What Remains

Narrated by: Craig Beck
Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
Categories: LGBT, Romance
4.5 out of 5 stars (107 ratings)

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Publisher's 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.

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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Amnesia done right.

Omg. Like when you say I want to read an amnesia book you are thinking silly trope that the main characters will quickly battle through and their love will bring them together quickly and it will be cute.

Instead we got the real story. This still has the HEA but hello angst you are my friend. It definitely wasn’t cutesy. This is a tough story to listen to. Not only do you get the love, the pain of losing him, rebuilding his life and memory, but also financially and how it would impact a child.

This book is just. Wow.

Craig Beck is a god. Garrett Leigh slays me repeatedly. Go listen to this now.

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Just kill me now.

Sweet lord this book!
What Remains is another audiobook I started awhile ago, back in July to be more exact, but had to put aside. It wasn't because there was anything wrong with it, it was just sooo emotional I wasn't in the right headspace for it. But with my desire to clear any unfinished books off my "shelf" before the end of the year, I picked it up again last week, and I am so glad I persevered.
Jodi and Rupert's story was so heartwrenching, but such a wonderful love story. I'm kind of tearing up again just thinking about it. It definitely wasn't an easy listen- I wonder if I had read it instead, if I would have had such a visceral reaction to it. Craig Beck's narration was really fantastic. He had me feeling All.The.Feels. All of them.

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WOW! speechless!

This audible was such an amazing listen! fantastic voice performance! The best I have ever heard and I live off of audibles! The story blew my mind. It was so beautiful, so heartbreaking, and such a satisfying ending!

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Just perfect

What a beautiful story. Jody and Rupert overcome immense tragedy. Through grace and love both emerge better and stronger as a couple. narration by Craig Beck Is perfect. I will miss Rupe and Boyo.

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heartwrenching

This book was an emotional rollercoaster. I was so sad for Rupert and Jodi. it was a beautifully written story.

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So sad, yet so beautiful...

I went in to this story blind, I had no idea what to expect, and man was l surprised.

What drew me deeper and deeper into the story was that l recognised the places the characters
lived in . Being a Londoner, l enjoyed listening to a very good Cockney accent, and an unbelievably
sexy Irish accent too. The slang and very British sarcasm had me smirking throughout.

This started out as an unexpected encounter, which soon turned very deep and very hot.
Two very different men, each with their own unique types of baggage, strike up a friendship.
Jodi, very much a loner, with few friends but a successful company meets Rupert on a night out.
OMG, Rupert is such a darling character. When he meets Jodi, he has lost everything in his life that
means anything to him . Struggling to stay afloat after a failed marriage, missing his daughter and questioning
his whole existence , he is a mess. Rupert is just coming to realise that he is into men, but doesn't have the
courage to do anything about it.
Then he meets Jodi....
His whole world, his whole outlook on life is about to change.
The two men fall hard, their love for each other turns pretty epic.
But life has other ideas, and an unexpected tragedy turns their world upside down.

The story takes on a much darker turn from here on. The outcome of the tragedy will have both men
questioning everything they knew about themselves and their relationship.

This book will have you both swooning and crying in equal measure. Very well written indeed.

The narrator Craig Beck is absolutely outstanding voicing the characters. His Irish (Rupert) lilt
is so sweet, so sexy it will make you shiver. l loved the dark and light in his voice, he did the story justice.

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