Book 1: The Omega's Challenge
How can an alpha who can't commit and an omega whose problems are about to catch up with him spend a weekend together without someone getting hurt?
Liam is running from his past but intend on winning the St. Patrick's Day treasure hunt and spending a few days at a spa. He's away from Roselake most of the year and wants to unwind in the forest retreat.
But a shrewd omega spoils his plans. Jake is a recent arrival in Roselake and he's hoping to escape for the weekend. Hiding in a hotel in the woods is what he needs to keep out of sight.
With the pair bickering over the prize, the alpha is incensed that he has to share and the exasperated omega isn't sure how he's going to survive the weekend.
As the mismatched pair are forced into one another's company, Liam's gruff exterior pushes Jake away while the omega uses sarcasm to his pain - and irritate the alpha.
But plans have a way of going awry. And as the pair struggle with both their past and each other, they are pushed together by an unsuspecting masseur and an unfortunate accident.
Book 2: The Omega's Promise
Past mistakes have a way of catching up with you-just ask Jake Gibson.
After receiving a proposal from his mate, Liam, a very pregnant Jake is forced to fess up about his past. In his usual alpha way, Liam comes up with a solution, but the more he hears from the omega, the more he realizes he can't fix this on his own.
And there's an impatient baby who's eager to meet both parents, and the little one doesn't care if there's a snow storm raging or an unexpected visitor terrifies both the alpha and omega.
Liam and Jake confront an unpleasant reality, and the alpha in particular wonders if their relationship has been built on lies.
Despite their lives unraveling, Liam and Jake's desire for one another simmers under the surface until the omega makes a decision and the passion that brought them together ignites.
But as the pair fight to keep their family together, someone Jake knows threatens to tear them apart.
Book 3: The Omega's Triumph
Against their will, Liam, Jake and their daughter, Maisy have been sent to The Old Country-Jake's birthplace-by Thorn, the omega's vindictive former boss.
And there's only one word to describe their new home: gray. Everything blends together as though the color has run in the wash.
Liam is desperate to save his family but he and the baby are confined to their room, and he watches life pass by from a third-floor window.
Jake works each night and rarely sees Liam and Maisy. But as Thorn's requests become more outlandish, the omega tries to appease him and prevent the alpha finding out the truth.
And there's Nora, the beta who cleans the club and pops up in unexpected places. Is she Thorn's spy? Or Jake and Liam's ally?
The ever-present cigar smoke, gold rings, and amber fragrance provide a backdrop for their lives as the alpha and omega struggle to save their relationship while they battle greed, humiliation, guilt and exhaustion.
But when hope finally arrives, it's ushered in with a rose.
**WARNING** Although they're novellas Books 1 & 2 end in cliffhangers!
I dislike it when an author splits up, what should be, a 66,000 word novel into 3 novellas. I'm choosing to review all 3 books in the trilogy in one review.
The story starts out with some intrigue as Liam, an alpha, and Jake, an omega, head out on a treasure hunt along with other residents of Roselake. Liam's friend, Nathan, owns the local bar and is the person who's giving away the grand prize of a 3-day spa getaway in the mountains of Roselake. After spending years listening to Nathan talk about his life and interests Liam realizes the entire treasure hunt is based on things that Nathan has seen and done. This gives Liam an edge and as he closes in on the final clue he's surprised by someone else trying to take it away from him.
Jake is on the run from his former boss and is desperate to win the getaway. He follows Liam around on the hunt until he sees Liam reaching for the final clue and he tries to take it from him. During their tussle to keep the clue from each other some blood is shed and they each wind up with half of the clue. Nathan can't give 2 prizes so he comes up with a solution that allows both men to win.
Neither are happy about it but they know it's the only way either of them are going to get what they want.
While they're at the spa they wind up having sex and it scares Liam into leaving Jake. This is where the story jumps ahead 3 months and suddenly Jake shows up at Liam's house. He's pregnant from their spa day. From here we jump ahead 6 months and the story gets a bit weird for me. Liam asks Jake to marry him, Jake comes clean with his real name and the reason why he's in Roselake. While Jake's in labor they get a visitor. I'm not sure if the author was going for terror, intrigue, or humor during the whole labor and delivery scene. It simply fell flat for me and I was left wondering why there was so much ridiculous hysterical dialogue that went back and forth between them. I understand there was a stranger at their door, Jake's former boss was on the hunt for him, and Jake was in labor, but I found myself rolling my eyes in frustration as the author felt the need to drag out the scene. It was snowing outside and the amount of time they spent panicking about whoever was at the door would've been plenty of time for the person to either go into hypothermia or break the door down. I realize the author was trying to build the suspense but all it built for me was my impatience to move the scene along faster!
Jake and Liam find out that Jake's former boss is looking for him so they get help. Jake and Liam, along with newborn Maisy, are whisked away to a secluded cabin in the mountains where Jake's former boss, Thorn, eventually finds them and forces the three of them to go back to The Old Country. Jake has to work for Thorn while Liam and Maisy are basically held hostage in their room all day and night. Jake barely has time with his family and Thorn is making Jake do things in the club that humiliate him. Jake refuses to tell Liam exactly what he's being forced to do in the club and it puts a strain on their relationship. Having to work night after night and coming back to the room only to fall into bed and sleep until it's time to get up for work the next day makes Jake sad that he's losing out on the milestones of his daughter's development and the intimacy between he and his mate is non-existent.
They do eventually get help from a friend of Liam's and are finally able to escape from The Old Country and return back to Roselake. As with all HEA's the bad guys wind up getting what they deserve.
My biggest pet peeve with this entire trilogy is the author's constant use of "the alpha", "the omega", and "the older omega" instead of using their names or he/him/they. Because of this it was extremely distracting for me to continuously try and figure out who the author was referring to, who was doing the talking and what was happening to whom. It made me lose track of the storyline and I'd then have to backtrack and re-read areas of it until they made sense. The internal monologues were also confusing. There was no indication as to which character was thinking what and who they were directing it towards. Sometimes it was towards themselves while other times it was about another character. Quite a few times I left it alone due to the fact that I couldn't figure out what was going on. I think the author meant for some of the internal monologues to be humorous, but I found them annoying. Overall the author had a great idea for a story, however, the fact that the writing was confusing in so many places and the constant use of alpha and omega was just too much.
I give The Roselake Trilogy, as a whole, 3 cups of tea.
Hi! I'm Kenna! I began reading at the age of 3 and mastered it by the time I was 7. I read my first romance when I was 12 and I was instantly addicted. I found the mm and mpreg genre a few years ago and I haven't read anything else since. Things that bring me the most happiness in life are thunderstorms, rainbows, chocolate, painting, making jewelry, my furrbabies, and of course reading. I've been a fast food drive-thru guru, retail manager, teacher for kids with severe autism, life skills coach, and a companion for disabled kids. While I don't have kids of my own I do have a small zoo of furrbabies who drive me crazy. I'm a voracious reader of everything MM, especially Mpreg. I can never get enough of it. My favorites are the paranormal stories. While I'm not a writer at this time I hope to someday sit down and write the books that the voices in my head are clamoring to be set free in. In the meantime I'll write reviews and do video reviews for authors who listen to the voices in their own heads and give us those stories for us to read.