Monday, March 9, 2015

Release Day & ARC Review- Isolated (Evan Arden #4) by Shay Savage

Title:  Isolated (Evan Arden #4)
Author:  Shay Savage
Publication Date:  March 9th 2015 by Shay Savage, LLC

Plot:  Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome. The mantra is good enough for the Marines; it’s good enough for me. 

Improvise . . . Near the top of the world, I fight for my life against my opponent, Sebastian Stark. He has the upper hand in strength, but I have the cunning to turn the tables on him. I battle the elements, my demons, and him until Stark and I manage to strike a deal to ensure freedom for us both—and the women we love.

Adapt . . . Being alone comes naturally to me. I’ve spent most of my life alone. Sharing my experiences, opening up to another human being, developing a relationship—all these things are foreign to me. Sometimes I wonder if it’s even meant to be.
Overcome . . . I’ve been away from Lia for far too long, yet I still have commitments I must keep. When I make my way home, I will tell her I have decided to end the life I have led and move on to become the man she needs. I can overcome my demons; I must. But will Lia be willing to wait?

 My Review 

☆ I received an ARC via the author's PA in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ! ☆


**Although you can read this novel as a standalone, it was actually meant to be a part of the Evan Arden Trilogy.**

I had not been aware that this book was a part of a series, and while I did understand what was generally going on, I couldn't help but feel that I was missing some tidbits of previous plot/character knowledge and therefore felt out of touch with the subject content from time to time.

That all said, Isolated was a great novel that made me gah-gah over Evan Arden. I mean, can he be any more hot, intelligent, cunning, and angst ridden?

Evan sure goes through a lot as he exercises his demons while trying to come up with a solution that can ensure peace and tranquility for all.

But seeing as there is much disgruntlement and need for money, power, and dominance in the mix…it’s a little easier said than done.


And Evan knows that Lia deserves better than that and he’ll do whatever it takes to ensure her safety. Even if it is, a life without him in it.

But at what cost will trying to overcome the monsters of his past allow him to pave way to his future? Will it cost him his claim to redemption and absolution? Not to mention, to hold on to his one love, Lia?

Author Shay Savage literally pulls all the punches, as I was really put on a catapult, or should I say roller coaster-- as I did not know what to expect from Evan and his plans for him and Sebastian as well as their women.

Great introduction for me into this series, even if I did start out rather late and abruptly into it! Now I need to pick up the prior three installments and catch up on what the heck was going on in the first place! lol


My Rating:

I sigh as I look down the side of the snowy ridge and swing my legs over to start my own descent.  I need to find a good hiding spot until anyone who might be looking for me is gone.  As I make my way slowly down the rocks, I wonder how long it will take for them to decide I’m buried in the snow.
There aren’t a lot of options for hiding, but as I hear the whir of helicopter blades, I duck behind a ridge and press my back against the rock.  The movement jars my dislocated shoulder, and I have to grit my teeth against the pain.  All things considered, I’m lucky to be alive.  I know it, but I don’t feel it.  Just an hour ago, I was ready to die.  It would have been a relief.  Giving up, even briefly, had felt good.
I probably just need a decent night’s sleep.
A vision moves beside me, and as much as I want to ignore the specter, he stays in my sights, looking over at me with dark hair hanging in his innocent eyes.
He’s not there.  I know he’s not really there.
Even with the intense cold, his presence makes my palms sweat.  I let myself look in his direction even though I don’t want to.  The kid looks the same as he always does—disheveled, dressed in a simple cloth shirt and trousers, no shoes.  There is fear in his eyes as if he knows exactly what is about to happen to him.
“Don’t you have some other poor asshole to harass?” I ask aloud.
The kid tilts his head but doesn’t speak.  He rarely does.
I use the back of my glove to rub at my eyes.  The snow melts on my skin, causing a chill as the wind hits my face.  I need to stay dry, so I use the strip of cloth covering my mouth to wipe the melted snow away and then yank up my gloves.
The helicopter passes over my head and out of sight.  I glance over my shoulder at the icy mountain behind me.  Mt. Windsor is the only actual land formation that makes up tiny Buckingham Island in Canada’s unorganized Nunavut territory.  On a good day, the temperature might reach zero, but it’s not a good day.
Soon, it’s going to be a really shitty night.  I don’t think I’ll live through it.
Shuffling away from the rock, I rub at my sore shoulder and start down the side of the mountain again.  It’s slow going.  Balancing with one arm basically out of commission isn’t easy, and the terrain is rough.  The wind is at my back, trying to push me over, but I manage to stay on my feet.
The vision of the kid, occasionally kicking at rocks that don’t move, follows me all the way down.
My head pounds along with my heart.  I close my eyes and shake my head, but he’s still there.  It doesn’t seem to matter what I do anymore.  I can’t get rid of him.  When I first started seeing him, before I realized what he was, he would disappear soon after I first saw him.  Now he lingers, taunting me with the memories of the boy I killed overseas.
He doesn’t bother to hide when the helicopter passes over again, but I have to duck underneath a rocky outcropping.  When I drag myself back out, he still stands there, staring at me.  Maybe he’s feeling bolder since I told Stark about him.

“Fuck you,” I mutter.

 About the Author 

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Always looking for a storyline and characters who fall outside the norm, Shay Savage’s tales have a habit of evoking some extreme emotions from fans. She prides herself on plots that are unpredictable and loves to hear it when a story doesn’t take the path assumed by her readers. With a strong interest in psychology, Shay loves to delve into the dark recesses of her character’s brains–and there is definitely some darkness to be found! Though the journey is often bumpy, if you can hang on long enough you won’t regret the ride. You may not always like the characters or the things they do, but you'll certainly understand them.

Shay Savage lives in Ohio with her husband and two children. She’s an avid soccer fan, loves vacationing near the ocean, enjoys science fiction in all forms, and absolutely adores all of the encouragement she has received from those who have enjoyed her work.

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