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Then one rainy night, he gets a call that his ex has been beaten and shot in a parking lot outside a gay dance club. JD is in critical condition and the man who was with him is dead.
As JD slowly regains his memories, he recalls everything except the circumstances of the murder, and the reasons why he left Robert. He remembers their love, and seems determined to reconcile. Interference comes from all sides. Detective Bill Turner, who seems to have too personal an interest in JD, pegs Robert as the primary suspect in the shooting.
And as the detectives track down the killer, Robert helplessly waits for JD to recall the truth of their relationship and leave him yet again.
But if they survive the investigation, they just might find love in retrograde. My review: I love amnesia fics, I really do, and I love cop stories, but they are usually so badly done. A few negatives, before returning to my praise of this story. The editing is utterly diabolical — character names in at least two places were switched without anyone noticing, which is inexcusable for example, Turner becomes Tanner for a good while, before swerving back. The formatting was inconsistent and confusing, so it was often difficult to work out if we were in a flashback or not — and speaking of formatting, using MS Word to produce your HTML is unprofessional and quite unnecessary.
How much effort would it be to produce a simple style sheet in standard CSS format to allow the products to be easily read? This brings me to the characterisation, which is simply masterful although I think making JD an alcoholic Irish writer was pandering just a teeny bit too much to stereotypes.
We see Robert and JD at all stages of their relationship and their lives, see them growing, falling in love, destroying each other almost completely — and then, through force of circumstances, coming together again with something of a clean slate. He lives with such vigour — even his sins are the result of an overflow of passion, rather than a lack of it. JD is a bit of a shit, really — refusing to accept his homosexuality and punishing Robert for it, using alcohol in the most unhealthy manner to deal with his demons, self-indulgent and spoiled.
Of course, others readers might see it another way. Turner is another flawed, apparently unlikeable character which we only come to slowly know. I thoroughly enjoyed that process, even when he behaved like a complete dick. There are many minor characters, each vividly drawn in a way I found rounded.
I enjoyed Kate Crandall as a no-nonsense detective who drives the investigations with guts and brains. Gabe Lara as a possibly dirty Latino cop was creepy and nasty, and yet you see why Robert trusts him. None of these people are one-dimensional. None of them are what you think they are at first sighting. Heartily recommended.
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Amor En Retrogrado
Then one rainy night, he gets a call that his ex has been beaten and shot in a parking lot outside a gay dance club. JD is in critical condition and the man who was with him is dead. As JD slowly regains his memories, he recalls everything except the circumstances of the murder, and the reasons why he left Robert. He remembers their love, and seems determined to reconcile. Interference comes from all sides.