• What Remains

  • By: Garrett Leigh
  • Narrated by: Craig Beck
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (133 ratings)

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What Remains

By: Garrett Leigh
Narrated by: Craig Beck
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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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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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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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Incredible narration, gripping story, and beautiful romance!

Narration: I highly recommend listening to the audiobook because the narrator, Craig Beck, is one of my favorite narrators. He does an incredible job with this book. He brought Jodi and Rupert to life, and there was SO much emotion in his performance. My heart was aching and I was sucked right into this book. I basically listened to it in one sitting and didn’t want the book to end. I will definitely come back and listen to this book again and again.

Story: I’m not a fan of amnesia stories, but I’ll read anything by Garrett, and this one did not let me down. I loved this book! Jodi and Rupert are madly in love even after years of being together and I felt invested in their relationship from the first page. I love, love, love a well-written established couple. When the amnesia comes into play, the story revolves around Jodi and Rupert finding their way back to each other. While not an especially original plot device or storyline, Garrett writes it in a way that grabs your heart and won’t let go. There is a rawness and realness to Garrett’s prose that many other writers struggle to capture, and little details that humanize the characters. This book will take you through a roller coaster of emotions and challenges until you arrive at a very hard-earned HEA. I can’t recommend this story enough. And if you haven’t read Misfits? You MUST! It’s easily one of my favorite books of all time, and one of the guys from Misfits pops up in the extra prologue of this book. (It’s a fun easter egg, so you don’t have to read Misfits first.)

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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

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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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Beautifully Broken Boys

I knew going in that this book was going to break me, and it delivered on the painstakingly beautiful broken souls recovering from an ordeal so horrible that it left shells of the men they used to be behind. Personally, I was looking for something that would break me and help me figure out how to put myself back together right along with the characters and Garrett Leigh has yet to let me down! I read along as Craig Beck narrated this story via audible narration and once again his narration and emotion really brought these boys to life for me. I recommend the audio just as whole heartedly as I recommend the entire story!

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Garrett Leigh nails it again

Garrett Leigh is one of my very favorite authors and I have yet to read a book of hers I didn't love this was no exception. Craig back was the perfect narrator for these characters and brought them to life. His performance of Rupert was swoon worthy it made me melt every time time Rupert said boyo. I highly recommend this audio book!

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Craig Beck + Garrett Leigh = Gold

I bought this audiobook a while ago but just got around to listening to it. I really think her books are made for audio…especially with Craig Beck performing. He’s just SO GOOD. While there is not much relationship development and they seem to fall fast, I could FEEL the emotions between them and I’m mostly attributing that to the vocal performance.

I liked the use of Sophie, Jodi’s friend and ex, who really helps with his recovery and rediscovery of his feelings for Rupert.
I don’t know much about amnesia, but I appreciated Jodi not having some miracle cure to remember everything and trusting his gut feelings in his relationship.

There are several feel-good moments, as well as a few tears; everything I’ve come to expect from a Garrett Leigh book.

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A must read/listen

Garrett Leigh is one of my favourite authors in the M/M genre. If I could, I would give this book 50 stars. Love is love, even if it's new love again. Love Jodi's humour. This book will be on my re read shelf for sure. Another wonderful moving story.

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I listened to the audiobook. This story is amazing and brought to life this incredible story. 500 stars

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