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 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’m not usually a big fan of stories that are told using flashbacks but I love Garrett’s writing style, and this aspect of the story was done so well. A beautiful balance of the terrible reality of the present these two find themselves in mixed with the sweet flashbacks of how Jodi and Rupert met and got to know each other.
Garrett’s books are always angsty, but this one really got to me. At times I wanted to yell at both characters, but their journey was a hard path to walk that tugged at my heartstrings. It’s an award-winning book for a reason. A fantastic story that has left me with a huge book hangover.