Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Leave it All by April Kelley - Blog Tour with Review and Giveaway

TITLE: Leave it All
SERIES: Saint Lakes #1
AUTHOR: April Kelley
PUBLISHED: 10/November 2015
PUBLISHER: BonyDee Press
COVER ARTIST: Bronwyn Heeley
WORD COUNT: 57,115 (170 pages)
CATEGORY/TAG: Paranormal Romance, Shifters, Witch’s, Vampire’s
HEAT LEVEL: 4 out of 5
COUPLING: male male


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.


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Which means, If you buy the book outside Amazon you will also receive a free short story

Dragon’s & Mistletoe

On a shopping trip to the mall with his brother-in-law, Lucas makes a bet he’s not one hundred percent sure he can win.

Christmas was Lucas’ favorite holiday and this year would be the best ever. Gone was his boring, less than stellar life. Now he had his dragon shifter mate and a family that actually liked to spend time with him. What more could he ask for?

Well, he wanted his mate to wear one of the ugliest Christmas Sweaters in the known universe. He had a hundred dollars riding on it. His mate could be as stubborn as a…well, a dragon, at times. He just might lose this bet, after all.


Bennett came closer and sniffed the air. He jumped down next to Forrest and sniffed his hair and clothing. “You smell good.” Bennett’s cock got hard and he backed up, away from Forrest. “Why do you smell like that? Who have you been around?”
“New renter is all. It’s why I’m here actually.” His brother bounced around on the balls of his feet.
Bennett frowned and dismissed the wonderful smell. It was easy to do, especially when he moved away from Forrest. “Whatever it is, I said no.”
“But he needs a job and you need help. It looks like rag city threw up around here.”
That smell drifted to him again, but this time it hadn’t come second hand off Forrest. He turned and saw the most beautiful man Bennett had ever seen. Bennett’s cock hardened in his coverall and his eye changed. His dragon was pacing, wanting closer to their mate. Bennett stalked around Forrest, taking in deep breaths as he drew closer.
The cute little man took a step away from him then and his eyes widened. “Forrest,” the man said his brother’s name in a panic, which pissed Bennett’s dragon off.
Bennett growled out a warning to his brother to stay away from his mate.
“What is he? Oh, God, get him away from me before I freak the fuck out and lose my shit.” The man held a hand up in an attempt to stop him. “Seriously, dude. I don’t know what your problem is but I don’t always have control when I’m scared. Kinda like now. I don’t want to hurt you. I’m sure you’re a perfectly nice guy who just so happens to be looking at me like I’m a cheeseburger.”

4.5 out of 5 stars

Leave it All is the first book in the Saint Lakes series and it starts off with a bang. Or should I say a ball of fire from a very large dragon shifter? 

Lucas is a young man on the run after finding out that he's a rare male witch and the local vampire coven will stop at nothing to get his powers. Eventually he ends up in Saint Lakes, a quiet community filled with other paranormals and sympathetic humans. Lucas is tired of running but with the vampires after him he doesn't have any choice. Within a few days of settling into his tiny cabin, Lucas meets Bennett and is completely thrown for that proverbial loop that changes his life. 

Bennett, is the best combination of an alpha mate and a growly dragon. He immediately wants to protect Lucas and hide him away from everyone but Lucas isn't so sure about that at first. It doesn't take long to change his mind but he does and allows things to develop between himself and Bennett. 

I really enjoyed the dynamic between Lucas and Bennett. They were adorably cute, yet spicy hot all at the same time. The interactions with Bennett and his siblings were funny and very typical of how siblings interact. The missing half star for me comes because I felt that the relationships outside of the couple needed a little more filler. Also Lucas's backstory and lack of communication with his parents after he is settled makes me want a resolution for them. Since there are other books in the series I expect we will eventually see that happen. 

I really can't wait to see what the other books in this series brings as I pretty much read Leave It All in one sitting. The next book coming up after this is Sage and Garridan's story, and something tells me this one will be a heartbreaker. 



Living in Southwest Michigan, April resides with her husband and two kids. She has been an avid reader for several years. Ever since she wrote her first story at the age of ten, the characters in her head still won't stop telling their stories. 

If April isn't reading or writing, she can be found outside playing with the animals or taking a long walk in the woods. If you wish to contact her, email authoraprilkelley@gmail.com. Please visit her website at authoraprilkelley.com

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