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.
Garrett Leigh once again delivers an emotional punch with raw, real characters! I loved this journey, it’s not easy for Max and Jed but oh so worth it! If you like characters with some damage and some baggage then this story is for you!
Both Jed and Max suffer from some serious issues, Jed from his time in the military and Max has epilepsy. These two end up as unlikely roommates and a quick and easy friendship forms between the two. The friendship slowly becomes more but nothing is defined. Both men find strength in each other but they are both carrying secrets of that could threaten their new relationship. But when it’s a serious health issues that comes to threaten them, they have to come to terms with what is really happening between them.
I loved these flawed, raw characters and their story. It’s not a meet-cute, fall in love kind of read, no it takes real issues and Jed and Max have to weave their way through it all to find love beyond the pain. I loved it from start to finish! Another heart wrenching but beautiful read from Garrett Leigh!
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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 blackjazzdesign.com, and co-owns the specialist stock site moonstockphotography.com with photographer Dan Burgess.
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