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!
What happens when you're thrown together and there's no escape?
Seb is a wealthy alpha who pursued his passion for working the land despite his family's objections. Covered in tattoos, he favors short-term relationships over anything permanent.
But when Max, a Shakespeare-quoting backpacker, meets Seb in less than desirable circumstances, a misunderstanding has the omega accepting an offer that sends him hurtling in a new direction. And then there's Trixie, a tiny pink piglet who has the run of Seb's home and has captured his heart. She adores apples, riding on the alpha's motorbike and plenty of snuggles. And it's love at first sight when she comes face to face with Max. Set against the backdrop of an unspoiled landscape and a lake that's both serene and treacherous, Seb and Max's relationship blossoms until a storm disrupts not only the surroundings, but also their future.
*WARNING* This 28,000 word novella is a cliffhanger! It also has characters from the Roselake Trilogy in it. While not an integral part of this series, you will understand it a bit more if you read the Roselake Trilogy first.
I was drawn to this book because the blurb said it has a cute pig. I love animals and when a big, bad alpha can be brought to his knees by a little, pink piglet count me in! The book starts out a bit slow with Max, Seb, and another alpha stuck in a jail cell together. Max was brought in because he's homeless and was caught sleeping on a park bench. Seb was brought in for fighting in his friend's bar. The other alpha, Adam, is also in the cell and is tormenting poor Max. Seb has a wicked hangover and decides to muster the courage to defend Max against Adam. Suddenly they're all released from jail, but only Max and Seb leave. We find out at the end of the book what Adam's role in this story is.
Max finds out Seb owns a farm and finds a way to get Seb to hire him.
They're attracted to each other but Seb doesn't do commitments so he tries his hardest to ignore the sexual tension between him and Max. When Max meets Sebs' baby, Trixie, he falls in love with her and the feeling is mutual. Trixie prefers Max over Seb and follows Max everywhere. Max enjoys helping out on the farm and taking care of all the critters too! Eventually Max and Seb give in to their desires and have sex during a wild storm. I didn't find the sex scene particularly hot, just meh. In usual alpha form Seb says something stupid and it pisses Max off enough that he leaves the farm and finds an apartment and a job in town. When he realizes he's pregnant he knows he has to tell Seb. I laughed at the manner in which he let Seb know he was pregnant and the lady in the laundromat was funny. Seb convinces Max to try being with him again and Trixie is overjoyed when she gets her Max back.
Someone from Max's family shows up at the farm looking for him and Seb does his best to get rid of them. Max helps Seb make a run for it on their motorcycle, with Trixie in her backpack, and they ride off to......? That's where the book ends and I'm guessing they go to Idriador since that's the name of the series. Having read the Roselake Trilogy by this author I found the same patterns carried over into this book. Continuously referring to Seb, Max, and others as "the alpha" and "the omega" is my main complaint about it. It was worse when they were in the bar and all the men were referred to using their names and also the alpha or the omega. It's just too confusing and distracts from the storyline. There were a few attempts at humor that missed their mark, but Trixie made up for some of them. I felt that the scene at the end with Seb and Max's family was over done. To me it seemed like the author was trying to write an action adventure scene and it was a mess.
I also don't like it when and author breaks up what should be 1 book into 3 novellas with the first 2 books being cliffhangers. I did enjoy this book wanted to give it 4 cups of tea, but the constant alpha/omega referencing and the cliffhanger factor brought it down to 3.5 cups of tea.
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.