Title: King’s Conquest
Author: Valentina Heart
Publisher: Totally Bound
Pages/Word Count: 68 Pages
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Blurb: The only way for Prince Rin to save his kingdom is to marry a king and bear a child, but will he survive his fate?
In a world where two kingdoms are constantly at war, Prince Rin, heir to the throne of Kari kingdom, has been demanded as a war conquest by King Merinej of Jeda. The prince must travel to his enemy’s kingdom and share the king’s bed, bearing him a child or the war will continue. But the prince will not lower himself to what he sees as nothing but the title of a whore, so he demands a contract requiring the king to be faithful. After all to give Merin a child, Rin will risk his own life.
Even going into the marriage headfirst Rin expected nothing more than a business arrangement. Instead he receives affection, yet the more surprising realisation is his willingness of his own heart to return the same. But even his king cannot save Rin from those who wish him harm, and their joining might be over before it can fully bloom.
Publisher’s Note: This book was previously released at another publisher. It has been considerably expanded, revised and re-edited for release with Totally Bound Publishing.
Review: King’s Conquest is a classic fantasy story that will have you thinking about it long after you’ve finished reading the book. I love reading fantasy, but sometimes it’s the same idea repeated again and again. Not this one, though. It was refreshing to read something different, and the difference was what stayed with me. This is the first book in a new series, and I can’t wait for the next installment.
Prince Rin is the heir to the throne of a country that’s been defeated in a war, but Rin is heir in name only, because his father kept a tight rein on him and did not teach him anything to prepare him for the future. To cement a peace agreement between his kingdom and the victors, he becomes the peace offering to King Meriny. The king wants Rin as a concubine and someone who can produce an heir. Yes, in this story men can get pregnant and have children. Although reproduction in both sexes wasn’t very well explained, the whole concept was interesting and hopefully, we’ll get more details in the next installment. Even though I loved the world building, just from reading a couple of pages I could tell that there was so much more detail and richness that could have been added. I’m hoping there will be more world building in the next book.
The story follows Rin’s transition from his home to Meri’s, the culture shock, and Rin’s joining with the king. Meri is not what Rin expected and his actions have Rin reevaluating his situation and his feelings for Meri. There is an attempt on Rin’s life and a pregnancy! But in the end everything works out.
I loved everything about this book except that it was too short. It was fun and entertaining. The relationship between Rin and Meri was sweet and hot. Rin was inexperienced and Meri was a hot alpha warrior. He’s the one to take charge and take care of his love, which Rin became. If you love reading about this relationship dynamic, then you will love this book.
King’s Conquest is a great introduction to a new world. It will conquer your imagination.