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REVIEW: Lavender – Xavier Axelson

Lavender - Xavier Axelson

Genre: Contemporary

LGBTQ+ Category: Gay

Reviewer: Linda, Paranormal Romance Guild

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About The Book

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?

The Review

When Lawrence (Law) Crow’s father died, it left him and his mother trying to cope. She ran back to France, leaving Law to grieve alone. The fact that his father died alone in their lavender field made his loss so much worse. Law turned to sex with any man he could find.

Law is left to run the family business on his own, but his only desire is a warm body – it doesn’t matter whose body it is. It isn’t that he has had sex with various men – it’s his treatment of them that left me disliking him. I also could not understand his mother leaving her only son to grieve his father and run a business all alone.

It’s only when Spanish soccer team star player Garbi Aya arrives at the farm to use the bathroom that Law is finally able to come to terms with his grief. Garbi is unlike all the other men he has slept with, he takes charge, and Law was more than happy to let him.

Whether there was a chance at a long term relationship is not something I’ll discuss in this review.

Everyone grieves in their own way, but I did have a little difficulty accepting the way Law and his mother did. The story highlights how hard it is to lose someone you love, and the author shines a light on how hard it is to face a future when a loved one is gone.

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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