• Title: Recovery
  • Author: Con Riley
  • ISBN: 9781627986793
  • Page: 469
  • Format: ebook
  • Recovery 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 h
    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 cSan 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 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.

    One Reply to “Recovery”

    1. powerful, and human: same difference.a different novel than the truly outstanding Salvage, but no less the other side of the same coind you can tell—with parallels, not just related characters and similar themes. with thoughtfully balanced details and developments in opposition, and in harmony also.i thought this was a terrific followup, and another in the growing canon of an uncommonly sensitive and clever writer of romance fiction.(for fun, view the covers of both books side by side.)recomme [...]

    2. I'm having a horrible, horrible problem with this book. I've read 50% of it and I still can't get into it at all. At all. I want to cry because I LOVE Con Riley so hard but I have zero motivation to continue. I keep forcing myself to read on but I think I'm going to throw in the towel for now.I didn't feel much chemistry between Daniel and Jamie (actually, if it wasn't from the blurb I would still be convinced that Owen might become the love interest) and, as of now, the book lacks any romance i [...]

    3. An easy, fluffy read this was not. This novel depicts the daily grind of recovery: the cravings, shame, and guilt. For Jamie, booze was always the drug of choice. At the end of Jamie, along with his sponsor Alec, visits Gabe and Gabe's dad, Coop, in Minnesota to make amends. In this book, Jamie, still living in San Diego, has been sober for a while but still struggles with temptation and despair. Add death and grief, and recovery is a hard road indeed. The emotional aspects of recovery and heali [...]

    4. 5 stars from me. Just pure magic!! Quality writing from a wonderful storyteller. A beautiful, intense, emotionally uplifting read of redemption and self-forgiveness, although I have to say that IMHO the romance between Jamie and Daniel almost takes a back seat, but is so skilfully interwoven by the storyteller with everything else that is going on in this magnificent tearjerker of a story, that it's seamless.If you read Salvage (and if not why not??), you'll know that Jamie had severe problems w [...]

    5. Oh my God. Con Riley never ceases to amaze me. what can I even say about this book? It was beautiful and heartbreaking. the journey you take with Jamie and his surrogate family is so poignant and well written. Jamie is so much stronger than he gives himself credit for. and Daniel. Steady, kind, genuinely wonderful Daniel was exactly what Jamie needed once he had his shit together. they were so perfectly matched I found myself envious of fictional characters.This book comes on the heel of a strin [...]

    6. This is Jamie's story; having read Salvage gave me a little added background, and I wasn't surprised by the themes that arose, but I think the book could be read as a stand alone too.This is more a book about love, in all its forms, than a pure romance. Although Jamie does meet his (wonderful) man in Daniel, the story has a lot of hurt-comfort front and center, even in their relationship. Jamie is dealing first and foremost with the family of his heart. Alex, the man who took him in when he hit [...]

    7. A year ago (almost to the exact day) I read my first Con Riley book and fell head over heels for her writing. This book, this wonderful book is the last of what she has published that I have read and it’s a bittersweet moment because I love her work and I want more. You hear that? I want and need more… sigh. We meet Jamie in Salvage as Gabe’s best friend who hurts Gabe, though unintentionally, in ways that I did not like. When I realized Jamie would be getting a book, my first though was [...]

    8. Recovery focuses on Jamie. When we met him in Salvage he was manipulative and utterly unlikeable. Oh, how wrong we wereJamie 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 unselfishnes [...]

    9. 4.5 starsIt's hard to read a book when you constantly have to wipe your tears, but in this case it was worth the effort.Sequel to Salvage, this book (as the previous one) is a rare example of MM romance beautifully written and perfectly crafted.I'm not Jamie, but all over the book I've been by his side; I craved alchool when he did; I loved and hated Owen as much as he did; I felt pity and rage and sorrow for the horrible things happened in his past; I longed for Daniel's self-confidence and acc [...]

    10. After the first book in this series, I unequivocally did not like Jamie. How wrong I was.Con Riley covers so much ground here, without a misplaced word, deed or thought. There are no complex words here. Not an aperçu in sight. But the richness of this author's prose (and tone) is striking. And the themes -- I can't even list them all. To include just a few: (view spoiler)[alcoholism, rape, child abandonment, hunger, grief, cancer, death (hide spoiler)]. Did I miss anything? I'm sure I did. And [...]

    11. 4.2 StarsAck. My heart kinda feels like it's been scooped out of my chest bit by bit with a tiny, rusty melon-baller, and yet I'm kinda glad for the ache?This was a well-written tale focusing on a recovering alcoholic and wow, was it painfully real. I remember Jamie from the last book and holy shit, the character growth and development from that asshole to how he progresses here is beyond amazing. THIS is why I love flawed MCs; perfection is boring.I do have to say that it took a while to get in [...]

    12. I actually finished this book two days ago. It's taken me until today to calm down and stop weeping every time I try and write my reviewd think properly.Let's get the stuff I didn't like out of the way first.I loathed Jamie in Ms Riley's first novel in this series.I really, really loathed him.Jamie is the protagonist in this novel (I adored him).The sex: Sorry Con, I read the first few sentences and speed read, rapidly. In fact, I skimmed until I knew it was over, NOT because you write bad sex, [...]

    13. Reviewed for Hearts On Fire Reviews - 5 heartsI had to put this book down three different times and take a break from reading. The first time was so that I could get some sleep (thankfully, a little goes a long way) and the next two times were because I couldn’t read through the tears that kept making my vision blurry. Recovery is mostly a story about love and second chances. It’s about having the fortitude to recognize when to ask for help and when to forgive (one’s personal self and othe [...]

    14. Wow. I tend to write my review as I’m going, I read a couple of chapters, write a bit, read some more, write, etc then go over and over my review multiple times before I send it in. I just realized I’m 41% in to this book and I haven’t stopped to write at all! It is that good.So here is my review!If you have read Salvage, you’ll remember Jamie. He was the unwitting cause of a mess of trouble for Gabe Cooper and his family. It really wasn’t his fault, but he took the blame on himself an [...]

    15. We first meet Jamie in Salvage and his character was not written to endear him to us. He was selfish and manipulative and wasn’t a great friend to Gabe. With his story in Recovery comes the clarity of what he has been through, what has set him off on his path of destruction and what eventually leads him to become a better person.His home life growing up has failed him completely and it is probably only thanks to Gabes father and family that he kept himself together as long as he did. There was [...]

    16. 3.75 starsThis was a good story. The depiction of alcoholism and fighting to stay sober, growing up, finding family you choose and loving them and starting to love yourself was a bright and shining star in this book. This was truly about Jamie and his journey.Belle's illness was heart wrenching and felt real. Two things that didn't sit well with me. The romance was a little lacking for me. I liked Jamie and I liked Daniel, I just didn't feel the chemistry between them. (view spoiler)[ The scene [...]

    17. More like 2.5 starsUnless tomorrow I will think of a better version, here is my take of this book: it pulled me right into the story, I also didn't mind that the romance between Jamie and Daniel was rather toned down - as it was, it worked quite well for me:) The more difficult aspect of this story for me was the way Jamie's connection to this family was written. For me it sounded as if Jamie's most important connection was with Belle. He came to them due to Alec, who was his sponsor at AA. So f [...]

    18. J.D. Salinger once said, “What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though.” Salinger was right. It does not happen that often, but it does happen when the author is Con Riley. Once again, Riley has taken a complex idea and created an intense and emotional roller coaster of a story, and the only thing the [...]

    19. I won this book through a giveawayAfter the excitement of actually winning something, for which I am so very grateful, I sat down and started reading. I ended up not moving from the lounge until I was done. I was captivated by this story. It had so many elements that I could relate to, that I felt that Ms Riley must have trawled through my brain for my memories to write me the perfect book. She took such sad elements, such as cancer and rape, and wrote a book full of redemption and love.I am a [...]

    20. I think I like this one a little more than the first. Jamie was a bit unlikable in the first book but I absolutely fell in love with him in this one. And Daniel was kinda perfect for him even with the age difference or maybe because of the age difference. There was no great conflict between the MCs just a nice solid love story. There was angst in the story though. Like bawl-baby type pain. Owen started out my least favorite person but I ended up loving him as well. The whole cast of characters w [...]

    21. A series of DNF's A few books that I struggled with for various reasons. The Next by Rafe Haze. Couldn't stand the writing. Recovery by Con Riley. Romance took a back seat to a long examination of a mother's death from cancer. Dance by Teodora Kostova. Rushed unbelievable relationship. All telling, no showing. Overall amateurish writing. Les Recidivists. Sequels huh? Two separate couples vie for attention in this disappointing sequel. The M/F couple are poorly matched and the woman in partic [...]

    22. When I read Salvage, the first book in the series, I was so not a fan of Jamie. What we got to see of Jamie was an irreverent brat who seemed to not take anything seriously, and he seemed like a user to the nth degree.Once I got a bit into Recovery, I realized I couldn’t have been further from the truth in my opinion of Jamie. When Jamie experienced a brutal assault, he turned to alcohol to numb the pain in his soul, and it took Alec Bailey and his wife Belle to help Jamie begin to heal. The B [...]

    23. This story is heartbreaking and emotional and amazing. Let me start from the beginning I really enjoyed and fell in love with the men featured in the first book of Con Riley's Salvage Series, "Salvage", Gabe and Scott. This second book, "Recovery" focuses on Gabe's best friend, Jamie Carlson. Poor sweet Jamie. We knew he was having a difficult time when we met him briefly in "Salvage". In this story, we journey through Jamie's life and see what he has been through and what he has to think about [...]

    24. Well this was a disappointment. I loved Salvage and I thought for sure Jamie's story was going to be great. But no so much. In fact, I had to force myself to read up to 50% in hopes it would become more interesting and some chemistry would magically appear between Daniel and Jamie.Chemistry? What chemistry? If this book had any less of it, it'd put me to sleep. I didnt feel any connection between Jamie and Daniel, none what's so ever. And the fact that a 47yr old man would want to show off his l [...]

    25. İlk kitaptan çok daha güzel ve duygusaldı. Salvage'da Jamie'ye o kadar gıcık olmuştum ki açıkçası biraz da ondan bekletmiştim bu kitabı Pek hoşlanacağımı sanmıyordum. Ama beni haksız çıkardı

    26. 4.5 StarsA "Live Your Life, Buy The Book" ReviewWe briefly met Jamie in the first book of the series, Salvage, as Gabe's best friend since childhood. He was irresponsible, thoughtless and selfish to begin with, but was trying to make reparations for his past behaviour at the end of that book.In Recovery Jamie, at twenty-eight, has been sober for a year with the support of his original sponsor, Alec Bailey, and Alec's wife Belle - people Jamie has come to think of as the parents of his heart. Th [...]

    27. 'Recovery' is Con Riley's second book in the 'Salvage Stories' series and, frankly, I wasn't really jazzed to jump right into this one. It's Jamie's story and he made a very poor impression on me in book one. Jamie came across as so horribly conceited, rude, arrogant, manipulative, unfeeling, and an all-around contemptible person. So I think you can understand my hesitancy in reading his story. I didn't want to like him, but, in the end, my curiosity won out over my indecision.As expected, of co [...]

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