Monday, December 9, 2013

Review: Otherwise Unharmed ( Evan Arden Trilogy #3 ) by Shay Savage

Otherwise Unharmed by Shay Savage

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 just a touch of shellshock, but was considered otherwise unharmed. Now he wonders how he ended up where he is now – 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 forces from multiple directions as a deal to get him out of jail turns more deadly and dangerous than he ever could have imagined. With a three-way 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 war-zone.

In his efforts to make things right in his own mind, Evan crosses the wrong man and finds himself on the business end of the cross-hairs. With his observation skills and intelligence, he tries to keep 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.




"I'm a hit man. I work for the largest crime family in the city, and I kill people for money".

This is the final book for Evan Arden's Trilogy. We first introduced to Evan in Otherwise Alone where he met Lia Antonia in the Arizona. Evan head back to Chicago alone to continue working for his boss, Rinaldo Moretti's. Meanwhile, we witnessed Evan dealing with severe PTSD and he was spiraling out of control towards the end.

Now Lia is back into his life and he wants to make sure they had another chance to be together again. With the Feds trailing after him, Evan have to make a deal in order to avoid imprisonment while keeping his boss happy and not getting himself and Lia killed. Sounds like a plan.

Evan's character really fascinated me. Unlikely other anti-hero that I read, Evan was a hit man through and through, he doesn't suddenly appear to have a heart of gold or wish to redeem himself. He was no hero, merely a man trying to survive in the situation he was thrown in and wanted to get his girl in the end. When he recount his experience during his capture, we see where he was coming from and we wanted things to work out for him.  

"You turn around and go back to the slimy cunt you crawled out of, and I won't blow your dick off and shove it into the sewer."

Lia's presence was sorely missed in Otherwise Occupied and poor girl had no idea what she is facing. I find Lia's reaction towards everything that happened around Evan quite realistic. Of course being more realistic will be for her to just runaway from him. She freaked out and I wonder how can she deal with it and continue to be by his side.

"You gave me my sanity back. Your presence, your words, your touch, and your body - they brought me back from someplace I don't ever want to be again."

I still don't consider this is much of a romance book, more like a suspense/thriller with some really hot sex scene. Between hiding Lia all around Chicago, Evan was plotting a way to infiltrate another mob family. The climax had me gripping my Kindle so hard, it looks like everything doesn't work out for Evan and I'm dying to know how will they gonna survive through it all. We had a great ending together with an epilogue, I couldn't have ask for more.

All you had to do was look at us - from war, death, and suffering, we'd achieved beauty, peace, and love.

Rating 4/5