Desertion – 5 Stars


River Savage

Knights Rebels MC Series (Book 3)

Release Date: July 14, 2015


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book blurb




Three things Jesse Carter has lost. A former Marine, Jesse used to stand proud of his achievements and live by the code. But when circumstance made him question everything he believed in, those most basic values didn’t feel so important after all.



Knights Rebels.

Three things Jesse Carter has found. Reborn into a brotherhood not so different from the one he left behind, Jesse finds it all too easy to block out his past and claim the role as the Rebels’ fun loving player.

Until he meets Bell.

Shy, awkward, and with troubles of her own, Bell Johnson’s no stranger to hiding her pain. When Jesse forces himself into her life, she’s at risk of her defences crumbling.

Does Bell have the strength to survive Jesse and his demons or is she fated to become another casualty in the self-destruction of Jesse Carter?

 Incandescent (Book 1)


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Affliction (Book 2)


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Reclaimed (Novella)


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I wake up to the heat of someone’s palm against my shoulder. Twisting around, my hand moves faster

than my brain, and I snatch it off me.

“Jesse, it’s me, Bell,” she rushes out before I can take it any further.

“Fuck.” I release my grip on her arm and sit up, forcing myself back to the here and now.

“Did I hurt you?” I reach for her searching for any sign of a mark left by me.

“It’s fine. You barely touched me.” She holds her arm out letting me inspect it. I check it over one more

time before releasing her and relaxing.

“You wanna talk about it?” I study her face, eyes calm, soft mouth. She’s not freaking out.

“Just some shit that visits my dreams sometimes, nothing that needs to touch you,” I reply, shocked I’m

not retreating.

“I don’t mind, Jesse,” she pushes, and I almost cave. Almost.

“The last thing I want to do is talk about this shit, Bell.” She doesn’t argue or press, and I’m grateful for

it. I don’t think I’d be able to keep my cool if she did.

“Come back to sleep.” She lies back down and I follow her. She doesn’t ask me any more questions, or

make me feel like I need to tell her everything.

“That ever happens again, don’t wake me,” I warn. A menacing thought strikes through me picturing

what could have happened if I didn’t wake in time. She’s lucky I didn’t hurt her, like the last time a

woman touched me while I had a nightmare.

“You don’t always have to be so brave, Jesse.” Her hand moves to my dog tags. I don’t stop her. I’m

starting to like the feeling of her hands touching them.

“Never tried to be, Bell. But talking doesn’t help me. Never has.” I think back to the time when I did try

and it forced me out of control. Talking about those triggers only amplified my insecurities. When death

sits afar, mocking you in the dangerous confines of your surroundings, it fucks with your head; nothing

was going to change it.

Besides, my issues weren’t what I had done. They were what I had survived. My conscience wasn’t clear

and my honor wasn’t clean.

“Promise me you won’t touch me.” I keep my tone even, controlled.

“I promise.” I take her hand in mine and bring it to my lips. Maybe one day I will let someone in.

Let her in.

Today isn’t that day.

But today, I didn’t push her away.

That has to count for something.

about the author

River Savage

River Savage is the author of Incandescent, the first book in the Knights Rebels MC Series.

An avid reader of romance and erotic novels, her love for books and reading fueled her passion for writing. Reading no longer sated her addiction, so she started writing in secret. She never imagined that her dream of publishing a novel would ever be achievable.

With a soft spot for an alpha male and a snarky sassy woman, Kadence and Nix were born.

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my review

5 Stars

The latest release in the Knights Rebels series, Desertion, is a book I have been dying to get my hands on.  I desperately wanted Jesse’s story and to meet the woman who would kick all the floozies out of his bed.  I knew when I started it would be entertaining and erotic – how could it not be?!?  This was Jesse.  But his story turned out to be so much more than I could have ever expected – I loved it.

Jesse and Bell are two characters who are barely living.  They are hiding so much sadness and despair from their friends and family because have just accepted their fate… that true happiness is not in their future. Even though they find solace and incredible passion with one another – I wondered if they would be able to help permanently soothe each other’s inner demons.

Because Jesse doesn’t want to forgive himself for things that’s were beyond his control and Bell refuses to stop trying to make up for a lost life. Their journey wasn’t about anticipating them surrendering to their lust because they did that easily. It was more about the moment they would finally move past their pain and accept that they deserved love and comfort.

It was what made their romance feel so powerful and had me devouring their story. I was rooting for them to succeed and to find their happily ever after together. It’s an awesome story.

I have enjoyed all the books in the Knights Rebels series. I think it is because of River Savage’s characters – she creates these raw and intense people and you’re drawn into their world. Once I meet them, they always crack open my heart and sneak inside, captivating me with their abrasive personalities. Because beyond all the gruff, they are the most loyal men who love with all of their hearts – even before they realize they’re doing it.

It makes for a highly entertaining reading experience that you really don’t want to miss out on.  Definitely check out the men and women of the Knights Rebels MC series.


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