Title: Whiteout (Seasons of Love #1)
Author: Elyse Springer
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: January 23, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 276
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.38 stars out of 5
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.
For those of you that have read my reviews, you know I really don’t like to prelude to anything that might spoil it for the reader so I try my hardest not to. With this, it is so hard to tell you my underlying thought of this book, without giving things away. To be honest, I figured it out pretty quickly, but even so that is not a good enough reason to ruin it for others. So, here I go and hopefully I will give this wonderfully written book the review it deserves.
Part One: At the Cabin
Okay I took this as being Noah’s rebirth. His wiping the slate clean; getting rid of all anger by letting go. And what better way to let go than to have retrograde amnesia, right?!? Like I say everything happens for a reason. I have to say the author did a wonderful job building the memories back in for Noah as she did. All of a sudden he would find himself lost in the past; just from a particular saying, a song he heard or from heightened emotions. Eventually Noah finds himself, and not only is it not what he expected, but he doesn’t like what he finds.
Part Two: Back in New York (a week later)
Even though Noah feels he cannot go on and life as he knows it with Jason is over; he finds his footing. Eventually, Noah is able to breathe and find it in himself to move; to be himself without the hurt and hate crushing him down. The emotional pull here is very intense to the point where I thought there wasn’t going to be a “Noah and Jason”. Here we see Noah come back to himself, and grow into a better version of himself. At one point I thought Jason might have been the path he traveled to get to Tony, especially how their lives interconnected. However, Noah does not give up hope, and Jason finally finds it in himself to forgive. Even if he had to see Noah totally breakdown to see the truth. I cannot fault them falling into the sac so quickly after making up. Come on, we all have been there! In the end, we are left with a HFN that should lead to their HEA.
On a side note, I do wish that the author would have given us a bit more in the epilogue. For one, to see if Noah’s career takes off, and the other to see if his mother ever comes to accept/tolerate his relationship with Jason.
The chemistry and love between Noah and Jason is wonderful and beautifully done. I honestly believe that this story is more of a “things happen for a reason” and a “you don’t see the reason at first but in the end, things come together and makes sense.” I am definitely, not saying that everything is gonna be perfect, because like in life it is not.