Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Two Hearts One Voice
Author: Valentina Heart
Series: Mending the Rift #3
Genre: MM Fantasy
Length: 95 Pages
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: June 2, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: They are at war, fearing for each other, both carrying 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, Rin heads out on a long journey home with his heirs, leaving Merin to lead their army.
Rin receives his rightful title of a 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 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 and still win the war, or will his sorrow mark the end of his reign?
Review: Prince Rin and King Merin are now fathers, totally in love and devoted to one another, but also embroiled in a war that doesn’t seem to have an end in sight. These two have been through so much; the loss of their first set of twins, assassination attempts, playing the royal politics game, and never knowing who to trust. Their lives have not been easy, and it only gets worse before it gets better.
Rin is a devoted dad to their four royal babies, while Merin is off on the battlefield trying to end a war that the Riki seem to have no desire to end. Rin is horrified that something awful will happen to Merin or his babies, and after an attempt on his life, he makes the difficult decision to leave the battlefield and retreat with his young family to the safety of their castle…leaving Merin behind. Knowing that it would be months, maybe years, before they see each other again, the choice was extremely hard to make but necessary to ensure the safety of the heirs and the kingdom.
The story is full on emotions, mostly love and adoration, and a fine dose of lust that keeps things interesting. But there is also quite a bit of angst, and despair, and anger, and intrigue. The story is one of mixed races coming together for a common good, political games, men having babies, and magic. I am not usually one who appreciates fantasy or magical stories but I have loved this series from the beginning and I highly recommend it. I will definitely be on the lookout for more from this author.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*