Afflicted

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Rated 4.33/5 based on 3 reviews
Book 1: 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 more than a one night stand. But can they reach beyond their own insecurities to grasp what they really desire? More

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About Brandon Shire

Great stories should not depend on gender or sexual preference of a character, but instead upon the strength of the characters and the honesty and urgency of the story.

Brandon Shire proves he understands the complexity of writing LGBT fiction from two very different viewpoints – serious and smexy. His serious fiction is written for those who enjoy a book which explores life’s darker elements in a more literary form, while the smexy fiction is for those who enjoy a graphically erotic romance.

Regardless of the differentiation above, Brandon writes for people who enjoy being challenged, and for those who strive to understand situations they don’t typically encounter. He pens raw, emotional stories about characters which readers will either love or love to hate.

Life and love are pretty damned special, but neither is always perfect. Life can be painful, and real love hard to find. Brandon’s fiction is an exploration of the (sometimes) arduous search for the happiness we all desire.

BRANDON SHIRE was chosen as a Top Read in 2011, Best in LGBTQ Fiction for 2011 & 2012, and won a Rainbow Award for Best Gay Contemporary Fiction.

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Review by: Bookwatcher on March 11, 2014 :
I despise (yeah, more than didn't enjoy... I really despise it)
*Hunter "hate" against overweight people
"Yup, and I don't give a fuck. They don't want to fuck me because I'm blind, fine. I don't want fatties in my bed. I am allowed to have someone according to my own tastes, aren't I?"
When I read it my thought was "Yes Hunter you are allowed to do whatever the fuck you want, but that don't make you less fucking asshole to me".

I'm fucking tired of books that denigrate overweight people . YEAH, I'm really fucking tired of it. I STUDY it (have scientific publications about it), as diabetes (type 2) with or without overweight and YEAH! FUCK YEAH! It's not FUNNY AT ALL LAUGH ABOUT IT. Sorry... it's something that touch DIRECTLY my family, my personal live and I DO NOT think it's funny. At all.
The character say it, leaving clear he is happy Dillon is pretty and not a fatty person and it make me mad as hell!

*All the "hater" comments about straights:

"...Hunter to be gay, but he thought it all a bunch of homophobic bullshit made up by straight people who couldn't even figure out how to stay married in the first place"
My thought: Great speech Hunter... do you know a gay men saying it about straight couples is exactly as a straight person denigrating gays? Hate is hate, and racism is racism. A gay may denigrating a straight person is spit in the eye of ALL STRAIGHT PERSON OUT THERE; HANDS IN HANDS WITH GAYS IN GAY PRIDE MANIFESTATIONS. Don't be a fucking asshole saying phrases as "made up by straight people" but say "made up by people" or STFU!

"For that alone he could be castrated upon the kur-garru altar of Ishtar and exiled into normality, or worse, into hetero sex."
My thought: WTF? Oh Fuck you... you are a fucking asshole Dillon.

I missed the humor on BOTH hetero jokes!
It's a great (and not long) story.
I LOOOOOVE:
*How stubborn Hunter is. He don't want to be treat different from anyone else. On contrary, is someone treat him as a poor blind man he will be VERY pissoff. I love his attitude.
*How adorable and tormented is Dillon. He don't want to be a hustler, but he don't have options in his live. Even if he can, after the accumulation of a good amount of money why give it up? For what? Can he do it, for Hunter? A man he felt in love so quickly? Can he really give up and be with Hunter?
*I loooooove all secondary characters!
I'm sorry, I must repeat I laugh a lot, and I DO HAVE a sense of humor.
But I don't laugh when the joke is about:
*Overweight people
*straight (hetero) sex or pairings

It didn't end... I'm thinking if I want to know more about Dillon and Hunter. I want... I serious want and LOVE a lot of things in this book, but if reading it I must cringe with "jokes" about fatties (fuck! Just that word already angry me) or straight couples I don't know.. maybe this book is not for me.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Kerry Hernandez on March 25, 2013 :
loved this
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kris Kendall on March 01, 2013 :
Absolutely loved this book. I didn't know what to expect from a book about a blind guy and a prostitute but I was very pleasantly surprised. It was smart and funny and heartbreaking all at the same time. I love Hunter and Dillon and can't wait for more from them.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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