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 now 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…
Point of view:
3rd person. Alternating perspectives of Kai and Luca by chapter.
This is a tricky review to write because certain parts of this worked for me really well, but others kept me from connecting with the story. Complaints first so I can end on a good note:
1. Too much sex. Um, yeah, I know this might be a bonus to other folks and sometimes it works for me… but it really took over the story and left me wishing more time had been spent on world building.
2. Kai and especially Luca felt inconsistent. I get character and relationship growth, but their personalities would swing fairly broadly and it made it difficult to get attached to them as individuals or a couple.
3. The world building. I wish the seal skin had been explained better… they’re shifters, but they put it on? Selkies are part of Celtic or Norse mythology, but characters kept exclaiming Poseidon which is Greek mythos. I get that they’re both sea related, but creating a cohesive connection/explanation would have helped.
Stuff I enjoyed:
1. While I wish I understood it better, I liked what felt like an original world. Masters did do a good job of creating unique aspects which I’ve never read before.
2. The humor. Lots of fun banter, especially with Kai’s brothers.
3. Then ending and HEA.
4. Kai’s brothers. They were present enough in the story that I’m definitely invested and looking forward to each of their books. Next up is Rian’s book, The Selkie Prince & His Omega Guard.
I enjoyed John Solo’s narration a lot. Minus one character, it’s all men and he gave them all distinct voices that matched Masters’ descriptions of them.
About the author:
J.J. Masters is the alter-ego of a USA Today bestselling author who writes hot, gay romance filled with heart, humor, and heat. J.J. became fascinated with mpreg romance as soon as she figured out what mpreg stood for. She loves to write about “knotty” men!
You can connect with J.J. Masters here:
About the narrator:
John Solo has been a professional performer for 20 years, although this whole acting thing is a relatively new development. Prior to all of this he made his living as a salesman, engineer, security guard, mechanic, construction worker, purveyor of polyester dress suits… The list goes on ad nauseum, but he prefers to think of himself as an Itinerant Adventurer and loveable scoundrel! When not acting like someone else in front of a microphone, John prefers to indulge in the simpler things in life; games of chance, sword-fighting and traveling the world… all from the comforts of his own overstuffed couch.
You can connect with John Solo here:
My Favorite Quotes
It was almost as if Kai had found a missing piece of himself. – The Selkie Prince’s Fated Mate by @JMastersAuthor @Kobo #Audiobook narrated by John Solo @falconsoundco #MM #Mpreg #FatedMateTweet
No, we don’t walk into the sea, my omega. We leap. We fly. We feel the rush of the wind as we dive into the vast ocean that gives us our freedom and our life. – The Selkie Prince’s Fated Mate by @JMastersAuthor @Kobo #Audiobook narrated by John Solo @falconsoundco #MM #Mpreg #FatedMateTweet
Luca, with you in my arms, my heart, my life, I can’t help but be happy. – The Selkie Prince’s Fated Mate by @JMastersAuthor @Kobo #Audiobook narrated by John Solo @falconsoundco #MM #Mpreg #FatedMateTweet