Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Lily & Earthly Concerns by Xavier Axelson

This review is a little different from the others found on this blog. I am reviewing two books here for the Xavier Axelson Book Blitz taking place now at blogs everywhere courtesy of Oh, for the Hook of a Book. I have reviewed each book separately in this post so you get a two for one today. Now on to the reviews,,,,

Lily by Xavier Axelson


From the Description:

What does one say when they realize their child is gone? Better yet, what does one say when that child returns, but is different?

This is the question Pryor must ask himself after his daughter, Lily, is dragged into the woods by a wolf and her body is never found. It isn't until he sees a wolf in the woods with eyes that resemble Lily's that he feels hope. And then something is whispered from deep within the woods, a promise for him to see Lily again.

One day...

But which day and for how long?

And then Pryor meets Ned, a silversmith who brings out desires that Pryor hasn't felt in years and helps him hatch a plan to keep Lily with him.

Now the question isn't about how much time Pryor will have with Lily, it's about how far he'll go to keep her with him.

 I received a copy of this eBook in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novella.

 Lily isn't the normal type of book you see on my shelves or kindle. I don't normally read romances, paranormal or otherwise. It's also different because it was my first all male romance. This didn't bother me because I believe that you love who you love. If this is offensive to you then you might want to skip this one. This story was touching and more than a little sad. As a parent I can't imagine the torment of losing a child. I totally understood Prior's despair as he waits for his daughter to come back, and his guilt at finding love at such  a difficult time. Ned's kindness and understanding was heartwarming. I would have liked to know more about how and why Lily became a werewolf, other than that this was an interesting story. A 3.5 star read.


Earthly Concerns by Xavier Axelson

From the Description:

Between love and loss, there is obligation…

It was a peaceful night when Barrett and his daughter were driving home… then something happened. Something sinister.

Between shadow and light, there is uncertainty…

Now the only person Barrett can turn to for help is Anson, a man gifted with psychic abilities beyond reason. But Anson is also his ex-boyfriend, a man whose heart he’d already broken.

If you can see, you have to help.

As Anson delves deeper into the circumstances surrounding Barrett’s accident, he begins to realize that he’s not only in a race against time, but in a battle against his own broken heart and the terrifying understanding that whatever has taken Barrett’s child is a force of evil beyond anything either man has ever encountered.

And between decision and consequences, there are… Earthly Concerns

 I received a copy of this eBook in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novella.

Earthly Concerns is a story about second chances when all hope seems lost. This was an odd story for me. I liked the character of Anson, a psychic who must help the man who broke his heart get his daughter back from the evil that has taken her. I could sympathize with him most of the time because we all know what it feels like to be in love with someone who is bad for and to us. Which brings me to Barrett. He is a selfish, self-centered jerk. I understood why Anson was helping him but I kept hoping that he would realize just how toxic Barrett was for him. The evil that took Barrett's daughter was frightening but not really explained. The ending left me wondering what the heck Anson was thinking. An odd 3 star read.

About the Author

Xavier Axelson is a writer and columnist living in Los Angeles. Xavier's work has been featured in various erotic and horror anthologies. Longer written works include The Incident, Velvet, and Lily. Xavier covers Fringe Culture for the Los Angeles Examiner. Connect with Xavier on his website at, on Facebook at and on Twitter at
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Amazon   Barnes & Noble  Seventh Window Publications

Earthly Concerns

Amazon  Barnes & Noble  Seventh Window Publications

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Praise for Xavier Axelson’s work

“This book was an excellent short read. It has a little bit of everything. Lost love, tragedy, paranormal beings, and the hint at a second chance.” Close Encounters with the Night Kind

“I really liked the psychic element to the story, sometimes in books that just isn't done very well or done in a very cliché way, but I found it came across very well in this read.” Book Devotee Reviews

“Axelson writes from the emotions and in doing so he draws the reader in. It is close to impossible not to react to his stories.” Reviews by Amos Lassen