Friday, August 15, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: The Rocker Who Needs Me by Terri Anne Browning

The Rocker Who Needs Me (The Rocker…Series, Book 3) by Terri Anne Browning

4.5 Stars
Drake’s Journey out of Darkness and Despair Brings More Drama to the Demon’s Wings

The third book in The Rocker…Series intertwines slightly with the time frame of the previous book. Guitarist Drake Stevenson might be hung over but it isn’t a drunk fog that causes him to see an angel. At least that’s how he thinks of Layla’s sister Lana from the first moment he meets her.  

But with the numbers ‘one’ and ‘seven’ flashing across his brain, 31 year old Drake can’t wrap his head around the emotions he feels toward a straight A high school senior even though that doesn't stop him from taking long walks on the beach with her, drawing her pictures, or taking her shopping. 

Readers know from the previous two books that Drake indulges in excessive drinking to numb his painful past. The prologue further reveals how tragic the gang’s life was prior to stardom, establishing the reason for Drake’s decent into alcoholism.  His penchant for the bottle is the catalyst for many of Drake’s screw-ups with his relationship with Lana, which ultimately must set him on the road to recovery.

The Rocker Who Needs Me, while still delivering the HEA at the end, is darker than its predecessors but, given Drake’s struggles, it fits the story, however shocking the scenes play out. “Oh no, he didn’t just do that!” I was left gaping, more times than once.

Can Drake get clean and keep from falling off the wagon? Can Lana forgive Drake for his indiscretions or will she make a new college life for herself in New York?   How will a new career opportunity affect Drake’s future?

Told from Drake and Lana’s alternating POV (with a bonus chapter by Emmie), Drake’s book is full of drama and fans will cheer on the fight scene between the girls, which has the rocker boys looking like kitty cats.  Emmie, Nik, Jesse, and Layla have minor roles for the most part once the setting shifts to New York City where the stage is set for Shane’s story in the next book.  Shane’s friendship with Lana is a nice touch. You can feel the rocker family growing.

Can Shane's wild side be tamed? Will Harper want to?
The Rocker Who Loves Me #4

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