Review: Sweet Giordan, Please Remember by Raine O’Tierney

sweet giordanReviewed by Jen

If you are looking for a gentle m/m, you may want to consider giving this second-chance-at-love story a try.  It’s light on sex, and honestly, kind of light on romance.  But I found it easy to connect to and I quickly grew to care for the main character as he struggled to get his life back.

Giordan lost his memory after a serious car accident put him in a coma for five years. When he woke up in the hospital, the only things he knew about himself were his name and the fact that he was an artist. 

Unfortunately, with no one to claim him, he ended up on the streets, barely able to feed himself.  A few months of that misery landed him back in the hospital, malnourished and fevered.  It was then that someone who knew him finally found him and took him home.

Chloe isn’t Gio’s mother, but she treats him like her own son as she nurses him back to health.  Bits and pieces of his life and his connection to Chloe are slowly revealed to the readers as they come back to Giordan. The most important piece is Chloe’s son Shane.  I don’t want to spoil too many particulars, but the story follows Gio’s struggles to regain the full use of his body and mind as he catches glimpses of the love he and Shane once shared.

While the romantic element is Gio’s main focus, the novella is more about his overall journey.   I found that I really liked him and his gentle spirit. I liked watching the way his memories returned.  I really liked Chloe and the love she held in her heart for Gio. I thought the author did a good job letting us see how the accident affected all the characters and why they felt the way they did. There was good balance there, but it’s hard to completely get over Shane’s behavior.  There are times he comes across as very selfish, even though I never questioned his love for Giordan.  I had to compartmentalize that in order to get on board with their reconciliation.

Doing that, it was impossible not to root for the HEA and it’s delivered quite nicely. My only small complaint is what felt like a little rushed point, as we jumped over the physical reunion at the end.  But otherwise, I felt like it satisfied, despite the short length.

Rating: B

*ARC Provided by author for review

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Sweet Giordan, Please Remember
by Raine O’Tierney
Release Date: March 19, 2014
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

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