Otherwise Unharmed by Shay Savage: Blog Tour Review and Giveaway

Title: Otherwise Unharmed (Evan Arden Trilogy #3)
Author: Shay Savage
Genre: Romance/ Crime
Release Date: 12/5/13


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.

The first word that came to mind when I turned the last page:  EXCEPTIONAL

Once again, Shay shoves you right into the story – I absolutely love that!  No beating around the bush, no pussy footing around, she gets right down to business…… and why not? – we are talking about the mafia after all, so it only seems fitting.  

Evan’s in a race against time and himself.  He’s been through hell, but he’s still clawing his way back.  Evan comes face to face with the one thing he never thought he would ever need…… someone else.   But that’s exactly where he finds himself.  Evan doesn’t just want Lia, he needs her.  She’s his calm, his savior, his everything.  There is no way he’s letting go of her this time.  But what happens when the secret life Evan leads introduces itself to Lia?  Will she run?   Needless to say, what happens is nothing short of breathtaking.

The entire series is the epitome of page-turner!  It is erotic, intense, riveting, and emotional.  It’s action packed from beginning to end with twists and turns you won’t see coming.  There’s no sugar coating here; it’s raw, honest, and real. 

Anyone can write a great story, but not everyone can create characters that are so vivid and real that you forget you are reading a book and not living in it.  Shay Savage has a remarkable gift of pulling the reader into the story in a way that is unimaginable unless you have experienced it for yourself.   She says her stories have teeth.  I think it’s more like fangs, claws, spikes – anything that can grab you and drag you along for the ride and keep you captive until the bitter end. 

It’s a sign of a BRILLIANT and PHENOMENAL writer when you feel every single moment of a story.  I could feel the darkness, angst, and torment in Evan’s mind with every word I read.  I have never been so fascinated with a character.  Inside the mind of Evan Arden is a complex and twisted place to be, but it’s one of the most interesting places you will ever explore.  You will see Evan for who he is and not what he is…….. a killer. 

You will never read another book/series like this ever!  The ability to do what Shay Savage has done with the Evan Arden trilogy is rare, and it’s truly a gift to readers.  I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend this series!   Be forewarned this does not have puppies and rainbows.  The Evan Arden Trilogy is RAW, DARK, GRITTY, and KILLER! 

I love how Shay closed out the series.  It is clever how the story came full circle (read the Epilogue and you will see what I mean).  It feels complete, and I’m not the least bit disappointed it’s over.  Thank you, Shay Savage, for one of the most intelligent and gripping series I have ever read!!  
*** 4.5 STARS ***



Otherwise Alone (#1)   BUY IT

Otherwise Occupied (#2)  BUY IT

Uncockblockable (#2.5)  BUY IT

Otherwise Unharmed (#3)   BUY IT


Otherwise Occupied (#2)  WATCH IT

Otherwise Unharmed (#3)   WATCH IT


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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