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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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****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.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful