Review: Three Hearts by Grace R. Duncan

Three HeartsRating: 2.25 stars
Buy Link:
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Length: Novel


Liam Scott has been sick for several months and it’s concerning. As a wolf shifter, he shouldn’t be sick, or at least not for so long. When Liam finally goes to the doctor, he discovers the problem isn’t that bad…but the cure plunges him into a sudden heat that attracts the attention of his company’s CFO, Mason Hayes. Mason is an Alpha and he can’t resist Liam’s hormonal changes. It helps that Mason has had his eye on Liam for a while.

Hormones are a powerful thing and Liam and Mason quickly succumb to their lust, which brings another level of challenges as all too soon they are faced with the realities of children. Liam and Mason must deal with the hardships of managing a new relationship while preparing for the child that will change everything. Biology may have brought them them together, but love will help them build a life.

I tend to approach books with mpreg (male pregnancy) very cautiously. I find the idea of it interesting on some level and I have read a few stories that manage the concept in a rational fashion. But I have read too many books where the entire concept goes completely off the rails. Unfortunately, Three Hearts falls into the latter category. On its surface, I suspect the story will appeal to some. Two sweet guys fall in love and go through the business of becoming a family. They meet one another relatives, buy all the adorable baby things, and are guaranteed their happily ever after. And if that’s what you’re looking for, then Three Hearts is for you. Aside from this, the author also gives readers quite a bit of explanation regarding the idea of wolf relations and male pregnancy, within the context of the world she has created. I appreciated the fact that an effort was made to explain certain medical and physical issues and that readers weren’t just left to try and assume what was going on.

My biggest frustration with Three Hearts is how the plot unfolds. We have a contrived mating between two wolf shifters that occurs both figuratively and literally in minutes. And Liam is moving into Mason’s house within days. They’ve settled down into a kind of matrimony before the week is out. And while neither of them professes their love for one another right away, as readers we are assured, that while unspoken, love is there right from the start. Even for insta-love it’s ridiculous. The whole relationship between Liam and Mason lacks believability or natural development, instead coming off as ham fisted and forced.

Additionally, I enjoy a sweet romance as much as the next person, but I’m ultimately a cynic and too much sweetness sets my teeth on edge. Three Hearts is cloyingly saccharine and more than once I had to set the book aside because it was just so over the top. Liam and Mason never fight and aside from an obligatory (but speedily resolved) misunderstanding towards the end, they never even disagree. Their relationship is seemingly perfect. And because it has no room to evolve, it’s rather boring. There is no character development and I was never invested in their journey enough to care over much about its conclusion.

Wolf shifters, fated mates, and mpreg are well-trod ground. Each of them can be done well, but too often stories with these tropes fall prey to excessiveness and Three Hearts is no exception. It’s plot is flimsy, the relationship between Liam and Mason moves so quickly that I hesitate to call it a relationship, and no real character development occurs beyond our initial introduction. If you enjoy sugary sweet happy romances and can suspend disbelief, you might enjoy Three Hearts, but otherwise I’d have to recommend giving this one a pass.

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