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What Remains

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,376 Ratings  ·  306 Reviews
WINNER: Bisexual Book Awards 2016 -- Best Romance

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
ebook, 1 edition, 278 pages
Published July 4th 2016 by Riptide Publishing
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I had a weird reading experience with this book because I started off sort of... disliking it.

It was:
-Too British (lots of slang)
-"Boyo" <--- that nickname... just didn't work for me
-It felt like a few books that I've read before (The River Leith, especially, with the "I think I'm straight" vibe and the roommate/best friend assumption)
- Too little build-up between the MCs.

I read this book in the bath, and I thought that I would want to put it down after just a few chapters.

But then, somethi
This is the best I’ve read of Garrett Leigh in a very long time.

I’ve read almost every book she has published so far (you don’t believe me? Check this out: Garrett Leigh's shelf) and, although none of her books measure up to the Slide series, I’ve found great stories in her record. She has the talent, and the means, to write great books.

But there is always something, a little detail, often a subjective one, that refrains me from loving each one of those stories to pieces. There is always some c
YAY!! I got a late Christmas present!!
Thank you so much, Simone :)


~ 4.5 stars ~

This was a really great story!! So emotional, heartbreaking and beautiful!

I can't remember when I read the last amnesia story so even if this wasn't anything new, it's still a trope I don't read every day and it was refreshing.

And I loved it! Seeing how Jodi learned to love Rupert all over again was everything. And Rupert... OMG, I was weeping for him. He was so supportive and lovi
☆ Todd
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it

Gah! So much of this book was really heartbreaking. Going from totally happy, then losing everything in the blink of an eye.

I really enjoyed how the story alternated between the "before" and the "now", as a way to both introduce you to Jodi and Rupert, and make you genuinely care that they got back to where they once had been.

The first half of the book was my favorite, before the middle parts felt a bit too slowly-paced for my liking, then the end was a bit less engaging than the first bits.

Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was my first book by this author and I'll post a full review once my brain quits exploding and I get my thoughts together...but for now HOLY CRAP!!!! This one impressed the hell out of me...reasons to follow at a later date.

Update: June 25/16 full review posted below...

I find myself wondering "If I took away the memories of the love I have...
What Remains...and is it enough?

Try to imagine, if you will, suddenly having your memories of your entire life for the past five years wiped out, gon
J *deep in the heart of Texas*
4.5 Stars!

I requested this one months ago from NetGalley and I tried reading it a few times but I just wasn't in the mood. I kept saying soon, I'll read it soon. Then all of a sudden it was release day....whoops!

And as it usually happens with Garrett Leigh's books, despite my hesitations I always end up liking them. This one was no exception.

Yes, it was on the heavier side. Emotional and depressing at times. But I knew maybe my expectations were high? Low? Regardless....I didn't hones
4.5 Stars - This book makes you think!
Two men in love. Rupert and Jodi - living their lives. A normal day. Doing something you do every day. Then everything changes. The ones you love are left to put life back together with What Remains

This book takes you through the world of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and the author does a really good job of realistically representing the life of someone with a TBI. As a nurse, I really enjoyed this story because it gives you a look at the injury from the pat
Elsa Bravante
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Me ha gustado mucho, me ha encantado. Una pareja envuelta en una relación perfecta ve cómo todo se desmorona a su alrededor cuando uno de ellos sufre un accidente que le provoca que pierda los recuerdos de los últimos años, y con ello, la relación con su pareja. La autora nos muestra con unos cuantos flashbacks cómo se conocen los protagonistas y cómo se enfrentan al hecho de que son ahora unos auténticos desconocidos.

La historia está bien escrita, con mucho ritmo, no decae en ningún momento a
Jun 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: moderate-steam
3.5 stars

Garrett Leigh wrote another beautiful story...... shrugs . The end.

Ok, not really. But here's the thing. Magic happens for me when I read m/m because of stories about every day people who go through every day things. I'm "ok" if a not-so-every-day side plot is thrown in there from time to time, but I just love it when authors can make magic out of the lives of you, me, our co-coworkers, cousins, siblings, crazy best friends, neighbors, etc. It just makes reading more relatable and I li
4.5 Stars

It's been too long since I've read an angsty Garrett Leigh book, and What Remains is masterfully done.

The first part of the book is done with flashbacks to when Jodi and Rupert meet and then fall in love, all mixed in with the present and Jodi's accident and hospital stay. The flashbacks really give you a sense of who Jodi was and how he and Rupert were as a couple. They were young, in love and so damn happy I could weep. But sometimes really bad shit happens to really good people and t
Feb 25, 2016 marked it as back-burner-for-now
Shelves: mm-firefighters
Garrett Leigh + Firefighter =

Apr 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: all fans of a conventional MM Romance

2,5 stars

Amnesia as a tricky health condition offers actually a thrilling twist for many novels, not unnecessarily romance novels. I read some books where a memory loss was an important part of the plot, and I am not averse to it. There are also many popular movies based on this phenomenon.

For a romance novel it is simple: you have to find two partners, let something terrible happen to one of them (you can do it to both, but then it will be difficult to find a way out of this misery), and then a
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*Might contain spoilers*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱

Web designer Jodi ‘boyo’ ‘Jojo’ Peters (how old is he?) and newly divorced firefighter Rupert ‘Rupe’ O’Neil (how old is he?) met outside a bar, and that meeting changed their lives. 4 year of blissful life full of love came to a brutal stop when Jodi ends up in a horrible car accident. Laying months in coma, where Rupert had no idea if the love of his life would ever wake up, the world felt like it could never get bright again. On top of that, when Jodi fina
Denise H.
*** Here we have a deliciously British tale of two blokes who are destined for each other.
* Emotional, raw, powerful, tragic, realistic, heartbreaking and heartwarming !
A beautifully told tale of newly divorced Rupert, Firefighter,

finding his way and sharing custody of his young daughter, Indie.
Meanwhile he meets Jodi, a Web Designer,

who he's very drawn to, and the men become great friends and then evolve, until Rupert can be comfy with his new found attraction to a man. The story is told
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
**4.5 stars** - Thank you so much, Jewel, for this great SS gift !!

Very emotional, but let’s face it, also a bit depressing at times. I couldn’t put this book down : I so needed to see how Jodi and Rupert, being together for 5 years, would deal with Jodi’s accident which put him in a coma and took away his memory and left him with daily challenges – and how Jodi and Rupert would rebuilt their relationship.

I could really relate to this story and the way it unravelled for both MCs and their entou
BWT (Belen)
Full disclosure here, the first few chapters annoyed me because it goes from the present to the past in each chapter, and I am not a fan of flashbacks, but I am so happy I stuck it out, because when Jodi wakes up that stops and this story is overall so compelling and engrossing, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.

Jodi and Rupert have been together nearly five years when Jodi is hit by a car and spends months in a coma and then coma-like state. Rupert rarely leaves his side, and only then when
‘What Remains’ is not an easy book to read. It’s angst-filled from the first chapter, and continues like that for the rest of the book. However, I would say it’s the good kind of angst, the kind that you know will lead to a special ending that makes it all worth it.

I tend to avoid books with an amnesia premise, because it’s often not very believable and becomes too melodramatic. I’m not an expert on the matter, but I thought that the author did a good job of portraying the medical effects of Jod
An absolutely stunning book. I was so moved by this story which in any other author's hands would have been an angst-filled mess of a book. Garrett Leigh has created something truly amazing here. One of my favorite books of the year.
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a gorgeous book.

As a psychologist in a brain injury hospital, I see patients suffering the effects of brain injury on a daily basis. I was really looking forward to reading this book from this author because I was hoping to see a more realistic depiction of TBI/ABI within the context of a romance novel. I was very impressed with how the author handled it and although some things were a bit far-fetched, the majority was spot on. Kudos author.

The story is told in flashbacks alternating wit
Ula'ndi Hart
Overall book rating: 4.5
Audio Book: Craig Beck - 5 Stars
Book Cover: 4

FIRST: Craig Beck... please kindly provide me with a list of narrations you do using your Rupert O’Neil voice and accent!

I’m thinking you multiplied my love for Rupert x 10 with that. I’m contemplating listening to the whole thing again, just to experience it one more time. LOL

Second: I really love Garrett Leigh. I have a special little place just for her writing, and it didn’t disappoint.

This one is a little bit of a hard o
Kade Boehme
It was all... Too much.
Pavellit Off
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, hot
This one of those books that I picked by its cover, in comparison to one of my favorite book Murmuration by T.J. Klune What Remains by Garrett Leigh. Okay, there is not to much to compere with, in terms of the storyline nor the prose, but still it's a cover artwork of a book that can tell you a lot about the contents. Something about the way your mind plays tricks on you. The cover is very symbolic of the story- the black dusting behind Jodi represent the fracture of his memory and the holes in his brain.

I didn't quite expect all that I found in t
Lelyana's Reviews

This is Garrett Leigh at her finest. Like chocolate. This is fine dark chocolate that I always craved every day of my life. Bitter but yet delicious you want it for more.
I'm still hangover and can't write a proper review today. I mean...I feel Jodi, I feel Rupert.
How miserable their life after what happened with Jodi that day, the day after 'everything is fine'...the BAM! It changed in one second.

With Ed Sheeran's Photograph while writing this (you'll kno
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars
Another lovely story from one of my favourite m/m authors. Lots of feels and great characters that I really felt for.
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Garrett Leigh was one of the very first M/M Romance authors I read when I recently found the genre. One of the things I liked the most about her writing was that she managed to write hopeful stories, but at the same time, she didn’t hold back. There’s always this soft air of angst, and in some of her stories there’s a light grittiness that comes with her characters and their stories – it makes them real, and tangible, and very relatable. What Remains felt like that, in a lot of ways.

In this book
Ije the Devourer of Books
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I loved this and thought it was a beautiful story. It is a moving book about a happy ever after couple, Jodi and Rupert, whose deep love is tested when disaster and ill health strike.

It really pulled on my heart but in a nice way because the story overflows with hope and deep love.

First of all I loved this story because it is set in Tottenham, where I live. It is not always that I get to experience a story set in Tottenham. Although it doesn't really have a strong sense of being in Tottenham, j
I loved the book and listening to the audiobook...
has only reinforced how much and why I loved this book. I first read this book back in June 2016 when it was released and it simply amazed me. From start to finish I couldn't get enough so when the audiobook was available for release I got out my grabby hands, how could I not? The narrator was Craig Beck whom I became completely enamored with when I listened to 'Between Ghost'.

While there was one tiny niggle with this book, for me, it wasn't en
Mónica BQ
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was ok

Not my trope for sure. I knew that going in. But I'm trying to get rid off the Riptide books I already have by certain authors fast. I actually don't even know why I got it in the first place when I already knew that memory loss in Rom is just not something I like reading about. I guess I was lured by the stand-alone thing. Another thing I'm getting tired of is unnecessary serialisation.

Anyway, I didn't much like any of this. Rupert's ex-wife and the resolution that's given to her situation is
Vanessa North
I think Garrett was trying to kill me with this one. I was a sobby mess through the beginning, then a hollowed-out mess through the middle, then the sobbing started again toward the end and I finished it smiling through my tears.
Look elsewhere for a coherent review, I need to go eat my feelings.
Caroline Brand

All the stars for this one! As usual Garrett Leigh completely took me apart and put me back together and all in the space of 278 pages!

The prologue to this book introduces us to two men very much in love. Their lives aren’t perfect but they are perfect for them. It’s just a normal evening – Rupert is off for his shift at the fire station and Jodi is tempting him to stay home for just a little longer. They have been a couple for four years and as you progress throu
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