Monday, July 28, 2014

Review: The River Leith by Leta Blake

The River Leith
Title: The River Leith by Leta Blake
Genre: M/M Romance, Contemporary
Published May 15th 2014
Length: 215 pages

Rating: 5 Stars
Review Copy Provided by Publisher

Blurb:

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After an injury in the ring, amateur boxer Leith Wenz wakes to discover his most recent memories are three years out of date.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.

Purchase Link: http://www.amazon.com/The-River-Leith-Leta-Blake-ebook/dp/B00KCR6LXQ
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Review:  

Leith loses his recent three years of memory, including his sexuality, boyfriend, father's death, and family scandals. His boyfriend, Zach, and his brother decides to hide many truths from him to shield him from the pain. However, their plan backfires when Leith discovers them anyways.

The story is told in a part novel format and a script format (when Zach is making his videos). The switch in formatting is easy to understand and showcases Zach's more emotional side that he refused to let Leith witness. Even though Zach is such a nice guy, he cheated on Leith and Leith finds out. Even though it's definitely not okay in a monogamous relationship, Zach's situation is understandable and I'm sympathetic. Their bonding/making-up moments are cute.

This story tugs at my heartstrings when Zach's love goes unacknowledged and Leith forgets his sexuality. It's even harder when Leith tries to hide his new found feelings for Zach from his friends, when they already knew. A lot of things could have been easier for Leith if everyone were truthful to him but I can also understand their reluctance to do so since three years ago, Leith identified himself as a straight man. 

I don't know if this portrayal of amnesia is accurate or not, but Leith is very easy to relate to. Leith's voice in the story is very natural and he brings a different voice to an old trope. He journeys to find himself metaphorically with his amnesia and then literally. The saying: "the body remembers what the mind doesn't" is quite true for Leith. 

The side characters in this story are weird and quirky. For example, Leith has an interesting therapist that uses vague sayings with his patients (and they work for Leith!). I really enjoyed this story and its HEA. Despite the Zach's infidelity and Leith's confusion during the majority of the story, it was an entertaining read. 

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