- Totally Bound
- Release Date
- May 2015
- Book 3 of Mending the Rift
Erotic Romance, Fantasy Romance, GLBT
They are at war, fearing for each other, struggling with the upbringing of their children and the survival of their country. They are kings.
With the future of the throne secured, Rin and Merin still have little time to rejoice for their children or the unity of their kingdoms. Stuck in the middle of a battlefield, their lives prove to be once again at risk, and Rin heads out on a long journey home with his heirs, leaving Merin to lead their army.
Rin receives his rightful title of king from the Kari council and for once feels as if he belongs on the throne without Merin there to guide him. Missing his husband, he raises their children the best he can, but there's no end to the war in sight and, after months of futile conflicts, Rin thinks he sees Merin cut down in battle.
Distraught and with no patience for his council, Rin threatens the Riki, making even his own men fear him. Can Rin cope alone without the love of his life and still win the war, or will his sorrow mark the end of his reign?
Reader Advisory: This book contains references to Mpreg.
Publisher's Note: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series.
Jul 01, 2015 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
105 people found the following review helpful
War contains no glory, only heartbreak and sorrow. This is never more apparent to Rin and Merin as they are separated during this long drawn out war with a race that has nothing left to lose. This is until a critical error is made… cutting down Merin during a spell communication with Rin. For Rin, he becomes a flaming sword of vengeance.
This story starts out rather slow. In fact, the first third is a bit boring as Ms. Heart recaps the war and children situation between Rin and Merin. The book picks up in the middle third when Rin is finally recognized as more than just a convenient hole for Merin. Rin somehow proves he should wear the crown to the throne of his people. His marriage to Merin not only solidified the two countries, but it gives Rin credibility. The cute interlude with their precocious children is a highlight to the story. The best part of the story is the last third.
Ms. Heart really wrapped this story up fast. It felt rushed. Still, the ending is the best as Rin goes all Dark Phoenix on the Riki. This dark and intense hunger for violence immediately tripped my trigger. All other minor writing flaws and character hypocrisy fly out the window as immaterial. BURN, let it all burn. Wipe the savages all out. Kill them all - men, women and children. Wipe the entire warmongering race off the planet! The Riki may have started the war and the Kari will FINISH IT!
Well, this is how it seemed the story would go. This is a Ms. Heart tale so it will never go dark in this manner. She does resolve this brutal conflict in a more diplomatic way more palatable to the normal reader. For those who thirst for violence and darkness, this ending may feel as if you are robbed. For those who look for peace, rainbows and unicorns, this ending is just the right balance for a happily ever after.
Recommended to m/m romance lovers who enjoy war, peace and mischievous children providing comic relief.
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