Novel: What Remains
Author: Garrett Leigh
Genres: Romance, Slice-of-Life
Part of Book Series: Standalone
Summary: 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.
Post’s Author Opinion:
Note: This is a personal opinion, it does not reflect YaoiOtaku’s official position towards the novel.
A while ago I read the Urban Soul series by Garrett Leigh and since I liked both books quite a lot, I thought why not read something else by the same author? This idea worked out beautifully because I enjoyed What Remains so much. Both Jodi and Rupert are so great, I loved them together, they make a wonderful couple.
I didn’t actually read the synopsis before I decided to read the book so I had no idea what I was getting into. The prologue was good, really good, and that made me worry that something bad is coming, and boy did something bad come. Jodi was snatched away from Rupert so fast and he was away for so long, it was heart-breaking. But thankfully, Rupert was not ready to let go of him even for a second. I loved the way he loved him.
I liked the first few chapters, alternating between past and present, they offered a background to Jodi and Rupert that made me like them even more. I liked it after that just as much, as Jodi started his recovery and Rupert silently loved and watched over him. And I must say, the patience both of them have warms me up.
What Remains made me feel so sad and so happy. Garrett Leigh writes beautifully, nothing was rushed or forced, it is filled with so many different emotions and I was completely lost in the story.
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