A Selkie prince forced to produce an heir. An omega destined to become a royal's fated mate...
Prince Kai's life as he knows it is over. As the firstborn alpha to the Selkie King of the North, he's required to produce an heir. Whether he wants to or not. When the Selkie Seekers finally present his fated mate, he dreads being tied to this stranger for the rest of his life. He can only hope his omega will be easy on the eyes and somewhat intelligent.
Raised in a family of good breeding, Luca always knew it was possible he'd end up the mate for an alpha of nobility. Only to whom, he never knew. Every time the Seekers summoned him for the humiliating presentation ceremony to royalty of all levels, he feared being stuck with some unbearable, abusive or very unattractive alpha. As an omega he doesn't have the choice to say no. Not only is it his obligation, it's the law. If he refuses, he and his family would become outcasts and banished from the Selkie community.
However, as soon as Kai enters the Great Hall of the North, it's clear that the handsome prince is his alpha. Luca's pleased with the choice the fates made until the king demands that not only he become pregnant within six months but produce an alpha pup with his son, otherwise he'll be cast aside. And getting pregnant might be a problem...
WOW! I loved this story! It dragged me in from the first page and didn't let go until the end. Both Kai and Luca are strong men of both character and intelligence. Kai is the firstborn and naturally want things his way. Luca is a snarky and sometimes mouthy omega who knows he has to obey the king and his new mate, but does everything he can to push Kai to do things his way. The King demands that everyone follows traditional rules so the Selkie Seekers bring in some omegas for Kai to meet. The way that the omegas have to present themselves to Kai while his father is present is humiliating. But Luca realizes that Kai is his fated mate and his slick begins to run. Kai smells Luca's intoxicating scent and the rest is history.
Kai and Luca have to present themselves at the bonding ceremony that same night and what the king has done to poor Luca is downright abusive and archaic! Kai refuses to continue the ceremony, puts an end to it, and drags Luca back to their living quarters against the protests of the king. The king is a jerk who has 5 alpha sons by 5 different paters (omegas). Only Kai's pater was the king's fated mate. All 5 paters died during childbirth because omega Selkie men have only been able to conceive and give birth for the last 300 years. All the Selkie women have died and now it's left to Selkie omegas to continue their race. There are humans but as of yet the Selkie's don't think they can mate with them. The Selkie's do go out and have sex with human's though.
After the bonding ceremony Kai and Luca get busy trying to have a baby. Whew! The sex is so hot I was worried my Kindle would melt! Although Luca isn't I oestrus yet they still burn up the sheets and make some sticky messes. Luca becomes quite the demanding omega in the bedroom. It pisses Kai off numerous times and, even though it's not written in the book, I have no doubt Luca gets some of those spankings that Kai threatened him with. Luca can usually get Kai to do whatever he wants in bed too!
When Luca finally goes into heat he and Kai are stuck in the bedroom until Luca either gets pregnant or his heat ends. What happens to them at this time would kill just about any man or woman. Whoa! Talk about going on a sex bender! These 2 are almost literally stuck together the entire time. Poor Luca unfortunately doesn't get pregnant the first time around so they were doomed to go through that sexual Hell at least once more! The food that Vin, Kai's assistant brings them during their continuous rutting is disgusting, but necessary for them to keep up their stamina. I did gag when that was brought up. Even Kai didn't want to eat or drink it.
When Luca does eventually get pregnant they worry about him surviving his whelping because that's when Selkie omega's usually die. I won't tell you how that turns out or whether the king gets the alpha grandson he's been bitching about since Kai and Luca bonded. I love shifter stories but lately there have been so many weird ones being written that I've been wary of reading them. When I first read the blurb on this book I thought, "Oh great, another bizarre shifter story." I was so wrong about that! This story is amazing! I enjoyed the fact that they have their skins hidden and guarded so they can access them when they want to shift and swim in the ocean.
I loved 3 of Kai's brothers. Rian is a total dick and exact replica of their father. I look forward to seeing him brought to his knees in book 2!
While the first 2/3 of the book is basically scorching, searing hot sex I wish the author had written in more scenes of Kai and Luca tenderly making love. It's all good and well that they were going at it 24/7 to get pregnant, but the lovemaking was skimmed over and we really don't get to read about any of their quieter moments where they cuddle and just talk about themselves. There's a huge difference between having sex to procreate and making love because of LOVE! We do learn about Luca's profession and his dreams, but we never get to see the guys when they're vulnerable or when they spend time being romantic. Other than his legacy of becoming king what else does Kai want out of life? I wanted to learn so much more about what makes these boys tick but the story fell short of that and I was disappointed that it was not to be found. I sincerely hope the author fleshes out the characters and does more in-depth world building in the 4 remaining books. The sex was great, but more lovemaking too!
I also wish there was more to the birthing scene. It felt to me that the birth was rushed and then, boom, the book ended. We don't get to read about the time that Kai and Luca spend together with their newborn. Just the 3 of them. I wanted to read about them bonding as a new family.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I recommend it to anyone who loves shifters and Mpreg! It's a refreshing change to read about a different race of shifters. The author did a fantastic job of bringing Selkie's to life!
I give The Selkie Prince's Fated Mate 4 solid, strong, and steaming hot 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.