Title: Remember My Name
Author: Chase Potter
Pages/Word Count: 265 Pages
At a Glance: Remember My Name is a story that shows a passion for love and family.
Reviewed By: Kathie
Blurb: Every action can have devastating consequences. For Jackson Roanoke, the greatest consequence of his parents’ divorce was watching his mother drive away with his twin brother Ben, putting thousands of miles between them.
Eight years later and with college looming, Jackson is tasked with reroofing his father’s house. After a tempting offer of help from a young man, Jackson finds himself caught up in a growing attraction he’s hesitant to embrace. But when his brother Ben reappears at the front door, Jackson is confronted by more than he’s prepared for.
Brought together by circumstance, the estranged brothers are forced to navigate a relationship that persists only in their memories. Marked by the heat of a Midwest summer and rolling wheat fields, the short months are punctuated by scattered moments of closeness between the two brothers, hinting at the possibility of rekindling the connection they once shared.
Review: Weaving a story filled with passion, family, new love and rebuilding of old love is what I feel Chase Potter’s Remember My Name is about.
For seventeen years Jackson has had to navigate the waters of living with an abusive father, as well as the feeling he’s gay, but he’s afraid of those feelings. Acting on an attraction for the first time, the summer between his junior and senior year of high school, is where this story starts. Jackson isn’t sure if he will end up with a fist in his face or the feel of another man’s lips for the first time.
At the beginning of the book, we get hints that all is not right between Jackson and his Dad, Jeff. What I appreciated about this is that instead of simply making Jeff an abusive father, Potter allows Jeff to have good points too. Not everything he did was bad, just some things, and that’s life, isn’t it? Everything is not black and white, but what really drew me into this story were Jackson and his twin brother Ben.
The story moves along at a nice pace, each character growing and changing throughout the summer. I especially was drawn to reading about Jackson and what his limits were in a new relationship. The scenes between Matt and Jackson were raw and filled with painful emotion, and takes a turn when Ben and Jackson start dropping some of their defenses and tentatively start rebuilding their trust in each other. What did it take it to do that? I don’t want to ruin the story for you, but sleeping in the same bed (not like that) and talking to each other helped a lot. There is a happy ending for both Ben and Jackson, one that will last a lifetime.
Chase Potter, your stories show a passion for love and family, you write with texture and intelligence. Please go forth and write another. I will be waiting…
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