I’m a sucker for beautiful covers so this book was a no brainer for me to pick up – the cover is beautiful. And in a sea of awful covers in m/m this one definitely stands out. Jodi and Rupert have a pretty happy life together until Jodi is in a pretty severe accident which takes him months to recover and leaves him without any memory of their relationship – or of even being gay.
I wanted to like this book, I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but come on – sometimes you just do. So this one made me think it was going to be really good. The story itself was good and one that I think could have worked really well. But there were aspects that just bogged it down and made me not like it nearly as much as I feel like I could have. Basically the execution of the storyline lacked the follow through that I needed to make it complete.
My number one issue with the book was the language used and the terms throughout. I’ve read many books set in different parts of the world and usually don’t have an issue with it but with this one I didn’t know what they were talking about in many instances. The use of the nickname ‘boyo’ by Rupert to refer to his partner Jodi bothered me to no end. It wasn’t just one time, it was throughout the book and this doesn’t seem like a term of endearment to me at all – more like a term you would call a friend or a kid even. Every time this was used it pulled me out of the story and I had a hard time getting back into it.
Overall the book was just…okay. I wasn’t super invested in the characters until later in the book which isn’t a great sign for me. The plot on its own felt like it could be great but didn’t pan out in the end.
Rating: 3 stars
Title: What Remains
Author: Garrett Leigh
Release Date: February 24, 2016
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