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.
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This book was recommended to me via Twitter and I am so glad it was.
Generally, I am not a fan of amnesia trope or things similar to it. I don’t know a reason for it, but I was mostly avoiding such books. But here, the description was heart-breaking already, without even knowing the characters, and the cover is amazing as well.
So, I gave it a chance and I devoured it in a couple of hours! I literally did not put it down or do anything else. This rarely happens to me.
Jodi’s and Rupert relationship moves quite quickly, in fact, the book starts with a chapter where their relationship is already established. However, after Jodi’s accident, there are chapters from ‘before’, from when they met to how they became boyfriends and eventually so close as they are in the first chapter.
It was also very heartbreaking. It was obvious how much Rupert cares for Jodi and how he was willing to put his life almost literally on hold, just working and spending time in the hospital with unconscious Jodi. All the while hoping that Jodi will wake up and their life will be what it should be. It doesn’t happen and the parts when Jodi’s awake but still confused and not remembering, it gets even more heartbreaking. I nearly cried!
I loved how the author dealt with the issues surrounding the head injury. And I loved how Jodi and Rupert fell back in love by the end of the book, it is one with a happy ending. And yet it is not that typical ending. It comes with a few bitter parts, but that is exactly what makes it so amazing. It is realistic.
This was the first book I’ve read by this author and it will certainly not be the last. And just in case you still doubt it, I have recommended it to my pickiest friend ever! And I never do that, it is usually her who recommends books to me.