Book Title: Afflicted
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 it’s 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.
I absolutely love Sophie Monroe and her Battlescars boys are currently my favorite band boys. I couldn't wait to get my hands on Afflicted and Sophie was kind enough to allow me to beta read this book for her. Please allow me to introduce you to Blake...he's afflicted by the women he loves. I swear if that boy could catch a break he would be sitting on cloud nine. But you know what? Life isn't lived on a cloud. Blake's first love, Rowan, all but stomped his heart out after she declines his marriage proposal and is doing everything possible including lots of alcohol and lots of sex. In time he is able to deal with the pain of loosing his first love. Along comes Piper. A feisty red headed blue eyed tattooed best friend of Jake's wife Aubrey.
Now...if you haven't read Battlescars you need to stop right here and go get it and read it. Otherwise you'll might be a little lost.
Ok...so onto Blake and Piper. If any one set of characters could have their share of setbacks these two do. Piper has been in an on again off again relationship with her high school sweetheart for a total of 8 years. He's returned from a tour in Afghanistan and has a severe case of PTSD he will not get help for. He leaves Piper for days without notice or communication then just expects her to pick up where they left off. Oh, by the way, they also live together. How can you have a healthy relationship that way? So not happin'!
Blake on the other hand would worship the ground Piper walks on. He's so smitten with her. He's writing songs about her and when she says jump, he asks how high? I felt bad for him that he couldn't catch a break with the one woman he absolutely loved with his whole heart and wanted more than anything. She's too blinded by her struggling relationship with Cole. I just wanted to jump in there and shake her! Really woman....why would you settle when you could have the world? Love is blind and Piper certainly is.
There comes a time when they have to make a decision about what kind of relationship they're going to have and where they'll take it. Who would have thought one phone call could change all of that?? Leave it to Granny Jean to sum it all up "Life's a bitch, 'cause if it was a slut it would be easy."
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