Title: Whiteout (Seasons of Love, #1)
Author: Elyse Springer
Release Date: January 23, 2017
Page Length: 276 pages
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 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.
This book was quite a pleasant surprise. It’s an amnesia book…….but it’s not your typical one.
Noah wakes up in a cabin in Colorado with a man named Jason, whom he instinctually feels safe with….a connection. But he knows little else. He can’t remember anything after a serious bump to the head. He doesn’t even remember who he, himself, is.
Despite the fact that Jason is clearly upset by his injury and loss of memories, the things Jason is telling him don’t quite feel true. Which makes an amnesiac panic just a bit, right?
Because they’re in the middle of a blizzard, Noah can’t be seen in a hospital, but Jason’s been calling the nearest ER’s doctor for guidance. Dr. Whitcombe says Noah should regain his memories over the next one to seven days…….so that’s good, right?
Only, as the memories start trickling in, they don’t make sense. They don’t all coincide with what Jason is telling him.
The first half of the book is Noah getting his memories back a little at a time, and his growing panic over why those memories aren’t all connecting…..to his other memories and/or to what Jason is telling him. I enjoyed this part of the book for the mini mystery that it was. I was able to guess how that part was gonna play out, but still had some surprises along the way.
Part 2 of the book takes place in NYC in the near future after the setting in the cabin. Without spoiling things, the second half of the book was a great punch in the feelz. I got some leaky eyes, not gonna lie. Even though our MCs weren’t together for some of it, it was a beautiful exploration of an MC realizing what he wants in life and going after it. Even if he gets kicked down while doing it. (And the stumbling was heart-wrenching, but so so so worth it for this girl who loves some relationship angst).
I know I’m being vague, but going any further would spoil the fun, and you should go into this without knowing details about the outcome of Noah getting his memories or Part 2. Just trust on this. It’ll be worth it.
Two niggles – the lack of development of Noah’s feelings over looking like the dead lover and because I honestly don’t know if I forgive one of the MCs all the way for what he did in the past.
I definitely recommend this one. It’s not your typical amnesia story, and watching the results unfold was truly entertaining.