Awake and Alive

Garrett Leigh
Awake and Alive
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Release Date
April 2014
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

After a successful surgery relieves Jed of the illness that nearly killed him, he returns home to slowly recover with Max. With time to reconnect, Max shows him a new way to love. Now at a crossroads and facing a new life, Jed must listen to his friends and family to learn how to move forward.

Book Review by Pat Henshaw (author,reviewer)
Jun 14, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
213 people found the following review helpful
This very short sequel to Only Love cements the relationship between Jed Cooper and Max O'Dair and gives a tiny glimpse into their future life.

In the previous book, Jed returned home to live with his brother, sister-in-law, and nieces only to find that he needed much more peace and quiet than their chaotic household provided. Consequently, Jed moved to the countryside with his sister-in-law's brother Max, an epileptic whose service dog Flo rules the roost.

At the end of the book, Jed's stomach condition, a result of his military service, became critical and he underwent successful surgery to cure it.

This novella opens with Jed recuperating after the surgery and wondering what he is going to do with the rest of his life, the civilian years he hasn't planned. Fortunately, Jed has accumulated marketable skills during his military career, the most practical being his fluency in foreign languages.

But does he want to be a translator for the rest of his life or does he want to take another path? One of his pushy friends cleverly gives him another, possibly more demanding, but ultimately more rewarding choice.

Both Jed and Max are as loveable here as they were in the first book. Both realistically grapple with the problems in their lives and help each other get through the rough times. Even Flo has a happily ever after since Jed also has gotten a canine companion named Desta.

While AWAKE & ALIVE can be read as a standalone, its impact can only be fully felt as a sequel to Only Love.
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