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.
Meet Hailey Landley, the main character in Saving Euphoria:
Hailey Langley, nice to have you here today for a sit-down interview. Can you tell us where were you born?
Hi, thank you for having me today. I was born and raised near San Francisco. My parents died in a car accident when I was seventeen, and I moved to Texas, and later to Virginia.
I’m sorry to hear about your loss. What is your greatest regret?
My biggest regret is not having some of my family around longer. My husband died eight months ago. I lost my oldest son six years ago to drugs. I regret not having the family life that others enjoy over the holidays.
Do you have any bad habits?
Itch. When I get upset and anxious, I scratch my hands and arms. Right my worst habit is relying on anti-depressants to get through the days after my husband’s death. I need to focus on my children, not me.
Which dead person would you most want to meet?
I’d most like to meet my Uncle Henry. My dad talked highly of him. After he died in med school my brother and his family’s life crumbled. I’d love to know what happened. My dad told me of the rumors with drugs, but no one knows for sure.
Who do you consider their closest friend or best friend?
Mark was my life until he died. Still is. I can’t believe he’s gone. (Sniff)
Do you have a romantic partner?
I’m starting to see an old crush. Tom Parker. He was my partner when I worked as an agent with the government. After Mark died in the fire, I ran into Parker. We’ve gone out a few times, not dates. The kids are getting used to him. It’s hard to move on.
Who do you trust?
Parker told me not to trust anyone—even him. I thought Mark would never let me down, but lately I’ve discovered some questionable activities he was involved in. Now Parker’s being secretive. I don’t know what to think anymore. Once I figure out who the mysterious girl is in the photo from Mark’s car, I’ll try to wrap my head around everything going on.
He moved closer, his breath warming her face. “I don’t want to be a friend. I want more.”
Her eyes blurred. “It’s only been six months since Mark died.”
“Life goes on, Hailey. Mark’s gone.”
“Six months, Parker.” Tears burnt like acid splashing in her eyes. Six months was not nearly enough time to let go.
“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to say it that way.” Parker reached over and held her hand.
The tenderness in his touch made an instant connection to her heart. Ashamed at her heart’s betrayal, she yanked her hand away and wiped a tear off her cheek.
He held her hand again and whispered. “I love you, Hailey. I always have. Somehow, life or fate, or whatever it is you want to call it, got in our way. I kept my distance when you married Mark, but I never stopped loving you.” He tightened his grasp on her hand. “Now I feel like an idiot because I waited too long.”
“Parker, please. I’m not sure I even want to get involved with someone again.”
“You’ve become so miserable. You’re a strong woman.” His face hardened. “Mark wouldn’t want you to waste your life grieving. He’d want you to go on—and at least try to be happy.” He caressed her cheek with his thumb. “I think deep down, you know it.”
Becker is the author of Finding Euphoria and Saving Euphoria. She is currently working on the third book to the Euphoria trilogy. As a medical technologist in a former career, Becker has never outgrown the attraction of using science in everyday life.
Becker enjoys hanging out with her family and Jack Russell, playing the piano, reading, and gardening.
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