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The Lodger, That Summer

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It’s a hot summer Down Under and everyone’s got sex on the mind.

Eighteen year-old James has had a tough year. Having lost his mum to cancer and fought through grief to finish high school, he’s now got secret desires to contend with.

It’s Christmas in Sydney, and he’s ready to cast his worries aside for the summer holidays, a time of poolside parties, bush walks and ocean s
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Kindle Edition, First Edition, 127 pages
Published January 24th 2021 by Huxton Press
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Annery
You feel that? It's a breath of fresh air coming through the blinds. Nice. 😈

First things first, this isn't an M/M romance or a romance at all and thus doesn't adhere to the expectations of the genre. There is love, the messy and sometimes jagged one between family and friends. I'm not mad about it. Secondly, I can't believe this is Levi Huxton's first book, very impressive particularly given the length he's working with. In a hundred pages he perfectly sketches out six people, at least five of w
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Emanuel
Apr 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: queerlit
This books reads like a dream state, in which you're not quite sure of the order of events and you wake up with flashes of places and blurred faces but with a very specific and strong emotion.

In any other book, that kind of fluid narrative might be frustrating but here, you can't help but get carried away by the beautiful writing, perfectly captured in the book cover; it puts you in a summer holiday mood, where heat and sun and lust and sex puts you in a limbo you're drifting in and out from. A
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Pierre
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A VERY, VERY GOOO BOOK (I’m trying not to use tired hyperbolic adjectives here)

I simply can’t believe this is the author’s first book. His mastery of characterization and composition belong to a seasoned writer. There’s not much I can tell you without spoiling the whole experience but I was hooked after page 3. So, just try a sample and if you like it the beginning, I can promise you’ll like it till the end. You know about those books you like so much you can’t stop? This was a book I enjoyed so
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Ed Davis
Feb 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a very enjoyable story. There was something about it that will stick with me for a long time.

This story brought back memories from my childhood. My parents picked up a young man in front of my dad’s dry cleaners. He told us he was going to the University of Tennessee on a basketball scholarship. He lived with us that summer and even went home to get his car. It turned out there was no scholarship and he stole his parent’s car. There was never any sex with him, but Cary made me think of
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Danial
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
An enjoyable book that was about first times (no romance involved at all).

There are several narrators in this story. However each one of them revolve around 1 person. There is no romance here. Just s*x. Each narrator had their first time with the same guy (They did not know about each other's sexual encounters even if they were all either friends or family.) Only of of them was gay. The 3 other narrators were straight, until they weren't. I enjoyed the story. Each one of them learned something n
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James Berry
Mar 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021
I’m mad at that ending although it made sense and was its own bittersweet kind of perfect. I definitely felt for James and his Dad more than Mack and Lach, although there was something to be said for the latter’s stories too. Really a beautiful book. I would just say it needs better formatting/editing but really, the writing is real and great and the story is melancholy and sweet.
Joyfully Jay
May 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: michelle
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.25 stars


I tend to find the books that are the hardest to talk about without giving anything away and The Lodger, That Summer falls into that category as well. The blurb only mentions James by name, so I will start with him. James is grateful to be finished with high school, but feels unsettled since his mother died and he has plans to leave for school. His father is supportive, but his father has his own grief to contend with. James hasn’t come out yet to anyone and he’s
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Senne
Mar 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I really really enjoyed the book. I couldn’t stop reading. It is beautifully written with a powerful message.
Amos Lassen
Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Huxton, Levi. “The Lodger, That Summer”, No Publisher Listed, 2021.
Summer and Sex
Amos Lassen
I really needed a new erotic read during the troubling times that Covid-19 has brought to us. It was perfect timing when Levi Huxton asked me to have a look at his new coming-of-age story and I immediately jumped into the life of eighteen year-old James. He has had a tough year. He lost his mother to cancer and had to deal with grief and high school at the same time. He also had to deal with the new feeli
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Ken Cook
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars: Christmas holidays

First effort by a new (to me) author. Coming-of-age novella set in Sydney over the year end holidays at the juncture between end of secondary school and university. James provides the principal voice as he interacts with his twin Eve and their recently widowed father Frank, his fathrr's visiting BFF Mack with girlfriend J and son Lachlan, and boarder Cary. The story is from these 5 men's viewpoints as they both discover more about themselves as James matures with sel
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Laks
Jun 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: aussie, ya, good
3.75 stars

Review - This one is certainly different and it is certainly not a romance. I didnt know that and so the ensuing events were a bit jarring for me.

The events are occuring over one summer and centered over one strange lodger, Cary. A sort of sexual revelation is happening for almost all family members, prompted or persuaded by Cary whom I cannot understand. The final twist is welcoming and surprising. But it doesnt explain the nature of a person who is portrayed as a highly sexual, welco
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Kkhmonrai
Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This short book was poignant, engaging, and sexy. There is some coming-of-age, some awakening, reconnecting, and renewal. I liked the sexual freedom and fluidity described by the author. It's a fascinating study of the summer and events that changed (and in some cases, no doubt surprised) the characters. Cary was like a mystical creature that these people each needed in their own way to realize themselves. I liked the air of mystery he added to the story, especially at the end. I would really li ...more
Kevin
May 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable easy read


This is a (generally) well written book. I only found one glaring typo. I was puzzled by the use of the American word "mom" instead of the Australian "mum". Another apparent discrepancy was the reference early on of living in student accommodation on campus. This would not be possible at this university. Later in the book, the author changed it to shared accommodation, without mentioning on campus. The sex scenes were readable. Usually I skip over them - whether gay or straigh
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Bob
May 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
The lodger and summer l never had growing up!

Took me back to my youth though I never had such a summer and definitely no lodger! Lots of fun eroticism to be enjoyed by everyone. Not too long and wraps up nicely even if you wanted something different.
Joshua
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyable read

Relatable characters, enjoyable story. Some hot scenes, and some emotional moments. Was a bit shorter than I would prefer, I would have enjoyed more time with the characters and more time in their bedrooms. I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.
Elizabeth Turney
Apr 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, own
Not what I expected. And that wasn't a bad thing. ...more
Marshall
Jun 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
A Short and (Wildly) Thrilling Read

A great short book to read on a hot Summer night. So many of us have known a Cary haven’t we?
Robin Orgera
Apr 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
First time reading a book by this author. Really enjoyed and recommend.
Cynthia Brooks
Mar 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Four men's lives are changed when one man enters their lives and they realize that they have repressed some things about themselves. I enjoyed this book. ...more
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Levi Huxton (he/him) is an Australian writer living in Sydney with his partner and a smart dog who can't read but hasn't given up trying.

"🔥🔥🔥🔥 'The Lodger, That Summer' is Mr. Huxton’s first published work. While brief in length, it is intellectually challenging and shows great promise for the future." - Rainbow Book Reviews

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