What Remains

Author: Garrett Leigh

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Rating: 4.5  stars

Buy Links: Riptide & Amazon

Type: Novel

Received from Publisher

 

Blurb: Web designer Jodi Peters is a solitary creature. Lunch twice a week with his ex-girlfriend-turned-BFF and the occasional messy venture to a dodgy gay bar is all the company he needs, right?

Then one night he stumbles across newly divorced firefighter Rupert O’Neil. Rupert is lost and lonely, but just about the sweetest bloke Jodi has ever known. Add in the heady current between them, and Jodi can’t help falling hard in love. He offers Rupert a home within the walls of his cosy Tottenham flat—a sanctuary to nurture their own brand of family—and for four blissful years, life is never sweeter.

Until a cruel twist of fate snatches it all away. A moment of distraction leaves Jodi fighting for a life he can’t remember and shatters Rupert’s heart. Jodi doesn’t know him—or want to. With little left of the man he adores, Rupert must cling to what remains of his shaky faith and pray that Jodi can learn to love him again.

 

Review:  This blurb just screamed painful to me. It’s Garrett Leigh so you know she’s going to do it well. That part of me that doesn’t want to feel the hurt this book promises almost made me not read it but I’m so glad I ignored it. This book was amazing. What Remains is heartbreaking but charming with a beautiful love story.

Jodi is walking home drunk one night when he meets Rupert. There’s an attraction there but Rupert is hesitant. Jodi decides to be there for Rupert whenever he needs him. When they meet Rupert has just accepted that he’s gay but he hasn’t ever been with a guy. The guys take baby steps by starting out as friends and then work their way up in the physical department. They fall in love and build a life together. Then one night an accident puts Jodi in a coma. When he wakes up he’s forgotten the last five years which include Jodi and Rupert’s entire relationship. Jodi has no idea who Rupert is or that he’d come to terms with being bisexual. As far as he knows he’s straight. Rupert being the amazing man that he is vows he’ll be there for the love of his life in any way he needs. Even if every day is a painful reminder that he’s lost the pure happiness he once found with the man that doesn’t recognize him.

I adored Jodi and Rupert. Jodi is a bit manic in an endearing way but totally lovable and adds some humor to this otherwise sad story. Rupert is a gorgeous man who is kind and good. He’s found something special with Jodi. They love each other with every ounce of their being. The author manages to create this sizzling type of chemistry and wrap it in that meant to be together kind of love. I’ve come to expect that in her books and this ones doesn’t disappoint. That is why when it’s ripped away from them it hurts even more. Rupert’s determination gives you hope however.

The book is told between the POVs of Jodi and Rupert so you get to experience both of their confusion and pain from each of their perspectives. I loved how this helps you get to know the characters. For me it firmly places me in their mindset. The beginning of the story does jump from past to present with both of their POVs. I know some people don’t like that but it’s only for a portion of the book and for me it was well worth it.

One of the other things I appreciated was there was never really that moment when everything comes back to Jodi. It’s all gradual and every little thing is counted as a victory while also highlighting just how messed up he feels. Jodi doesn’t make it easy on those around him. He’s angry. Through his POV you get just how lost a person might feel to have this life you know nothing about. He’s also physically changed. Rupert is there for him but he has no idea what he’s doing. It was a very emotional read but in the end it was all worth it. I absolutely recommend this book. It’s heartbreaking but beautiful and I loved it!

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