Reviewed by Kimberley
TITLE: What Remains
AUTHOR: Garrett Leigh
PUBLISHER: Riptide Publishing
LENGTH: 278 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 4, 2016
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: I’ve liked every story I’ve read by this other so far and this one is no different. The story starts off with quite a bit of flashbacks—which I normally loathe—but were necessary for the story’s development. I found that I didn’t mind them at all in this story.
Jody is this hipster web designer who has a fixed, simple life with his best friend who happens to be his ex-girlfriend and goes out occasionally to let his hair down at the local gay pub. Too many drinks one night puts him into Rupert’s path.
Rupert, a handsome, hardworking firefighter, who moonlights as a pub bouncer, sees to it that the inebriated Jodi makes it home. The two hit it off immediately. Jodi is—to Rupert—a breath of fresh air. He’s open about who he is and he brings life and laughter and color to Rupert’s life.
A tragic accident puts their relationship and love for each other to the ultimate test. This is what makes this story that much more fascinating to me. The way Rupert stuck by and helped Jodi demonstrated how strong Rupert’s love for this man was. Jodi has absolutely no memory of this man who shared his life and fell in love all over again. The love these two had for each other was powerful.
As with all of this author’s books, it was very well written. What I enjoyed the most is the British-ness of them. The food, the dialect is fascinating to me. This book was sweet, funny, sad, and hot all rolled into one.