Title: What Remains
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.
Author: Garrett Leigh
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Misfits, Slide, Marked, Rare
Published by Riptide Publishing Source: Publisher
Published: July 4, 2016
Genres: Male Male Romance
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What Remains is the second book I’ve read by Garrett Leigh and I enjoyed it just as must as the other one. I guess that means I need to find a way (time, I need more hours in a day) to work through her backlist.
I enjoyed the way the first part of What Remains was written. Readers get to know Rupert and Jodi while Jodi is in the hospital present day. The different sections here are dated so readers move between past and present seamlessly. Readers get glimpses of Rupert and Jodi from 2009/2010, when they first meet and how they fall in love, it’s the most important things that have happened in their developing relationship. The 2014 moments are during the hospital stay and Rupert’s never ending devotion to this man he fell in love with. There’s so much tension here. Garrett does a phenomenal job detailing all the reason Jodi and Rupert work.
The second part of this book occurs in the 2014 present when Jodi goes home. This is a whole other series of hurdles that he and Rupert must go through to get back to where they were. It’s the getting it all back that is tricky. Jodi has suffered a traumatic brain injury. This part of the story is so heartbreaking. The things that Jodi goes through seem plausible. I’m not trained or knowledgeable in the medical field but Leigh seemed to really get this right. In the first part of the book readers are given pieces of why Jodi and Rupert work. The aftereffects of the TBI allow readers to follow on a sort of second chance romance. Jodi and Rupert almost have to do it all over again.
This one just worked for me. Moving between the past and present while reading Rupert and Jodi falling in love the first time made it so pleasurable to read Jodi fall in love with Rupert a second time.
About Garrett Leigh
Garrett Leigh is a British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Black Jazz Press. Her protagonists will always always be tortured, crippled, broken, and deeply flawed. Throw in a tale of enduring true love, some stubbly facial hair, and a bunch of tattoos, and you’ve got yourself a Garrett special.
When not writing, Garrett can generally be found procrastinating on Twitter, cooking up a storm, or sitting on her behind doing as little as possible. That, and dreaming up new ways to torture her characters. Garrett believes in happy endings; she just likes to make her boys work for it.
Garrett also works as a freelance cover artist for various publishing houses and independent authors under the pseudonym G.D. Leigh. For cover art info, please visit blackjazzpress.com.