REVIEW Maiden Voyage: Jaxson’s Nemesis – TL Travis

Jaxson's Nemesis - TL Travis - Maiden Voyage

Genre: Contemporary, Rock ‘N Roll

LGBTQ+ Category: Gay

Reviewer: Linda, Paranormal Romance Guild

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About The Book

Jaxson Duvall, bass player for the band Maiden Voyage wasn’t born into wealth or fame. He achieved it with hard work and a need to prove himself. To whom, well, that is the million-dollar question right there. When his foolish antics threaten to bankrupt him, it’s time for him to stop acting like a spoiled brat and grow the hell up before his band brothers find a new bassist.

Shephard “Shep” Newsome was the opposite. Thrust into the limelight at birth and cast out damn near the same way. When his indiscretions tarnished his family name, his father said no more. Humiliated, shamed, and shunned, he moved away to begin anew but trouble still seemed to find him. Tired of running, he puts down roots only to find himself right smack in the middle of it once again.

What happens when a Rockstar with more money than brains clashes with his neighbor who has a chip on his shoulder the size of Texas? You have a recipe for disaster… or rage-infused love.

Maiden Voyage series must be read in order as each book starts where the last one ended but is from another band members point of view:

1 – Ryder’s Guardian
2 – Derek’s Destiny
3 – Jaxson’s Nemesis
4 – Shadow’s Light

The Review

Jaxson Duvall is the bass player for Maiden Voyage and has just returned from Rocktoberfest. Jaxson lives rock and roll, and thinks very little about other people and their needs. Proof of that is his neighbor Shepherd “Shep” Newsome, who’s had to deal with Jaxson’s mowing the lawn at four AM in boxer shorts and the rock star’s loud parties. And the only thing calling the cops does is a big, fat nothing.

Two men as different as day and night, living next to each other, can only mean trouble, and trouble is what they get.

Shep decides to throw dog poop over the fence into Jaxson’s property and Jaxson is not going to let that go without retaliating with a catapult and weeks’ worth of his own poop, resulting in a pool full of poop and a badly injured Shep, who ran to save his little dog, Daisy, from harm.

Now Shep and Jaxson are at war, but it’s one sided, because after seeing Shep hurt and knowing he was responsible, Jaxson just wants to make amends, clean the pool, paint the house and hire a nurse to work with Shep while he recuperates.

While Jaxson tries to make things up to Shep, he finds himself having feelings for his one-time nemesis. But Shep is doing everything he can to keep his hatred for Jaxson alive and well. Still, he finds himself falling for the rock star too.

This relationship proves that love and hate are very close, and sometimes we mistake what our real feelings are. True love can overcome a lot, but hate and a catapult full of shit might just be too much.

The book is another wonderful addition to this series. Read it in order, because each book picks up where the last ended. I can’t wait for the next book, and to find out whose story is next.

Four stars.

The Reviewer

I am an avid reader the mother of 3 sons and grandmother to seven grandchildren. Since retiring I have been doing more reading while volunteering as a CASA worker. CASA is an organization that works with the family court system to ensure that children are in the best living situation. There are way too many children that get overlooked in the foster care system and I visit homes and make visits to the parents. I was born and raised in New York and my husband of 50 years and I live in Upstate New York. 

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