian society and how it s based on camaraderie and bonds among the warriors The emotional and sexual bonds created between the warriors are the very reason their army and society is so strong and feared by other nations, therefore such bonds are deeply treasured and encouraged Isn t such society just wonderful In this book, Gaven is finally getting comfortable in his own skin It s heart breaking how little he thinks of himself and it s beautiful how others slowly help him see his own worth and value His Eight companions were definitely one of the stories delights for me as they helped him in a way Vlar never did In my opinion, Vlar didn very little for Gaven The romance between him and Gaven is definitely stronger than the first book but I still can t figure out why Gaven fell for him I wanted Gaven to end up with someone like Ice or Ink not Vlar It s true that Vlar is a beautiful magical being but during most of the story he is only hurting Gaven by his actions and his lack of communication He alternates between being passionate and being cold, living poor Gaven completely in shadows The first time I read this book, I was extremely mad at him He simply left many of my expectations unfulfilled When I skimmed through this book for a second time, his behavior made much sense to me, considering I knew what was troubling him and what was going on in his mind but still it wasn t enough to make me care for him I get why he fell for Gaven but again I don t get why Gaven fell for him The real emotional support was always provided by Gaven s eight companions With a sudden revelation, reader is supposed to accept the sudden changes in Vlar s behavior because the plot demands it There simply wasn t enough meaningful interaction between Gaven and Vlar So when it comes to romance, the story isn t that strong Vlar simply didn t impress me and I cared little for him and his relationship with Gaven.Despite this weakness, I still really enjoyed Gaven s story because I cared for HIM and I wanted him to be happy My most favorite part of the story was near the end when Gaven s relationship with his father reached the final stage To tell you the truth, all I cared about while reading this story was THIS relationship The climax of the story really satisfied me and I can t even begin to describe how happy I was when view spoiler Gaven s father rescued him and Gaven was finally able to see, feel and touch his father s great love and affection for him I was also glad that Gaven stood up for himself and didn t give in to pain and grief hide spoiler


  5. says:

    3.5 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 Ungh.Owens 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, no.But.those sex scenes Like I said, Blooraven ish, repetitive, hypnotic power fucking with vampire teeth instead of a giant green peen as unique 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.


  6. says:

    3.5 starsGaven 2 The Bonding is a successful sequel to JC Owen s intriguing new world The first book introduced Gaven, set up his sexual relationship with Vlar and now that relationship becomes complicated with a final happy ending in the sequel The story is decent but once again what really shines is Owen s solid writing, gift for description, and ability to incorporate violence and angst while still feeling like an easy, absorbing read You can read this one on its own or go back and read the first if you re a stickler for series but there s enough background you can pick it up alone The story starts where the previous book left off, after Gaven and Vlar were sexually united Vlar is now Gaven s teacher both in military training and sexually Gaven must submit to whatever Vlar wants but the relationship is almost mechanic It s merely a formality that all soldiers go through and it doesn t mean anything special Except Gaven wants from Vlar and he s starting to fall for the taciturn older man Gaven is confused whether he should give up trying to understand Vlar or push for a meaningful relationship Just when Gaven may have figured things out, an old enemy threatens Gaven s newfound happiness The strength of the novel is once again in Owen s writing She s a gifted writer with a flare for description and angst Gaven is the first person narrator once again and he has some considerable angst through the story He struggles with Vlar s hot cold behavior Gaven deeply craves someone to love him, want him, and to validate his life so Vlar s dismissive attitude is hurtful Gaven spends a lot of time internally musing about what he wants, why he can t have it, if he ll ever be happy and so on Some of this could get old and whiney but the writing keeps the pace quick and doesn t dwell too much to annoy the reader The characters are once again intriguing, though they change gradually over the course of the story Unfortunately with Gaven as the narrator, the various personalities and actions are all filtered through Gaven s heavily biased view Thus Vlar seems to make wild changes and swings from extremely hurtful actions towards Gaven to very loving Gaven is still pretty immature and thus he doesn t see motivations and reasons beyond the surface So to really enjoy the story, you have to accept and further like Gaven, even for all his flaws Personally I really liked him despite everything and thus was satisfied to see him get a happy ending Some things I didn t appreciate are the repeated violence scenes From the stag kill to the later abuse, there is a lot of violence in the story The easy hand to this helps negate some of the negative reaction and a lot of the later violence happens off page The world building remains pretty sparse and ultimately I never truly bought into the connection between Gaven and Vlar They re an interesting couple and the obvious choice for romance but I found the connection between Vlar s father and his dragon lover to be appealing Overall this is a good solid sequel The writing is the real draw and the characters and fantasy story are entertaining and absorbing definitely an engaging story to pass the time and worth reading As much as I like Gaven, I m ok if there are no stories featuring him and would rather delve into something else new and interesting If you haven t read either books, I d recommend them.


  7. says:

    2.5 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 Seme Uke couplingFrom Wikipedia The seme is often depicted as the stereotypical male of anime and manga culture restrained, physically powerful, and or protective The seme is generally older and taller, 39 with a stronger chin, shorter hair, smaller eyes, and a stereotypically masculine, even macho , 40 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 seme.Sorry 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 m m romance and like a m f 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 quite 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 problem Problem 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 m f couples There is only a short mention of Gareth s affair with Gaven s mother All of the couples mentioned are m m 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 by Problem 3 Internal MonologueWhere was the editor Did the editor not realize that Gaven barely spoke 3 words for 1 4 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 3 4 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 companionship Me Gaven, you ve been that way the entire first half of the book Finally, unrealistic sex scenes At least they were hot.


  8. says:

    I LOVED the universe J.C Owens created for this little book The entire concept, that a boy man who had been raised in an enemy land, never knowing who his true people were, was wonderful The idea that, in a warrior society, men have lasting, sexual and loving relationships was fabulous The concept of an older wise male training a younger one made for a terrific plot line, as well That said, I had some real reservations about this book and its predecessor First off, the two Gaven books really should have been one longer book Given the cost of each book, especially so I d expect installments to be less expensive Gaven was just too short it read like Part I and this book like Part II So for twice the price of a single book, I got one book The second problem I had with both of these books was the narrative Told in first person from Gaven s POV, it mixed archaic language not quite thee and thou fare, but close, mind you with modern expressions that were just jarring to me I d rather the entire story have been told in modern language than the mishmash of both view spoiler The last problem, which really only is applicable to this book, since it addresses the growing relationship between Gaven and his mentor, was that the transition from distant mentor to love of my life was abrupt One day Gaven is just the mentee, the next, he s Vlar s soul mate Boom I loved the angstiness that ensues after this revelation, but I wanted SO much to see what was going on in Vlar s mind Instead, because the perspective is only Gaven s, we never really learn how the powerful and immortal Vlar comes to terms with the fact that Gaven is his bond mate That was the biggest disappointment for me hide spoiler


  9. says:

    Rating is for both Parts 1 and 2 Both cruel hero Vlar and critical father Gareth s love for Gaven was conditional They were both asshats until Vlar s father determined that heroine Gaven was his son s bloodmate Gaven was emotionally needy due to a lifetime of neglect and losing his childhood friend I really wanted Gaven to leave Vlar for Ink Ink understood Gaven and was emotionally available Also, he was a better trainer and mentor than Vlar Don t recommend this book for hurt comfort and romance The Emperor s Wolf is a better book and has great relationship development.


  10. says:

    As much as liked the first book, I did not care much for the most part of this one view spoiler The story suddenly became plagued with sex scenes, which is all right, I guess, just not my thing Gaven turned into a peeping Tom There is a lot of repetition, for example, Gaven being carried bridal style using same old excuse to watch others having sex hot cold treatment by Vlar which got very old very fast and so on hide spoiler


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