Monday, August 14, 2017

Review: What Remains by Garrett Leigh

What Remains
by Garrett Leigh
Release Date: July 4, 2017
Genre: M/M Romance

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.

I like the themed of this story which deal with amnesia or more accurately traumatic brain injury. The story started off with Jodi (is the hero, btw) and Rupert been living together 4 years. They are in love and everything, but an accident result in Jodi suffering from memory loss thrown a kink into their relationship.

I'm not quite bother that the couple is already in a relationship, initially I don't feel the connection, but after a few flashback is sufficient for me to feel their love and hurt they are going through, especially Rupert. Can you imagine the love of your life don't remember who you are?

Reading about Jodi and Rupert tentative steps towards mending and building up their life and love all over again filled with me so much warmth. If only real life people can be as solid as they are. Rupert never waver in his dedication to help Jodi recover despite Jodi turning into quite a cranky asshole most of the time. The things he do for the one he love. 

Overall, the way the author handle the issue is very well done and feels real, not overly cliche or sugary sweet or attempt to brush anything under the carpet. You know how in TV, the victim also got another knock on his head and his memories miraculously installed? Thank goodness the author didn't need to go that route.