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Tami

I'd do nothing but reading if I could (ok, maybe eat some great food, buy some fancy shoes between two books...oh, and spend some quality time with the gorgeous guy I married while I am on reading-break anyway...)

Afflicted II - Brandon Shire This was not my cup of tea. At all.It is similar to the first part, but also very different. And not in a good way - more of the not really good stuff from part I, less of the good stuff.1. Too much porno-language: the word "cum" was used as verb and noun very frequently ("the aroma of hot cum", "pushed his cum out in long, heavy spurts" - classy). Also a lot of descriptions of hungry a**, groping and flexing sphincters left and right, dirty talk ("Don't tease me, just f*** me. F*** me hard."), endless f****** and so on and so forth.2. No real story. There was simply no plot. All was said in the first part. Two guys falling for each other, Dillon giving up hustling, Hunter still blind, both trying the relationship thing.The whole "family-conflict" trope came across as construed and badly so. 3. The sappy love talk. Hunter is considering if he is in love over most of the first part of the book, then jumps in one conversation to "I love you". Dillon wants forever anyway.4. Skipping condoms with a prostitute? Not such a great idea (also a faux pas in the first part, but came across more naturally there - why make a topic out of it now? Another chance for porno language... "breeding", "seed" etc... you get the idea...)4. The totally useless side characters: Hunter's mother, the autistic kid with his Dad, Dillon's cousin and mother, the Chinese guys, they all are only background noise. See point 2.5. The superflous and stupid party (and sex) scene at Roland's house (former pimp of Dillon), where Dillon let's the blind Hunter alone in the middle of a loud and crowded room. What a class act. Then the "two dark gods" are so desired by everybody, because they are so insanely hot, that they have sex in the bathroom for "revenge" - why Dillon needs revenge against the other rentboys and clients who paid well for services rendered, is beyond my, but ok - I left the building after the "groping sphincter" anyway...why another "boy"/"twink" had to be involved in this f*** scene, I don't really understand, but maybe that's the porno rule (one threesome at least to earn the label "kinky"?).6. The ever so hot Hunter. I really really don't like it when MCs are described as super-human hot and beautyful. And this is a novel where one MC is blind - such a chance to not bend down to this. But instead you get no real description of either MC, but are constantly told how hot and beautiful they are.7. The cheesy snow for christmas/love fest/found my destiny/proposal before even moving together HEA - the less said about that, the better. But I want to state for the record that the "prostitute turns entrepreneur" solution for Dillon's aimlessness is not convincing. At all. I am so disappointed by this book - I really liked the first one and hoped that the second would be even stronger. What an error. All the things I didn't dig in the first one were exaggerated in the second one, and nothing of the good stuff prevailed.