ARC Review by Jude: Whiteout by Elyse Springer


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.

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Release Date: January 23rd


Despite the amnesia story, this book felt like a light and easy read. I don’t want to spoil the big reveal, but I will say that it was well crafted. For the most part, the world and suspense (if we would call it that) building to the reveal was well done. I knew there was a big twist coming, so I found that I was trying to problem solve along with Noah. I did find that the pacing of the book was a little inconsistent — a tiny bit slow leading up to the reveal, then speeding up, and then a tiny lull before the end. That said, I couldn’t put this book down, which speaks volumes.

Despite not having Jason’s POV, I really connected with him as a character — big credit to Springer, because this can be tricky to pull off. While we didn’t get to see a complete package (ahhh, the limitations of single person POV), I really felt for him. The way his heartbreak was written really tugged at my heartstrings.

While I enjoyed Noah, at times I did feel like I was being told rather than shown particular emotions or changes. I don’t want to reveal anything big, but suffice to say that while he was a great character, I felt like there was room for some more character development or building with him. Occasionally I felt as though we were being given contradictory thoughts from him. I admired his journey and growth throughout and was very happy for him when success came to him.

I would recommend this book and I am looking forward to the rest of the series.

**an ARC was provided by Riptide Publishing via NetGalley

Genre: Contemporary Orientation: Gay Pairing: M/M Publisher: Riptide Publishing Review Tag: Age-Gap Tag: Amnesia Tag: Part of a series

Jude Sierra View All →

Jude Sierra is a Latinx poet, author, academic and mother who began her writing career at the age of eight when she immortalized her summer vacation with ten entries in a row that read “pool+tv”. Jude began writing long-form fiction by tackling her first National Novel Writing Month project in 2007.

Jude is currently working toward her PhD in Writing and Rhetoric, looking at the intersections of Queer, Feminist and Pop Culture Studies. She also works as an LGBTQAI+ book reviewer for Queer Books Unbound. Her novels include Hush, What it Takes, and Idlewild, a contemporary queer romance set in Detroit’s renaissance, which was named a Best Book of 2016 by Kirkus Reviews. Her most recent novel A Tiny Piece of Something Greater was released in May of 2018. Shadows you Left, a co-written novel with Taylor Brooke will arrive spring of 2019 from Entangled Press.

Twitter: @JudeSierra
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