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Friday, January 24, 2014

Otherwise Unharmed By Shay Savage

A Review By Wendy
5 Chicago Mafia Style, Tormented, Miraculous, Loving Stars
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Otherwise Unharmed... that is the final chapter of the amazing series by Shay Savage.... it is also a phrase used by the military to classify how Evan Arden was once he was released from his captivity as a POW in the Middle East for 18 months. Oh, he had had some physical issues from their torture of him... but "otherwise unharmed" was what was written for his discharge.

Well, if ever there was a deceptive way of saying things... that would be the perfect example.... because Evan Arden had been harmed to his core... to the very essence of him and due to this and other harming that had taken place all of his life... he was ripe for his final career choice, Chicago Mafia Hitman

In the last book we were left with Evan snapping... he lost total control of his structured world where he knew what he was doing; who he was working for; how he lived from day to day.

He had no complications... he had his trusted companion Odin ...and when he wanted pussy... that was what hookers were for.

But all that had been confused... he had met Lia... she was his safe haven... his dream and he didn't understand how to think about her.... and it caused him stress...

Stress for him was the enemy and due to his mental state... he was having hallucinations... and no sleep at all..... which triggered the cycle of seeing and hearing things from the war...the PTSD causing him to take the rifle and shoot out the parking garage alarm...

This was how he ended up in jail... thinking everything was over... and also cursing God, for once again letting him down... for as he was being lead away in handcuffs, his Lia was there... she had tracked him down only to see all of his breakdown happen... and now he was convinced he was doomed... for there was no way she would want to be with him... or even could be with him safely. 

This story had me. It owned me. I was balls deep with Evan and his POV. I wanted to know how he was going to get out of this ... how was he ever going to get back with Lia and would she even want to be with him.

I am so full of things to say.... I have to take a moment to collect myself.... gather my thoughts...ok....

The pacing and build up in every part of this book was breath-taking. It was written in such a way, I would cheat and look further down the page to see a little hint of what was next to settle myself... then go to the top of the page and read. The details of the city, places and people were perfect; you could smell the scent of the pizza or you felt the wind hitting your face from the lake. When he went to shady location to hide out from the people who were hunting him and Lia... I sensed the fear Lia had... I am telling you... I was right there during this whole experience... and many times I found myself white knuckling it during certain passages. 

I can also say the scenes between Lia and Evan should be studied by those who want to write how people can communicate while still afraid of their feelings. They also connected in a powerful way... sex with them was off the charts... it was rough, hot, sexy and then there was a scene so intense in its beauty... it made me think after how rare it is to read something like that. 

These two were equals; Lia did not shy away from Evan; she held his feet to the fire every time, showing how incredibly strong she was. 

She also was smart and loving; she knew he was for her and he was willing to try for her. She has become one of my favorite women.

So I am strongly suggesting you read this series... there are real issues discussed and used in all the right ways... it has characters which will hold you in the palm of their hand and you will not want them to let go until the whole ordeal is over. 

It is so good... I know I will be re reading this again, soon... as crazy as it may seem... I have developed a little bit of a crush for Evan and his Lia.

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.

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