Affliction (book review)
About the book:
He tried—he failed.
For seven years Brody blamed himself for not saving the one girl who ever touched his heart—Samantha Ashburn. That one night altered his life and changed the man he always thought he’d be. Turning to drugs, sex and violence was never part of his plan, but neither was losing his mother or failing Samantha. Brody found solace within his club, the South Street Crew and their criminal activities. He knew one day he’d walk away either in jail, fleeing, or dead.
When Samantha stumbled back into his life on his best friend’s arm, Brody felt the instant connection he’d always experienced when she was near. Forced to claim her in order to protect her from the mafia’s son and his best friend was the only way he knew how to protect her. He refused to lose her a second time. But she wasn’t safe—not in his world. He’d do anything to save her. Anything.
I have to admit I didn't really feel like I ever connected with this story. I think it was because the characters were all so young. I'm not saying that the story couldn't happen to people as they were graduating high school and in the years following. I'm just saying it didn't make a connection with me... because I found myself continuously saying "they're just SO young." I think maybe if the story occurred with Brody and Sam as they were graduating from college and then the 7 years following it would have worked better for me. Yes... when the main story was happening they would have been 25/26. For whatever reason it would have just made more of a connection with me if it all had started with them as entering adulthood.... not as 17/18 year olds.
That said... I really did love the way Brody felt so uncontrollably drawn to Sam. His attraction and protectiveness over her really made him endearing... even with him being such a fuck-up and bad ass. He tries every way he can think of to protect her and keep her safe. Smart ideas? No. But I'll give him credit for doing things his way. I can't really blame Sam at all for not being able to walk away from Brody.
I want to say that one of my favorite things in the book had to be Brody's tattoo "would life have gotten better". Sam and Brody never talked about it. It was barely even a mention really. But even so... it really struck a chord for me and made me think more about the story. Would life have gotten better? It's really the same idea as "what if?". What if Brody had been able to change things for Sam in high school? What if Brody had just asked her out in high school? What if she had just asked him out? What if Brody had a different family life? What if Sam had a different family life? What if Brody had gone off to college instead of getting into the life of drugs and fighting? What if? You could spend your whole life in what ifs. I found myself really wishing that Sam and Brody could have started out living in one of those "would life have gotten better" what ifs.
About the author:
Kelly Mooney was born in Southern New Jersey and now resides in Upstate New York. She started writing Young Adult Romance novels, which she loved, but wanted a little more freedom with the characters that she had running around in her head. She now writes New Adult/Contemporary Romances. She has been on Amazon Best Seller List and on the top 100 iTunes charts. She has two children and two dogs and a very supportive hubby who keep her very busy when she’s not sitting in front of her computer.