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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.

Word count: 72,500

©2016 Garrett Leigh (P)2016 Riptide Publishing

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Broke My Heart But I Still Loved It

I think I need some recovery time after this one- something light and fluffy full of rainbows and kittens to be exact. My stars! This book tore my heart up and had the tears flowing a few times. Love can be so hard when one lover loses his memory and must find his way back while the other must hold steadfast and strong when hope is nearly lost.

I knew I was in for it because I've read other books by this author, but being prepared didn't help one iota when the feels hit and washed over me like a hurricane.

The story is told in present time line and flashbacks. Lordy, those flashbacks are so necessary. I had to see and know what Jodi was like when he and Rupert met and fell in love because after the accident and the Traumatic Brain Injury he is so different and poor heroic Rupert is nearly breaking under it all. It's one that once started I couldn't have stopped. I had to know if Jodi's memories would return and what would bring on the ending I was really hoping for.

There is so much that felt authentic and real about this story. I don't know exactly what an TMI recovery would be like, but I thought the author nailed it. Just as I don't know what a relationship would do if one partner only remembered his past forgetting the last three years so he forgot the love of his life and thought he was still seeing his best friend or that the other partner is dealing with seriously reduced finances, care for his partner, and struggling to do what's right by said partner even while his heart is breaking. It was dramatic and emotional, but not fake or manipulated.

I experienced this story in the audio format and I enjoyed Craig Beck's narration. I thought he caught the characters and the situation just right. He had a good tone and pace. I really appreciated that he didn't try to add more drama to an already emotional story. He let the story carry itself.

All in all, I am completely tapped out. This story needs a warning label- wonderful, but be prepared to really feel it. I definitely recommend this m/m contemporary romance to those who enjoy difficult romance, lots of spice, and a considerate respect for the various elements.

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Wow! Another great story from Garrett Leigh!

****4.5 stars****Wow! I've adored Garrett Leigh's writing since I read Slide way back when. One of the things I love is how she writes about normal, everyday people. People like Jodi, a web designer who lives by himself and is a bit of a neat freak.

And then there's Rupert, a firefighter who's dealing with his sexuality after a failed marriage and a little girl that is his world.

This book is told in flashbacks so we get to see the chemistry between these two when they first meet and it is explosive. Things move pretty fast and soon they are living together and building a life.

Then a freak accident takes it all away. Jodi suffers a traumatic brain injury and doesn't remember the last 5 years of his life.

This is the part that really hit me hard. Imagining how I would feel if my significant other couldn't remember me or our life and really didn't seem like he wanted to remember. But Rupert loves Jodi wholeheartedly and stays by his side, even though Jodi doesn't make it easy.

I really enjoyed this story and the narration. Craig Beck does an excellent job with the accents. I will definitely look for more from him.

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Wonderful love story, excellent narrator.

Too often gay romance novels are either "coming of age" stories, or man meets man, 3 hours of sex scenes, no depth. This is wonderful as it examines their relationship through a period of struggle and change. The emphasis is on the relationship and not just as a set up for sex. The characters are deep, the situations believable, the story moves at an even pace.

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Beautiful, Unforgettable

I know I won't forget Jodi and Rupert any time soon Garrett, - thanks for the incredible excellent experience that is your writing. It feels like reality it feels like Truth. I can't say enough about Craig Beck as a narrator as well. Absolutely loved Between Ghosts, Misfits, and hoping the 2nd Misfits book has him narrating as well (PLEASE PLEASE!!!) Craig does a beautiful interpretation of these characters. Your writing never feels cheesy, it feels like these are real people right around the corner dealing with tough circumstances and real fears! These two tore my heart out a couple of times and thank you thank you for the HEA - I know that real life doesn't turn out that way but I have to have it!!!! I'm listening to Only Love right now. With Jodi and Rupert, I just love these two and their extended family (I'd love to have more - I think alot of people are afraid to listen to this book because it is a sober subject (I was too - I let this sit quite a while and I'm mad at myself - I've listened to it 3 X now and it is just really beautiful - thanks again!!!!

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Grab some tissues, this is an emotional one!

What made the experience of listening to What Remains the most enjoyable?

I think Craig Becks perfect narration.

What does Craig Beck bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Craig Beck Brought Alive the emotion of both men, the sadness of the accident, the rebuilding of their lives. I nearly cried so many times. I could listen to Craig Beck all day( i practically did as he kept me riveted to this story)

If you could rename What Remains, what would you call it?

I'd keep this title it is perfect

Any additional comments?

What remains is a beautifully written story of two men so much in love, then tragedy strikes and they have to rebuild their lives.

If the person you loved was in an accident and woke up with five years missing from their life. Couldn't remember you or even remember he was gay, could you stay with them, care for them when they are mean and pushy, and not even look at another lover? I could for a short time but for months or longer? With no signs or the doctor saying it would get better? I 'm not sure I could. Rupert was a saint, so in love with Jody, so patient and full of hope. Then we have to see Jody's side, which I can relate too somewhat. Not remember from day to day or remembering who is in your home touching you, seeing you your most vulnerable isn't easy either.

What remains is a beautiful, touching story of love, hope, and happiness. A must read for all M/M romance lovers that like a good cry and a satisfying, believable, not storybook ending.

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Heartbreaking but so, so beautiful

For some reason I've always been drawn to memory loss stories. There's something about them that calls my name. And Jodi and Rupert’s story begged for me to read/listen to it.

We all know that when you pick up a book by Garrett Leigh you will be getting angst. You’ll be put through an emotional rollercoaster right alongside the people you are reading about. You also know that all the pain, the heart break will be worth it in the end. It always makes the HEA so much sweeter. This still holds true with What Remains

The first part of this book is divided between two time lines; the past, back when Jodi and Rupert first met and fell in love. We were there for some of the struggles they went through before they were solid as a couple. We know some of their hardships. Which is why the second time line – the present – is so brutal. We find them as a happy and solid couple, it’s a morning just like any else. Only it comes to a brutal end when Jodi is in a car accident and ends up in hospital. No one can say if he’ll make it or not or what permanent damage he’ll have. We sit vigil with Rupert watching every sign of life, hoping, praying Jodi will wake up. Only when he finally does, he’s lost all of his memories of the past 5 years. He’s lost all memories of Rupert, of being bisexual.

I can only imagine how horrible it must be to lose time, lose memories, and lose a part of you are. This book dealt with it all in a very credible way. You felt how lost Jodi was, you were angry at the world with him, of the unfairness of it all. Many times the people surrounding the injured party are forgotten, overlooked. But in cases of traumatic injuries they suffer right alongside the victim. They lose too. So I wished at times that Rupert was allowed to feel anger and frustration with Jodi – because let’s face it, Jodi was horrible to Rupert a lot of the time. I do understand that what they were going through was highly unusual, stressful and emotional; Rupert was never really allowed to feel, to recuperate from taking care of Jodi and taking everything thrown at him. I know that he loved him, but sometimes emotions need an outlet and we were never really there for his.

What Remains was simply beautiful and heart breaking. It was real; you could feel the emotions pouring from every word. I've read this book once before and this time I listened to the audio version and it too was great. It took some getting used to the accent, but after a few minutes I was sucked into this book and the fate of Jodi and Rupert. I love how Leigh creates credible and real characters, they are flawed and life is messy. There are no miracle cures or easy fixes. She makes you work for your happily ever after.

Craig Beck narrated this story beautifully. He treated it with care, added just the right amount of emotion to draw you in. To immerse you in the lives of Rupert and Jodi. The pacing was just right and so were his voices for the different characters. Add in a great accent to fully bring you to UK and this book was pure perfection.

I loved every second of this book and would gladly have listened to several more hours of these two guys. It was beautifully written and I had a hard time putting it down. While sad and heart breaking at times, this book was filled with so much hope, but above all love that it was all worth it in the end.
Highly recommended.

A copy of this book was generously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes.

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4.5 stars– Definitely a book that sticks with you

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 audiobook.

*Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*

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Amazing story

Full of pain but also how men overcome. How people change and how life goes. And it does go on. Beautiful love story.

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Wow...just wow...

I must admit, this one took me by surprise, Garrett. I wasn't sure about it at all for a little while, but you took me by surprise...it was worth it...well worth it. And Craig..I like you. Audiblites, give it a try. I must admit and say it again...it took me by surprise.

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Very unique and unexpected journey of what could happen

It was very believable this could happen in real life and how love ones don't give up on the future. I'm glad it turned out the way it did and didn't use miraculous happy ever after cliches