3.5 Stars! I have mixed feelings for Affliction, I really loved Incandescent and the glimpses we had of Sy and Holly in that had me excited to read their book. While I loved the majority of the book there were parts that left me disappointed. (spoilers) I'm not a fan of keeping anything to do with pregnancy from partners at all, this big secret wasn't revealed until 65-70% into the book, wayyy to long and drawn out. It gave the ending of the book a rushed feel. Holly disappointed me and she didn't seem like the fabulous Holly from the first book. Now I understand the trauma she experienced and I cant imagine dealing with something like that but I really wanted her to share with Sy after he proved he wanted thing to progress with her, he showed her how caring, in his Sy way, he was and how much he wanted her to find the light again. I know we got to see them bond after the reveal but it just took too long. Sy was justifiably upset with the length of time it took Holly to spill. I felt she could have been more understanding, especially knowing what happened to him in the past. While I wasn't a huge fan of their beginning and Sy's behaviour, he certainly did grow on me the more we got to know him. What also baffled me was Sy couldn't picture having children again yet on numerous occasion he went without protection during the sex.... Say what!!! Even when Holly said it wasn't a safe time, they still didn't use anything! Bit hard to get my head around that I'm sorry. When they finally got to a place where they were moving forward, I really got back into the book! It felt like the story made some progression again. I am glad they got their HEA once all the drama was settled. I loved the last third of this book the most and I know it probably seems like I didn't like it and its all negative but I honestly did.
Three words " I LOVED AFFLICTION" Thank you River for Sy and Holly Thank you for Affliction Thank you for this series
I honestly thought that the Author couldn't do any better than Incandescent ... but I was wrong, This book is an emotional rollercoaster. I really enjoyed Holly in Incandescent and thought she was a great side kick to Kadence and Sy of course was there in the background .. couldn't wait for their story. So many Highs, lows and heartache in this story, but River did a fabulous job. Sy is a broody sexy BIG bad biker and Holly is/was a fun character until tragedy, this couple were so good together, they brought the best out in each other. I truly couldn't put it down.
This is not your typical MC romance it's not full of rainbows, hearts, and fluff. It is emotionally draining and absolutely heartwarming and I absolutely LOVED it! Its dirty, raw, and extraordinary perfect that I devoured it from the first page to the last. From that prologue on you're taken on a journey of epic proportions. Let's talk about the prologue, never has something effected me so much as "Three Words", which can change your life in a instant. Sy was a man who had a devastating loss which turned him into the brooding, alpha hunk of deliciousness that he is or we can use a line from the book about Sy which was
"That man is sex on fire. You damn blind or what?"
While Holly was the sassy and fierce friend of Kadence who we met in book one you realize that darkness can take you and hold you captive until you find your relief from the darkness. From their first meeting we knew that there was chemistry and in Affliction it is explosive and the kind of all consuming melt your f***ing eyeballs HOT that we all wish to have someday. The trials this couple goes through leaves you so emotionally drained that you feel as if you are right there with them. Sy sums it up best when he tells Holly
"Sweetheart, everything good in life involves some level of risk. You have to be prepared to take a risk to achieve an amazing end."
If those lines don't make you grab a copy then there's so many more in this incredible story that you won't stop until the end and even after their still in your head. If your looking for a read that grips you and keeps you hostage this is your story. I have to tell you, if you pass up this book, you will be missing out on something special. These characters are strong enough to get through anything. They are headstrong but they will take hold of your heart, and never let go. I cannot wait to dive back in to this world and catch up with the Knights Rebel's once more.
I have added River Savage to my MUST READ list of authors and you should too! She could re-write the phone book and I would read it…
In her 2nd book of the Knights Rebels MC series, she picks up the story of Sy and Holly, both of whom you met in Incandescent, and gives them a story I could have never seen coming.
From page one of the Prologue, River grabs you by the heart and never lets go. The trials and tribulations that Holly and Sy goes through are enough to send anyone into themselves and never allow another person in because of the pain it could cause. But these two people fight so much darkness from the experiences they have to finally find their way clear and realize they each are the other’s salvation from the “afflictions” they’ve been handed in life.
Mixed in amongst all the emotions that have to be worked through with these two, River has also shown Sy as a wonderfully sexy and dominant alpha who exudes the right mixture of hair-pulling, butt-smacking sexuality, that you’ll need a panty change at some point in the book, but becomes the patient constant in Holly’s life that she needs. Holly is a perfect match for Sy, where he starts out gruff and untouchable, she knows exactly how to push his buttons and make him keep coming back for more. She becomes the stability in his life when he needs her to get him through his own darkness. They truly are the perfect match for each other.
I really loved this book, and I recommend it to you all. Please one-click AFFLICTION, you will not be sorry.