Title: Leave it All (Saint Lakes: Book One)
Author: April Kelley
Pages/Word Count: 177 Pages
At a Glance: Leave it All is a quirky paranormal story.
Reviewed By: Carrie
Blurb: Lucas just wanted to be a normal human being, but normal is highly over-rated.
Lucas Speck had been just some guy who worked at an office supply store and house-sat for his snowbird parents. He was nobody special. Or that’s what he thought before the headaches start and weird things start to happen to him. When people start chasing him his whole life gets turned upside down.
Bennett Somerset is a dragon shifter, who likes his quiet life in his quiet town. He isn’t looking for complications. He already has a family that defines the words, weird and crazy, to perfection. Good thing they live in a small town where nothing ever happens. That is until he smells the most delicious thing in the world and realizes it’s his mate. His little witch of a mate just made things way more complicated.
Review: Lucas just wants to be normal, unobtrusive and circumspect. Plain, he wants to be plain—he’s good with that. But then he starts having headaches, and these weird balls of white light keep shooting from his chest and reanimating his mother’s dead plants. What’s up with that? Then his (ex?) best friend lures him to a bar full of vampires, and frankly, life goes downhill from there. Come to find out he is the first male witch to be born in centuries, and to say he is all of a sudden popular with the wrong side of the paranormal spectrum is an understatement. On the run from vamps, he rents a cabin in the tiny town of Saint Lakes, where he meets Bennett Somerset, a dragon shifter and his true mate. Bennett is a large, fire breathing black dragon shifter, and has a personality to match. Some would call him moody, others, openly antagonistic, but Bennett would call him perfect. As beta to his brother Ramsey, it is his job to make sure that the clan is safe both from without and from within. A mate being chased by an entire coven of vampires is a challenge he is more than willing to conquer.
I truly liked these characters. April Kelley does a good job of creating her world of paranormals, and I can already see some of the future books from the characters she has created. You probably recognize her name from her Pickleville or Lakehouse Security series—an extensive number of books. The Saint Lakes Series is her newest and promises to be a fun one. Do I wish that she would give her characters a little more depth? Yes. But if you are looking for a fun and easy read, then this is for you.
Dragons and Mistletoe is a bonus Saint Lakes short story included in Leave it All, for the All Romance eBook, Smashword, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble users.
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