Author: Garrett Leigh
Narrator: Michael Stellman
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: G.D. Leigh and P.M. Blake
Story Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 04/15/2015
Length: 09 hours 15
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, 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.
Garrett Leigh is one of those authors that is hit or miss for me. She is extremely talented, there’s no doubt about that, but sometimes I just don’t connect with her characters. However, when I do connect, I absolutely love them. Only Love is one of the latter—a story that hooked me from the beginning.
Jed Cooper is a damaged man when he returns to his hometown, despite not really wanting too. He moves in with his brother, who he doesn’t have the best relationship with. They have issues stemming from when Nick outed Jed to their father when they were younger.
Soon Jed moves in with his sister-in-law’s brother, Max O’Dair and their relationship was incredibly well written. I loved both men and Leigh nailed their personalities perfectly. Each man has medical issues but Jed keeps his secret, while Max’s epilepsy couldn’t be hidden.
I loved how the relationship progressed slowly. Moving quicker wouldn’t have been realistic at all. Neither men are the jump into bed type so that wouldn’t have been true to the characters. When they did get together the result was scorching sex. The chemistry between the men was off the charts.
There was a lot of conflict and angst here, but it never seemed too much. All the issues were dealt with realistically and I never felt the need to suspend my disbelief.
I absolutely loved Jed’s relationship with his young nieces and the fact that Max loved them as well bonded the two men.
The ending was perfect, not glossing over the issues, but allowing the men to grow. The fact that Jed and Nick’s relationship wasn’t instantly fixed was a nice touch and accurate.
If you enjoy the author’s work this is another awesome story. If you haven’t read her before I would highly recommend it.
Michael Stellman did a fine job with the narration. He nailed the inner voices of each men. Max has an accent and Stellman did a good job with it, without making it stereotypical or grating.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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