- Reviewed by: Scott Burkett
- Print Length: 215 pages
- Posting: M/M Book Review, Romance
- Publisher: Leta Blake Books (May 14, 2014)
- Book Provided by: Author
- Author: Leta Blake
- Posting Date: June 24, 2014
Have you ever read a book and imagined the story scenarios in your own life? This one did it for me and it scared the bejeezus out of me. Leith was a boxer and during a bout he had an illegal throw hit him on the back of his head. The injury caused Amnesia to the extent that the last 3 years was a big blank in Leith’s memory. This is how the book starts out with Leith trying to piece his life back together.
His boyfriend, lover, partner of 3 years, Zach has been forgotten. This is where I freaked out, this is where I looked over at Greg and told him about what I was reading and went over the scenario with him. Can you imagine this happening to you, because in reality it could. I think this is what made this book so powerful to me, it could have been derived from real life, from someone that was going through this.
The story that Leta tells us is that True Love even if it is lost, can be found and rekindled. That True Love is in the spirit of each of the partners and not just a memory. I’m going to side step a minute and comment on the editing because I don’t want anyone getting skittish because this book was self published. The editing and layout of this book was exceptional, I did not notice any skips or bumps while reading. Now back to our regularly scheduled review.
The character development was slow, but it coincided with Leith’s recovery. I was discovering things as Leith did, it also aided in my understanding of the frustration that Leith was going through. As each page was turned the characters of Leith and Zach developed just a little bit more, the history of each character was brilliantly folded in to the story line. There are so many wonderful points in this book, I loved the slow awakening in Leith it was so Romantic as he realized his feelings for Zach, remember that Leith doesn’t even know who Zach is so he doesn’t even know if Zach would be responsive to his feelings.
The character of Zach is a difficult one to understand. Some may say he is shallow and maybe a little self centered. I actually think the opposite, I found his character to be very giving person. He gave Leith the room to find himself before he assaulted him with “Oh Yeah, you’re gay and we are Lovers”. One of the lines out of the book goes something like this: Leith you are not the only one that lost something because of this accident, Zach also lost the man he loves. Stop and think about this…..Zach remembers everything, but has lost it all. Zach is lost and confused, and he has a slip up, instead of hating him, I felt sorry for him. When you are reading this book it is easy to forget about how Zach feels if you concentrate on Leith’s memory loss, give Zach a chance and remember the despair that he is in.
You can probably tell by now that I was very moved by this book, it will definitely take an emotional toll on the reader as it did me. I’ve never read a story with an Amnesia story line and I will find it hard to believe that one could be written as well as this one was. This book looks at Amnesia from an emotional aspect and not the clinical, so keep your tissue box close by. This is a definite must read recommendation from me.
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The Book Description:
Memory is everything.
After an injury in the ring, amateur boxer Leith Wenz wakes to discover his most recent memories are three years out of date. Unmoored and struggling to face his new reality, Leith must cope anew with painful revelations about his family. His brother is there to support him, but it’s the unfamiliar face of Zach, a man introduced as his best friend, that provides the calm he craves. Until Zach’s presence begins to stir up feelings Leith can’t explain.
For Zach, being forgotten by his lover is excruciating. He carefully hides the truth from Leith to protect them both from additional pain. His bottled-up turmoil finds release through vlogging, where he confesses his fears and grief to the faceless Internet. But after Leith begins to open up to him, Zach’s choices may come back to haunt him.
Ultimately, Leith must ask his heart the questions memory can no longer answer.