Rating: 4,5 out of 5 stars
In a future where man’s ability to reproduce is severely compromised, humanity has adapted to survive. Breeders—male and female—have become precious commodities, and they are strictly guarded and subject to limitations.
Luca Walker is a breeder. Though he knows what’s expected of him as the youngest son of the Northern Confederacy’s vice president, he’s held out against the pressures of an arranged marriage because he longs to marry for love, not duty. But he’s been promised to Colonel Liam Smith and there’s little he can do about it, no matter that Luca is secretly in love with his bodyguard, Marcus Gray.
When Luca finds himself pregnant with Marcus’s baby, Smith is furious and vows to take what is his—by force, if necessary. Now Luca must fight for his life and the life of his unborn child… as well as the love of Marcus and the happily ever after he’s always dreamed of.
I am a huge fan of Chris T Kat and when I saw Mending the Rift, a male preg story, a favorite theme of mine, I soon knew I was going to love it. I read it and it was a lovely surprise. I simply adored it. I put it among my favorite ones of this year.
The author did an amazing job at describing this new society where Luca is living in, where only few women and men can become pregnant, after the Earth and its population was almost destroyed by the Third World War two centuries ago. Science was able to give men the right to be fertile and everyone who is a breeder is forced to procreate.
Luca is one of them, he is part of the official Northern Confederacy Breeding Program that searches for the best genetic match. He’s twenty three years old and needs to accept his fate like all breeders do. He has to marry colonel Liam Smith and give him offsprings. He can’t refuse and choose to marry whoever he wants. But Luca is not interested, he wants someone to love him for who he is and not what he can do, a breeder for a man he doesn’t love.
The most important problem is Luca is already in love with Marcus, his bodyguard. They fell in love with each other one year ago, it was love at first sight but there really is nothing they can do to stop the union of Luca and Liam. Breeders have no choice and Marcus is just a bodyguard.
I like the author’s style, always clear and clean, easy to read and well done. Especially with a theme and setting like the one of Mending the Rift. I needed details to understand how things worked in this new society and I easily get them. The differences between the Southern Union and the Northern Confederacy. The relationship with Luca’s fathers. And more.
I found Luca to be a bit childish and more than once I wanted to slap him after one of too many useless outburst. Still these defects gave the character a realness necessary for a kind of book set in a (sadly thinkable) not so far future.
There isn’t only one story in this book, I could know and learn to love not just Luca and Marcus, but Nicholas and Gregory too and another one I don’t want to spoil, the very surprise and unexpected couple. Things happened till the end when I was already sure I could relax and finally have a baby.
I want to highly recommend Mending the Rift to all the mpreg lovers, you can’t miss it. To me it was a winner and one more proof of the talented Chris T Kat.
The cover art by AngstyG shows a particular scene in the book, it’s tender and well done.
ebook, 214 pages
Expected publication: March 14th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press