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Review: Save Me (Archer Brothers #3) by Heidi McLaughlin

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Tucker McCoy thought the hardest mission of his life was over. After being deployed for six years, all he wanted to do was return home to his wife and daughter. But when he arrives home with roses in his hand, the last thing he expects is to be welcomed by a stranger. Being presumed dead for six years doesn’t help his cause as no one is giving him the answers he needs.

Now his mission is to find out where his family is and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to bring them home, even if that means bringing down the people involved.

Penelope McCoy has a secret and one she’s willing to keep until she can find someone to trust. In order to do that, she and her daughter must hide, change their identities and forget about their previous life.

For six years she’s been running and she soon realizes that time is catching up with her. Now she has to decide whether to run again or face the ghosts of her past head on.

My Review

“Our lives are nothing but a conspiracy and if we don’t think outside the box, we’ll never figure it all out.”

“For right now, home is here. It doesn’t have to be a place, or specific house. Home is where you hang up your coat and kick off your shoes. Home is where you sit down for a nice meal, and if you have friends surrounding you, it’s so much better.”

Save Me is going to be one of those reads you’re either love or you’re hate. For me, I know I will probably be in the minority here, but I have a bit of mixed feelings toward this book. So, for most of the book, I was hooked. I was intrigued. I was dying to know what happened to Penny and why she was on the run. My heart hurt for her that she believed Tucker was dead. And Tucker….I can not even imagine what he was going through; thinking he was just on a mission for 6 years, only to come home and find life as he knows it changed. Now, I can’t say much about this book, because I don’t want to spoil anything for you. What I will say is that I really liked the idea of the story. I loved the mystery and intrigue around it. I loved trying to figure out what was going on and who you could really trust.

However, I did have one major issue with the story and that was the pacing. It was great up until the last 20% or so. Once the story climaxed and was starting to wrap up, it just blew by. It was like someone hit the fast-forward button. You see, my problem is that since so much of the story had to do with Tucker trying to find Penny and reclaim his life, I need more from them. I wanted to see more of them together after they were reunited. I wanted to see them rebuild their relationship and grow back together as a couple, especially after everything that happened. Please don’t get me wrong, I know we do get some of that. But I just feel that as big as a part as their story was and how Tucker’s “death” changed so many things, that they should have been given more than just a chapter or two at the end. When you read the book, you will have a clearer picture as to the other reason that I was bothered by how quickly they moved on. I know that I’m being vague, but trust me when I say you will understand when you read this book.

Overall, Save Me was a quick and easy read for me. The plot definitely pulls you in and will keep you guessing right until the very end. Again, I know that I will probably be in the minority about this book and even though this book was a 100% hit for me, I’m still glad that I checked it out.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

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