Afflicted Afflicted #1 MOBI Ó Afflicted Afflicted

  • Kindle Edition
  • 214 pages
  • Afflicted Afflicted #1
  • Brandon Shire
  • English
  • 08 February 2016

10 thoughts on “Afflicted Afflicted #1

  1. Baba Baba says:

    UPDATE Members of the Brandon Shire Fan Group will be doing a re read buddy read of Afflicted on November 26 2012 You are welcome to join us Afflicted II will be released on December 6 2012 httpwwwgoodreadscomgroupshow7Review completed September 8 2012Wowwhat a fantastic book Brandon sure knows how to write an enthralling and intense story When you are reading Afflicted you can close your eyes and the words will be raining down on you embracing you and you will be having a highly intimate and very animated visual 5 shiny stars Afflicted was a whole new sensory experience for me Every single touch every kiss and every smell have a deeper meaning It will wash over you so smoothly and you will crave for It's intense It's sensual It's edgyDillon Frank a high priced male escort stumbled over Hunter on the street They have great sex but it's not over yet Dillon is coming back to Hunter's apartment over and over This is not about a simple transaction it's personal He can't get Hunter out of his head any Hunter who is blind exudes confidence lust and genuine affability It's beyond Dillon why he can't stop thinking about him and he really does struggle to take the plunge into unknown waters Because that's what it was falling in love is uncharted territory for Dillon For the first time in a very long time Dillon understood how deeply his father's rejection had affected his life He is keeping people at a distance and he has issues getting emotionally involved with Hunter  Hunter had found the deep melancholy Frank had spoken of in his description on their way back to his apartment It was in Frank's hands All of it right there in the slender wrinkles of his hands The desperate resilience; the annoyed flamboyance; his personable passivity and his phobic aggressiveness; all trapped in the clever wrinkles of his fingers the hard unsociable cast of his knuckles the safe hopelessness of the padsHunter's business was audio books the small press cult following kind of audio books In the business he was known as 'The Ear' for his ability to match voice character setting and auditory scene Hunter has a very acute sense of smell as well From time to time he can be an over sensitive yet insensitive dck and sometimes he could react pretty aggressively too Everyone had treated him gently his entire life like he was a fragile butterfly He didn't want that any that attitude enraged him Hunter wanted Dillon to fk him like a man he just wanted to be taken Smell the loam Lydia had said grasping a handful under his nose That's the smell of deathBut Hunter found life in that aroma; he found regurgitation and the stubborn ache of an eternal spiral that left panic on those near its end He smelled flowers bending in slow ruin seeds hard and bold with new life a river moving lazy through shallow greens There was affection in that dirt; a touch of flesh meeting the crumbled hand of God It was all the opposite of what his mother felt about everythingSeeing hearing and smelling these two guys together is a thing of pure beauty The wonderful and at times incredibly lyrical prose meshes beautifully with the raw lush intense and edgy sex I have to say that every sex scene was driven by lust This was to be man sex These scenes are exceptionally well written and highly erotic Further I absolutely loved to see how their relationship evolved from pure need for sex to affection and even tenderness No worries though the hot sex is still there 'cause one thing does not rule out the other  When I was 76 % done I could read one of the most touching and best annotation what love is all about resp what love should mean to each and every one of us It was another spellbinding and philosophical moment of utter beauty What does love look like?Yes you can see what love looks like There are outward visual signs of affection; that glow in someone's eyes a specific look But first and foremost you can feel love and by doing that you don't need your eyesight Feel it touch it and listen to your heart Oh my what's not to love about this book? Afflicted is a beautifully crafted work of love Need passion hot and erotic sex subtle banter thoughtful dialogue and a truly fabulous and riveting narrative left me breathless and craving for Read this book I'm pretty sure you wouldn't regret it I also recommend Afflicted to those readers who would like to give the MM genre a try EnjoyLast but not least I'd like to mention that I love the cover This slightly blurred vision of a gorgeous man is beautiful and I think it reflects the story nicely The very first time they were together Dillon's hold was uncertain a tentative embrace that held no absolutes no dreams but just now it was different; it was a grip that sat right on the edge of possession a possession Hunter would willingly give if askedI strongly advise you to read the author's noteHIGHLY RECOMMENDEDBrandon is listening to music while writing I uote In writing my latest novel Afflicted there was an erotic scene I was working on and a certain song I was listening to at the time I was writing it This song set the tempo and the rhythm of the mood that I was striving for so closely that I added a link to it within the e book hopefully allowing readers another level of interaction with the characters I haven’t heard too much back on that yet so we’ll seeBTW Brandon is talking about the infamous shower scene and the song he is referring to is Ain’t No Sunshine performed by Melody Gardot Live in Paris Here is the link

  2. Heather K (dentist in my spare time) Heather K (dentist in my spare time) says:

    FREE right now at US 8311545 amazing starsI hate you Brandon Shire because now I'm now going to stay up all night to read Afflicted III loved this book The writing was so beautiful just descriptive and flowery in the best ways It was also so interesting reading about a gay blind man Talk about a uniue topic Oh and the chemistry The chemistry was just electric and wonderful The book was sweet and sexy and deliciously FANTASTIC My minor issue is the rapid POV switches that left me a bit confused at times and having to re read paragraphs SIGH A great romance that I recommend to all my fellow m m book lovers

  3. Lenore Lenore says:

    Well this book was a letdown And I feel I have to clarify that the lyrical prose had nothing to do with it If anything it was one of the interesting aspects of the story Also if it makes any difference I should also mention that the book isn't brimming with flowery similes metaphors analogies and collocations There are several of them yes and some of them sound really strange and uncommon but I'd say it's sprinkled not packed with them and they're mostly found in the first 40% of the book I guess what I want to say is if you're avoiding this because of the language maybe you should reconsiderMy biggest issue with Affliction was that it felt extremely unbalanced The first half of the book was way too polished while the second half was all over the place The only thing I wondered about in the first half of the book was how did Dillon know Hunter was gay How did he know Hunter would accept his proposition Did he feel he would be safe if he was wrong I mean because Hunter was blind? Also in the first half the narrative felt paced solid The story felt like it had potential despite having a somewhat cliché air about it I liked the connotations of Hunter's name I said in a comment somewhere that I felt Hunter wore his disability like an offensive weapon not a defensive shield His blindness carried a silent power with it And I couldn't wait to see where the handicapped manmale escort storyline would go who was really the afflicted one Hunter or Dillon? Or both—maybe neither—of them?To my disappointment the story never took off After Hunter and Dillon hooked up for the second time it turned into a sappy unoriginal romance where Dillon uits his job as an escort because he feels he has found the one where Hunter dismisses the warnings of his bestie Margie the stereotypical fag hag who delivers the standard line hurt him and I'll cut your balls off to Dillon where any characterplot development that had started or was setup in the first half either went nowhere or stopped altogether for instance why include the Down syndrome boy subplot if you don't intend to do anything with it? where the technical aspects of the writing became and frustrating eg this book suffers from a serious case of the head hopping where what the author probably considered a smart plot twist fell flat and served only to feed the dramaI won't comment on how Hunter and Dillon very intentionally avoided using protection when they had sex Others have done it numerous times before me I did notice it and wonder about it thoughThe ending was very abrupt and it felt like the author wanted to get done with the story already The misunderstanding was resolved they had another round of passionate sex so the book should end right?Well no And if Mr Shire intended all along to split his story into two books he should warn the reader somehow Maybe it would have worked a little better for me if I had known

  4. Shelley Shelley says:

    And this one begins with mine I wished for something so special I could surrender myself to every word Guess what? like a gift my wish came true From the synopsis A high priced male escort and a blind gay man meet by chance What ensues is a hot steamy romance by two men looking for something than a one night stand But can they reach beyond their own insecurities to grasp what they really desire?You will find a story that might have been told before not often perhaps but most certainly not like this For in the very first pages I discovered that this book is crafted by a true wordsmith with a poetic lyrical talent that vividly transcends the normal experience of story telling Hunter is a gorgeous gay blind man living very capably with his disability He is hot muscled and ' a cock on him like a stallion' – Dillons words not mineAt the age of 23 and a 'societal virgin' he flees his mothers smothering over protective arms and finally immerses himself in independence Blindness does not put Hunter in the dark his handicap doesn't limit him he wont allow it 'He exudes a confidence and an innate understanding that there are many people blinder than he' – how very trueThe way he deals with his blindness is a lesson for all of us sightlings This discovery is an astounding gift; how Hunter can learn a life time of traits insecurities strengths and weaknesses by the smell taste and touch of a stranger has to be the most awe inspiring thing I have ever read He describes Dillon from his ears to his feet in a way that uncovers the man's soul not just his appearance”His arms were polite not secure but patient; an endemic uality of his trade Hunter had guessed The neck and chest were formal diligently cut to be candy for the eye a sweet Hunter could not taste”Dillon oh Dillon clutch my chestFrom the age of sixteen when he was forced onto the streets by a betrayal so ugly and traumatic He leads a lonely disposable existence doing the only thing he knows 'hustling his ass' Hunter gets Dillon so right when he says “You smell like prison” And that is exactly where Dillon is; a prisoner trapped in a never ending circle of shame and frozen emotionsLike typical men they have the great ability of non communication They do however manage to communicate their hopes and dreams through their bodies Every touch taste and breath is a silent promise no words just the lyrically tune of possession courage love and acceptance The possible end to a lonely existence for both if only one of them would ask itThere is a moment so descriptively lyrical that I could hear the rhythm and beat of the sex lovemaking perfectly match in the synchronicity of words Mesmerizing Every descriptive note from Hunter is an introspective view that shook my jaded mind to an experience of awakening; and how liberating it is to see beyond sight Discovering how very blind I am even with my vision is embarrassing To actually close my eyes and see everything through my other senses is liberatingIn darkness you can discover a light of truth that is so easily hidden by literal sight; and thus a misconception of what is by what we physically see What a profound realisation What a lesson in humility I learned from Hunter is that there is a vivid clarity to be found without sight Dillon tells a story parable about love recognising it and fighting for it I was enthralled by him at that moment beautiful He lays his heart on the table in the telling and I am going to keep it safe for him for both of them Highly recommended I adore this book Thank you Brandon Shire

  5. *J* Too Many Books Too Little Time *J* Too Many Books Too Little Time says:

    35 Stars

  6. Blacky *Romance Addict* Blacky *Romance Addict* says:

    I really don't know how to write a review for this I only have 2 words in my mind that would really describe this bookRAW REALFirst I have to say that the writing style here is superb While reading the book you get to experience the book some points of it were so well described I could actually smell feel and see everything The whole world the characters their interaction it's very raw There is nothing lovey dovey here Their sex was raw and kind of intense for me Hunter descbribes how he likes the smell of sweat street and man and it can't get any raw than thatThe thing I loved the most was the world in the book It isn't sugar coated It's very real and I have to say I'm not used to reading stories like that This was refreshing Hunter and Dillon have a complex relationship they both have troubled pasts Dillon much I felt so bad for him so the ending left me with hope that they willl work everything out considering everything they deserve to have a big and beautiful HEA I'm not really big on words don't know how to write beautiful reviews and this book deserves one so if you're thinking of reading the book read this one you're the best

  7. Rosalinda *KRASNORADA* Rosalinda *KRASNORADA* says:

    In a few words this book wasAmazingFlawed butFantastic at the same timeLonged forImpressiveCaptivatingTenderEmotionalDifferentI wasn't sure about this one during the first half but somehow the story captivated meREVIEW TO COME

  8. Karla Karla says:

    25 starsMy first miss of the year It’s sad but I just couldn’t get into it I’m not familiar with this author writing so I’m not sure if maybe this is his style but it felt choppy The first chapter was confusing since the MC’s had already met and were on the way to their first hook up As for the progress of their relationship I felt like as I told about it was not shown at least at the beginning That made it hard for me to feel their connection I did like the MC’s they were both strong men who had hard pasts and overcame them Another thing I didn’t like was the descriptions of smells I understand why the author used so much but I just wished it would have been something sexy not smelly It definitely had the potential with the escort plot but sadly for ME it didn’t work out ♥️

  9. Lisa Arbitrary - AttentionIsArbitrary M/M Blog Lisa Arbitrary - AttentionIsArbitrary M/M Blog says:

    Afflicted by love’s madness all are blind – Sextus Propertius I’m a lousy human I didn’t want to read about a blind guy and a gay prostitute but when Brandon Shire approached me and asked me to review his new book I was flattered As a new blogger I thought wow someone discovered me So I looked into some of his other books I glanced at his ratings on GR and decided “Okay I can give this a shot” Since this was my first read and review of a Brandon Shire book I honestly went into it expecting very little I didn't really care for the cover and also no one had recommended him to me before so what could I be missing really? THE WRITING The uestion hung like flypaper swirling in the air all the dead carcasses a tribute to that particular twist in life called conseuences which in this case remained unspoken I was blown away immediately The writing style had a heavily descriptive tone and I was instantly walking alongside the characters feeling the setting There were moments where I really had to dig for understanding because I was both; learning the author’s elocution and because he made me reach to grasp a weighty concept I was just beginning to realize that this somewhat demanding writing style would reuire concentration and effort than I usually give a “typical” romantic read when the dialog began I was delighted to find an easily readable relatable tone that wasn’t pretentious The characters were as comfortable to listen to as the descriptive narrative was beautiful A very enjoyable combinationTHE CHARACTERS Maybe he had been using the stink of independence to cover up his loneliness Hunter Stephens – Strong sexy and fiercely masculine Hunter is not what I expected in a blind main character Independent despite his blindness or accurately because of it He is confident coherent and extremely cognitive Yet he is wary He doesn’t want empathy He wants to be treated as a man He wants to be “taken” as a man and wondered what it would be like to wake up next to someone like him and not feel like an accessory not feeldisposable Dillion – He is beautiful surprising and secretive Overcoming the worst in human nature he remains hopeful and wanting Despite his successes he finds himself in an endless loop He wants to leave the circumference and grab at something in the middleTHE STORY Look at my gay blind friend aren’t I so socially forward? A man who has always been treated as delicate fragile and vulnerable needs to know he’s just a man Another man gives him his strength; unabashedly powerful sex is an intro to a deeper connectionAs I said earlier I wasn't really into the premise but I couldn't have been wrong This isn't at all about a weak afflicted blind guy It's about two strong men two fighters trying to find out if they can let go Two men taking a difficult step forward to learn whether or not they can be what each other needsI was simultaneously thrown into the subcultures of gay prostitution and blindness Somehow Shire found a way to beautify and romance me despite myself I was overwhelmed with butterflies I cried I laughed and I learned about me THE SEX he wrapped himself around Hunter like a soft vice of hard passion Raw descriptive erotic as hell The sex struck me as a man's POV which was fine with me It was all the gritty and in your face often literally Some of the terminology did make me a bit uncomfortable but it fits the story Maybe I just need to get out What would his feet be like trapped in boots all day? Hunter wondered Not rank no; a slight vinegar smell like chips only with a sensual under tongue tastePossibly the most surprising aspect of the book for me was how even at the very end the last two pages I was experiencing a racing heartbeat and tummy flips That NEVER happens for me I was ready to scream at the lack of conclusion but now realize the story continues The story stops in a good place but I for one can not wait to read about Hunter and Dillion and much from Brandon ShireMy thanks to Brandon Shire for providing me with a copy of his book in exchange for an honest reviewTake a look at my MaleMale Romance Book Blog

  10. It& It& says:

    Buddy read with Sarah Anna and Rachel Starting tomorrowaf·flictuh flikt verb 1to distress with mental or bodily pain; trouble greatly or grievouslyI know a lot of people loved this book and as sad as I'm to say thisit just didn't work for me I felt as if the characters were very underdeveloped and not given their place in the book The constant describing of all the senses and smells took over the actual character development I realize some of this had to occur due to Hunter being blind so that we could understand see and feel from his point of view Because honestly I did enjoy the few parts in the book where Hunter and Dillon actually talked and carried on a conversation However those parts seemed few and far between Another aspect that annoyed me was that Hunter always described Dillon as someone with body odorthat really bothered me No one wants to get it on with someone who smells like a prison To further describe that comment he elaborates and says He smelled of feet and armpits and ball sweat The point was he wanted it RAW and WILD and that's fine but I draw the line at smelling like armpitNextthe no condoms bothered me It may not have been an issue if the topic of AIDS hadn't come up in the book and a lot Dillon's friends had died from it That's all I'm going to say about oneBottom line is the book and the characters were just a bit to over sensitive for me I like books just a little on the edgy side However for someone who likes this style of book I truly do think they would enjoy it The writing is fabulous so I wouldn't discourage anyone from reading the book uite honestly I think everyone but me enjoyed it So please read it and form your own opinion

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Afflicted Afflicted #1✺ [BOOKS] ✮ Afflicted Afflicted #1 By Brandon Shire ❄ – A high priced male escort and a blind gay man meet by chance What ensues is a hot steamy romance by two men looking for something than a one night stand But can they reach beyond their own insecuritie A high priced male escort and a blind gay man meet by chance What ensues is a hot steamy romance by two men looking for Afflicted Afflicted Kindle - something than a one night stand But can they reach beyond their own insecurities to grasp what they really desireHunter Stephens is gay tall dark haired and he’s hot Very hot But he doesn’t rely on the visual cues when appraising a man because he’s also blind He listens to the timbre of their voice trembles at the touch of their skin and luxuriates in the deep richness of the aroma of man He’s hard of the hand because he’s a black belt and takes no shit but soft of the heart because he’s lonely and has been for a whileUntil he meets DillonDillon Chambers is straight man candy He’s a high priced male escort that works with an exclusive agency who handles only the wealthiest of clients But it wasn’t always like that for him At sixteen he was thrown out of the house for being gay and struggled to survive turning tricks on the street and finding food and a place to sleep wherever he could He met two people that changed his life but he has never met anyone who could change his heartUntil he bumped into HunterAnd now they are both Afflicted.