Series: Evan Arden #3
Published by Self-Published on December 5, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Suspense
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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 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.
If you remember from Otherwise Occupied, Evan finally cracks under the pressure. The lack of sleep and the stress has finally got to him in the worst way possible. He is faced with incarceration and while he is being dragged away the one person that he was not expecting to see ever again appears. Lia.
Lia has no idea what is happening with Evan and how he landed in this complicated situation. Is she repulsed knowing the destruction that he could have potentially causes? No. She stays by his side and helps him get through the roughest time.
Of course being in the profession that he’s in attracts so many undesirables not only looking to take Evan out but also the one person that ever mattered in his life. He tries his best to protect her but vengeance continues to haunt them.
“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…”
What a jaw-dropping conclusion to this action -filled trilogy! The series ended exactly like I predicted…explosive!I can not even begin to tell you how intense this story was. The mind games, crime and brutality and the emotional parts definitely kept my heart pounding through most of the book.
While Otherwise Alone concentrated more on the physical relationship of our couple and Otherwise Occupied was more about the ins and outs of Evan’s profession, Otherwise Unharmed was a masterpiece of both worlds. It had the perfect balance between the sex, love and romance and its counterpart of bloodshed and violence.
The pairing between the main couple is not as ideal as I would have liked it to be but for them it unexpectedly worked. Let’s face it they don’t have a single thing in common but in every sense she was the one he was meant to be with. She saves him in so many ways and in return she receives boundless amounts of love and devotion that she deserves. I thought that what they had was truly beautiful.
In this genre we’ve obviously heard multiple couples say their “I love you’s” right? But for some reason when Evan and Lia reach that pinnacle in their relationship and articulate these words it rang deep and profound. I thought the timing and the delivery was beyond spectacular. As a matter of fact, the entire book felt that way.
I loved the entire series and I am hoping that this isn’t the last we hear about this great couple.