Friday, December 14, 2018

Review: Only Love by Garrett Leigh

Only Love
(Only Love #1)
by Garrett Leigh
Release Date: October 22, 2018
Genre: M/M Romance

The diagnosis of a chronic stomach condition leaves thirty-two-year-old Sergeant Jed Cooper with little choice but to call time on his Army career. Then on the dusty streets of Kirkuk, an ambush gone tragically wrong decimates his team, and he returns to the US with a shattered leg and the memory of his best friend dying in his arms.

Life in his sleepy hometown proves intolerable until he finds solace in a lakeside cabin with vivacious young carpenter, Max O’Dair. In the shadow of the epilepsy that periodically plagues Max, he and Jed form an unspoken bond. After a late night episode, Jed realizes how much Max means to him, and life has taught him not to waste time.

But the lines between contentment and complacency are blurred. Things left hidden resurface to tear through their world, and before they can repair the damage, death comes to call again. Faces, past and present, rally around them to weather the storm, but before long, they are left with only love.

This book had a pretty slow start. We have Jed, a veteran who had to leave his military career due to his illness and injury. With nowhere else to go, he headed back to his hometown with a brother that he doesn't get along. He ended up renting a room at the cabin with Max, a young man who suffers epilepsy.

I know Garrett Leigh is famous for putting her characters through some tough ordeal, but Jed might just be the character that suffered the most. As I said, the first half is pretty slow, we have a moody Jed who had to deal with his illness and we see how he and Max settled in their routine, all the domestic stuff. The way their get together seems pretty natural, but mostly stem from companionship.

The second half of the book came a drastic turn of event, like Woah! Jed and Max were put through the wringer with all these medical suspense, which make me feel like an episode out of ER. This is the part that started to engage me and I can't flip the pages fast enough to reach the end. Their HEA is definitely a hard earned one and I'm just glad Jed is okay at the end.

Garrett Leigh is an award-winning British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Fox Love Press.

Garrett's debut novel, Slide, won Best Bisexual Debut at the 2014 Rainbow Book Awards, and her polyamorous novel, Misfits was a finalist in the 2016 LAMBDA awards.

When not writing, Garrett can generally be found procrastinating on Twitter, cooking up a storm, or sitting on her behind doing as little as possible, all the while shouting at her menagerie of children and animals and attempting to tame her unruly and wonderful FOX.

Garrett is also an award winning cover artist, taking the silver medal at the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards in 2016. She designs for various publishing houses and independent authors at, and co-owns the specialist stock with renowned LGBTQA+ photographer Dan Burgess.