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The River Leith by [Blake, Leta]
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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After an injury in the ring, amateur boxer Leith Wenz wakes to discover his most recent memories are three years out of date.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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 338 KB
  • Print Length: 215 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Leta Blake Books (May 14 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KCR6LXQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #90,175 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I really enjoyed this story. I found that I felt so many different emotions through the story. I highly recommend this book.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9e5b2534) out of 5 stars 72 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e5bef78) out of 5 stars The heart always remembers... May 25 2014
By Annabeth Albert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The Amnesia trope rarely works on me, even from auto-buy authors, so I approached this with a lot of caution. To my surprise, this was an angsty delight. I loved this author's Training Season a great deal, but for readers new to her, I'd suggest starting here--this is a great all-around sexy, angsty contemporary winner. I loved all the kinky stuff in Training Season, but this story stands fine on its own w/o kink or bdsm. Just a good old-fashioned love story of two people meant to be no matter what or no matter how separated--it's a great story of finding a way back to each other. And for those who tread cautiously around self-published stuff, this is supremely well-edited & well-laid out
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e5befcc) out of 5 stars a beautiful read May 17 2014
By Kath - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I'm terrible at writing reviews and rarely do, but I absolutely loved this book. I read it straight through. Highly recommended
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e06c2c4) out of 5 stars Didn't like Zach June 2 2014
By triskell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I appreciated the originality of this story (another reviewer mentions "the amnesia trope" but I haven't actually read many romances with this trope) and the genuine - and sometime heartbreaking - effort the author made to delve into the emotional turmoil of both MCs. I even liked the device of Zach's vlogs to communicate his point of view. But that's exactly where the novel fell down for me and brought a possible 5 down to a low 3 - Zach. I just couldn't like him. It must be extraordinarily painful when the person you love with all your heart doesn't remember you, particularly when that person took you for granted when they were cognizant. Zach, however, was so caught up in his own turmoil - even to the extent of cheating - where was his support for the man he supposedly loved so much? He gave up on Leith so fast, jumping into despair so quickly. What a wimp. A hypocrite, even. Your lover just lost a big chunk of memory and you can't keep it together (or keep your hands off another guy) for even 2 weeks? Leith wasn't very likeable all the time in his "previous" life but at least he wasn't a hypocrite.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e06c1bc) out of 5 stars It was ok... Sept. 21 2014
By michelle ochoa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
3.5 stars

When I read the synopsis of this book… I was all over it! I just couldn’t wait to read it… It sounded so interesting. Was it what I was expecting…
Hmmmm… Yes & no.

I liked certain parts of this book & there were parts that I didn’t really care for. I’ll start with the things I liked about this book.

I liked the prologue in the book. I thought it gave off a good amount of information about Leith.
I liked how the the author wrote Leith character. She did a pretty good job showing his struggle and trying to come to terms with his new life.
I can’t imagine having something like that happen and and losing time in your life. Must be very disconcerting.
I loved how even though Leith didn’t know who Zach was… His mind, body & soul knew.

Things I didn’t care for…
Well… It was incredibly slow for me. The sessions with the doctor were a little blah…
We had a lot of internal thinking from Leith… But I wanted him to ask… And demand answers… He backed down a lot…& I didn’t like that.
His flashbacks from his childhood were a little meaningless to me. And I never did get what the bird meant in his dreams.
Another big thing I did not like was what Zach did to Leith. It had only been a month since the accident happened…
That’s pretty unforgivable.

Over all…this was an ok book. What I recommend it to people?…
Yes… I would.
What I read more books by this author?
Yes I would.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e06c7f8) out of 5 stars The heart and mind, battling for love… May 20 2014
By Spifette - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
From the opening chapter, I could feel it, that this wasn’t going to be an easy read emotionally. Leith really wants to move forward with his life, but how do you do that when you’re missing parts, important parts, important memories about very important people? Zach wants the same… with Leith. It all started with a gentle scent of a reminder, cologne, and that heaviness settled into my heart. Would Leith remember? And not just remember but want to remember? Want to do what he did before? Love who he loved before? His brain wasn’t going to make it easy but maybe his heart could lead the way.

See what I mean? Difficult. Emotional. I tried to prepare myself.

“What I know is that you’re the artist of your life, and you can mold this hunk of clay into anything you want. You don’t have to take anyone else into consideration, unless you want to do so.”

Unless you want to do so.

How the heck are you supposed to try and decide which path you want to take when you can’t even see the signs? That’s essentially the position in which Leith finds himself.

We get both Leith’s and Zach’s points of view in this story. Don’t worry, there’s no mistaking whose thoughts we’re getting, no head hopping. We get Leith’s confusion, struggles and desire to find what his heart seems to be reaching for but his mind can’t find. We get to witness Zach’s anguish, uncertainty and difficulty in quelling his hopes for the future he and Leith had wanted together before everything happened. These two characters feel incredibly real and that only happens when their author takes the time to know them, inside and out. She does.

The high level of quality to this author’s writing is here, on full display. It had its way with me. I felt helpless and didn’t fight it. This story was destroying me and doing so quietly. No tears yet, no blubbering. It was almost like my body was holding everything at bay, waiting. There was a low buzz in my head, and anything but shallow breathing was difficult.

Fear. Fear of being forgotten. Of losing love. Of the most important thing slipping through my fingers, flitting away like it was nothing more substantial than a dried leaf caught on the wind, weightless, meaningless. That’s the part of me that was exposed by this story. On the other side of fear is hope. It’s the hope that love knows, that love remembers, that love can never forget. Ever. Is it true? This is the battle going on in this book. I mean, what would you do? Leith feels what he thinks are attraction, happiness, safety, truth, love and peace, but all towards a stranger. Powerful confusion.

And Zach. His suffering is just as palpable. His love is overwhelming as he’s trying to hold it back, trying not to hurt Leith. Zach has all of the memories but he’s lost so much. He’s lost the Leith he knew. Would this Leith still love him, or is that gone forever, too?

This doesn’t feel fabricated, fake, forced, nothing like any of those things. When a story has one or more of these ingredients, there’s a barrier between the words, the emotions and I. I have a place to protect myself from the story. There are no barriers here, nothing to hide behind, no protection from the lung-piercing pain and brain buzzing hope.

Raw, beautiful, lyrical, painful, sensual, hopeful. This author gets inside all of it and then lays it open, exposed, for us. It feels generous and I’m grateful. And there is no respite from all of this emotion. There are a few moments of levity, some smiles, but not many. Is it all worth it? Yes. To me it was, yes. Truthfully? I’m in that strange place, a mix of being in a daze and yet bouncing around with joy. The writing. The dialogue. The characters. The love. They’re all here.

I recommend this to everyone.

Review originally published on Prism Book Alliance.
The author kindly provided a free copy in exchange for my honest opinion.