Length: 355 pages
Cover Design: Book Cover By Design
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.
A Garrett Leigh book release is ALWAYS a reason to get excited, even if it's a re-release with a gorgeous new cover. Only Love is one of my favorite books of Garrett's- even more so now than before. The new cover is beyond fantastic and for those of you who've read and loved Slide, Rare, and Circle (and if you haven't, omg, fix that travesty immediately!) you'll know why Jed and Max are even more special than they were in Only Love. Garrett Leigh is unparalleled when it comes to writing emotional, intense books that rip your heart out before she puts it back together again. Really, there is no one better. Her characters have a way of embedding themselves into your soul, and I know for me, I find myself often thinking about a scene or a bit of dialog between characters from her books.
Jed Cooper is the epitome of a brooding, stoic, strong silent type of man. As an ex-soldier he suffers from PTSD as well as a pretty horrific medical condition that makes his quality of life iffy at the best of times. He's suffered loss and trauma and when his military career ends, he has nowhere to go but back to his hometown. He's angry and in pain and it isn't until he finds himself on Max O'Dair's doorstep that he begins to settle into his new life as a civilian. Max himself has his own demons to try to manage ... he's an epileptic prone to seizures and memory loss. It seems like an impossible situation and a very unlikely match, but Jed and Max manage to find something in the other that they desperately need.
I have to say, I adore Jed and Max SO much. Max's sunny personality is charming and Jed's stoicism and gruffness just hides his need for love and peace. They both have a myriad of issues to work through, some seemingly insurmountable, but somehow it works and it's due to Leigh's brilliant writing that we're shown how these broken men come together in the most beautiful way. I'm not going to go into the plot, but the journey Max and Jed take together and apart is one full of hope and fear and at the end, so, so much love. Only Love is definitely an emotional read, but the heartache is so worth it because the happily ever after is so beautiful and so deserved. This is definitely a story about healing and acceptance and if you haven't read this one yet, I highly recommend it.
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 blackjazzdesign.com, and co-owns the specialist stock site moonstockphotography.com with photographer Dan Burgess.
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