ARC Review: Irrevocable by Shay Savage

26 May 2015

Book Title: Irrevocable
Author: Shay Savage
Series: Evan Arden #5
Release Date: May 26th, 2015
Genres: Suspense/Thriller Romance
Have you ever made a mistake?
A big one?

I’m back in Chicago and back in business with my boss, Rinaldo Moretti. So much for my run at a normal life. There are some new faces in the organization, and someone’s been cooking the books. Personally? I think they’re after more than a just little cash. If I have any hopes of flushing out the traitor, I’m going to need to find a good hooker to help me sleep at night.

As the bodies pile up, I find solace in Alina. There’s something about her, something different. She understands me without asking a lot of questions. It’s as if she’s known me for years, yet we’ve only just met. If I weren’t so distracted by business, I’d try to figure out her story. She’s the only one keeping me grounded as my world spins out of control.

I’m going to lose the one man who has ever meant anything to me – the only man to ever call me son. I want to deny his request, but there is no avoiding what awaits me. I never wanted any of this, but I’m out of options, and time is running out.

Some choices have unforeseen consequences, and some choices are simply irrevocable.



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I have seriously ate up followed along the Evan Arden Series from it's conception a couple years ago. Shay Savage first hooked me with Surviving Raine and her imperfect, brooding anti-hero Bastian Stark. From there, I met the elusive Evan Arden. A very psychologically flawed mafia hitman, he's no Cassanova. He's dark, and he will take a life in the bat of an eye without an iota of remorse. The only time I'd really seen this man's heart truly warm was when he had past scenes with his dog, Odin. **sniff sniff** Well, now Odin is gone, Evan is back from the tournament with Bastian (Bastian's Storm)...and Evan is alone, once again. 

 Evan is acclimating back in Chicago after the events in Isolated. He's returned to the only family he holds any loyalty to- Rinaldo Moretti- Chicago mafia capo. Evan remains the shell of a man suffering from PTSD hallucinations of "Ralph," the child he murdered in the Middle East to save his crew from insurgents. His nightmares are at the worst and sleep still won't come...unless he hires a hooker to hold him while he sleeps. Enter Alina, a hooker that Evan, for only the second time ever, wants as a repeat. She calms his mental storm; her lavender scent lulls him to sleep... And most importantly, she doesn't fear him. EVERYONE fears him. Rightfully so.


Irrevocable has all the elements we've come to expect from Shay Savage. She writes very flawed, vicious antiheroes the reader can't help but love. We don't care he murders for a living. We care that he's a shell of a person because of the sacrifices he's made for our save his comrades. Second, her novels always include a strong heroine. A woman able to see beyond the ugly in the man, bringing forth the beauty of a love-story born from the ugly. She did not disappoint with Alina. Another person who endured an ugly past yet brings forth the courage to move on as a stronger person. 

 Steam- well, take a certified badass hitman, mix it up with his Alpha tendencies, and holy shit on a shingle, it was smoking. Wowsa. She has an anal scene here that, I swear, my kindle was steaming!

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 But I digress... Apparently this is the END end of Evan Arden. I love the way she chose to end his story...happy yet open for even more good things to come. I'll miss him but I'm glad he finally found a person to tame his inner battles. Goodbye Ralph, he won't need you anymore! 

 Thank you, Shay Savage, for sharing his story! 

  As a side note- Kudos to Ms Savage for the profound respect she infused throughout this book for our veterans. Whether happily retired, deceased, or living on the streets, she highlights our vets for their service and gives them the RESPECT they SO deserve. I thank you for that!

ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.


Shay Savage

Shay Savage lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her family 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, masquerading as a zombie, is a HUGE Star Wars fan, and member of the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers. When the geek fun runs out, she also loves soccer in any and all forms - especially the Columbus Crew, Arsenal and Bayern Munich - and anxiously awaits the 2014 World Cup. Savage holds a degree in psychology, and she brings a lot of that knowledge into the characters within her stories.

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