Review: Recovery (Salvage Stories #2) by Con Riley

Salvage Stories: Book Two

San Diego is a city of second chances for Jamie Carlson. His new career as a photographer is taking off, and with the support of a loving surrogate family, he’s finally putting his party years behind him. The Bailey family helped him solve his drinking problem, but there’s no easy solution to staying sober now that Belle Bailey’s dying. Her last wish is a challenge Jamie can't overcome without help.

Solving problems is Daniel Priest’s specialty. More than twenty years older than Jamie, he’s successful and experienced. He makes his living resolving corporate crises—but his personal life has been far from perfect. Now that his marriage is over, Daniel’s determined to make up for lost time. One night with Jamie isn’t nearly enough for him.

Daniel’s honest offer of help is more than Jamie expects from a one-time hookup. Even so, fulfilling Belle’s last wish is a tall order. Repairing her damaged family as she requests proves difficult when Jamie has to face his own past as well. Jamie could risk his hard-won recovery by admitting why he hit rock bottom in the first place. If he wants a future with Daniel, he'll have to address those reasons head-on.

Recovery focuses on Jamie. When we met him in Salvage he was manipulative and utterly unlikeable. Oh, how wrong we were...

Jamie is recovering from many hardships in his life, but his main focus is to stay sober. While fighting that constant battle his family, his family that he chose, is falling apart. Belle is dying and her last wish is to see her son and father get back the relationship they once had and she asks Jamie to help make that happen. He continued to show his dedication and unselfishness for them. Even their son Owen. *snicker* I kind of love Owen. He's annoying, bratty and rude. But I love him! He's getting a story, too... right? *bats eyelashes*

In the beginning of Jamie's story he meets a stranger at a party, Daniel. They hit it off and attempt to have a one night stand. But Daniel can't seem to stay away and Jamie can't seem to make him. I adored Daniel's role in Recovery. Their romance wasn't the in forefront, but even so Daniel became a constant in Jamie's life. Someone Jamie could rely on when he didn't even know he needed him there. He was there for support, he was there to help and he was there to catch Jamie. And through that continued support their romance developed.

In the center of everything was the Bailey's. This family that helped Jamie in his recovery and continued to help him was suffering and Jamie was going to do anything to ease their pain. So, he set out to do the (almost) impossible and reconcile the relationship between Alec and Owen. There relationship was handled perfectly, and by perfect I mean it was real. Nothing was solved in a day and not everything was solved even in a year. It was real and human.

The epilogue was fitting and showed the growth the family. Jamie is still in recovery and always will be, but with Daniel there's so much hope left for him and his future.

I can only hope that there's more to this breathtaking series. More of Owen, in particular. 

A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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