Affliction by River Savage – Jenn’s Review



River Savage is a master with MC books. Her Knights Rebels series gets better with each book!


5 stars


Three little words are all it takes to rip his world apart. Lost in his own affliction, Sy has been living in a darkness he doesn’t 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?

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This is one of those books that after you’ve finished it and closed it, the scenes that were painted so vividly, continue to run through your mind. Affliction’s storyline runs parallel to Incandescent, and while they are both standalones, had I not read Incandescent, I would have been a bit lost. For that reason, I suggest reading Incandescent first.

During Incandescent, the most you got out of Sy was a few well places grunts. We didn’t know much about him other than he was a tattoo artist and was high in the ranks at the Knights Rebels.  This review isn’t going to tell you much about Sy either. He is a mystery that unfolds throughout the pages of this fantastic book, and I don’t want to spoil it for you.

Sy and Holly have instant sexual attraction and while neither of them wants a relationship with the other, Sy especially, when they are in a room together and sexual tension is explosive. They just cannot keep their hands off of each other. Plus, the sex is hot. This isn’t a take your time, worship my body, kind of coming together. This is a true wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am.  Ridiculously. Hot. Sex. Under all that sexual attraction are true feelings that neither of them wants to confront or admit too. Even when Sy wants to be nasty to Holly and push her away, his inner monologue betrays him.

“I knew the connection between us was something different; something more than just a one-time deal. I was just too scared to see it for it was.

After a scorching quick start, things cool off between Holly and Sy, but it’s Sy who comes to the realization that a life without Holly is not one he wants to live. He knows he has to proceed slowly with her. Knowing how quickly their relationship turns to sex, Sy spends time with Holly, building a friendship first. Over the slow build of their relationship, Holly and Sy learn more about each other, but unfortunately, each of them is keeping a pretty big secret.

“Her light shines through my darkness and as I stand here in this moment making love to her against the bathroom counter, I realize my affliction doesn’t matter. She matters.”

There are so many discoveries for you to uncover on your own in this book that it almost impossible to review it without giving anything away. Reading an advanced copy, I had the luxury of going into this completely blind, and I want the same for you. AVOID THE SPOILERS and know this; Sy is not what you think he is. Underneath the rough and tough biker image he portrays, he is the ultimate protector of those he loves. He would give up his own life for theirs, and that is one heck of a quality in a man. His love for Holly is evident in his words and his actions. I loved following Holly and Sy on their path, and it was one heck of a hard-fought journey.

“It’s okay, baby. You stop breathing. I’ll breathe life right back into you.”

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