Title: Mending the Rift
Author Name & Publisher: Chris T. Kat (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 14, 2016 – 68,000 Words
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.
Triggers: Male pregnancy, human experimentation, kidnapping M/M Pregnancy, romance, mystery
The times are strange – changing of regimes, turf wars, experimentation on humans, forced pregnancies for both men and women, it’s a time where breeders have no choices. Due to his family’s high profile, Luca is able to hold out on being paired for as long as possible. You get to see the beginning of Luca and Marcus’ relationship, as well as the progression.
Marcus and Luca have an amazing relationship. I love how tender they are with each other and their family. They have good chemistry and you can really read the love they share.
Then, you have Luca’s family – the fathers who are amazing, accepting and just want what’s best for their son. I love how devoted they are, but also how involved they are in his life.
With Luca’s life endangered several times throughout this story, it creates a lot of angst for the reader. Right from the start, this story had my blood pumping and heart racing – what was going to happen next?
I enjoyed this story because you were never quite sure what was going to happen next.
I truly enjoyed this story. Yes, men can’t get pregnant in real life, but Chris T Kat does a splendid job in explaining how men are able to get pregnant in this story and it almost becomes reality.
I completely fell in love with Luca and his family. Luca was completely smitten with his bodyguard, Marcus, and did not want to be married into the pending arranged marriage with Liam Smith. Luca took steps to stop this even before he found out that he was pregnant by Marcus. Nicholas, Luca’s dad, was full of humor, witty, brilliant, and just all around fun. No wonder Luca turned out just the same. It was refreshing to read a story that that it was more accepted than rejected for two males to be in love and have a family. This family was just a joy and I would love to be a part of it.
Chris T. Kat wrote an edge of your seat story. The mystery and suspense that kept finding its way to Luca was stomach clenching and I kept finding myself saying “no, no, no please no.” Luca didn’t deserve any of it. But when it all unravels, you find yourself siding with Luca’s other father, Gregory, and understand why the villain throughout the story actually isn’t.
The story flowed well through the 32 weeks timeframe (conception to birth for a male) and I was engaged the whole time. The emotions between Luca and Marcus were deep felt and I wanted to protect them both.
This story was from the true love aspect, to the whole as a family aspect and I was taken on a multiple turn of events that kept me reading through to the end. This was my first Chris T Kat story and I will continue to read more.
Marcus rappelled off and stepped onto the ground with a crunch of his boots. Pointing at the opening with the askew ladder, he asked, “Don’t tell me you seriously considered climbing down this way.”
Luca shrugged. “I’d have preferred spontaneous levitation, but it didn’t happen.”
He yelped when Marcus put an arm around his torso and lifted him to his feet, as if he weighed nothing. “Hey!”
Marcus silenced him with a glare, and Luca gritted his teeth while Marcus thumped dust off his clothes. “Your father is livid.”
Luca swallowed. He’d expected worried, maybe a bit mad, but livid? His father never got furious at him. Not for long, anyway. Being the baby of the family had its perks. “Why?”
“Why? Seriously, Luca, you have to ask why?” Marcus patted Luca’s behind more firmly than was strictly necessary.
Luca shifted, trying to get away from Marcus’s arm. When that didn’t help, he slapped Marcus’s hands away and stepped aside. He couldn’t think when he was so close to Marcus—when the man touched him, he sent shivers up and down his spine. He ignored the glower Marcus directed at him. “Yes, seriously. He knows I don’t want to marry Smith. I don’t want anything to do with all that shit. I want to decide what I’m going to do with my life.”
Marcus shook his head. “Smith is a good man. My brother Kyle worked for him. He said he always treated his people well. If you want I could try to get Kyle on the phone so you can talk to him. That is, if I can get a hold on him. Trust me, you’ll be in good hands.”
“You don’t get it! I don’t want to be in good hands!”
“No?” Marcus raised an eyebrow.
Luca huffed, a small smile forming on his lips. “Well, yes, of course I want to be in good hands. But I want someone to love me, and not just for my ability to become pregnant. I want… you.”
Luca’s heart thundered in his rib cage. There, he’d said it. The ball was in Marcus’s court. Sure, it had only been one night, and Marcus’s reaction afterward hadn’t been promising, but maybe he’d just been scared? Maybe he feared to lose his job? Nonetheless, there was more going on between them, and they both knew it. That one night had just been the last logical step. Luca regretted nothing.
For a moment Marcus seemed startled, and there was a softness in his eyes that was solely reserved for Luca. The softness vanished too quickly for Luca’s liking.
Instead, Luca was greeted with Marcus’s usual, scrutinizing gaze. “You don’t want me, and you better never mention this again. It was a mistake. Now get it out of your head and be a good boy.”
1. Do you write naked?
I’ve never tried that, and I can’t see myself starting any time soon. I freeze way too easily. I’m much more inclined to wrap myself in blankets and thick sweaters. 😉
2. Do you drink? Smoke?
No to both. I don’t mind drinking in the right company, but it’s not something I’d do on my own. I guess alcohol is just not to my taste. Smoking is something I seriously hate. My parents were both heavy smokers in my childhood and youth, and I always had trouble with my lungs because of that. I can’t stand the smell of cold smoke, so that’s something I don’t do.
3. What secret talents do you have?
I’m not sure if these are secret talents, but I’m good at handicrafts. I like to cross stitch and crochet, but I also like other techniques, like drawing or tinker with papers. Whatever catches my interest.
4. If you were an animal in a zoo, what would you be?
Hmm, that’s an interesting question. I’d probably like to be a meerkat. They’re so cute and they live in huge families, which is something I’d enjoy.
5. Do you have any scars? What are they from?
I’ve got a few scars, which are mostly leftovers from surgeries or falls. I’ve got several scars in my abdomen (C-sections, appendix surgery, and a couple other surgeries I don’t want to go into here) but they’re well hidden behind clothes most of the time. Then there are scars on my knees from a couple surgeries, but they’re old ones, so they’ve faded a great deal.
Chris T. Kat lives in the middle of Europe, where she shares a house with her husband of many years and their two children. She stumbled upon the M/M genre by luck and was swiftly drawn into it. She divides her time between work, her family—which includes chasing after escaping horses and lugging around huge instruments such as a harp—and writing. She enjoys a variety of genres, such as mystery/suspense, paranormal, and romance. If there’s any spare time, she happily reads for hours, listens to audiobooks or does cross stitch.