Monday, January 23, 2017

Whiteout by Elyse Springer

Title: Whiteout
Author: Elyse Springer
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Seasons of Love #1
Main Characters: Noah and Jason
Release Date: January 2017
Publisher:  Riptide Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
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.

My Review:
It's no secret that I love a good amnesia story and this was a good one. The entire book is told entirely from Noah's point of view and he's the one with amnesia, so it takes a long while for everything to become clear. He's slowly getting his memories back and when he does, it's shared with the reader. So the entire story is a big puzzle about what's actually going on in Noah's life...and I loved that because there were a lot of twists and turns to the story that I didn't see coming.

I'm not going to say a whole lot about the story line because it would be really hard to discuss anything about it without giving spoilers and I definitely don't want to do that, because so much of what makes this book so good is the layers of story as they are revealed. 

The book is interesting and has two very distinct parts...the first, Noah is trying to piece together what he can't remember about his life. In the second, he's trying to figure out how to piece together his life because those few days where he doesn't remember changes everything for him. 

All of this is layered in Christmas at a mountainous, snowy cabin... and the musical, Rent, performed in an off-Broadway theater in NYC, to create a wonderful ambience and backdrop that I really enjoyed. The story was really interesting. I was excited to see that it's part of a 4 book series, although the next two stories are f/f, which I don't really read, but I may make the exception for this series, because I did enjoy all these characters (and all the characters for the 4 books are intro'ed in this one).

My only real complaint was because we never got to read any of the book from Jason's pov, I felt a disconnect with his character. I understand that to have things from his pov would have ruined a lot of the story, but I wish there had been more observation from Noah about Jason's reactions to things so I could have gotten a better read on him and felt closer to his character than I did. But that's a minor niggle. 

Overall, I just really liked this one. It will be interesting to see if the rest of the series captures my attention so completely.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review. 

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