ARC Review by Annie: 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 Day: January 23rd

annie*I received an ARC of this via Netgalley

I’ve been looking forward to this A LOT ever since the series was announced.

The book starts with Noah Landers waking up after a bad fall. He’s snowed in, in Jason O’ Reilly’s cabin and has no memory of who he is, how he got there, who Jason is or what happened. It’s all gone. Jason is trying to help him, caring for him so he can heal but Noah is suspicious because some things don’t make sense to him.
Slowly he gets his memory back and starts to remember little snippets of the past until he wakes up and remembers everything; including some unexpected truths.

I’m not going to specify what because I really don’t want to spoil anything. But there is a twist to the story I definitely didn’t see coming and only had suspicions about 10 minutes before it was revealed. That reveal changes the book quite a bit, but not in a bad way.

The development of the story felt a bit slow at first because we only get Noah’s POV.
It makes sense to keep things secret, and when you know what the twist is the build up makes sense and is necessary, but before I knew what happened I would have liked Jason’s POV to get a bit more information and clarity. As a reader we’re probably supposed to be unsure about the characters to add to the mystery, but because I was so unsure about whether Jason was lying, or Noah, I had a harder time getting into their love story/feeling it. That came rather abrupt. Though I’ll say that there was no doubt about the feelings between them during the “reveal scene”. Because that made me tear up a bit.

The story does pick up A LOT of speed after the reveal and that was the moment when I absolutely couldn’t put the book down. I needed to know how it played out, how they’d get their happy ending and stayed up way past my bedtime to find out. So while the “before” is a bit slow, the “after” definitely makes up for it.

Whiteout is a great start to a series and I’m really looking forward to the next book & more from this author! Recommended!

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

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