Lavender (Tosh’s Review)

Title: Lavender
Author: Xavier Axelson
Publisher: JMS Books LLC
Release Date: July 15, 2017
Genre(s): Gay erotica, family death, feeling lost, second chances
Page Count: 84 pages
Reviewed by: Tosh
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Following the sudden death of his father, Lawrence “Law” Crow must not only comfort his bereaved mother, but also find the strength to continue running the family business, a local and beloved lavender farm in the mountains of northern California. At first, consumed with his own grief and struggling to find meaning in life, Law indulges in his vices, mainly by surrendering to his sexual urges with numerous men, all in a desperate battle to forget his pain and to end the emotional turmoil tearing him apart.

But when a stunningly handsome and passionate Spanish soccer player named Garbi suddenly crosses his path, Law discovers light in the possibility of love. Does Garbi have the ability to heal Law’s shattered heart, provide him with purpose, and help him fully embrace the joy of living once again amidst the beautiful and fragrant lavender fields?

This is a book about a man whose world is Falling apart around him.

Law is a man who is lost. He lost his father, who is also his best friend though he never says so. The pain he is feeling over the loss of his father is more than he can handle. To make things worse his mom is in just as bad shape as Law is but she is wanting to leave their home on top of everything else to grieve her loss in Paris with her side of the family.

Law now feels as if he has lost both parents at the same time. Law knows that even though he would love to their farm behind and move on like his mom has, he can’t because there is so much of his father still their. It would break him even more to leave hat behind. So Law does the only bing he knows to do to try and ease the pain he is feeling and that is nameless sex.

This is working somewhat for him or at least it is when he is in the act but the pain always comes back afterwards. On a chance encounter with a soccer team Law meets a man that has captured his attention. Garbi.

Garbi makes him feel better even when they are not having sex. But Garbi is only passing through and does not plan on staying. This is the first person that has made Law feel better. So what is Law going to do when Garbi leaves?

This was a decent short story. I enjoyed the read but it was not my favorite book. There is nothing specific about it that I did not like. It, I guess, was just too unrealistic for my taste. Other then that it was a good read.

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Galley copy of Lavender provided by JMS Books LLC in exchange of an honest review.


Hello, I am an avid reader of male/male books. I do not have a favorite genre when it comes to male/male books because I love all of them from romance, dark reads, paranormal, shifter, threesome, whatever I see that catches my eye at the time. I read books about rock stars, CEOs, military, cops, and just the original plain old good boy types of books. Basically when it comes to a book, I read whatever I am in the mood for at the time. So my tastes varies from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour.