Only Love - Garrett Leigh

E-book: 272 pages

Author Garrett Leigh


Leigh's characters are usually broken. They are hurt either emotionally, physically, psychologically, or all of the above. Her books are not light, sugary, or easily forgotten. For me the character's linger. She's become an automatic buy.


Cooper's and Max's love affair is a slow developing one. It's shown through small gestures and quick smiles. Making tea and walking the dog. This book has just a handful of intimate scenes.  It's more about their connection and learning to trust again.


Cooper's military past is shown in a series of flashbacks. These scenes tend to be very gritty, but they show Cooper's determination and friendship with his men. And how much he's really lost. 


Highly recommend.



Book Description:

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.