Aug 27, 2014

*Review* The River Leith by Leta Blake

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After an injury in the ring, amateur boxer Leith Wenz wakes to discover his most recent memories are three years out of date.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

I received a copy of this story from NetGalley for an honest review.

I have a soft spot for sweet M/M romances and The River Leith did not disappoint. A touching second chance romance that blends heartbreak, passion, and hope - this was a wonderful romance that I happily recommend.
What happens when the man you love forgets you exist? Do you force your way back into his life? Or step back and let him have space to figure out what he needs, even if that doesn't include you? That's the heart-breaking dilemma facing Zach Stephens after a boxing injury wipes away three years of his boyfriend Leith's memory. Three years that spanned the entirety of their relationship.
Leith Wenz is spiraling out of control. Vague doctors, a brother who talks around his questions and the huge gap in his memory leave him full of hurt and rage. Only visits from his forgotten "best friend" Zach help him to maintain control. But when friendly conversations begin to set off confusing sparks, Leith starts to question their past and their potential future.
What I Loved: Overall The River Leith was a solid romance that quickly hooked me and I was able to finish the story in one straight read. Author Leta Blake beautifully translated Zach's heartbreak and the chaos of Leith's mind and I connected easily to each man. I also loved the interjection of Zach's Vlog to the story. It was original and I think it added the feeling of a third POV - the outside worlds view of the impact of Leith's injury and Zach's struggle to cope. 
What I Didn't Love: I didn't fully get behind the decision of Leith's doctors, brother, and Zach to keep Leith in the dark about the memories he lost. I understand that it helped Leith focus on the importance of what is over what was, but at times I just wanted to shout "JUST TELL HIM!!!" I also think the story would have had a little more emotional weight if we had the opportunity to see more of Leith and Zach before Leith's injury.
Favorite Quotes:
"I'm gone. We're gone. We're nothing. Everything we had is dead. I love him so much, and it's all gone."
"He loved Zach beyond reason, he could trust Zach with his heart and soul, and Zach needed him more than he needed Zach."
M/M romance fans won't want to miss out on this one. Leith and Zach are two lovable heroes and their love story is one that I won't forget any time soon.
Happy reading.

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