What Remains by Garrett Leigh ~ Audiobook Review by Queue

Title: What Remains

Author: Garrett Leigh

Narrator: Craig Beck

Publisher: Riptide

Cover Artist: G.D. Leigh

Story Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 01/03/2017

Length: 07 hours 04 minutes

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance

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.

Story Review:

Teresa was looking forward to listening to this book but I grabbed it before she had a chance. However, I was a nice guy and decided to share the review with her–Queue

 

Teresa: What did you think of it?

Queue: It was good. Heart breaking at times

T: Very! I felt so bad for both of them. Jodi because of all that he had to deal with and Ruben for the loss of the Jodi he knew. Having him be replaced with a prickly , angry stranger

Q: Yeah. I struggled to like Jodi at times. He was prickly and rude.

T: But I could empathize with the confusion and frustration he suffered from. Plus head injuries can cause personality changes and many are angry or have little emotional control. I thought it was very realistic

Q: Yeah. It was elevated above the amnesia trope. Very realistic.

Q: I don’t normally like kids in books but I kind of liked the little girl here (Rupert’s daughter, Indy.). She seemed genuine. I liked how she was kind of the impetus to Jodi trying to make it work.

T: Me too. I thought her portrayal was age appropriate. I did not like her mom at all but liked how Rupert handled things.

Q: The mom was kind of a cliche (the bitchy ex) but women like that do exist. It helped to contrast her with Sophie. Sophie was sweet. I adored her.

T: Yes! Sophie was so patient with everything.

Q: She could’ve made a play for Jodi but did the right thing.

T: What did you think about the time jumps in the first part of the book?

Q: I liked the time jumps. I think it worked better than if it had been done chronologically. It made the impact stronger.

T: I agree. (With all points)

Q: What are your thoughts on the sex?

T: There was a lot in the beginning. Then none then a lot. But it integrated with the story well and coincided with important plot points so it didn’t seem gratuitous to me.

Q: I thought the final one where it’s kind of Jodi’s first time was great. Hot.

T: Garret Leigh can write sex.

Q: For sure. And angst. The kind I can handle.

T: Any final thoughts?

Q: Nope. I’d give it 4.5

T: I would like an interlude to show them a little further in their journey, though I really liked the epilogue.

I gave it 5 – any book that makes me feel generally gets a 5

Narration Review:

T: I loved the narrator. I think he did a great job with the accents. I almost wanted to start the book over and listen to it again. I know I definitely will soon.

Q: Yes. Craig Beck did an excellent job with the accents and the different characters. He even voiced Indy well. Usually voices for kids are annoying but Beck did fine here. I enjoyed Beck here as much as I did when I listened to one of Leigh’s other books—Between Ghosts.

Q: Rating for narration?

T: 5

Q: 4.5

Links

What Remains on Goodreads
Riptide
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Audible

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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