The Caretaker (Infidelity #3) by C.P. Harris

With book three of the Infidelity series from C.P. Harris comes a second chance romance like no other. The Caretaker takes the amnesia trope and spins it on its head in a beautiful and poetic way.

From the blurb:

The only thing Noon Waters is sure of is his undying love for his wife. But when a devastating accident ripped both her and a good deal of his memories away from him, he’s left to navigate a new life weighed down by grief, anger, and confusion.  

After stumbling upon an old receipt dated one day prior to the tragic event, Noon’s curiosity leads him to Haley Cove, a place he can’t remember but is somehow certain holds the key to regaining his forgotten years.

So focused on the memories he hopes to recapture, Noon is unprepared for the oddly familiar stranger he finds there instead. As a tentative friendship between the two men blooms into something more, Noon’s reasons for being in the quaint town become less clear. What starts as a quest for answers ends with a revelation too painful to bear.

What happens when the beautiful life you thought you had lived was a lie, but that lie is all you can remember?

The Caretaker is a MM romance and book 3 in the Infidelity series. It ends with a HEA, and can be read as a stand-alone but may be better enjoyed if read in series order. Themes include amnesia, hurt/comfort, and second chances. Both MCs are consenting adults.

Molly Otto's Review:

Did not expect such a mature and well developed relationship when going into this story. C.P. handled the amnesia trope in a beautiful poetic way that eases you into the realization of what was lost by first rebuilding a relationship in a new way.

This story shows Noon and Solace not only falling in love once but twice. The build-up and flow of the relationship show that if your heart has a place for that person and you put the effort, you can get back to that place once again. Their relationship is beautiful and healthy in a way that you can't put into words without having read the story yourself.

The men of the past Infidelity series make an appearance to show they will always be there for Noon even when he can't remember that time. It's just a beautiful read plain and simple.

Jacqueleen the Reading Queen's Review:

"𝙔𝙤𝙪 𝙣𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙡𝙤𝙤𝙠𝙚𝙙 𝙖𝙩 𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙖𝙮 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙡𝙤𝙤𝙠 𝙖𝙩 𝙝𝙞𝙢."

"𝙃𝙤𝙬 𝙙𝙤 𝙄 𝙡𝙤𝙤𝙠 𝙖𝙩 𝙝𝙞𝙢?"

"𝙇𝙞𝙠𝙚 𝙝𝙚 𝙢𝙖𝙠𝙚𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙡𝙙 𝙜𝙤 𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙙."

The Caretaker is a bit of a detour from CP Harris's usual brand of angst, while still being jam packed with emotion. The beauty of the relationship between Noon and Solace was breathtaking. It was honestly just absolutely lovely. These two men who were brought together by their shared pain, somehow grew to love one another with a passion I'm not sure either of them had ever felt before. Their needs matched like perfectly slotted puzzle pieces. The caretaker who felt the intense need to care for others and the lonely man whom desperately needed to feel cherished for once in his life. Their relationship really was a perfect balance.

"𝙏𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙠 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙗𝙚𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙗𝙚𝙨𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩'𝙨 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙝𝙖𝙥𝙥𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙢𝙚 𝙞𝙣 𝙖𝙬𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙚. 𝙏𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙠 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙩𝙖𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙜𝙤𝙤𝙙 𝙘𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙢𝙚."

"𝙏𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙠 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙡𝙚𝙩𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙢𝙚."

I really liked how the author told their love story. The chapters mostly flip flopped from past to present, but it was never hard to follow. I enjoyed how their present would then be connected to something they shared in the past or vice versa. Reading about them falling in love in two different time frames was a testament to how much these two suited one another. Both instances were proceeded by horrible events in their lives, yet both scenarios ended with them in each other's arms and hearts. One thing I will say about this book that was true to form is that C.P. Harris gave Noon and Solace an epic HEA that made everything she put them through worth it in the end.

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