Blog Tour and Giveaway: Afflicted and Battlescars: Sophie Monroe

Afflicted(Battlescars Book 2)
Sophie Monroe
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Release Date: May 17, 2013
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 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 knew that she probably thought that I wouldn't be affected because frankly I didn't think I would be either. She was different though. I was downright afflicted by her.
We met flirty bassist Blake and Aubrey's best friend Piper in Battlescars and learned that they had a night of intense passion. But the situation is complicated. Piper is a tattoo artist in Ohio and has an on again off again long term relationship with Cole. Cole is having some major adjustment issues after returning from deployment. Blake has been hurt in the past by this previous love Rowan. And after her, he became the typical rock star womanizer. But for Piper, he is willing to give love another chance. 

I loved Blake. He was a good friend, sweet, protective, caring, supportive and just tried so hard. Piper was so confused, lost, stubborn, guilt ridden and kept getting sucked back into Cole's problems. Every time it seemed like she was going to really give Blake a chance, something would happen and she would push him away again. I really hated how wishy washy she was at times and how she treated Blake. They were an inconsistent catastrophe and at times it drove me nuts. They had a hard time sharing their feelings, staying on the same page, and not hurting each other. And Cole and Rowan were all mixed up in the whole situation making it even more difficult.  It was a long, twisty, angsty road and enough to give you emotional whiplash.

“If we do this I need to know that you’re going to be mine, Pipe. This going back and forth thing isn’t working anymore. I’m done sharing you.”

"You're an evil angel sent from my own personal hell to torture me over and over again. As soon as I'm getting over you here you are again, Until when Pipe, huh? How long until you run off again?"

Will Piper finally figure out if she belongs with the man she has loved forever , or with the rock star flirt that is actively pursuing her? 

"Blake I can't fall out of love with you, but I can't leave Cole either."

I liked getting both Blake and Piper's POV. I really did have a soft spot for Blake. We get to see more of the other band members and family and continued to see the progression of Jake and Aubrey's relationship as they settle into their new home in Ohio. Next up will be Derek's story in Conflicted.

Thanks to Sophie Monroe for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review

Battlescars(Book 1)
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Aubrey Thompson is a twenty-three year old flight attendant for her dad’s small commercial fleet. She’s a sarcastic smartass that has no problem telling you where to go. She also despises rock stars…but that’s all part of the story. Her Granny Jean is spy and will have you laughing out loud.

In comes Jake Parker, the twenty-five year old lead singer of Battlescars. His reputation is the untamable bad-boy. He’s completely “balls to the wall” in everything that he does. Two days after returning home from a month long tour across Europe he gets a visit from Bruce, an executive from the record label. He informs Jake that Battlescars is going back on tour for three months. What everyone doesn’t know is that Jake is worn down and sick of the same old shit.

His record label hires Aubrey’s dads company to fly him around for the last minute tour. In order to keep her dad's company afloat they will have to learn to play nice. When Jake first meets Aubrey she refuses to even acknowledge his existence. He sees her as refreshing and a challenge.

Both of them have some pretty heavy scars from their pasts holding them back. Can Jake get Aubrey to let him in? Or will she shoot him down based on his outlandish reputation? Will her fear of getting hurt again keep him out for good?

Are the two of them a match in heaven or hell?


The key to finding lasting love is to find someone who loves you, battlescars and all.

Battlescars is a rock-n-roll romance, but not quite a typical one. If you are expecting the  jerk, arrogant, hard to get rock star...this is not it. Well in his past, Jake was a bit of a drinker and womanizer and had a bad rep, but now he is 25 and knows what he wants. And he knows that is Aubrey the minute he sees her and she opens her smart mouth.

"So let's start over. I'm Jake Parker, and I'm not the womanizing asshole that the media portrays me as."

"I'm Aubrey Thompson, I am opinionated and downright uncensored. Fair warning."

Unfortunately for him, she is not in the market for a rock star boyfriend. She is closed off, damaged, snarky, defensive , scared, and tough. She has had tragedy and pain in her past that affects her present. She could care less that Jake is famous and rich. She makes him work for it. He is sweet, thoughtful, caring, and protective. He is willing to do anything and everything just for her to give him a chance. he is almost child like in his need to be around her sometimes and I found it kind of endearing(some people were annoyed by this). 

I like that you talk back to me. I like the way you look at me like I'm Jake Parker the person, not the rock star. So please don't shut me out, that's all everyone does. It's what they've done my whole life I know I'm an a**, and I will f**k up, but I promise you that I'll make you happy, I know you're not ready to be my girlfriend, but that's what I want. So just give me a f***king chance and stop making me chase you."

"I’m ready to fall if you’re the one I fall into."

Finally he worms his way into her heart. They are a really fun, sweet, sarcastic couple. They play off each other, have good chemistry and are willing to stand up for the other one. They really just fit. 

It really as some sort of kismet that brought us together. We were two lost souls wandering the world and then bam! 

But there is danger lurking in the background. Can Jake keep her safe? Or will her past come back and ruin it all?

I liked the other band members Blake, Derek, and Kevin and their body guard Brett. They have a great brother-like relationship and rapport. I also loved her best friend big mouthed, sassy Tattoo artist Piper. Her family especially Granny Jean added hilarious comic relief.  

This was a fast flowing read with likable characters, good relationships, humor, and was a complete story. . I liked getting both Jake and Aubrey's POV.  It is refreshing especially in a series to get the story from start to the end without any cliffhangers or big unresolved issues. Even though I know we will see the characters again in the next books Afflicted and Conflicted. . 

Thanks to Sophie Monroe for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review

Coming next in this series....Derek's story
Conflicted(Battlescars Book 3): 
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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.


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