Reviewed by Susan65
Title: What Remains
Author: Garrett Leigh
Narrator: Craig Beck
Heroes: Jodi Peters/Rupert O’Neil
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 7 Hours, 4 Minutes
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: January 3, 2017
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
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: Jen reviewed this previously here.
This is, by far, one of the most heartbreaking and romantic books I’ve ever listen to. Rupert and Jodi just grabbed onto my heart strings and latched onto my soul and I didn’t want them to ever let go. Their relationship, from beginning, to heartbreaking middle, to happy ending was everything…and so much more. I loved watching them grow as a couple in the beginning, I was broken when tragedy struck and I had to listen while Rupert tried to hold it all together, and I fell in love all over again when they learned to be a couple again. Rupert and Jodi were so real to me. Garrett Leigh wrote a masterpiece and then struck gold by having it narrated by Craig Beck. He did a brilliant job and I could easily imagine the scenes as they were being played out.
I will be the first to admit that I usually steer clear of books written using British English. The vocabulary is notorious for screwing this American girl up, and I don’t ever want to judge a book based on my hang ups or my lack of grasping the vocabulary. But apparently, I can listen to it when it’s being performed by Craig Beck, and have a completely different experience. This book takes place in England, using British English, tons of British slang, narrated by a British man…and I fecking loved it! I mean I really loved this book from start to end, and I especially loved the British slang because it made the story so authentic. That adoration was all because this book had the right narrator. I cannot imagine another who could do this book justice. He brought Jodi and Rupert to life in a way I never expected and I look forward to listening to more by this man.
So, I guess it goes without saying that I highly recommend this book. But now I also want to go back and grab those British books I’d skipped over because something tells me I’ve missed a few gems. Here’s hoping that I can find more narrated by Craig Beck.
Overall Impression: It was amazing!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*