I went into this not knowing what to expect. Wait, that’s not completely true. I didn’t know what to expect from the story, but a few of my Goddreads buddies rated it highly so I expected to love it. I’m not sure what I feel though
The book is written in Evan Arden’s POV. Evan, former military and current hit man for a Chicago mob. He’s in hiding in the middle of nowhere. With his dog, but otherwise alone. He see’s a girl approaching his shack. He has two choices, kill her or let her approach him. He’s been alone for so long and she looks innocent enough, so he chooses the latter… and so their story begins.
Again, I’m not really sure what I just read. It’s short, 4 chapters and just over 50 pages long. And usually while I judge novellas on a lower standard than full length novels, I don’t appreciate when novellas are used as an excuse for shallow characters. Luckily this one rises way above that when it comes to characterization. The author successfully portray’s Evan’s character as not only incredibly sexy but also very complex. There is clearly an underlying story there that I can only hope will unfold. The writing is flawless and the story unfolds interestingly enough.
However, I did not feel any particular connection with the characters. I’ve connected with characters in even shorter novellas so I can’t really explain why it didn’t happen in this case. While I feel that there is so much more to where this story is going, I was just left uncertain. Not knowing what the hell happened. Well, other than the insta-love and mega steam 🙂
I will end by saying this. I will read the next book in the series. I need to know more about Evan. Mostly because of this line:
I haven’t cared about anything since seven men and one woman trusted me with their lives and I failed them.
I have a feeling the author left this story intentionally bare in order to smack us in the head with the next installment. Onto the next book to find out.
Amazon Buy Link – Otherwise Alone by Shay Savage