Title: Only Love
Author: Garrett Leigh
Narrator: Michael Stellman
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Run Time: 9 Hours and 5 Minutes
At a Glance: Though some of the narrative seemed slow, this is an audio I’ll listen to again and again.
Reviewed By: Karen
Blurb: The diagnosis of a chronic stomach condition leaves 32-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.
Review: Garrett Leigh did an awesome job with this book, showing two broken men dealing with serious conditions, outside family issues, and their pasts, but finding strength and love in each other. When I read this book I fell completely in love with these characters, and was thrilled at the chance to hear the story come to life on audio.
When this audio first started, I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. This is the first time I have listened to anything by this narrator, and by the end, I had mixed feeling about him. I really enjoyed the character voices Michael Stellman used, especially for Jed and Max. When the characters were speaking, the story came to life. Even now that I have finished the audio, I can still here their voices in my head when I think back on the story, and it will be those voices I hear in my head when rereading this book (because I will be rereading it often). The issue I had with the audio is that the narrative parts of the book, when the characters weren’t speaking, seemed really slow to me and made the story drag a little bit. Overall, though, I enjoyed the audiobook, and it will be one I will listen to it again and again.
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