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Book: Dragon’s Gap: Love’s Catalyst (Lars and Claire’s Story), A Novella
Author: L. M. Lacee
Publisher: Privolet Concepts Publishing, 2018
Related website(s): http://www.LMLacee.com (author)
Language level: 5
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Adults only
Rating: ** 2 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Lacee, L. M. Dragon’s Gap: Love’s Catalyst (Lars and Claire’s Story), A Novella (published in 2018 by Privolet Concepts Publishing). Dragon’s Gap is a magical city inhabited by humans, animal shifters of all species, and dragons, ruled over by Dragon Lord and Lady Reighn and Sage Kingsley. Kammy Nash, cub to Claire Nash, a half cougar who is niece to Dragon Lady Sage, wants her own dada to cook and help solve her mother’s other “issues.” Lars Axton, a dragon adopted by the Kingsleys from a family of traitors, serves as the Prime for his brother, Dragon Lord Reighn. Kammy decides that she wants Lars for her new daddy. How will street wise Claire, who trusts no one, least of all wealthy males who seem to have rich tastes, react? What will the Axtons, who want to get back into good graces by marrying Lars to one of their girls, do? And where did a three day old baby bear that no one wants come from?
Author Leonie M. Lacee, who grew up in Auckland, New Zealand, has written four other “Dragon’s Gap” books which are a combination of romantic fantasy and science-fiction: Reighn and Sage’s Story (Book 1), Sharm and Edith’s Story (Book 2), Storm and Charlie’s Story (Book 3), and Ash and Olinda’s Story (Book 4). They are called a “Fantasy Paranormal Romance Series.” This story, called a novella, about Lars and Claire can be read alone although the plot concentrates on characters that are present throughout the entire series so would probably be better read between books two and three. To be honest, I found all the different personalities and their relationships a bit confusing. Some of the dialogue with regard to Kammy was in “toddler speak.” That’s not too difficult to understand, but sentence structure, punctuation, and spelling are appalling. The whole book is filled with run-on sentences that make it hard to follow what is being said at times. Better editing is greatly needed.
In addition, there are references to drinking alcohol and even getting drunk—dragon’s ale is so potent that whiskey is like lemonade compared to it, and it apparently flows rather freely. The “d” and “h” words appear, along with some quasi-vulgar terms and even one use of the “s” word. While no outright profanity occurs, the name “goddess” is found as an exclamation. And some latent sexuality is portrayed. It is stated that “shifters were all okay with the mating and sex stuff.” Claire is obviously an unwed mother whose boyfriend left her. It turns out that Lars has fathered a child prior to his marriage. And the description of events immediately leading up to Lars and Claire’s “bonding,” while not overly explicit, is certainly quite suggestive. Love’s Catalyst is called an “inspirational story,” but someone must have a completely different idea of what is inspirational from my concept. It just doesn’t appeal to me.