Length: 355 pages
Themes & Genres: Contemporary Romance, LGBT Fiction, gay, trauma, angst, army
WARNING: Mature Content
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.
What I think of the book:
Ah! Another Garrett Leigh book, another few days filled with reading and enjoyment… Sort of.
While I did enjoy reading Only Love, it was a very heavy book, not only when it came to the subject matter – Garrett’s books tend to put her characters through the wringer and that’s actually one of the reasons why I usually love them – but also in the way it is written.
As usual, I was fascinated by how in-depth she went with developing her characters and she seemed to have done her research about the conditions both of the leads have, however she might’ve gone a little bit too in-depth this time and there were some repetitions of the characters going through the same things over and over again to the point I was getting a sense of déjà vu.
Also, I get that the book is supposed to be heavy, but there was too much time spent in the hospital with people in despair. I understand what the author was going for – wanting to stress not only on the physical, but also the emotional trauma – but I really believe the book could’ve benefited from her cutting out or at least shortening some scenes.
Here’s where I should put a disclaimer though: I have an old copy of this book and she just put out a new one. With that said, I follow Garrett on Facebook where she posted that there’s a new cover, but no significant changes were made to the content, so I believe my critique still applies.
Who would I recommend this book to? I’d recommend Only Love to people who love heavy, angst-filled books.
My rating: (4/5 sets of dog tags)
Would I re-read this book? Maybe.
Am I interested in other books by this author? Yes.
Where can you buy the book?
Add Only Love to your Goodreads shelf (link takes you straight to the book)
Other books by this author that I’ve already reviewed:
- Dream – Skins, Book 1 (this book can be read as a standalone | LGBT Fiction, Contemporary Romance | Mature Content)
- Whisper – Skins, Book 2 (this book can be read as a standalone | Contemporary LGBT Romance | Mature Content)
- Crossroads – Skins, Book 4 (Contemporary Romance, LGBT, gay, novella | Mature Content)
- Kiss Me Again (standalone | Contemporary LGBT Romance, gay, bisexual, bipolar, anxiety, depression, trauma | Mature Content)
- Bullet – Blue Boy Studio, Book 1 (this book can be read as a standalone | Gay Fiction, Romance, Contemporary | Mature Content)
- Misfits – Urban Soul, Book 1 (this book can be read as a standalone | LGBT Fiction, Contemporary Romance, polyamorous | Mature Content)
- Soul to Keep – Rented Heart, Book 2 (this book can be read as a standalone | LGBT, Contemporary Romance, trauma, addiction | Mature Content)
- Junkyard Heart – Porthkennack, Book 7 (this book can be read as a standalone | Contemporary LGBT Fiction, Romance | Mature Content)
- Lucky – Lucky, Book 1 (this book can be read as a standalone | LGBT, MM, Contemporary Romance, gay, pan, football/soccer | Mature Content)
- Cash – Lucky, Book 2 (this book can be read as a standalone | Contemporary LGBT Romance, gay, bisexual, hunting saboteurs | Mature Content)
- Jude – Lucky, Book 3 (this book can be read as a standalone | Contemporary LGBT Romance, bi, gay, coming out | Mature Content)
- Hometown Christmas (standalone | Contemporary LGBT Romance, gay, bi, friends to lovers, holiday romance, Christmas, ex military | Mature Content)
- Falling for My Roommate (standalone | LGBT Contemporary Romance, gay, bisexual, friends to lovers, roommates, angst, recovery | Mature Content)
- Fated Hearts – Shadow Bound, Book 1 by Garrett Leigh (Contemporary LGBT Romance, Fantasy, shifters, soulmates, war | Mature Content)
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