Reviewed by JustJen
Title: What Remains
Author: Garrett Leigh
Heroes: Jodi Peters/Rupert O’Neil
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 278 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: July 4, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
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: Garrett Leigh never disappoints. This story has a different (more British) feel to it than I expected, which was one of the things I loved about it. Jodi and Rupert were amazing together and made such a great couple. When they met, Jodi was the first guy Rupert had any sort of feelings for, and I loved watching their relationship grow.
They were in love, Rupert’s daughter loved Jodi, and things were just heading in a very cozy direction. Until one night that changed it all. Jodi was hit by a car leaving him in a coma. Rupert stayed by his side, devastated but relieved he was still alive. Unfortunately, Jodi had no idea who Rupert was, and, in fact, believed he was still with his girlfriend of a few years prior (who was currently his bff).
Rupert is one heck of a strong guy, let me tell you. He stayed strong through Jodi’s very difficult and long recovery. My heart broke for him, as day after day, he had to go on with Jodi believing Rupert was just his flatmate. How he was able to go on without giving any hints of their past relationship, something the doctors told him Jodi must recollect on his own, is beyond me. Rupert had to shoulder so much at times, it is a miracle he didn’t have a breakdown of his own. But, stay strong, he did, and eventually, Jodi began to remember. But things still weren’t easy. Jodi was angry at various things and still didn’t fully remember their time together.
These guys took what remained and began to build it back up. Pieces started falling back into place, but it didn’t happen overnight, and it didn’t happen quickly. They basically decided to take the chance to start their relationship over and make new memories to fill the void of the ones Jodi lost. It was truly beautiful.
I was riveted from beginning to end, in awe of their commitment (mostly Rupert’s) and was cheering them on with every page. This is yet another fine example of why Ms. Leigh is an auto-buy author for me. It is just a very well written and nicely put together story that I can easily highly recommend.
Overall Impression: It was amazing
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*