Friday, February 5, 2016

The River Leith, by Leta Blake

The River Leith


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After an injury in the ring, amateur boxer Leith Wenz wakes to discover his most recent memories are three years out of date.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 had a difficult time deciding what to make of this one.   On one hand, the author did a great job showing the confusion and loss that Leith's injury gave to not just him, but his friends and family.  I loved the interactions between them and I loved the angst between Leith and Zach.  And Zach....well, I didn't love him.  It took me a while to warm up to him as a character.  Some of his actions made me want to smack him.  Still, I think things wrapped up nicely and I ended up liking it quite a bit toward the end.  

Free review copy provided by the publisher via Netgalley

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