The River Leith by Leta Blake

Posted July 15, 2014 in Blog Tour, Book Review / 0 Comments

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The River Leith by Leta Blake

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 16 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug use, alcohol use, language, and/or violence.
The River Leith by Leta BlakeThe River Leith by Leta Blake
Published by the author (self-published) on May 15th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Gay & Lesbian, Romance
Pages: 173
Format: eARC
Source: ARC from publisher
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four-stars

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After an injury in the ring, amateur boxer Leith Wenz wakes to discover his most recent memories are three years out of date.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

Main Points
Writing Style:
The writing was good. Nothing really to comment.
Plot:
It’s short, but a sweet love story. From the beginning, you can definitely see the relationship between Leith and Zach. It has the appropriate number of ups and downs. It was happy, and then it was sad to watch Leith deal with his anger and helplessness. Towards the end, I thought the big issue was going to be if Leith would take up boxing again and how Zach would feel about it, but that really wasn’t the issue. I should have seen it coming, but the issue was really Leith’s anger at being betrayed by someone he was just beginning to fall in love with again. In that, you can definitely see a shadow of his former memories. Will he regain all of his memories? Probably not. But it doesn’t matter. If I were Zach, I would probably see it as a kind of second chance, or maybe just an opportunity to fall in love all over again.
I couldn’t really get attached to many of the characters, but their relationships with each other were convincing enough. Arthur was a good brother figure and Marian and Ava were good roommates.
Do I think he should have taken up boxing again? Yes. I feel like it was in his blood and it was a good way to deal with the anger that he often felt, more so after he lost his memory. Do I think he should have been competitive again? Nope. It would destroy Zach and probably him too after a while. I’m not a big fan of the more dangerous sports. Of course I consider most sports dangerous to an extent. But I knew that he would have to take up boxing again. He just had to.
Good vs. Bad
Good:
  • plot
  • characters
  • writing
  • romance
Less than perfect:
  • not much
Bottom Line
A short, sweet love story. The characters were convincing as well as Leith’s inner struggle. There were a lot of entertaining ups and downs and it wraps up well enough. Would I read more by this author? Probably. Would I recommend this book to others? Yes, if they meet the age suggestion and don’t mind this genre.

About Leta Blake

While Leta Blake would love to tell you that writing transports her to worlds of magic and wonder and then safely returns her to a home of sparkling cleanliness and carefully folded laundry, the reality is a bit different. For as long as Leta can recall, stories have hijacked her mind, abducting her to other lands, and forcing her to bend to the will of imaginary people. This absence from reality results in piles of laundry and forgotten appointments. In between abductions, Leta works hard at achieving balance between her day job, her writing, and her family.

Rating
Plot
four-stars
Characters
four-stars
Writing
four-half-stars
Romance
four-half-stars
Cover
four-half-stars
Overall: four-stars
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