Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Release Day Blitz: Desertion by River Savage



Title: Desertion (Knights Rebels MC #3)
Author: River Savage
Release Date: July 14th, 2015
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Synopsis


Honor. 

Courage.

Commitment.

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.

Sex. 
Lies. 
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?



River Savage…you have blown me away! I mean that literally. Every single one of River’s books brings so many emotions to the surface. With Nix, you were sexually frustrated with him. Yet, with Sy, you’re heart broke into a million pieces. Now, Jesse. 
I knew Jesse’s story would far different from Nix and Sy. He’s the club man whore and he’s proud that a woman hasn’t ever been able to lock him down. He might be the fuck’em and leave’em kind of guy, but deep down we all know that this broken man has the capacity to love. Being a former marine, we all know that he’s seen some gnarly shit in the field that’s bound to affect him.  His battlefield demons plague his dreams. His darkness is so deeply rooted that he fears for anyone who gets close to him.  This heavily guarded man was destined to fall ever harder than Nix or Sy. When those walls begin to crumble, he knows that he’s fucked. Bell may be wielding a sledgehammer against his heart, but he knows that Bell’s sweet innocence is deceiving. He needs her just as badly as she needs him.

While I’ll whole heartedly admit that Affliction is still my favorite because well… Sy is my man! Desertion gave Affliction a run for its emotional toll money. After I turned the last page, I just sat and stared at the ending. I couldn’t help, but think about so many of our armed forces veterans must have nightmares and flashbacks like Jesse did. These brave and honorable men deserve happiness in my opinion above all others for risking their lives for our freedom and country like Jesse. Sure, I know he’s a fictional character, but the theme of this story may not be a work of fiction at all. This kind of waking nightmare may just be happening to someone you know or even someone you love.  River touched me with the how she didn’t shy away from the depths of these kinds of memories and nightmares in Jesse’s story. Obviously, this book deserves 5 stars. Yet,  after reflecting upon not only on its story, but the overarching theme, I think that even if I gave Desertion 1 million stars it wouldn’t be enough.  




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Excerpt 

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.





More from River Savage

Incandescent (Knights Rebels MC #1)
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Amazon AU | B&N | Kobo | ibooks



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Affliction (Knights Rebels MC #2)
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Amazon AU | B&N | Kobo | ibooks



*****
Reclaimed (Knights Rebels MC Novella)
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Amazon AU | B&N | Kobo | itunes



*****
Paradox (Knights Rebels MC Novella)
Available for download on River Savage's Website



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Desertion (Knights Rebels MC #3)
Purchase Links: 
Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA |
Amazon AU | B&N | Kobo | ibooks



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About the Author


River Savage is the Author of the Knights Rebels MC Series. She released her debut novel, Incandescent, in August 2014. 

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. 

River would love to hear from you. You can contact and/or follow her via...
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Email: riversavageauthor@gmail.com

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