3 stars Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Angst Level Arranged Marriage Bodyguard Book Contemporary Dreamspinner Dystopian Established Couple Friends to lovers Gay Heat Index Hidden Lovers Hopelessly Crying m/m Mid level steam/heat Morgan mpreg Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Speculative Fiction

Mending the Rift by Chris T Kat

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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 fan of Chris Kat and I love mpreg. I am not normally a fan of dystopian stories – but I figured I’d give this a shot because of the other two things going for this story.

Well… I think the dystopian part overrode my abilities to like this story. It was so depressing. I hate thinking about a future like that and it colored my enjoyment of this story.

Luca is a “breeder” which is a coarse way of saying he can become pregnant in a world where that is a commodity – bought and sold in the form of arranged marriages.

As a result he doesn’t get to choose who he loves, even though he’s fallen for his bodyguard. His fathers – who had a similarly arranged marriage – don’t see the problem but do (strangely) interfere in the process once it’s found that Luca is in love.

** Mild spoiler – I really didn’t like how Luca got pregnant and it really bothered me throughout the rest of the story.**

Since the story started out so rocky for me – it was definitely hard for me to push through.

In the end, I was never really enthralled with the relationship or the world in which Luca and Marcus live. I wasn’t sure what to make of the “intended”- Liam – and his role in the drama and I wasn’t even sure Luca’s father was “a good guy”.

I think that for fans of dystopian romances this will appeal but I’d stay away from it if you’re looking for shiny and happy.

3 of 5 stars for the writing and creativity



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