Whew, where to begin with this one. I guess I'll start with Sin. Sexy, Sexy, Sexy! I don't have enough words to describe how incre...more***Possible Spoilers
Whew, where to begin with this one. I guess I'll start with Sin. Sexy, Sexy, Sexy! I don't have enough words to describe how incredibly HOT he is. Here's what Boyd sees when he first encounters Sin: over six feet tall, jet black hair, think long black eyelashes, vivid green eyes, sculptured full lips, high cheekbones, caramel-tinted tan complexion, thin body crafted entirely into muscle, moves like a predator. And this isn't even the half of it.
Ok, ok, onto the story.
Evenfall takes place in a dystopian future after WWIII. Hsin Liu Vega (Sin) is one of the top agents working in a secret division of the government that deals with anti-war/government groups. Sin was trained by his father at the age of eight to become an assassin. He is the best at what he does, however he is also mentally unstable and kills at the drop of a hat. Because of this he is labeled "The Monster". Well, it's no wonder since he was trained to become a killer from the time he was a young boy. Then there are the many other disturbing facts that come out about his childhood and all the cruel and sadistic "punishments" inflicted repeatedly on him by The Agency for his disobedience. They isolate him and mentally and physically torment him. They keep him in a locked box knowing he's claustrophobic and in order to control him, they use a neck collar which emits electric shocks when activated. My poor Sin :(
Anyway, Sin is needed on an extremely important mission but needs a partner to keep him under control. Of course it's difficult to find someone since Sin doesn't get along with anyone and has played a role in the death of his last 4 partners. Now, here comes Boyd!
Boyd Beaulieu, is the introverted son of one of the top officials in The Agency and is recommended for the job. Boyd is the first person not to judge Sin and wants to genuinely work with him. However, Boyd also comes with his own set of emotional baggage. They both begin to realize that they are more alike than they think. They slowly break down each other's walls and begin to trust each ane other. They are also incredibly attracted to one another. The build-up is slow but their chemistry together is crazy good and when they finally do get together, Holy Hell it's scorching! I had a hard time breathing when these two got together.
This book has a lot going on. There's the government missions and intrigue, Sin and Boyd's internal battles, their growing relationship, their past relationships, their relationships with family and colleagues and all this comes together in an amazing story. Without realizing it, Sin and Boyd open up new sides to each other which neither of them knew existed.
What prevented this from being a 5-star is how wordy and repetitive it is. This drags down the book tremendously. Not only was the content repetitive but I also noticed the same phrases used several times. Boyd's over-analytical and endless inner monologue's were extremely difficult to get through. It just went on and on and sometimes over ridicules things, like how Boyd was going to work an oven. I mean, we really didn't need him analyzing the in and outs of an oven. But I guess that's Boyd. Besides this, I also found myself questioning some of the logic of the decisions that Sin and Boyd made on missions. There were also scenes that were very unrealistic. I love Sin but it's a bit unbelievable that he can take on a room of 30 armed men and come out of it alive.
One of the most memorable lines that touched me was when Sin was looking at the painting called Atonement. It was a depiction of a boy standing alone in a bombed out city after the war. He was in uniform, covered in dirt and blood and had an empty stare. Sin saw himself. He says the boy, the soldier needed to atone for his actions in the war, for the lives he took and possibly look for a way to make up for what he's done. What I loved was the artist's interpretation. She stated: "Perhaps it is not him who is in need of atonement. Maybe it is....the world. The world, the powers that be....they created a generation of soldiers like him. Boy fighters, child killers, ones who did not have the chance to live before the world armed them and so, they had no idea how to live when the fighting was no longer needed." Sin indentified with the boy and I guess it was this moment that Sin's pain became so overwhelming to me.
Despite the issues I mentioned above, I loved this book. Sin and Boyd make it all worth it. I loved the plot, the action kept me on the edge of my seat and I can't wait for more.
First off, what a perfectly fitting title. The plot was fascinating and intriguing. A mystery that had everything rolled up into one amazing...more4.5 Stars
First off, what a perfectly fitting title. The plot was fascinating and intriguing. A mystery that had everything rolled up into one amazing book: suspense, political intrigue, deception, head games, sex.
It's set in the dystopia future of New London where totalitarianism is in full force. Val Toreth is a para-investigator for the Investigation and Interrogation Division under "The Administration." He does his job without regret. He's manipulative, promiscuous, ruthless, has no conscience, and trusts no one. A borderline sociopath who can be scary as hell. He's someone that can torture a witness and within the next 10 minutes he's humming a happy little tune.
Keir Warrick is part owner of SimTech, a company whose developed a virtual reality "sim". A sim that everyone wants a piece of. Warrick is a man who is articulate, polite, and meticulous to the point of obsession. He also has a need to be in complete control, at least most of the time. This makes an utterly SEXY combination.
On the surface, this is who Toreth and Warrick are but what's underneath is a whole different story. So who has the control? I love the tug of war they play with each other. They had me completely guessing and in all honestly I still haven't made up my mind what to think of them.
A murder at SimTech brings these two men together. This is where the games begin. There is always a power struggle, whether it's between Toreth and Warrick or Corporate vs. Administration or the many other antagonist introduced in the book. Of course the games between Warrick and Toreth are hands down my favorite. They knew exactly how to play each other and it was amazing to watch. These two are such a perfect match in every way, intellectually and sexually. They go at it blow for blow. I'm so curious to see what happens with them.
My only complaint is that midway through I thought some of the suspect interviews dragged on a bit. This didn't deter me from the book but I wanted to see a bit more of Warrick.
Be warned, this is not a romance. Yes, Toreth and Warrick are hot but the book does not soley revolve around their relationship. This is first and foremost a story of intrigue and power struggle.
Had to add this because it sums up so much and I love the quote: (view spoiler)[Toreth stared into the glass, watching the bubbles rise and die while he thought about that. He owed Warrick his career and his life...and Warrick owed him SimTech, and possibly his freedom. Not too much of an imbalance there, but a hell of an entanglement, something he always avoided at all costs. A mutual debt like this could never be wiped out.(hide spoiler)]