Monday, July 4, 2016

What Remains by Garrett Leigh

What Remains by Garrett Leigh 

Review by Lauren

source: copy for review; all opinions are my own

Official SummaryWeb 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: What Remains is a very different sort of love story. In the beginning, Jodi is out as bi and knows what he likes, but Rupert is an ex-husband with a young daughter. He knows he likes guys, but he doesn't know anything about being with one. Jodi shows him the way though, and the two of them fall in love and start to build a life together.

The first half of the book goes back and forth between time, showing the current moment - five years after the guy's first meet - and the past when the two are getting to know each other and build a relationship. The second half of the book takes place completely in the present. Don't worry, it's easy to follow!

Rupert and Jodi are different in some ways, but they really do complement each other. You root for them and want everything to work out. It's a tough ride though because five years after they have met and are in an established relationship, Jodi gets in an accident and is put in hospital for a couple months. Even when he gets home, he's not the same. He's on medication and often in a lot of pain...but the worst thing of all is that he doesn't remember the last five years of his life. That's right, he's forgotten his whole relationship with Rupert. I don't think this is much of a spoiler, because it essentially hints at it in the summary. I'll leave the rest for you to read about though!

Will Rupert and Jodi make it work a second time around? Is Jodi able to call himself bi, or will he only ever remember being with women? There are a lot of questions and it's not easy for either man, but it's so worth reading about their journey.


Melliane said...

They definitely seem to complement each other there and the lovestory sounds well done.

Erika Sorocco said...

This sounds like an intriguing love story. I love the fact that it flashes from past to present.


Tracy Terry said...

Hmm, sounds intriguing. Great review, reading it certainly has me thinking there may well be more to this book that the blurb suggests.

Midnight Cowgirl said...

This sounds interesting, and I really like the title :)

Joyous Reads said...

Why does this sound so heartbreaking? And yet, I can't help but be intrigued. Gah.

The Bibliophile Babe said...

This sounds so sad! I'm definitely intrigued. :D

Keertana said...

This sounds really intense but I appreciate that this focuses a lot on exploring ones sexuality. I'll have to pick it up at some point for sure! Thanks for adding this to my TBR! :)

Alise said...

I really like this cover! Also, web designers represent xD I like the sound of this one, it seems like there would be a lot of internal struggle for the characters.

Kristin @ Addicted to HEA said...

OOOO, I just now noticed that you don't have a star rating. I wonder what you would rate this? I read a M/F romance with the same trope in it with other junk added in but the difference was that the book had a cliffhanger. I hope this one had a happy ending of a sorts. I love the idea of it all. And OH, I do love that cover!! Great review, again!!! :)

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

I've been trying to decide about this one. It sounded lovely, but so angsty! I am not an angsty sort of person. I think I will buy a copy, though. It might be worth it.