Tuesday, May 10, 2016


Title: HETCH (Men of S.W.A.T. #1)
Author: River Savage
Release Date: May 11, 2016
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verb \ˈsāv\ 

1 a: Keep safe or rescue (someone or something) from harm or danger.

Synonyms: rescue, come to someone's rescue, save someone's life, set free, liberate, deliver, extricate.

Saving lives is the end goal.
It's a responsibility I live with every day, the reason I wear the badge.
Built on a brotherhood that runs deeper than blood, this way of life has become my very existence...

Until Liberty.

I thought I was saving her.

I never expected her to be the one saving me.


They say moments of clarity hit you hard. Like suddenly a deep understanding smacks you in the face. Your vision becomes unclouded, and a truth that’s been out of your reach rushes at you. It’s in that second your perception of reality becomes so clear you can’t begin to describe it.

Some call it beautiful, some say it can be saddening, some even compare it to the moment your drug of choice washes over you, offering a moment of escape.

I wish I could I say my moment of clarity is an epiphany or some kind of life-defining moment that showed me where my messed-up life is going.

No, my moment hits me as the first wave of the orgasm I’ve been chasing the last few minutes washes over me.

“Fuck, woman, wait for me this time.” His voice pulls me from my haze first, reminding me how messed up I am.

Heat covers my body, not from the life-altering orgasm, but from embarrassment.

Without thinking rationally, I throw my vibrator to the floor and freeze, afraid to move, as a low moan pauses on my lips. The thump of my beating heart, almost syncing in perfect rhythm to the throb drumming between my legs.

Jesus, please tell me he didn’t hear me.

“Don’t go shy on me now, babe.” He half chuckles, half growls, and even though there is a wall between us, the words wash over me; Goose bumps prickle my skin as if his warm breath whispered over me.




Slowly, as if by some freak of nature, apartment nine can see me through the wall, I roll off the bed and find myself on all fours.

Really, Liberty?

Fully committed to my actions, I slowly army crawl my way to the nearest exit.

A strong tap on the wall halts my escape followed by, “You still there?” Another wave of humiliation crashes over me when I take stock of my predicament.

If I don’t get out of here fast, I’ll be drowning in so much embarrassment, nothing will resuscitate me.

Unable to form a coherent thought, and not willing to engage with the pervert, I continue to low crawl my way out of my bedroom and into my bathroom. Closing the door, I stand, and quickly walk to the shower. After turning the faucet on, I strip the rest of my clothes off, then step under the spray of the water.

Jesus, that was close.

I have no idea what I was thinking. In fact, I know I wasn’t. Which scares me even more.

I, Liberty Jenson, would never take risks like this. If asked what prompted this change in me, I’d answer with two things.

Apartment nine.

And a self-appointed sex sabbatical.

It all started when I moved into my new apartment. At first, I was excited, ready for a fresh start. After a messy break-up, which included dealing with a douche ex who didn’t know how to keep his dick in his pants, I needed a new place. Somewhere closer to town this time, secure, and most importantly, affordable. However, finding a place close to the city, which was secure enough to make me feel safe and would still leave me enough money left over from my program director’s wage, proved to be a feat. After searching for five weeks, I was about to give up, accept defeat and move in with my mom and dad again. I mean it wasn’t the worst thing that could happen to a single thirty-year-old woman.


Luckily for me, I didn’t have to resort to such desperate measures when this place came up two weeks ago. After a quick walk through, I fell in love with the two bedrooms, one bath, and open kitchen living area. I filled out the paperwork, paid my deposit, a month’s rent in advance, and moved in five days later.

Everything seemed perfect.

That was until I realized how paper-thin the walls were between apartments.

It started out subtle, a sneeze in the early evening on my first night here as I settled into bed. A soft murmur of a man’s voice the third night.

But then came the sex.

The hot, wild, filthy sex.

The fourth night in my new apartment, I was woken to the low moans of what I assumed to be a needy woman.

My face heats up remembering the screams, the grunts. The deep baritone of apartment nine’s voice as he told the ‘bitch’ to keep it quiet.

Unsure what to do, I laid silent, listening to my new neighbor fuck some lucky woman into submission.

I’m not going to lie; I wasn’t turned on by it. I was set alight.

I never thought I would be that kind of person, the kind who got off from listening in on someone get off, but something in the way he spoke to her, something in the way he spoke to all the other women since, stirred a new want in me. Soon I found myself seeking out my room for a chance to hear him.

It was wrong.

So wrong.

But it didn’t stop me from wanting it.

The screams.

The deep grunts of pleasure.

I wanted it all.

I wanted it to be me.

“I’m officially going to hell.” I groan under the water, trying to wash the stupidity off me. Stupid would be the nice way of calling me a fucking idiot. And an idiot is what I am. Especially after tonight.

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I absolutely love the cover to this book; it depicts so much without the use of words.

We learn fairly quickly that Hetch is dealing with his father's suicide, something he couldn't prevent, despite his training. He's having a hard time dealing with the ramifications of his father's death, and isn't dealing with it at all. Liberty works at a boys' youth home, trying to steer them down the right path. They "meet" in a humorous way, although they've never met face-to-face; and when they do and realize who the other is, it's kind of comical.

I liked that Liberty was willing to do anything for the boys, especially, Mitch, but there were a few times that had me really doubting her intelligence. She puts herself into a few situations that were really quite stupid, and I found myself shaking my head at her.

Hetch and his teammates banter was fun to listen to, most of the time. It was frustrating the way he tried pushing Liberty away, but I'm glad he eventually got his head out of his ass (after being chewed out by Liberty).

Despite all of the things I enjoyed about this book, there was just something missing for me, and I don't know what it is. It was almost a bit too cliche for me, I think. I'd probably pick up the next one, just because I want to see how a few other story lines play out.

I have to agree with my co-reviewer; this cover photo is a fantastic representation of Hetch and a particular scene in the story.

Hetch is a SWAT team leader that is dealing with the aftermath of his father’s death. This is made harder by the fact that some aspects of his job forces that pain to the surface.
Liberty works with troubled teen boys; she really puts her all into it and gets attached easily. Liberty has moved into a new apartment and is on a sabbatical from men. All is going well until she starts getting disturbed by her naughty neighbour. I won’t spoil this scene but I really loved it. It was hot, funny, and a great intro to the story.

Hetch and Liberty’s face to face meet was entertaining and I really enjoyed their banter. Of course they can’t fight their attraction and can’t keep their hands off each other. If you love a good alpha story then you know Hetch starts feeling possessive right away but his path to loving Liberty is hard because of his demons. I really liked the inclusion of Mitch into the story and how well Hetch and Liberty worked at helping him. Liberty was hard for me to take at times because she had the TSTL syndrome that a lot of book heroines have. I had a few instances where I was seriously frustrated with her arguing and then doing things that would put her at risk. I think the author did a great job with Hetch’s storyline and how he dealt with his father’s death. You actually see how much this affected him all the way to him working on his issues. Some authors would have brushed over this and left holes in story but I think it was done well.

I am already looking forward to future books in the series because I would like to see how a few of the couple’s stories play out. Ms. Savage has a great flow to her writing that captures your attention right away and keeps me turning the pages. Well done!

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. 

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