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 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.
Review ~ 4 Stars
This was a great follow up to BATTLESCARS. I have seen some negativity written about the heroine of this book and I could not disagree more. There are millions of women stuck in a toxic relationship and feel they have no way out for one reason or another. This does not make them weak or selfish in my eyes. I mean we all have had friends in our lives who are eerily similar to Piper. I know I have had quite a few. Yes, she does go back and forth between Cole and Blake numerous times. Cole came back from the military with PTSD and was no longer the man Piper fell in love with. He was not willing to help himself or accept help from others. Piper knew she needed to get out. But because of her memories of the man he once was, she kept feeling the need to give him another chance. I don't fault her for turning to a man who made her feel safe, loved and treasured. Blake did all of that for her and more. I think the authors portrayal of an abusive relationship was spot on. Although the abuse was all mental, it was still abuse.
Ok, enough of the serious stuff. Granny made an appearance once again and cracked me up with her one liners. I so wish I had a granny like this.
"Why does everyone expect me to sugarcoat stuff? Do I look like a fucking bakery?"
We got to revisit with Aubrey and Jake and catch up on all that has happened with them. This story wasn't as sweet as the first but I still loved it, "flawed" heroine and all. This tiny excerpt from the book explains a lot about Piper..... "My biggest weakness my entire life is that I care too much about everyone else and not enough about myself." Great book and I can't wait to read more from this series.
About the Author:
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.