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The Lodger,

That Summer

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 swims. But who is the seductive young man who’s moved into the spare room?

In this steamy coming-of-age novel, James and the men around him discover transformative new desires with the power to up-end lives or, possibly, to unlock a brighter future.

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Lambda Literary Award finalist 2022


"Full of unabashed, steamy sex, this genre-defying novel unfolds an unusual tale of sexual awkening (...) Huxton offers a rare reading experience: erotic, sexy and intellectually engaging." - DNA Magazine, April 2022

9.5 out of 10 - "Erotic and honest, readers will be wrapped under the spell of the main character, who has all of the others in his grasp. Authentic characterizations remind readers that life is frequently about letting go and embarking upon new adventures. The author capably creates emotional depth, making the conclusion especially impactful. A poignant and thoughtful storyteller." - The 2021 BookLife Prize

"This book is not a romance and it is not intended to be one. It is, however, many other things. It is a highly charged erotic tale, a coming out story, a coming-of-age story, and a sexual awakening, but it also drives deeper to target and expose those hidden parts of a man’s soul. It is great to have found a new voice in author Levi Huxton with this debut book. His candor creates not only a melancholy spirit to parts of the story, but also an atmosphere that is tinged with tension, anticipation, and hope."- Joyfully Jay review

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "The Lodger, That Summer is a captivating, sexy, gritty, complex coming-of-age story. A perfect blend of fantasy and reality, Huxton's characters are flawed and intriguing, and his writing is smooth and addictive. I can't wait to see what he writes next." - Marley Valentine, author of Without You


🔥🔥🔥🔥 "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

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Lush, one of my top reads of 2021. This book is not for the faint of heart. Its raw clarity is probably my favorite part." - A.M. Johnson, author of Love Always, Wild


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "You know those books you like so much you can’t stop? This was a book I enjoyed so much I had to stop reading to make it last longer…" - Pierre, France (Goodreads)

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "It reads like the best summer of your life, when everything and everyone around you feels special and the guy you like at this party comes up to you and says 'Hey'"- Emmanuel, UK (Goodreads)

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About the Author

Levi Huxton is a writer based in Sydney, Australia

"I first started writing gay fiction to explore and understand my own sexuality and how it informed my identity. I try to write what I wish could have read growing up, what I still struggle to find out there: explicit fiction that’s not bound by genre or formula, for readers with an active imagination.

Storytelling has the power to excite the mind and the body, to connect our desires and fantasies to the wider world around us. Whatever their gender or sexuality, my readers demand not only to be turned on but to be drawn into a compelling and possibly transformative story. They deserve as much."


If you'd like to contact the author or request a review copy, please email

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