eARC Book Review: What Remains by Garrett Leigh

What RemainsGoodreads Synopsis

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.


I received this book from the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

What Remains is about Rupert O’Neil and Jodi Peters and how love conquers all. Sounds cheesy, I know but this is honestly a beautiful story and I was hoping and praying for a happy ending because these characters deserved it.

The book starts with time jumps from the present back to when Jodi and Rupert first met and then it all molds into one and the story continues on.

After being hit by a stolen car and basically catapulted into the air, Jodi ends up in a coma for months and when he finally wakes up, he’s missing five years of his life. He has no idea who Rupert is and has a major sexual identity crisis.

Characters: Rupert was an adorable sweetheart. Also, are all firefighters automatically hot? I mean, he had the looks- Jodi described his skin as being beautiful- and he made Nutella on toast as a cheer up snack. He was an amazing dad, a great boyfriend…not such a good cook though. His constant vigilance gave me life.

Jodi was a bit of an a-hole but he was adorable. He could be mean but that made the moments when he tried to be nice even more obvious. I loved this pairing and everything they did made me smile. Seriously, two grown men shouldn’t be as cute as this. My heart almost leapt out of my chest.

Thank God for Sophie. If it weren’t for her, both Jodi and Rupert would’ve called it quits ages ago. She was the perfect addition to this book. She’s also not such a great cook but that’s okay.

Likes: EVERYTHING!

Dislikes: Not. A. Thing.

Overall Thoughts: I loved every moment of this book. Garrett Leigh gave me what I never thought I need in my life. I’m am definitely going to check out the rest of her work.

Read this people! This book is a treasure.

Read: 18 May 2016
Rating: ★★★★★

Publication Date: 4 July 2016
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Garrett Leigh

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