Saturday, July 16, 2016

ARC Review: What Remains by Garrett Leigh

What Remains
From the 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.

Heather's rating:

I had a weird reading experience with this book because I started off sort of... disliking it.

It was:

-Too British (lots of slang)
-"Boyo" <--- br="" didn="" for="" just="" me="" nickname...="" t="" that="" work="">-It felt like a few books that I've read before (The River Leith, especially, with the "I think I'm straight" vibe and the roommate/best friend assumption)
- Too little build-up between the MCs.

I read this book in the bath, and I thought that I would want to put it down after just a few chapters.

But then, something changed.

I started getting into it. Like, really into it. I have a HUGE weakness for amnesia tropes, and this one started getting under my skin.

I honestly don't know when or why it happened, but I went from "meh" to "hell YEAH" over the course of the night, and I stayed up until 2 am to finish it.

The relationship went from underdeveloped to beautiful in my mind, and I fell hard for Rupert and Jodi. I liked seeing Jodi go from viewing Rubert as a stranger to seeing him as someone he couldn't live without, and I felt like I got my slow-burn romance after all.

Give this one a shot, folks, especially if you adore a good amnesia story. I couldn't put this one down, and I think many readers will feel the same way.

P.S.- that cover is everything

*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

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