What Remains

“What Remains” by Garret Leigh is an intense story that explores the commitment of love and the difficulty of continuing in the face of overwhelming challenges and the possibility of never having a happy ending. I wasn’t enamored of the constant flashbacks that contrasted the intense relationship with the non-relationship that characterizes the interaction between Rupert and Jodi for an extended period of time, but the author vividly portrayed the hurdles that had to be overcome in both the past and present and I was quickly drawn into the story and invested in rooting for them to triumph. It was intriguing to see the women who had such influence on each man although they were very underdeveloped, and heartbreaking to experience the struggles right along with the guys. The smaller secondary character(s) provide an excellent foil for the drama and angst of the primary thread of the story and I hope to see this intriguing family unit again in the future.

This m/m contemporary romance follows Rupert O’Neil, a firefighter who has to learn how to accept his new role in the life of a man who has taught him how to love again and be loved, only to lose him emotionally, if not physically. The challenge to regain what they once had in the face of Jodi Peters’ brain damage that has wiped out everything they once shared will require persistence, faith, and compromise, but will be well worth the struggle.

Book Blurb for 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.

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2016 4.25