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Affliction (Knights Rebels MC #2)
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Three little words are all it takes to rip his world apart. Lost in his own affliction, Sy has been living in a darkness that he doesn't ever want to let go of. 

Until she arrives and shines her light so bright that nothing else mattered.

She was only in it for the chase, for the thrill of capturing the unattainable.

But what happens when her world shatters around her, spiraling her into the darkness beside him?
Can his affliction be her resurrection?

Or will two lost souls living in the depths of deception let it destroy them?

“What the fuck are you doing in my club?” he asks again, moving his body closer.

“Your club?” I ask, raising my brow. “Last time I checked, I came here with my best friend, not to see you, so if you’ll excuse me,” I say, trying to push off the wall, but he steps right in, his knee coming between my legs. 

“You gonna fuck him?” he growls, his eyes growing angrier by the second. 

“Maybe,” I tell him, knowing he’s talking about Jesse. “I wonder if he will leave me standing naked after a quick fuck up against the wall,” I continue. His hold on me gets tighter. I know I shouldn’t tease him with my words, but he’s seriously delusional if he thinks he has any claim over me. 

“I knew you were a tease, but I didn’t know you wanted to be a club whore,” he replies, and I try not to let his words sting. 

“Are you done?” 

“Are you?” he counters. 

“You left me standing there. I didn’t fucking do anything. What are you so angry about?” 

“You coming into my club, throwing yourself at one of my brothers.”

“Jeez, get over yourself, Sy. Jesse was just showing me around the place. And if I decide I want to have sex with him, or anyone else for that matter, I’ll do what I want. You don’t fucking own me. You had me, fine, but it was mediocre at best, so keep your hands off me,” I snap, trying to get out of his hold. 

“Mediocre?” he repeats back to me. I’m so pissed at his attitude I don’t falter in repeating it. 

“At best.” 

“Didn’t feel like that when your cunt was gripping my cock like a vice,” he throws back, his words causing my pussy to throb. 

“That’s called pelvic floor muscle exercises,” I say, ignoring my body’s response to having him so close. 

“Right,” he whispers, leaning further into me, “and what about when I dragged my tongue through that sweet pussy of yours, and lapped up your juices dripping from you?” he questions. It takes everything in me not to respond. “Now that I think about it, when you walked into my shop, all pissed off, you were walking like you had been fucked so hard. Did you feel me for days, sweetheart?” he continues, pushing into me further. “I bet your pussy is aching for me now, isn’t it, Holly?” he asks, his lips so dangerously close to my neck. 

Fuck me. Two seconds ago I hated the man, and now I’m trying to squeeze my thighs together to stop the ache coming from my lady parts. 

“Too bad you won't find out,” I counter, staying strong. I might want him more than anything, but he is still an ass.

“I don’t even need to touch you to find out. It’s written all over your face, Holly.”

“Whatever, Sy. Let me go.”

“You know I’m right. You’re so fucking turned on right now and so frustrated you’re not going to get any relief,” he teases, telling me what I already know.

“There’s always Jesse,” I threaten, trying to get a reaction from him. 

“Like fuck,” he spits out, pushing his hard cock against me. “You’re not gonna let that fucker touch you. Do you understand me? None of my brothers will taste your pussy. Do you hear me?” His hand runs up my leg, running along my short denim skirt and finding the outside of my panties. A small gasp leaves my lips at his feather-light touch. “This sweet pussy belongs to me. I fucking had it first. Now, it’s mine.” 

“No, it’s not,” I fight back, but my mind is too busy memorizing each lazy stroke of his finger over my lace panties. 

“It will be again,” he warns before taking my mouth hard, suppressing me with his tongue. His fingers pull my panties aside, slipping in and dancing over my aching heat.

“Shit,” I breathe against his lips, forgetting where I am for a moment. Forgetting we can’t stand each other.

“You want relief, Holly?” he asks as my hips start to ride the rhythm of his talented fingers. 

“Yes, give it to me, Sy,” I plead, feeling myself build with each flick of his finger. 

“Say please,” he demands, slipping his thick finger inside of me. 

“Please, Sy,” I cry out as he pumps me harder.

“That’s it, girl. Fuck my finger,” he growls. The heat of his voice causes goose bumps to break out on my skin. A wave of impending bliss washes over me, and then my orgasm hits, hard and fast. 

“Sy,” I hiss, but don’t get anything else out as his tongue is dancing with mine again, muffling my shouts of ecstasy. His taste reminds me of beer, mint, and all things Sy. He latches onto my tongue, sucking it hard into his mouth, sending pleasure and pain rolling through my body. 

Fuck, this man is dangerous with his bad-boy attitude, his sexy as hell dirty mouth and his ability to take me on the highest of highs in less than a minute. He slows the kiss, lingering for a moment before resting his forehead on mine. This right here is why this man is dangerous: bringing me apart in the middle of the club, and making me forget I hate him. Removing his fingers, he brings them to his mouth and sucks them clean.

This story takes us back to some scenes from Incandescent, but now it is in Sy and Holly's points of view.  Sy is Nix's friend and the angry, moody loner Rebel's Knight and Holly is Kadence's long time sarcastic and sunny best friend. I knew after reading the first book that there was a lot going on under the surface between Sy and Holly, and that Sy had something in his past that caused him to close himself off. We find out that Sy has demons...big ones. The prologue to this book, hit me hard and had my heart breaking for Sy.

...there are some wounds that can't be mended. Yet we carry them with us, hoping for chance that maybe someday, someone can fix them. I can't be fixed.

From their first meeting, Sy and Holly spark, fight, and test each other's control. He tries to be stoic and resist, but cannot seem to  fight the pull towards her lightness. And she is totally interested in some fun with Sy. They are volatile, impulsive, raw, and out of control. It leads to a lot of push and pull, confusion, avoidance, hidden feelings and hurt. 

What I do know about this man seems like a list of contradictions. So hard and filled with so much anger, while in the next breath, he's gentle and even a little lost. 

They all went through a difficult life or death situation, but Holly and Sy might have been more deeply affected by it than Nix and Kadence. When the fall-out sends the normally positive Holly's life spiraling downward, Sy can recognize another person drowning in pain and darkness. He wants to help pull her out, but it is hard when he is also still in his own darkness and she keeps pushing him away. Coming so close to loss, helps Sy see what is important, but Holly makes it extremely challenging for him. But he needs her in order to heal himself as well.
I loved Sy, In the fist book we just saw the quiet, broody guy. But this this one, we see his deep pain, inner turmoil and confusion, along with his need for self protection and control. He is afraid of letting her in his life, but also powerless to stop it...fort the physical connection, then the emotional one. He is alpha, sexy, and a dirty talker. But we also see the protective, caring man who just wants to help her navigate back out of the darkness and find her light again. I loved seeing them rebuild a bond based on friendship versus just physical chemistry as he tried to be there for her and his determination not to let her push him away.

"Babe, I know we both have our own issues that might just make us a little f***ed up, but sometimes I look at you and I think maybe being f***ed up doesn't have to be so bad."

When we first met Holly she was carefree, happy, and a bit wild. But now we see her dealing with her own pain and depression that she can't seem to pull herself out from and she tries to shut everyone out. She is going through a difficult time, is lost and afraid, and now harbors guilt and a secret that could turn Sy away from her for good. 

Darkness has stolen her, and something in me needs to be the one person to save her. 

They are both strong willed and stubborn. Can they open up about their pain and help each other forget their trauma? Or will their secrets be too much once they are exposed?

I got totally sucked into this series. It has humor, passion, danger, suspense, and a lovable cast of characters that are not afraid to just be who they are. The guys are tough, sexy, have dirty mouths, but are protective and loving. The women have sass, intelligence, and strength. They all have witty rapport and strong chemistry. The MC club is a tight group that steps up when the others need them. We get to see more of Nix and Kadence's progression, as well as hang out more with the Knights Rebels Jesse, Brooks, and Beau. There were some little teases into the possibilities for Jesse and Beau's upcoming stories. I am looking forward to Jesse next. He is the fun, flirty, man whore and I cannot wait to see him get knocked down by love.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

I can’t tell her there are some wounds that can’t be mended. Yet we carry them with us, hoping for a chance that maybe someday, someone can fix them. 
I can’t be fixed.

Affliction may have been better than the first book in the series. But at the end, I can’t really decide and don’t want to pick favorites. 

Because of the way Sy and Holly’s story overlaps Nix and Kadence, readers of the first book have seen bits and pieces of Sy and Holly develop from an outsider’s perspective. Now seeing it from the inside made it that much more appealing and I can’t help but think the overlapping storylines also made each individual story more compelling. These stories are not happening within a vacuum. 

Sy’s backstory is heartbreaking. From the bit revealed in the prologue I hurt for the pain he had been through. As more of the story came out during the course of nightmares and flashbacks through the rest of the story, my heartbreak only deepened for the quiet, serious man.

Holly had her own walls to knock down. Walls that weren’t there when Sy and Holly met, and were erected as a result of events that were introduced in Incandescent and changed her utterly and completely. 

I loved them together. Holly’s sass and fire, combined with Sy’s quiet, intenseness was a powerful combination, both for working through their individual walls and for watching the sparks fly physically. 

There is great continuation of Nix and Kadence’s storyline, all through the eyes of Sy and Holly but lacking none of the closeness to be expected from them. I loved the way the rest of the club members were included in the storyline, both revealing more about them as individuals and as a family organization.

I can’t wait for Jesse’s story. Though there is little revealed about what to expect, there is enough about his family situation hinted at that there has to be a deep story there and I can’t wait to watch the man-whore fall. And bits and pieces of Beau have been hinted at as well, with what I hope is a glimpse at the woman he falls for. But even if it is not the woman I hope it is, his story promises to be an emotional one as well.

This was darker than Incandescent. But with the issues Holly and Sy have to overcome that is to be expected. I had tears in the corners of my eyes that didn’t hit me in the first book, but overwhelmed me in this story. 

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Incandescent  (Knights Rebels MC #1)
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Phoenix ‘Nix’ Knight thought pulling his club out of the illegal shit his Pops got them into was difficult.

Until he meets Kadence. 

Kadence Turner has no business lusting over a student’s father, especially the president of the Knights Rebels MC. Nix is crass, obnoxious and dangerously sexy and for some reason, Kadence can’t seem to hate him for it. The bossy biker breaks down her defenses, but unlike the old Kadence, the woman she is today won’t give in without a fight. 

The tension is undeniable, the attraction fierce. A man that wants what he wants and a woman that will fight him every step of the way. 

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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