Friday, September 13, 2013

Afflicted Review...

Title:  Afflicted
Author:  Sophie Monroe
Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Fresh off tour Blake Potter, the sexy bassist for Battlescars, is in Smithville, Ohio to work on their next album 'Coming Clean'.  Still pining after Aubrey's best friend, Piper, it's going to be harder than he expected to see her back with her long-term boyfriend, Cole.  He's trying his hardest to forget her, but no matter how hard he tries to stay away circumstances keep bringing them together.  Being burned before, he refuses to let it happen again.  He's still struggling to let go of Rowan, the girl that made him the way he is.                                               Piper is fighting an uphill battle of her own.  She's working her ass off trying to make a name for herself as a tattoo artist.  Her long-term boyfriend, Cole, was recently discharged from the Marines turning her world in a way that she never expected.  When he begins leaving for days at a time Piper starts struggling to help him pick up the pieces.  She calls the one person that might be able to help, Blake.  He becomes the friend that she needs no matter how much its killing him.

What will happen when one phone call changes everything for both of them leading them in a path that neither anticipated?  Pasts will come out of the shadows and threaten to ruin everything.

Sophie Monroe is an author from New Jersey.  She's obsessed with music and loves a good story.  She released the Amazon Best Seller Battlescars in March.  Afflicted is a spin-off of Battlescars with different characters but has appearances of the reader's favorites Jake, Aubrey and Granny Jean, along with the rest of the gang.

Hurt flashed across his face breaking my heart even further.  I knew I needed to face this on my own.  I was starting to second-guess if Blake and I could really be something, would I ever be able to love him like I loved Cole?  Were we holding onto strings better left to fray?  He said he loved me and I was pretty sure that I loved him, but in my jumbled thoughts I couldn't think of anything except going home to Cole.
"I'll call a cab."  I put on a brave face and pushed everything aside.
"I'll take you.  Let's go."
He said holding my bag in one hand and reaching for my hand with the other.  I retracted knowing that touching him would falter my reserve.  I followed him down the hallway and said a quick goodbye to his parents with Blake promising to explain when he got back.  He told Joss to be there when he got back.  Speeding the entire ride to the airport and parking in the drop off zone he walked inside without waiting for me to catch up with him.  He went straight the ticket counter using his charms on the girl working.  Pulling a credit card from his wallet he handed it to her while she waited for the ticket to print.  I stood off to the side letting him do his thing.  When he was finished he handed me the ticket with a look in his eyes that will probably haunt me for as long as I live.

By Kayla:

 I was given a copy of Afflicted by Sophie Monroe for an honest review. I loved Battlescars so I was excited to read Afflicted. I think that Sophie Monroe did a good job in writing about Blake and Piper. They were great secondary characters in Battlescars and it’s great that they got their own book. Even though Blake Potter was a heartbreaker in Battlescars, I found myself understanding why he was the way he was in his life. After being hurt by his first love, I can totally understand why he would choose to not become emotionally involved to anyone. That is until he met Piper. I was surprised to see the playboy quickly change his ways as he struggled to get Piper to see him as more than a great distraction from her on again, off again ex-boyfriend, Cole. I get the fact that Piper may have once loved her ex, I found myself getting so upset with her because she refused to see that he was no longer the same boy she had fallen in love with. It was hard on Blake when Piper was stringing him along. He loved her and she couldn’t seem to get over her ex. Then he got mad and blew up at Piper. Blake finally got his girl, and everything turned out well. 

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars!



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