Contemporary Romance · Military

Review: Hetch by River Savage

Hetch (Men of S.W.A.T. #1)

Title: Hetch | Series: Men of S.W.A.T #1 | Author: River Savage | Publisher: Independently Published | Publication date: May 11th 2016 | Num. Pages: 353 | Genre: Contemporary Romance

4 stars – A very good romance story with enough drama to please anyone


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.


Hetch wasn’t the book I expected to read when I opened it, judging from the cover (I know, I know, never do that) but I expected a thriller or something but what I got was a really good military based contemporary romance with a twist.  Hetch follows Liam Hetcherson, a S.W.A.T officer in Trebook and Liberty Jenson, a social worker as they fall down that slippery slope of love and commitment.

They’re neighbours, though to begin with they don’t know that – Hetch is just the guy who has load sex with different women and Liberty is the “stuck-up” neighbour next door on a sex sabbatical. Yeah. As soon as I read the words “sex sabbatical” I knew what line this book would follow. The neighbours are gonna meet!

The book starts off a lot grittier than you would think with the explanation of Hetch’s biggest issue – his father’s suicide and unfortunately this topic is mentioned and discussed at length and relived a few times so for those of you sensitive to the subject, please be warned.  His father’s death weighs on Hetch’s conscience and provides an insight into his character and what motivates him in life; the first chapter has one of my favourite lines in this entire book which is:

“I once heard you can trace who you’ve become in this life to three external factors: ten defining moments; seven critical choices; and five pivotal people.”

This one line sets the balance for the rest of the book – 5 pivotal people – his mother, his father, his sister, Liberty and Sterling. This is just me theorising by the way but these people prove to be incredibly important to Hetch.

Liberty – a hard working social worker with a group of teenage boys in the system comes across as a lot bitchier than she is I think; every contemporary romance is the same and nothing will ever change that. This book had the typical angst and action you’d expect of a contemporary romance, with good characters and a loaded romantic vibe. I think the only thing that bothered with me this book which put it at a 4 star instead of a 5 star is that some of the characters were very clichéd and a tad overused but I could get over it easily with the style of writing from River Savage.

A healthy balance between prose and dialogue filled with humour made the book fun to read. The sex scenes were tasteful and not full of common words you hear in erotica and contemporary romances – the overused prick and shaft *shudders* I hate that.

It had a need for saviour and I’m happy to say that the saviour was a woman in this book despite Hetch’s job.

The ending to this book closed off this story nicely but also opened up the next one with ease. I hope it’ll be Sterling and Kota myself…

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