By Shay Savage
Our Rating: A Whole Bottle of Wine
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After Evan Arden was imprisoned by the enemy for a year and a half, he returned from the desert as a military hero. He’d suffered some minor injuries during his captivity, was discharged from the Marines with a touch of shellshock, but was considered otherwise unharmed. Now he wonders how he ended up where he is—incarcerated in Chicago’s Metropolitan Correctional Center for using his sharpshooting expertise to take out the neighborhood park with a high-powered sniper rifle and multiple rounds of ammunition.
Lia Antonio, the woman he rescued from the desert heat the previous year, is the only person who can bring him out of his sleep-deprived psychosis and mounting PTSD. When she does, Evan knows he can’t just let her go again. He’s never considered leaving the business before—who retires from the mafia?—but he’s determined to get both Lia and himself out of harm’s way.
Evan faces overwhelming forces from multiple directions as a deal to get him out of jail turns more dangerous than he imagined. With a mob war on the horizon and the feds holding evidence over his head, Evan has no choice but to throw himself into the middle of another warzone.
In his efforts to make things right, Evan crosses the wrong man and finds himself on the business end of the crosshairs. With his acute perception and intelligence, he tries to stay a step ahead of his former co-workers, but this time, it isn’t just his own life on the line—he’s got to protect Lia from the man who once called him son.
Fall's Review:This is the third and final book in the Evan Arden Trilogy. If you have NOT read Otherwise Alone and Otherwise Occupied then STOP and go buy them now. You will NOT be disappointed!!! I had the pleasure of reading some of Shay's stories through FanFiction before she became a published author. So when I found out that she was releasing books, I broke out the credit card and hit Amazon in search. I tore through the first two and waited very eagerly for the third. When I saw that she was asking for blogs to participate in her release tour I signed up as fast as I could. I am not sure if many of you know this, but Shay has a model she uses for Evan. He goes by the name Savage Trainer and, yes ladies, he is on twitter! Let me tell you if you do not have a twitter account it is worth it to sign up just to look at this fine specimen of a man! HOLY SHIT!!!! OK I digress.........
"I don't want to hurt you," I said. "I do want to fuck the ever-loving shit out of you."
Evan Arden is a stone cold, sexy as sin killer. An ex-marine who was a POW for 18 months before he was rescued, he battles demons no one can understand everyday of his life. Trapped in his own mind, he fights to find peace and sanity but feels it slipping further away everyday. The one thing that lets him feel "real" is Lia. She's his precious angel who appeared to him and changed his world forever and the one thing in life, besides his dog, that he cares for and wants to protect. But the only reason she is in harms way is because of him. Because of his selfishness, he has pulled Lia into his world of guns, drugs, and killers. No one is safe and everyone is out to get you, even if they know you can put a bullet between their eyes with a blindfold on. As his sanity slowly slips and he is faced with protecting the one he loves, who will protect him? Can Evan battle his demons or will they consume him and drag him under for good?
"She was everything I needed, and I was fucking poison to her. I'd known it since the beginning, but I'd been to selfish to push her away."
Lia Antonio stumbled into Evan's life on accident. What she didn't know was that after meeting the sexy, secretive man with the adorable dog, her life would never be the same. Having survived and escaped an abusive relationship, Lia is not looking for a man, and especially not in the hot, dusty desert. But the passion between Evan and Lia is instant and sweltering. When Lia finally sees Evan again after searching for him for months, she does not expect to see him in cuffs and find out he is going to prison. Determined to help Evan face his demons in whatever way she can, she enters his world. What do you say when you find out the love of your life is a hit man and kills with no emotion? Is Lia's heart strong enough to battle her own fears and demons and help Evan heal also?
This final book is PACKED with action. I LOVED this book the most out of the three. There are so many twists and turns and surprises that it's impossible to guess how it will end. As I reader, I find that refreshing. We also get to see a softer side of Evan when he is with Lia and its comforting especially when most of the time he is this troubled, cold, closed off shell of a man. They say love can heal all wounds.......you will just have to read to find out!
This WZ girl gives Otherwise Unharmed a whole bottle of Pinot......cause you are gonna need it to get through this book! Thank you Shay for taking us on this journey with you and I look forward to what you have in store for us next!!!!
Shay Savage lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, two children, and a variety of household pets. She is an accomplished public speaker, and holds the rank of Distinguished Toastmaster from Toastmasters International. When not writing, she enjoys science fiction movies, and loves soccer in any and all forms. During the fall, she coaches her daughter’s soccer team. Though she currently works in the technology field, her school background is in psychology, and she brings a lot of that knowledge into the characters within her stories.