Book Reviews

Lily by Xavier Axelson at JMS Books

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 19-August-2019

Book Blurb

When Pryor's daughter Lily is taken by a wolf, Pryor is convinced she has turned into the creature he sees lurking in his woods.  He swears she promises to return to him. But is it his despair and desperation making him see things, or is there something more lurking in the shadows of the forest?

When he meets Ned, a silversmith who helps him with a plan to bring his daughter back into his life, he begins to live again. But can his newfound love help ease the horror that may be waiting?

Maybe the ultimate horror wasn’t when Lily was taken, because things get worse when she returns and Pryor realizes his nightmare has only just begun.

First edition published by Silver Pubishing, January 2012.

Second edition published by Seventh Window Publications, May 2014.

Third edition published by Fireborn Publishing, April 2016.


Book Review

As horrible as Pryor's life has become, and as much as he mourns his daughter Lily's disappearance, he is only human. He needs love and support as much as any of us, and he is lucky enough to get it from Ned. Once he accepts that, there is an option for more, and that, I think, is what this story is really all about. Hope.

Pryor is devastated that his daughter disappeared. He is certain that the white wolf who has appeared in the forest near his house is her. And he is convinced that she will be back for one day, a year after her disappearance. His life has stopped, he no longer works (luckily he apparently has money and doesn’t need a job), and he is still drawn to his daughter, even though she is changed and now lives as a wolf. In a series of flashbacks we find out what happened, how he met Ned, and how he prepares to fix the problem with Lily.

Ned is a simple man, an ex-soldier who became a silversmith. He falls for Pryor as fast as Pryor succumbs to his charms, and supports him all the way. While he doesn’t have children, he understands, through Pryor's stories about Lily, what it means to lose a child. He comes up with a possible solution, and is ready to support Pryor whatever he decides to do.

This story has not got the ending I expected, but, in many ways, that makes it a better tale. The dreamy, mystical quality was wonderful, as was the ultimate resolution. If you like unusual stories, if you enjoy reading about love and hope, and if you're looking for a read that is sad, yet has an ultimately hopeful ending, then you will probably like this novella.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 18322 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 17-August-2019
Price $2.99 ebook
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