The third story in the Book Boyfriend trilogy picks up where book two left off: and we get to see what havoc Scarlett has wrought upon herself and her friends in the meantime. Euphoria dives right in with Ash’s frustrations on her last-minute no show to Christmas dinner. What we are starting to learn is that Scarlett is truly drawn to those who are only capable of giving her pieces, she needs broken and damaged to feel important. Yet, she also needs to rely on the whole and confident for guidance, even as she ignores their best advice.
What we don’t see frequently from Scarlett is the effect that the deaths of those close to her have on her decisiveness. And this wanting to seem ‘decisive’ in the eyes of those she claims to love also leads her to lie. Well, lying may be strong, but if you have no second thoughts about your choices, why are you not telling them that you are sneaking off to visit one or the other?
Scarlett lost several likability points from me in the last book: her indecision was infuriating, and her dithering made me want to shake her. Add to that, the fact that she was manipulating situations by using sex and attraction to get her way or avoid discussing something she doesn’t wish to think on, and she was fast falling into unsavory. Not to mention the fact that she often seems almost willfully ignorant: all of the therapy and counseling that she has had seem to go in one ear and out the other. She truly has NO concept of her own decision making as impacting another’s life.
So, perhaps the ending was a just one: make a ‘choice’ after completely stringing two men along for all this time, and have all chances of dithering to choose the other removed. Liberally laced with music lyrics and more book references provide bits of reprieve, and add a layer of emotional impact to the characters as their story unfolds. I enjoyed this inclusion throughout the trilogy and found several of the passages worked on several levels.
Euphoria concludes this trilogy by Erin Noelle, and does so with a shocking, but particularly apt (from my perspective) twist, bringing more death into Scarlett’s young life. We are left with her struggling to recognize that she is not a cursed woman, and knowing that she has much to learn before she is truly grown. Perhaps she will also learn to make decisions with regard to consequences for herself and others, but that is for the reader to decide on their own. A truly uniquely plotted and crafted trilogy that brings us a coming of age story mixed with romance and missteps as we see Scarlett grow and learn.
Author: Erin Noelle
Published by: Self-Published
Source: Corvisiero Literary Agency
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After a series of catastrophic misunderstandings and impulsively poor decision-making, Scarlett MacGregor finds herself once again torn between two loves, as different as they may be. Lacking proper closure with their relationship, accompanied by the overwhelming guilt for her role in his devastating downfall, Scarlett resolves to help Mason recover and reclaim his life as a budding rock star. However, now that he has finally claimed her as his, Ash Walker is bound and determined to keep her by his side, and he will go to any lengths necessary to do just that.
Mason Templeton has hit rock bottom. He’s in love with a girl whose heart and soul belong to another and he’s partied his way off of an international music tour that was supposed to be his big break. Returning home for rehab sounds like the worst possible way to start a new year, but when an unexpected friendship emerges, he begins to realize that maybe everything does happen for a reason.
Euphoria is the third and final installment of Scarlett, Ash, and Mason’s self-discovering journeys to happiness and understanding the meaning of true love ~ the kind that begs for complete surrender.
A copy of this title was provided via Corvisiero Literary Agency for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.