4 Stars for Only Love by Garrett Leigh (AUDIOBOOK REVIEW) #MM #Romance @dreamspinners @garrett_leigh


Title: Only Love (Only Love #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Garrett Leigh (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: April 11, 2014 – 274 pgs


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.

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**Audiobook Review**
This was a strange book for me. I liked the characters, I LOVED the way they grew into a relationship and I even liked that each had their own twisted stories and history to be told.  However, somewhere along the way I found it just felt like the story just dragged on and started to lose me and my interest. I can’t put my finger on exactly what it was that was missing or took too long to get out, but it just did. Maybe it was that the relationship seemed to lack chemistry. Sure, we were TOLD it was HOT but it didn’t FEEL like it was, not to me anyway. It felt like two old friends who just sometimes went past kissing when the desire to was there.
However, I felt like there was some really great parts and that made me think it was just me or perhaps just this book that wasn’t working for me, but not the author’s writing style itself. So I would definitely pick up another work from this author.
As for the Narrator, Michael Stellman, I thought he did a pretty decent job. He had a nice tone to listen to and kept the voices easily discernible. I can’t say if it was the book that was being read or the way he read it, but there were no stand out moments that made me think ‘Oh! This is my new favorite narrator.’ It likely was the sad content of the book… then again, I can say he really helped me feel the pain of the characters and brought the tone of the characters to the places they should’ve been in the situations they were in so I suppose all in all it was a job well done.


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Garrett Leigh is a British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Black Jazz Press. Her protagonists will always always be tortured, crippled, broken, and deeply flawed. Throw in a tale of enduring true love, some stubbly facial hair, and a bunch of tattoos, and you’ve got yourself a Garrett special.

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. That, and dreaming up new ways to torture her characters. Garrett believes in happy endings; she just likes to make her boys work for it.

Garrett also works as a freelance cover artist for various publishing houses and independent authors under the pseudonym G.D. Leigh. For cover art info, please visit blackjazzpress.com

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