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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.
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Garrett Leigh knows how to write angsty stories, no doubt about that. I also loved, loved, loved that she didn't go the route I almost expected at the end there, because this story was better for it this way.
The book asks the question: If your memories are wiped out after an accident, and you no longer remember the one you love, what remains? What is left and how do you rebuild?
Jodi and Rupert have been together for four years, living in Jodi's place. Rupert has a teenage daughter (Indie) from a previous marriage, and Jodi has an ex-girlfriend (Sophie) with whom they are both friends. They're happy, they're in love. Life is good.
Until it isn't.
Jodi has an accident resulting in a traumatic brain injury that wipes out his memories of the past 5 years. He has no recollection of Rupert or their life together, and expects to still be in a relationship with Sophie, the ex-girlfriend.
The story of the before is told in flashbacks, and the aftermath of Jodi's memory loss is primarily seen from Rupert's point of view.
What impressed me most here was how realistic this story is - we see Rupert's struggle to come to terms with what suddenly is, and how he tries to cope and fight to regain what he's lost. We see Jodi struggle as well, learning to live again, realizing that he's lost so much time and that nothing is the way he thinks.
I liked that Rupert tried his best to let Jodi discover things on his own, and that he never pushed, or gave up. Watching Jodi rediscover parts of himself that he had forgotten was breathtaking. This is a true romance, a gorgeous love story, twice over. Jodi and Rupert just fit together, and their story doesn't end with Jodi's memory loss - it begins again.
Their happy ending is hard won indeed, achieved through sheer determination and hard work, and a love that will not be suppressed.
Beautifully written, high on emotions, I couldn't put this down for any length of time.
** I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. A positive review was not promised in return. **
Meet the author:
Garrett Leigh is a British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Black Jazz Press. Her protagonists will always always be tortured, crippled, broken, and deeply flawed. Throw in a tale of enduring true love, some stubbly facial hair, and a bunch of tattoos, and you’ve got yourself a Garrett special.
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. That, and dreaming up new ways to torture her characters. Garrett believes in happy endings; she just likes to make her boys work for it.
Garrett also works as a freelance cover artist for various publishing houses and independent authors under the pseudonym G.D. Leigh. For cover art info, please visit blackjazzpress.com.
To celebrate the release of What Remains, Garrett is giving away $25 in Riptide Publishing credit. Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on July 9, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!
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