Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: The Selkie’s Coat
Author: Drea Roman
Series: Waves of Fate #1
Heroes: Daniel & Gregory
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 266 pages
Publisher: Drea Roman Publishing
Release Date: April 11, 2020
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: A marshmallow alpha with more heart than sense and a stubborn human omega trying to guard his heart fall in love in this first story from the Waves of Fate omegaverse.
“Oops! You dropped your coat!” With these words, waiter Daniel Collins turns alpha selkie Gregory Samson’s life upside down. Because that coat is not some fancy heirloom fur. No, it is Gregory’s selkie pelt, which magically connects him with his seal animal inside.
When Gregory hears Daniel’ voice, he knows the rare human omega is his mate. Too bad Daniel has more than a few misgivings about trusting his heart to a selkie. Because the magical seal shifters have one of the worst player reputations of all shifter kind and Daniel fears a broken heart. How will Gregory convince Daniel to give him a chance?
It wouldn’t be so hard if Gregory’s mother and everyone else would just stop meddling!
Brought together by the magic of Gregory’s coat, can the pair weather insecurities, an interfering mother, meddling friends, and a disgruntled inner animal?
The Selkie’s Coat is a slow burn mm romance with a guaranteed HEA. It is book 1 of the Waves of Fate Omegaverse and can be read as a standalone.
It’s hard for me to review this one because I struggled with a lot of it. It was hard for me to connect with the characters, which I’ll talk about shortly but for now, lets go over what I enjoyed. I liked that Daniel was a Selkie but even though he was an alpha, he was a gentle alpha and actually had more characteristics that align with what my brain calls a ‘traditional omega,’ imo. I liked that while he growled and was possessive, he wasn’t overly so. I liked that Daniel was so confused about everything but still wanted to give things a try. I feel like Gregory could have explained things in more detail and little better to Daniel than he did but I enjoyed the dates they went on and how they tried to take things slow even though it was torture for Gregory. I adored Gregory’s Selkie, he was hilarious but I also really loved Henri, Daniel’s best friend.
Part of the reason I struggled with this one is because I didn’t really feel a connection between Daniel and Gregory. I felt like Daniel harped on all these fears but never would really tell Gregory his fears. Even when he started to, he still didn’t tell Gregory all of his fears, which still bothered him, and that really annoyed me because how can you say you want things to work but then not tell your mate that you’re afraid they’re going to leave you with a baby. Yet, he kept harping on that but wouldn’t tell Gregory and even when Gregory asked about his fears, wouldn’t tell him. So it constantly was this back and forth with Daniel’s emotions but he never tried to work through them. Between Daniel and Gregory, it just felt like they were both trying to sabotage the mating bond especially with Gregory, who seemed to be a bit clueless that you needed to do more than just be around for your mate. When his mate was distressed, he would just stand or sit there until someone pushed him to go after Daniel and then he was all too quick to leave Daniel alone when Daniel asked or shouldn’t have been alone. Add to that, Gregory was so careless about his coat, I kept expecting someone to steal it and use it against him. He had no respect with trying to keep it safe and the excuses for why he kept doing the things with his coat weren’t stellar and honestly, just annoyed me because there were other ways of going about it than the way Gregory did. PLUS, the whole mother thing. I didn’t necessarily agree with Gregory but the way his mother acted was just ridiculous. If she had issues with the way Gregory was handling things, she should have been bothering Gregory, not stalking and interrupting Daniel WHILE HE’S DOING HIS JOB. These things really bothered me and made it hard to enjoy Daniel and Gregory’s story because all of this just hindered the chemistry between them and made things feel stilted.
All in all, this one had a lot of potential but just fell flat for me. I liked the characters getting to know each other but I wasn’t much fond of the characters in general or the way they acted. I wished we could have gotten more concrete answers and seen things actually being resolved instead of all of these ‘fears’ being pushed under the rug like they weren’t there when Daniel refused to talk about them. Either way, I think readers should give their own opinion and give this one a try because you might have a different opinion than I do. Plus, this one is about Selkies! Who doesn’t love Selkies?!
Overall Impression: It was okay
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*