Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Sweet Giordan, Please Remember
Author: Raine O’Tierney
Series: Hearts in Reverie #1
Heroes: Giordan Stone/Shane Devereaux
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 120 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 19, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance eBooks and Kobo
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Blurb: Giordan Stone is lucky, all things considered. Sure, he spent five years in a coma only to wake with a right leg that’s practically useless and no memories other than his name. But now he’s under the care of sassy southern surrogate mother, Chloe Devereaux, spending his days painting and healing. Giordan wants for nothing at all… until he looks out the window one morning and sees Chloe’s gorgeous son, Shane, standing there. Something very familiar stirs in Giordan.
When he sketches, Giordan is able to go into an “art trance” where pieces of disjointed memory come back to him without time or place. More and more of these flashes are of Shane Devereaux and the intense, intimate experiences they shared together. Even though Shane keeps his distance now, Giordan is convinced his flashes are real. But he doesn’t have the whole story. Giordan is determined to fill in his memory blanks and convince Shane his feelings are genuine.
Review: I struggled mightily with this story because Gio was treated as if he did something horribly wrong, instead of being injured severely enough to be in a coma for FIVE years and then waking up not knowing anything but his own name.
Apparently, as this happened off page, Shane had asked his long time boyfriend, Gio to marry him, he says yes, then disappears, only to be found in a hospital over FIVE years later. This is where it goes downhill for me. Shane takes it as a personal insult that Gio took off, and since he doesn’t know why (since he does have amnesia) Shane assumes that he didn’t want to marry him and must have had a boy toy on the side. Gio doesn’t know why he left; only that he doesn’t remember Shane per se, but he knows he is someone special and learns to love him again.
The problem is Shane, and his mom, and his dad, and his friends. They all feel as if they have to protect Shane and NOT Gio. I don’t get that, at all. So yeah, we don’t know why Gio was in his own hometown when the accident occurred, but is it really the smartest move to instantly think ill of the man you want to marry?
Shane is good with Gio, for the most part. He obviously loves him deeply, but he is so afraid of trusting him and wondering why Gio was gone that he never stopped to give their relationship a fighting chance. And Shane’s mom was wonderful for taking Gio in to her home and caring for him, but to lock him in his room when Shane was around was a bit much. And the dad was just awful. No redeeming qualities no matter that he came around at the end.
So basically, we have two men who obviously love and adore each other but are kept apart until the amnesiac can remember why he went to his hometown in the first place. Gio must truly be in love with Shane to deal with this idiocy, because I would have dropped his ass and moved on. Fortunately, through is drawings, Gio is able to recall memories. Unfortunately it’s not the one that explains his actions. I liked his justification for why he thinks he may have been gone as it rang truthful, but a part of me wanted him to completely regain all his memories.
So yeah, there you have it. I wanted to love this story. I think the premise was well thought out and executed but it was the actions of Shane and his family that took the hit for me. I had a love – hate relationship with them and I wonder if they weren’t so rich would that have acted differently.
Overall Impression:It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*