Law’s father suddenly dies and he’s sent into a self-destructive spiral. He drowns his emotions in one-night stands. Then he meets Garbi, a Spanish soccer player, who may just be able to become his anchor.
I have never heard of a lavender farm. It’s not common around here and I found the descriptions of it so lovely! I totally want to see one now. Law is down, and I mean completely, utterly torn down. The death of his father hit him and his family so hard. I really feel for him or rather, I did at first. There are times when Law comes across as, well, a jackass. He does redeem himself in the end thanks to Garbi’s love. Grabi is the sexy, Spanish soccer player that heats up the pages. And I do mean heat up. *Fans self* Wow, that is hot! I like the chemistry between him and Law. They really compliment each other. There are a lot of characters in this book and that is a bit confusing at times. The ending is sweet and beautiful. Lavender is my first book by Xavier Axelson and I’d like to read more from him in the future.
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M/M, Contemporary - Novel
TBR reviewer: Luta Wolf
Perfection isn’t everything, although it’s everything Leo wants. His desire to become the perfect chef may keep him at the top of his class, but it drives his friends and family crazy while keeping love and passion on the back burner.That is until he meets Dock, owner and chef of the new and popular restaurant, The Birches. Although Dock isn’t a trained chef, Leo finds the food he cooks delectable and the man behind the food irresistible. The lessons taught at the hands of an untrained cook may be just what this uptight chef needs to let go.
Leo is barely keeping it together and to try to combat that he pulls the strings of his control even harder. Just when he thinks that he’s got control, everything snaps in the form of Dock a small town restaurant cook and owner. Dock completely turns the cooking student’s world upside down but will it be enough to teach Leo what perfection really means. Warning: Unsafe sexual practices.
This was frustrating on so many levels, I’m literally wanting to cry that I couldn’t give this a higher rating. The author is completely capable of a five star. The characters are well rounded and imperfect which was a nice change of pace and the plot itself, while not untried, was anything but stale. The writing style was so simple but utterly lovely.
So why didn’t it get a higher rating? First there is the fact that they just started to get to know each other and don’t really know enough about each other but bam they are having unsafe sex. It threw me out of the story which is such a freaking shame as I mentioned above that I do love the author’s writing style. I kept thinking, um if Dock is that experienced let’s hope he wrapped it up with the other men or otherwise the sex better be to DIE FOR. There just wasn’t enough character emotional build-up to really try risking this kind of sex scene.
Secondly, you never get a true feel for what Dock feels for Leo other than one uttered sentence of him not understanding why he can’t just leave Leo alone. Due to this, I’m not really sure if the story is happy ever after or happy ever for now, which left me with a bitter taste in my mouth.
Altogether, I’ll be reading this author again if I don’t go and buy a book by him in the next few days then I’ll be surprised but I’d never in a million years suggest this for a first time m/m reader.