ARC Review by Jude: Whiteout by Elyse Springer

32195634Blurb:

Noah Landers wakes up one day with a headache and no memory of where—or who—he is. Jason, the man taking care of him, tries to fill in some of the blanks: they’re in a cabin in Colorado on vacation, and Noah slipped on ice and hit his head. But even with amnesia, Noah knows Jason is leaving out something important.

Jason O’Reilly is sexy as hell, treats Noah like he’s precious, and seems determined to make this the romantic getaway they’d apparently dreamed of together. But Noah’s more concerned that he’s trapped alone with Jason in the middle of a blizzard while his slowly-returning memories bring hints of secrets and betrayal.

Noah’s not sure what’s the truth and what’s a lie. But as he learns who he is—and who Jason is to him—he’s forced to reevaluate everything he believes about himself, about loyalty . . . and about love.

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Release Date: January 23rd

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Despite the amnesia story, this book felt like a light and easy read. I don’t want to spoil the big reveal, but I will say that it was well crafted. For the most part, the world and suspense (if we would call it that) building to the reveal was well done. I knew there was a big twist coming, so I found that I was trying to problem solve along with Noah. I did find that the pacing of the book was a little inconsistent — a tiny bit slow leading up to the reveal, then speeding up, and then a tiny lull before the end. That said, I couldn’t put this book down, which speaks volumes.

Despite not having Jason’s POV, I really connected with him as a character — big credit to Springer, because this can be tricky to pull off. While we didn’t get to see a complete package (ahhh, the limitations of single person POV), I really felt for him. The way his heartbreak was written really tugged at my heartstrings.

While I enjoyed Noah, at times I did feel like I was being told rather than shown particular emotions or changes. I don’t want to reveal anything big, but suffice to say that while he was a great character, I felt like there was room for some more character development or building with him. Occasionally I felt as though we were being given contradictory thoughts from him. I admired his journey and growth throughout and was very happy for him when success came to him.

I would recommend this book and I am looking forward to the rest of the series.

**an ARC was provided by Riptide Publishing via NetGalley

Genre: Contemporary Orientation: Gay Pairing: M/M Publisher: Riptide Publishing Review Tag: Age-Gap Tag: Amnesia Tag: Part of a series

Jude Sierra View All →

Jude began her writing career at the age of eight when she immortalized her summer vacation with ten entries in a row that read “pool+tv”.

As a sucker for happy endings and well written emotional arcs and characters, Jude is an unapologetic bookaholic. She finds bookstores and libraries unbearably sexy and, to her husband’s dismay, is attempting to create her own in their living room.

She is a writer of many things that hope to find their way out of the sanctuary of her hard drive, and many that have found a home in a fanfiction community.

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