Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Review: Otherwise Occupied ( Evan Arden Trilogy #2 ) by Shay Savage

Otherwise Occupied by Shay Savage

Evan Arden is a hit man for a Chicago mob boss. He lives his life day to day with the company of his dog, Odin. He has to work hard to get back into his boss’s good graces, but the target proves to be difficult. As demons of his past begin to haunt him, he seeks the comfort of sleep from an unlikely candidate, but will confiding in her be his undoing?​

​He’s struggling to forget his past, and keep himself Otherwise Occupied.




Otherwise Occupied felt like such a guy book and I wonder if Shay Savage actually a dude in disguise. Told entirely from Evan Arden's POV, his mind was fascinating, complicated with the raw and gritty bits. 

Evan Arden, the ex-Marine turned hit man was back in Chicago. He needs to get his head back into the game and back to his boss, Rinaldo's good grace. It didn't help that Terry, his boss's new goon was trying to replace him. There was also Jonathan and Nick as Evan's acquaintances, but I wouldn't go as far to said that they were buddies because Evan seems to distance himself from any sort of relationship with people. 

Most memorable and hilarious scene was with Evan trying to come off as gay to accomplish his mission. Is it weird that I was hoping for some m/m action?

Meanwhile, Evan was suffering from PTSD, an after effect from his days of being a POW. He can't sleep at night and subsequently found comfort in a hooker named Bridgett. He misses Lia though, but he know their path will never cross again. He occupied himself with jobs from Rinaldo and promise himself never to screw up again. Maybe I had mistaken the genre of this book or I'm use to read too much of suspense. I keep thinking that everyone around Evan had an ulterior motive. I'm as paranoid as that man himself. 

I felt like the end of an A-Team episode when everything worked out, and the heroes all got to go home and live happily ever after while the bad guys were put in jail. Except, of course, I was the bad guy.

Truth to be told, I'm fascinated with Evan's POV and what a complicated character he is. Shay Savage didn't hold any punches or paint a killer with remorse. I did a lot of flipping through and speed reading during his scene with Bridgett. Ever since I read Otherwise Alone, I knew that Lia was the one for him and Bridgett is going to end up as some sort of casualty. So I couldn't care less about what happen to her. There was some Pretty Woman-ish vibe going on there between Evan and her, but I just wanted to get it over with. I'm holding out with the hope that the final book will bring back all the romance and steaminess between Lia and him. 

Although I had read a bunch of reviews, I'm still caught surprised by the ending turn out with Lia's reappearance and the epilogue make me extra anxious to read Otherwise Unharmed that is coming out soon. I wonder how will Evan come out of his hell hole.

Rating 4/5