“Whiteout” by Elyse Springer started with a familiar theme—amnesia—and gradually turned it on end. I love the hint of suspense and treachery that colors the interactions between the main characters while snippets of the past start to be revealed. The parallel between the weather and Noah’s past being a blank slate was a nice touch and I thought the buildup of heat and the emotional punch when the truth was revealed was deftly done. The seesaw of angst and the search for redemption after such a betrayal kept me invested in the story and hoping for the happy-ever-after, which I was glad to see required some work and penitence. The author made me care about these characters (and yes, a tissue was required!) and I have added another name to my list of “be on the lookout for!” I love the secondary characters who help the main characters through the often painful arc of their relationship, and the twist of the transition from acting a role for one reason to acting a role for another while working through the issue of presenting reality in place of make-believe provided great depth to the story. Although this is part of a series, there is no problem reading it as a stand-alone tale.
This story is the first book in the ‘Seasons of Love’ series and is a contemporary m/m romance. Jason and Noah are trapped in a winter retreat and Noah has no memory of the events that led to him being injured and dependent on a man who will only reveal minimal details of their life together. As memories surface, it becomes apparent that the relationship is complicated and involves a betrayal that they may not be able to overcome. Each man will have to figure out whether it will be worth it to work through their problems and pursue what they could have together or let the events of the past prevent any future happiness they could have with each other.
The stories in the Seasons of Love universe can be enjoyed in any order — jump in wherever you'd like!
Noah Landers wakes up one day with a headache and no memory of where — or who — he is. Jason, the man taking care of him, tries to fill in some of the blanks: they’re in a cabin in Colorado on vacation, and Noah slipped on ice and hit his head. But even with amnesia, Noah knows Jason is leaving out something important.
Jason O’Reilly is sexy as hell, treats Noah like he’s precious, and seems determined to make this the romantic getaway they’d apparently dreamed of together. But Noah’s more concerned that he’s trapped alone with Jason in the middle of a blizzard while his slowly returning memories bring hints of secrets and betrayal.
Noah’s not sure what’s the truth and what’s a lie. But as he learns who he is — and who Jason is to him — he’s forced to reevaluate everything he believes about himself, about loyalty . . . and about love.
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Word count: 60,000; page count: 226