What Remains

What Remains

by Garrett Leigh


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Publishers Weekly - "[P]lenty of eroticism."

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.

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ISBN-13: 9781626493988
Publisher: Riptide Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 07/04/2016
Pages: 246
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.56(d)

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What Remains 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
toniFMAMTC More than 1 year ago
I have no experience with brain injury, but I have always heard that recovery isn’t really like how it is usually portrayed in film and books. This book felt closer to how I would assume it is. These men have a wonderful and sexy relationship, and what truly makes it beautiful how they maintain it through the hardships that life throws their way. I didn’t expect What Remains to be so inspiring. It’s a true love story.
amatate More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars- Trust that Miss Leigh would deliver a book that left my emotions a bit raw and was incredibly touching. What Remains is one of those stories that snuck up on me. The prologue began simple enough, introducing a cute couple who were clearly in love with one another; then the first chapter proceeded to knock me back a few paces. While I was certainly intrigued as to what would happen with the couple, the book didn’t quite hook me as much as I initially expected it to and I think it was primarily due to the pacing. The way the beginning of the book flitted back and forth between the past and present drug down the tempo a little. The audiobook version made these time jumps a bit confusing as well, even though the dates were clearly announced at the start of each chapter. While I understood the reasoning behind the past vs present chapters, the slower pace and timeline disruptions made it a little difficult to feel the couple’s connection as strongly at the beginning. However, as the book progressed, I found myself pulled in more and more, to the point that I was completely caught up in their journey. The emotions as Jodi attempts to reclaim his life were incredibly palpable, with Rupert’s hopelessness as tangible as Jodi’s frustration. I really was drawn to how this story moved forward and appreciated that the author explored all aspects of their relationship and their underlying feelings. I also really liked that both characters expressed their sources of frustration before the end of the book, the heartaches and hurt feelings weren’t carelessly dismissed or magically fixed, making Jodi and Rupert’s hard-fought-for new normal honest and appreciable. The narrator for this audiobook was new to me, but Mr. Beck offered up a great performance and I definitely will look for more by him in the future. Not only was his pacing measured and his diction clear, but he also delivered on the English and Irish accents. With his change in voice, accent, and tone, it was easy to distinguish between characters. The combined effect of a great narrator and a well written book was a phenomenal story I’ll listen to again and again. If you’re at all a fan of amnesia tropes or simply in the mood for a wonderfully emotional story that will touch your heart, I highly recommend this book. *Reviewed audiobook for Alpha Book Club*
V-Rundell More than 1 year ago
Jodi is a solitary bisexual man, living in Tottingham, London. He's a web designer and doesn't go out much but one Boxing Day he meets Rupert, a fireman who's also a bouncer at a club near his home. Rupert's concerned about Jodi's state--he's a bit high--and walks him home. They share coffee and conversation. Rupert awkwardly confesses that he's gay--newly out and never been with a man--and they share a kiss. It's electric. But, it's also too soon for more. Rupert wants to call Jodi, waits a few weeks, and they meet again. It's all so new and frightening, but Jodi makes it seem so cool, that Rupert falls hard. So does Jodi. They move in within months and Jodi's just as smitten with Rupert's young daughter as he is with his sexy fireman. Nearly five years pass in this idyllic domestic bliss. Then one day, Jodi's hit by a vehicle while crossing the street, and he's in a coma. When he wakes, months later, he doesn't recognize Rupert. Worse yet, Jodi doesn't remember any of their time together, and wants his ex-girlfriend, Sophie, back. He thinks. This one was a true emotional roller coaster. I've read a few injury/amnesia books and they are always so compelling. The medical advice is often to "wait and see" what memories the patient will recover on his or her own--without too much prompting. It's a frightening experience to be unable to recall what one did yesterday, a week ago, but to lose years of memories, relationships, experiences is often debilitating. When Jodi wakes up and doesn't know Rupert, he freaks out--dead scared of the stranger in his hospital room. The physicians agree that Rupert should be patient, be a steady support, but not tell him all about their history. Rupert's shattered, yet he agrees to assume a position as Jodi's "flatmate" because he can't bear to walk away from the man he loves. Also, he's afraid telling Jodi will cause Jodi to reject him outright, and he'd rather be his friend than have no contact. So, this is a hurt/comfort story in the extreme. I liked the flashbacks which allowed me to watch Rupert and Jodi fall in love the first time. There is so much tenderness! Most of the book takes place after the accident, and Jodi's recovery is a mess, not just mentally. He's got physical problems, and terrible headaches, and is mostly unable to care for himself for months. Rupert's job as a fireman takes him away for long hours, and Jodi's ex, Sophie spends lots of time as his carer. Jodi can't understand why they didn't work out, and he's confused by his unwanted attraction to Rupert. Rupert's daughter, who's looked at Jodi as a step-father for years now, is being kept away--because Rupert can't explain why Jodi doesn't know her. That said, meeting her in an unexpected way brings Jodi back to his earlier self. He starts to recognize that Rupert isn't his friend--that they had shared a life together, and he mourns his missing memories all the more. I felt that the medical issues Jodi faced were all realistic. Many of the symptoms and effects could hold for brain injury sufferers or those with dementia. That helplessness and fury were so potent, while Jodi felt impotent. Little by little life realigns, however, and Jodi isn't willing to accept a half-life any longer. Memories may be gone forever, but new ones can be made, and he wants these to be bigger and better than those he'd lost--and also, with Rupert by his side. So, expect hurt, comfort, some sweet lovin' and sassy quips. It's an HEA.