About 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.
|Wow. not quite what I expected, but that's a good thing.|
Garrett just jumped right in to the drama right from chapter one. Then she took us back four years to the beginning of Rupert and Jodi's relationship and how they met. She intertwined the past and the present so that we could get a feel of who they were as a couple to who they're going to be.
I will say, the accident happening isn't what killed me. Nor was the coma and the time Rupert had to struggle and wait for Jodi to wake up. Was it sad, hell yes and I felt for Rupe, I did. But what gutted me was when Jodi got to come home. His indifference and lack of memory towards Rupert was absolutely heartbreaking. Rupert is a strong, strong man for going through all that. He kept it mostly together where a lot of other people just might have given up.
When Jodi comes to, he's missing about 5 years of his life and thankfully hos best friend is there to kind of guide him and let him know things have changed. Only Jodi doesn't realize how much things have changed, as he thinks Rupert's just a flat mate. So when he starts to develop feelings (again) of the not just friends type he feels guilty and closes himself off.
I think the big catalyst in changing their relationship is when Rupert's ex-wife drops off their daughter in an emergency situation and Jodi is left alone with someone he knows nothing about anymore, yet she knows all about him and ends up sharing something no one else would tell him. It's a missing piece for him that he really needed, despite everyone's best effort to help him try remembering on his own. After this, things really start to look up and we get back on track, thank Gods!!
Side note: The photos album, my gods the photo album, I think that's the sweetest thing ever!!
The one thing that threw me off though that i didn't love was Sophie's confession about being kind of glad Jodi only remembered her. That she thought *maybe* they could be a thing again. It was selfish and a little cruel knowing how in love Jodi and Rupert were before the accident and it seemed a little out of character for her.
Anyways, This ending isn't a traditional HEA, but really, how can it be? Jodi has a serious head injury and nothing will ever be the same, but it's another start to another life and its happy for them as it can be. I thought it was perfect for how this story goes.
I give this book 4 solid stars
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.
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