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#BookReview – “Saving Euphoria” by C. Becker

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Blurb

Hailey Langley and her children struggle to cope with the shocking and mysterious death of her husband Mark. Her teenaged son is rebelling, and Hailey is dealing with physical and mental challenges as well.

Tom Parker, Hailey’s former partner from the Special Crimes Agency, comes back into her life. He warns her to trust no one even as he tries to rekindle the flame that connects them.

Everyone has secrets, even Parker, and some of those from the past threaten to destroy the present. Hailey fights to move forward after losing Mark, but she needs to figure out if she can trust Parker and risk taking another chance on love.

Review

In book 2 of the Euphoria series, former government agent Hailey Langley now works as a university professor while mourning the loss of her husband, Mark, and trying to raise their distraught children. She’s not ready to move on with her life, but she still has feelings for Parker, her former partner with the SCA.

Mark Langley chose to help someone who didn’t deserve it, and now he’s shut himself away to recover in secret. Only his best friend, David, is his outlet to the outside world.

Wow! What a heartbreaking story. Hailey, Mark, Parker, and David are wonderful, complex characters. They’ve all suffered heartache and trauma, but life goes on, and they have to make do. Something horrible happens to one of the more important characters at the end—sorry, no spoilers!—so make sure you have some tissues handy.

While book 1 had more action and suspense scenes, this story had more of a downbeat vibe, which worked well since Hailey and the majority of the characters were grieving and coming to terms with what they’ve lost.

The story flowed well and kept my attention, but sometimes I had to stop reading and jog my memory about certain book 1 events that were alluded to in this one. For new readers to the series, you should be able to read this as a standalone, but you will have some unanswered questions if you skip the first book.

Anyway, I definitely recommend this trilogy, and I look forward to reading book 3, which was set-up beautifully in the last couple of chapters.

4 Stars

— If you’ve read this book, I’d love to know what you think of it. Please comment below.