Wednesday, June 19, 2013

{ blog tour: Otherwise Occupied by Shay Savage - Review and Giveaway }

Title: Otherwise Occupied
Author: Shay Savage

Series: Otherwise Alone
Genre: Adult Romance
Published: June 18, 2013

Source: ARC for blog tour

Evan Arden is a hit man for a Chicago mob boss. He lives his life day to day with the company of his dog, Odin. He has to work hard to get back into his boss’s good graces, but the target proves to be difficult. As demons of his past begin to haunt him, he seeks the comfort of sleep from an unlikely candidate, but will confiding in her be his undoing?​

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I don't even know where to start with this review.  Finishing this book pretty much blew my mind.  I really should have know better though.  I've read Shay Savage's other works and each one of them has left me feeling emotionally all over the place.  Otherwise Occupied picks up where Otherwise Alone left off; Evan is back in Chicago after his exile for botching a hit for his Mafia boss and Lia is still very much on his mind.

Evan is a very troubled man.  His experiences as a POW and his resulting PTSD have left him broken and bitter.  His only attachment is to his dog and he's afraid to even have that in case one of his many enemies decides to use that against him.  The book is told through Evan's point of view so we get deep into his psyche and see his every bit of his inner turmoil and flashback to his time in captivity.    Really, in theory, you shouldn't like a character like Evan but there's something about him pulls me in and makes me want to help him...and just accept him as he is.

The majority of Otherwise Occupied focuses on Evan's return to Chicago and his attempts to work his way back into his boss' good graces.  We also get to see inside his process of planning his hits and how he "relaxes" too. Evan's life is a thrown for another loop when he's haunted by his military past again and struggles with the fact that his only peace comes from a prostitute named Bridgett.  He's dealt a third strike when he can't get Lia out of his mind.   

If I was watching a movie about this book I would have probably covered my eyes or had to make multiple trips to the "bathroom" during the visceral and gritty parts but everything about Shay Savage's writing grabs your attention and you can't look away.  I couldn't put the book down the whole day and I'll even admit to ordering pizza for dinner that night so I didn't have to stop reading.  The ending of Otherwise Occupied is hard to express because I'm so afraid to give something away.  Between the mind-blowing (literally) twist and the equally heart stopping Epilogue, I was left with my heart racing and anxiously awaiting the next installment.

Otherwise Occupied is perfect for those who can stand an emotional rollercoaster with lots of violent twists.  Shay Savage does an outstanding job drawing the reader into Evan's word and keeps you there until the very end.  It's in my top five books of the year. 

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About the Author...
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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