REVIEW: Evenfall by Santino Hassell & Ais



Santino Hassell. Ais. Online Fiction. 2007

Years after the bombs of WWIII have changed the physical and political landscape, the Agency ruthlessly works behind the scenes to take down rebel groups that threaten the current government. Their goals justify all means. Hsin Liu Vega (Sin) is their most efficient and deadly assassin ever. However, he tends to go off on unauthorized killing sprees and somehow his assigned partners all end up dead under suspicious circumstances. That is why the Agency has had him locked up in a box on the fourth floor for years. But now they think it is time to put the psychopath back in the field. With a new partner.

Boyd’s mother, a high ranking Agency official, volunteers her teenage son for the position. Boyd is not afraid of death. In fact, his life has been such an endless cycle of apathy and despair for the last few years that he’d welcome it.

Can these two broken men form an efficient partnership? Can they learn to trust anyone, let alone each other? Sin doesn’t give a fuck about the Agency, or the androgynous boy who holds the remote to the shock collar that is supposed to control him.

On the other hand, Boyd is strangely unafraid of the man everyone calls ‘monster’ and Sin seems reluctant to let his keeper get himself killed on any missions. Yet.


icos_evenfallv1Re-posting old reviews. I read it for the first time two years ago. And it blew me. Read it again for the second and third times last year and still loved it. So here it is:

I really wasn’t expecting this to be as AMAZING as I found it to be. I read it right after reading some reviews and synopsis and had come with my own expectations. But really this book just blew all of em away. This was the first book in months that I couldn’t read in one go. It’s like I needed to savour each scene and page. The last time I felt something like that, Special Forces happened. So yeah..

First of all, the book is LONG. Extremely long with half a million words in it. I got a lot of information overload at first before I managed to get used to it.

There be ANGST. Tons of them. With two screwed up guys being together trying to make sense of their screwed up world? Well, there bound to be angst.

You have been warned.

So, Boyd Beaulieu was a 19 year-old boy who was a kind of a sociopath. He had gone through quite a past that he had decided it’s easier to go on being impassive and emotionless. By looking at things in a detached way that he did, he could see the “psycho” Hsin Liu Vega for what he really was and not the monster everyone feared him to be.

icos_evenfallv1And Hsin. Oh God. I could totally force recommend people to read this book just because of Hsin. Liu. Fucking. Vega.

The attraction between them was inevitable and the sexual tension was just delicious! After a while of reading, I was kind of feeling hopeless about any HEA. I wish they would get it in the end, but looking at their luck so far? No fucking way. But hey, I saw so many people raving about Mexico. Sweet sweet Mexico. And how Mexico would make everything worth it. And it did. Definitely.

Sin looked over at Boyd through sleepy looking, heavy lidded eyes. “Callate la boca, blanquito.”

Hearing Sin speak Spanish didn’t help any; he sounded especially sexy when he was drawling those words fluidly in his low, velvety voice. “What does that mean?” he asked, half with an edge and half just curious.

Full lips turned up into a small smirk and Sin raised an eyebrow at him before turning back to the window. “It’s a secret.”

“Putain de beau gosse,” Boyd muttered under his breath in mild annoyance, flipping forward several pages.

After all the shit they had gone through, Mexico was a fresh relief in a perfect what-ifs kind of settings. Both of them were able to live and explore the budding relationship without having the Agency shadowing them. And yeah, let’s not forget about the Sex.

And of course their luck would only let them be happy for so long. Shit happened, things changed and suddenly it was tension all over again. Gone were the perfect moments of Mexico.

His voice wavered and he looked down abruptly, at last making some vain effort to hide the shameful tears that tracked down his cheeks even as he continued to pin Boyd against the wall. “I wish I could hate you. God, I wish I could fucking kill you for doing this to me. Why couldn’t you just leave me alone if it was going to be this way?”

The end was somewhat satisfactory with enough “happy ending” for me to accept and be happy as well as unanswered questions that left me scrambling for the next instalment.

I hope Sonny and Ais are going to publish the books soon. Paperbacks. GUH.

Love the new covers! The original one with the illustration was also awesome, I wish they had used it for all the books. Like illustration of Hsin for Afterimage? XD Anyway, I just hope they would also redesign the current Afterimage. Because it’s ugly /facepalm.



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