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King's Conquest

(Mending the Rift #1)

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In a world where two kingdoms are constantly at war, Prince Rinin, heir to the throne of Kari Kingdom, has been demanded as a war conquest by King Merinej of Jede. The choice is simple: the prince will travel to his enemy's kingdom and share the king’s bed, or else the war continues. But Rin will not lower himself to be a whore, so he deman
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ebook, 1st Edition, 96 pages
Published January 21st 2012 by Silver Publishing
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Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
I've been thinking on my review for about a week now and still have no idea how to express how much I enjoyed this book. All I can really say is that for such a short story, it sure packs a lot of punch!

Prince Rinin (Rin), of the Kingdom Kari, is left with a very important decision after his father, the King, dies - become the neighboring King's uralain, or whore, or go to war. Rin may be uneducated and naive but he has enough dignity to make his own demands. As such, he demands King Merinej (Me
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Lucy
Jan 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
In addition to the amazing cover, Conquest is a roller coaster ride to read. Rin is a prince of a warring kingdom, but his father, the king, has had definite ideas of what Rin can and can't do. Mainly, he isn't allowed to do much of anything. He is a prince in name only, and has no real idea of the workings of the politics of the kingdom. When the king dies, and Rin is demanded as a war prize to be uralain for King Merin, from the enemy kingdom, Rin has no idea of what this entails. Har, chief a ...more
Heather C
This story wasn't for me at all and if I wasn't reading it for a challenge I would have stopped reading it very early on. The MCs didn't even meet until well after 25% and there was absolutely zero chemistry between them. The whole point seemed to be getting the MC pregnant so he could (view spoiler)

What world building it had left me all confused and I had no idea what the big difference between a Jede and a Kari was. Plus, the dialect seemed very inconsistent for this ty
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Susan65
Jun 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
My first foray into mpreg and I survived. It was strange at first but it was different enough that I could really enjoy it without worrying over the actual mechanics.

Rin, the Prince, and Merin, the King were both amazing characters. I could easily relate to them both and I honestly liked them. I wanted to know more about the mystery man who had it out for Rin but c'est la vie.

I am unsure how I feel about the ending. I think I was so worried about how it would end for Rin that I was a bit disapp
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Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
Heather C and susan65 made me read this with them. Just FYI

I liked the start okay but some parts seeme longer than needed. I didn't like that he didn't even see the king until like 27% they didn't talk until around 30% that's a big chunk of the short story.

Then things like the palace and character descriptions are too detailed for my tastes.

Roughly 30% to 58% is sex. Starts with talking while stripping to talking about sex to sex. Then that long scene ends immediately followed by another sex
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Mary
Jan 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Oh this was so much fun and came complete with a shadowy villian trying to kill our hero Prine Rin. I loved Rin, so sweet and inoocent but plucky and smart. And the king, so in love, so alpha. I am ready for the the sequel. Now.
Barbara➰
Reread June 2018

Wow...I didn't remember it being so underdeveloped. This one needed way more. It's very short but a lot going on. ILY's very quick and it leaves you wondering why. It's still somewhat unique.

Originally read August 2017

Very different MM fantasy/historical sci-fi...not sure how to classify it. It was short so not a lot of character development. One of the H's could have been a female if not for his bits and pieces. There wasn't much "maleness" in the way he spoke and acted. But
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Chris, the Dalek King
To save his kingdom from the stupidity of his father, and the armies of another, Prince Rin has agreed to join with the King of Jeda, Merinej. But he will settle for nothing less than marriage, even if that all but guarantees his death in childbirth. He does not know what to expect from these new people, or this new country, but he comes to hope that there will be some measure freedom from the strict rules and regulations his (not so) dearly departed father bound him with. He never thought to ho ...more
Noughty
2,5

Prince:
So far looks too easy and has flaws in logic. You are supposed to become a prize for an enemy king, a part of his harem. And you request marriage and fidelity? He never met him, he has no idea how sex between two men even work and the best idea he got is to make sure he has plenty of sex which he might hate? If he felt so strongly about making conditions, why not make a condition of no sex or a higher position than one of the toys in harem and live his life peacefully? Is there no othe
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Tamela
2nd Read - Oct 13, 2012

My 2nd read before I read the second story. I have to say I am really impressed by Rin. Even though he was kept so in the dark by his fathr, he showed true strength by insisting on a contract. If he had gone to the King as anything less than a partner, the rift between the two countries would never be healed.

What is annoying is that no one seems able to save Rin from so much suffering. But since I believe it helped to bring him and Merin closer, maybe it ended up being for
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Ladypessi
I don't know why I thought this book would be long, but I was wrong... it was very short and everything happened really fast. Too fast if you ask me. Not that I didn't like it!! I loved it, I just hoped that there would have been more. I was a bit disappointed because we didn't get to see the world at all, as everything happened in the same room. Well maybe we'll get to explore the world next time. I can't wait for the next book(s)!!
Kari Gregg
Jun 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: capture, fantasy, 2012, glbt
Ooooooooooooh, dubcon/capture fantasy, come to Momma. The best of the best. Write more of this please. Much, much more. :-D
Elisa Rolle
Aside from being among the Bestsellers in Gay Romance for last year, I was drawn by this series for the m-preg theme. I think someone suggested this to me, and being the first one a novella, I thought, why not? The commitment is not too much if I don’t like it, and if I like, there is always book 2. I read it in one night and bought the second novella the same night.

Valentina Heart doesn’t shy away from the chosen theme, and actually, it’s the main reason why Prince Rinin is able to barter a mar
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Jenni Lea

Really more like 2.75 stars. It was OK, I guess. It moved really, really fast and was a bit dis-jointed. But the ending made me want to find out what happened next so I can't say it was too bad. I bought this because I was stagnating in a similar story. It made me appreciate that other story so much more.

Sooo... yeah.

Jacq
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
OMG~I have had this book for years. I just didn't know it was gonna be so very enjoyable.
A truly sweet & sexy read.
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
The Romance Review

The male consort can give birth to children and usually there is more than one child. Yes, you read that right. A certain type of man in this world can become pregnant, carry children to term and delivery the babies. Prince Rinin from the kingdom of Kari is part of the surrender terms to the kingdom of Jede. He is to be King Merinej’s uralain. For Rinin, this is worse than death, even though an uralain is one of many concubines and an honour. Rinin considers an uralain nothing more than a whore
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Beck
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
Okay ... before I review this book I should give a little background about myself & my reading habits ... at the moment (2013), nearly 99% of what I am reading is for challenges of some sort ... because of this, I am reading a lot of books that I wouldn't normally read ... I'm doing this to stretch my horizons & I must admit that if I am reading a book that isn't normally on my reading radar, it has to be pretty awesome to overcome my underlying disinterest ... I read this book to satisf ...more
Victoria  love books
Overall book rating: 4.5 Stars
Audio book: n/a
Book cover: 3.5 stars
MC1: Prince Rinin
MC2: King Merinej


I Absolutely loved this book!!!!?
Why?

Well let me think..... IT WAS SO FAR OUT OF THE BOX!!!!!!!!!!

I am used to MPREG books in shifter form but let me tell you mpreg in an alternate universe with a bunch of magic wielders and secret markings that gives extraordinary people the ability to carry young WOW!!!

The way this book was done was just amazingly good and so different. I don't want to give
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Lasha
Jan 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: darkdivasreviews
3.5 stars

King’s Conquest has one of the most unique plots I’ve ever read. Its part arranged marriage theme, part sci-fi/futuristic theme, then add in a male pregnancy and you have the storyline of this novella. Since I love the arranged marriage trope, the blurb drew me in immediately, but it was the amazing world-building that kept me reading.

Valentina Heart has created a very visual and interesting world with the Jede and Kari. It was like reading Dune for the first time and trying to learn al
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Morgana
Jan 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm not a fan of mpreg books. Too weird if you ask me. But strangely, here I didn't mind it at all. I really, really liked this book. The whole process of getting a male pregnant was unique. I only wish the book was longer. Hopefully, we won't have to wait long for the sequel.

All in all, a very enjoyable read. 4 stars out of 5.
Leilah
May 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The King's Conquest is a short story about a king and a prince who become lovers. Despite what some may have thought because of their situation, they have a strong bond full of love and devotion. Yet there is someone from the Kings past consumed with jealousy and full of hate waiting for the right moment to destroy the prince.
Anna-Lisa
Jan 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a very cute story about a king and a prince. The feelings between the two main characters Merin and Rin didn't feel rushed to me even if the story wasn't that long. I totally enjoyed the cuteness between them. :)
Shannon
Jun 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Nothing. This book did nothing for me. I didn't feel a thing. It felt awkward and just weird. It felt like a bunch of things happened but nothing was developed enough to really make sense.
Dark_Shadow
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Um...So. I didn't like it. Too short. We don't get to know the characters. The one MC, after a week or so with the other was like ''he doesn't care if i get hurt, he just cares for the baby'' Um yes. He doesn't freaking know you. You can't be hurt that someone you JUST met doesn't love you lol. And the whole loooove thing came out of nowhere. It was a little ridiculous , the whole thing.
LOLA
Great writer.
Like this series.
The whole concept is good.
Another favorite..
Serena Yates
Aug 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, gay
The age-old, and in our thinking now somewhat outdated, custom of marrying off a prince to seal a peace treaty with a foreign nation is the starting point of this story. It seems cruel, doesn't take into consideration what the individual wants, and can only lead to unhappiness and heartbreak. Right? Well, I am relieved to say that in this rendition of the story not all ends up as badly as it starts. The fantasy background provides a great setting, and for those who like stories including male pr ...more
Barb Manning
The King's Conquest by Valentina Heart is a fantasy romance between Prince Rinin of Kari and King Merinej of Jede, two men brought together to seal the peace between countries in a longstanding war. Prince Rinin, as the war prize, must pay for the peace with his body. An arranged marriage between the heirs of two warring nations is the basis of King's Conquest.

Heart creates an alien world where men of a certain lineage can give birth and some can wield magic. There are plots and counter-plots th
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JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Jun 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm, ebook, fantasy
This is totally not my cup of tea. I spent most of the book afraid there would be way too many gory details about the pregnancy/birth. However, I was pleasantly surprised this was not the case.

Rin is sweet and innocent, having been almost completely sheltered by his father for all of his life. Merin is the king who takes Rin as his spouse in order to hopefully gain a child, thereby preventing war and securing peace between their respective kingdoms. Merin is patient with Rin, but they just abou
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| Maiko-chan |
I don't know if I like this well enough to give it even a 2.5 rating; probably not. I really could have done without the inner voice of the miffed and cast aside lover, but even though I don't feel it helped the book any, it's hardly the only thing I had problems with. Sometimes I enjoy a couple who fawns over each other and is not shy with their endearments, but I have to really be in the mood for it to work for me, and this just didn't do it. It doesn't help that I felt the main character got ...more
L-D
I enjoyed this short story about Prince Rinin and King Merinaj of Jede. With their countries at war and with Prince Rinin's father dead, Rin is sent to Merin's palace as a conquest. Rather than go as one of the King's many concubines, Rin demands a contract wherein he becomes the King's spouse and only lover. His actions, however, spark jealousy in a member of the king's household.

I thought this was an interesting premise. My first M-preg book in fact. However, I just felt it was too short. I th
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