Blurb: He was dead. And it was murder most foul. If erasing a man’s existence could even be called murder.
When Damien Mitchell wakes, he finds himself without a life or a name. The Montana asylum’s doctors tell him he’s delusional and his memories are all lies: he’s really Stephen Thompson, and he’d gone over the edge, obsessing about a rock star who died in a fiery crash. His chance to escape back to his own life comes when his prison burns, but a gunman is waiting for him, determined that neither Stephen Thompson nor Damien Mitchell will escape.
With the assassin on his tail, Damien flees to the City by the Bay, but keeping a low profile is the only way he’ll survive as he searches San Francisco for his best friend, Miki St. John. Falling back on what kept him fed before he made it big, Damien sings for his supper outside Finnegan’s, an Irish pub on the pier, and he soon falls in with the owner, Sionn Murphy. Damien doesn’t need a complication like Sionn, and to make matters worse, the gunman—who doesn’t mind going through Sionn or anyone else if that’s what it takes kill Damien—shows up to finish what he started.
Review: This is actually the first book in the series that I read (silly me didn’t realize there was one before this… sheesh!), but I didn’t end up feeling lost. There were a few bits that it probably would have helped to have already read, but it wasn’t enough to take away from me being able to sink down deep into the story.
I really enjoyed this one quite a bit. It was a tad crazy on the… well… crazy that was coming after our main character, Damien. That dude was just seriously sick. I probably could have done with a little less of that brand of crazy, but it still fit into the storyline pretty well. I do think a bit more focus on the romantic aspects rather than the crazy might have fixed a couple of issues I had later in the story.
Both Damien and Sionn started out as really intriguing characters and I was drawn to them both right away. I kind of lost that connection with Damien later in the story for some reason, though. I totally got Sionn and felt his emotional connection to Damien, but lost something of that connection on Damien’s side. It felt a little lacking. It wasn’t a lot and it didn’t keep me from still enjoying the characters, I just think I needed to see more from Damien.
This was definitely a read that kept me really involved in the story the whole way through.