We meet Luca, who is a breeder, but although he was meant to have an arranged marriage, he has so far managed to delay any attempts to find a suitor, and complete the marriage expected of him. Unbeknown to others, Luca is in love of his bodyguard Marcus. However, he could not put off the arranged marriage forever, and was then promised to Colonel Liam Smith.
However, Luca then finds out he is pregnant, but this is much to his horror, as he had not given consent for this to happen. He is devastated, and adamant he does not want the baby – until one of his father’s confess that the baby he is carrying is Marcus's. This then changes everything, and Marcus and Luca want a life together complete with their baby.
When the news gets to Colonel Liam Smith, he is totally livid, and he is adamant that Luca has been promised to him and the arranged marriage will take place, no matter that he is carrying another man’s child. Luca and Marcus must now find a way to stay together, with their child, but have no idea how to do so, but it is Luca’s fathers that come to their aid this time.
I have to say, I totally loved the characters of Luca’s fathers – Nicholas and Gregory, they really added to the story, and I really enjoyed how they interacted with each other. Although Gregory was the one who came across as the dominant person in their relationship, he also had a gentle side that you saw a few times during the book.
Luca and Marcus believe that with the help of Nicholas and Gregory that things are now going their way, but then Luca is kidnapped….
I am not going to spoil what happens in the book, but will say you are taken on the ride of your life. I can pretty much guarantee that you won’t be able to put the book down, as it is full of twists and turns that you are not expecting, and that some people are not who they actually seem at first.... does this mean friend or foe??
Hi Chris, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Talk to us about your characters in this book. What makes them unique?
Luca is a breeder, which already makes him unique in my opinion. He’s a lovely young man who doesn’t want to bow to his government’s rules. He wants to lead his own life, and that includes marrying the man he loves.
Marcus is Luca’s bodyguard, but he’s also Luca’s lover. Marcus is loyal and protective, and he’d do pretty much everything for Luca. Who doesn’t like someone like that?
Then there are Nicholas and Gregory, Luca’s parents. They’re only side characters, but I loved writing them. Nicholas is a breeder as well, highly intelligent and a brat par excellence. He drives everyone up the wall, but Gregory is still completely smitten with him.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in getting your book from start to publish?
Mending the Rift is my 20th published book, so there wasn’t anything surprising there. What I did like about the process was to receive the cover art early, and that I could pick one out from among various suggestions.
Have you ever gone to a convention? If so, how was it? If not, do you think it’s something you’d like to do in the future?
No, I haven’t ever gone to a convention. At least not for one that’s writing related. If you’d asked me this question a couple of years ago, I’d have answered that I’d really like to visit a convention like GRL, or something like that, in the future. But… times have changed and my interest in these things have changed, so… no, I don’t want to go to a convention in the future.
Would you like to be a full-time writer?
Again, if you’d asked me this question a few years ago, my answer would have been: maybe. The thought had its perks then. But now? No, I really don’t want to be a full-time writer. While I enjoy getting lost in my own head and stories, there’s more to the world than sitting in front of a computer screen.
Design the ultimate pizza.
The ultimate pizza? Hmm, it would need a crunchy crust, lots of cheese and maybe some shrimps and spinach.