What they’re saying about…


“…this is definitely one of my favourite books of 2015. It’s a beautifully written love story that will challenge and intrigue you. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
Kim Golden – Award-winning author of Maybe Baby

This wasn’t just a “good love story”, it was a well-written and layered book. While I certainly look forward to the next installment, this one felt complete.” Nia Forrester, author of The Commitment Series.

“…while it has romance, it’s not the standard romance fair…and I didn’t care a bit. The characters were all richly developed and the story beautifully crafted. I’m greatly looking forward to seeing where things end up with Val and Sam in Starlight, the next in the series.” Rhenna Morgan, author of Unexpected Eden



USA Today – Happily Ever After pick for Must-Read Romance (1/5/15):
“Axelrod debuts with The Calum, a fun (and funny), fast-paced romantic read. There’s poetry in motion when reading this story set in Scotland with brogues and customs to add to the experience. Warning: Once you start, it will be an all-out read-a-thon. Sexy, relatable characters who are seemingly ill-suited must overcome odds to find their cozy hub of happiness. Axelrod’s style to reach that happy ever after or happy for now is amazingly inventive, highly visual and swoon-worthy romantic.”

Readers’ Favorite: “Who said childish wishes can’t come true? The calum is a reference to a “book boyfriend”, one thing that I absolutely love doing! Who says you can’t find your Edward, your Christian Grey, your Legolas? I’m going to be honest, The Calum is not something that I expected. Xio Axelrod was a hoot and a half in terms of character and voice. I absolutely LOVED the dialogue and banter and simply thoughts inside characters’ heads. I also wasn’t expecting romance to be so much fun, and it really was. I found myself relating to both Lovie and Duff and I enjoyed their chemistry immensely.” (5 stars out of 5)

From blogs:

V. Walker’s Views & Reviews – “You know that feeling you get when you put a book down and wish it had been longer? Well, that’s how I felt after I read this book. I absolutely adored Lovie; she’s intelligent, supportive, funny as all hell, and I want her to be my best friend. (I love finding characters that I want to meet in real life. Xio delivers on that, fabulously.) Duff gives off the aura of someone who is dark and mysterious. But his point of view shows that even though he has his demons; he also has a vulnerable side. That’s basically my weakness: the bad-ass with a soft side (see: my love of Dean Winchester from Supernatural).  (And just a little note about Jo — I was quite surprised by her, in the best way possible.) The interaction between Lovie & Duff was entertaining, and the story moved at a great pace.  I finished the book in less than two days.  And the ending will leave your jaw on the floor.” (5 stars out of 5)

From readers:

“This book was so ridiculously romantic and well written and well thought out. I couldn’t put it down until I finished it. I LIVE for books like these!! I didn’t want the story to end. It was simply……Beautiful.”

“Xio Axelrod’s The Calum is a fun, sexy novella that hooks you from page one. With rich sense of place and three-dimensional characters who jump right off the page, she immediately captures the reader and takes them on a journey of the heart with Lovie and Duff as they get to know one another…”

“I haven’t written a review in a while but I just had to. . . WOW! What a great little story, I can’t WAIT to read more. So wonderfully and romantically crafted. It didn’t just feel like your typical romance (although the sexual tension and the love scene were PLENTY hot). It almost felt like a piece of literary fiction. Ms. Axelrod is a wonderful story-teller and I can’t wait to read more about Lovie and Duff and just more from her in general!”

“Fun and sexy and charming and oh-so-wonderful, Xio’s story draws you in and has you tripping into love with her characters.”

“This one snuck up on me in a good way. I became absorbed. Laughed, cried, and by the end had my heart warmed. I never write reviews, but felt it would be too selfish not to share.”


From readers:

“La Promesse is an erotic short with a poetic soul. Though the encounters are hot, it’s the words used to describe them that keep you coming back for more. It’s the rare combination of sexy and smart that make it stand out, and will keep you coming back for more.”

“This is the first work I’ve read by this author and I have to say I am blown away by the elegance and deeply emotional quality of her writing. This story of two lovers, separated by a massive ocean, sucked me in immediately. I enjoyed the intimacy between the couple, as well as their easy rapport, respect and desire for each other. The story is short (I read it in less than 90 minutes) and was delighted the two lovers earned their happily ever after. I’d love to read more of their adventures.”


From readers:

“A very well written sexy, hot, provocative erotic short story…No doubt in my mind a very easy rating of 5 stars”