Irrevocably Shattered is the first book by SC Ellen I’ve read, but I will be finding more of her work and reading it. It was a great story and one that kept me engrossed from beginning to end.
We start years ago with Carson’s origin story, which is incredibly sad, tragic, and hard to read. Then we periodically skip forward and get glimpses at Carson’s life. It’s not an easy life. He’s in a boarding school and his parents are both dead, so there’s a lot of other kids who are picking on him because of that. But, Carson isn’t going to necessarily going to stand by that, and he beats the everloving shit out of some people. He also gets to make a good friend, named Elliot, who gets into all kinds of trouble with him. Then his guardian, Vinny, flies into NYC from MI to make sure that he’s not in trouble. Vinny has offered to have Carson come to Michigan to live with him, but he’s turned him down for reasons. Eventually, Carson finds out that Vinny is the head of the Casa Nostra, and becomes his second in command.
Alayna is Vinny’s daughter, his principessa, his tresoro. She helps out some with the family business, but only on the barest periphery. Most of the time, she works in the mental health field, hangs with her bestie Tessa, and pesters her brother, Jace, who, BTW is madly in love with Tessa. She is happy being out of her parents’ house, and living a mostly independent life. It’s not perfect, but it’s hers. Right up until the Russians decide that they are going to cause problems. When that happens, her dad wants to make sure that she is safe, and calls in his best man, Carson. Vinny tells Carson that he needs to protect Alayna 24/7, and oh, keep his dick in his pants, or else.
I think that Alayna is a really interesting mix and worldly and naive. I mean, she’s aware of what her family is and does, at least in broad strokes, but she also is isolated from a lot of it at the same time. She’s also been kept at a distance from the world, so she’s also been isolated there. I think that it’s the difference between being aware that these things are happening and actually seeing them happening directly in front of her face, if that makes sense.
Carson is very much two disparate parts. There’s the part that is his darkness, his monster, but then there is the loyal part, the one with the good heart, and the compassion that he hides really down deep. I mean, living as part of the mafia the way that he does, he has to hide that part down. I think that he even hides it from himself, which can’t be nearly as easy as it sounds. Even when he is violent, he’s violent for a reason. The goal is always to protect la familiga and keep everyone safe and strong. That’s what makes him so loyal and strong. That’s why I like him so much.
I wanna talk about Vinny for a minute. He’s a really volatile character, and it’s not always possible to know what will set him off. I think that he knew some of what happened would be happening, and I wonder if he did certain things to make it happen.
OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!