Review: Otherwise Alone (Evan Arden Trilogy #1) by Shay Savage

Lieutenant Evan Arden sits in a shack in the middle of nowhere, waiting for orders that will send him back home – if he ever gets them. Other than his loyal Great Pyrenees, there’s no one around to break up the monotony. The tedium is excruciating, but it is suddenly interrupted when a young woman stumbles up his path.

He has two choices – pick her off from a distance with his trusty sniper-rifle, or dare let her approach his cabin and enter his life.

Why not? It’s been ages, and he is otherwise alone…

My opinion:

(Published fanfic) :D

If there is anyone in this world capable of writing a great short story that person cannot be any other than Shay Savage.

Usually short stories lack a lot of things. You cannot connect with the characters because of the limited space. The characters remain strangers whom we do not really understand and that stops us from enjoying the story, most of the time.

Otherwise alone is a complex story despite the length and most importantly it is a story well written. The “book” serves as an introduction to the series and it leaves a lot of uncovered secrets that makes us curious and wanting to read more. The story can be treated as a standalone if you do not desire to read the rest, but I suggest you do because it is worth it.

Evan is an interesting character with a tumultuous past. We do not find out that much about him in this first book, but what we do learn about him is enough to form an image, to know what kind of man he is. Evan is a good man who does bad things. Why? I hope we will find out in later books. He is also an amazing judge of character. He is also an asshole, but a cute lovable one and let’s not forget a hot one.

Lia seems like a nice girl, I am pretty sure that she is, but her story is a bit hard to believe. We do not learn too much about her since the story is written from Evan’s point of view.

The title is perfect for this story and the use of the title is what makes the book even more interesting. I suggest you rush and grab yourself  a copy because the book is worth reading.

From me: 5/5 ( for a short story not a complex novel)



  1. Glad you enjoyed this novella. It’s interesting that it’s only written from the male p.o.v., I wouldn’t have expected that, it’s such a bold choice for this type of story. :-)

  2. Sounds pretty engrossing read ! And to form an impression by just a short story is hard work but looking at the review I believe the author has achieved success!!

  3. i know how much you love this author so it’s great to know that it’s not one book that was good but all. I’m wondering if that will be available in print eventually

  4. Interesting set up! I do like the idea of starting a series with a short story, so long as it’s a self contained one, rather than a chapter out of the first novel. It sounds like a good way to get introduced to the writing style and setting, while determining if you want to read more.

  5. Tocmai am terminat cartea şi sunt surprinsă. Chiar nu credeam că o să-mi placă atât de mult. Nu ştiu de tine, dar mie aproape că-mi dăduseră lacrimile la sfârşit. Acum văd că există o continuare, ceea ce e super. Mulţumesc de recomandare, chiar mi-a plăcut mult.

    1. continuarea e putin mai greu de suportat, pt mine a fost destul de greu inca ma tot gandesc cum sa ii scriu recenzia de vreo luna si ceva…vol 3 o sa fie mai fain si mai usor de digerat. eu daca as putea da timpul inapoi as astepta probabil, dar e decizia ta :) ma bucur ca ti-a placut! te sfatuiesc sa incerci atunci si alte carti a caror recenzie am scris-o ca poate iti vor placea

      1. Mulţumesc pentru sfat, o să mai aştept atunci. Da, chiar asta fac acum, adun tot mai multe cărţi şi profit de ebook cât de mult pot. Mă ajută mult şi recenziile tale, deci mulţumesc mult!

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