Friday, December 21, 2018

Review Tour: Only Love by Garrett Leigh (Giveaway)

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 355 pages

Cover Design: Book Cover By Design


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.

4 Stars 

I love damaged/broken characters and boy did I hit the jackpot with Max and Jed. Both men have not only emotional damage, but physical damage as well. I loved watching them get to know one another and be there for the other when they needed them.

They fit well together and slowly moved from strangers to friends to tentative lovers and then eventually to so much more. Theirs was a slow burn and the progression of their relationship was organic and natural and the chemistry between them sizzled and I absolutely adored both Max and Jed.

The story is well-written for the most part, but I found the scene changes to be a bit abrupt and a couple of times I felt like the scene wasn’t fully played out before the story moved forward. Something else I found hard to get past was the flashbacks, I can’t stand flashbacks in a story and this one had a number of them that I felt interrupted the flow of the story.

Still, while this wasn’t my favorite story by the author, it was an enjoyable and emotional read. In fact, the author had me breathless and in tears at one point, but I loved taking this emotional rollercoaster ride with Max and Jed, as well as some of the amazing secondary characters featured throughout the story. Very recommendable!

*copy provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*

4.5 Stars!

Dealing with a chronic stomach issue, Jed was resigned to his military career ending prematurely when tragedy struck his team. While recovering, he reluctantly agrees to come home and stay with his younger brother for a while. There, he meets his sister-in-law Kim and nieces for the first time. He's uncomfortable being back home, but needs to fully recover before he can do much else.

Max is Kim's brother and is quite happy living on his own by the lake. When Kim suggests that Jed stays with him, he's wary. He knows Kim doesn't like him being out there by himself, but he has help. When he meets Jed, though, things are turned upside down. Jed isn't intrusive, though he’s blunt when he wants to know something, but otherwise leaves Max to himself. What starts as two wary roommates becomes so much more.

This book was fantastic. A slow burn romance with two men who are dealing with their own physical issues and emotional baggage. I loved that their relationship was slow building. Both have secrets they are keeping close, but like most secrets, the truth likes to rear its head at the worst times. I felt for both Jed and Max. They each had a lot of rough road in life, but found solace and acceptance with each other.

Jed's friend Dan and his family were great additions. Carla and Jed's teammates, especially Glen, added more layers to the story. If you're a fan of the author, you definitely will want to read this one.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

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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 site with photographer Dan Burgess.



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