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The Rocker #3

The Rocker That Needs Me

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The Demon…

I’ve been fighting my own demons for most of my life. The alcohol seems to numb the pain, but it never makes the nightmares go away. All I want in life is a little peace. When I met my angel it felt like I found it, but there is so much standing between us. Why does she have to be so young…?

The Demon’s Angel…

Meeting Drake was the best thing to ever happen to me. I found my friend, my soul mate. But he lets my age stand between us. There is something that haunts him, and I selfishly want to be the one that helps him conquer his ghosts. If he would just let me in, let me closer, I think I could help him…

225 pages, Kindle Edition

First published July 3, 2013

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Terri Anne Browning

102 books3,876 followers

Terri Anne Browning is a USA TODAY bestselling author.
Being dyslexic, she never thought a career in writing would be possible, yet she has been on bestselling lists multiple times since 2013. Reese: A Safe Haven Novella was her first Indie published book. The Rocker Who Holds Me changed the tables and kicked off The Rocker... series featuring the sinfully delicious members of Demon's Wings. The Rocker... Series is now complete with 12 books and the occasional novella. Other books by Terri Anne include the Angel's Halo MC Series, as well as The Lucy & Harris Novella Series, The Vitucci Mafiosos Series, and The Tainted Knights Rocker Series.

Terri Anne lives in Virginia with her husband, their three demons---err, children--and a hyper Frenchie named Grunt.

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393 reviews461 followers
February 1, 2019

Cheating is wrong...especially when is justified by alcoholism... OK I CHEATED BUT I WAS DRUNK SO ITS OK AND THAT DOESN'T REALLY COUNT!

I have to be honestly brutal with my review.. exactly as the author was honestly brutal about the cheating scenes..

My god the main lead Drake started an intimate relationship with Lana and took her virginity not even remembering because he was too drunk! Lana is the love of his life... still he went to a party and hook up with some woman... for the life of me I cannot understand his behaviour if he loves Lana why then hooking up with that woman... he was not drunk all the time so there was a point where he could prevent it from happening.. but no he took her to his hotel room where only wall separated Lana's room from his room... so you can imagine what happened.... I actually had tears in my eyes.. it hurt me so much to have to read that part when Lana heard them banging against the wall and hearing them moaning and him groaning whilst performing sex! “He was having sex with her against the door that separated their rooms and that happened one day after he took her virginity! Drake said he did not remember anything, but actually, he did...

"I was pretty sure that I had brought a girl back...with me last night, but couldn’t remember her name or even what she looked like." (Kindle Loc. 1120)
How hypocritical...he couldn't have been that drunk because surely he wouldn't have been able to "perform"??????? And then his dishonest response to Lana..when she told him about him having sex with that girl...

“I’m sorry, Angel,” I whispered. “I was drunk…” I knew being drunk didn’t excuse any of it, yet drinking had always been my excuse"(Kindle Loc 1279).... WOW that was convenient...

It really angered me when that morning when he woke he realized it was a one-night stand, BUT HE HAD NO REMORSE WITH IT NOR ANY SENSE OF LOSS FOR WHAT HE DID, NO THOUGHTS THAT HE CHEATED ON LANA AND WASN'T INTENDING TO SAY ANYTHING...He just thought it did not count..He said nothing to her like nothing happened... If LANA did not hear them, he would never admit that to her... because he is a coward and thinks yeah I was drunk so I am justified and of the hook... AND TALK ABOUT HONESTY!!!!! Its true that some of these traits add hints of realism to the novel, but this book is a romance novel, hence its design is to inspire fantasy and a feeling of enjoyment, I felt none of this.

Just as Lana said she could not wipe up the memory of him moaning whilst having sex with the other woman I wish I could just pretend it never happened whilst reading it, but the picture of him having sex with that woman against the wall next to Lana's room just could not get out of my mind... and every time I read about Drake I pictured him in that ugly scene and could only feel revulsion toward him. And if I foolishly hoped this book somehow could still redeem itself I was disillusioning myself.... The author just killed any hope I have had...Here it is: so what that he give up his drinking for Lana??? Apparently not for long... Because the author took all those good qualities away by allowing him cheat on her again it really damages all the supposition and joy the reader feels in his assumption that Drake really has changed so we can FINALLY RESPECT HIM AND CARE FOR HIM AS A CHARACTER, but the credibility for the hero to redeem himself was taken away again as soon as we were introduced to another partying, drinking and cheating... the author evidently did not cared for her character, the author failed for me by not allowing Drake to be a character a reader would feel sympathetic. All the chances to the path of redemption were taken away by the author, so Drake was not reformed as the reader would expect after the damage he was responsible for.

The author keeps forcing his childhood excuses for justifying his behavior with drinking and etcetera, but HE DID NOT THINK ABOUT HIS PAST WHEN HE HAD SEX WITH THOSE OTHER WOMEN AND WHEN CHEATING ON HER SO WHAT'S HIS EXCUSE??????? He was so drunk and could not remember anything but he was apparently not drunk enough... Because he did remember to put his P*** inside that woman...otherwise how he would have sex then????? He got angry over some guy disrespecting Lana, but did he respect her himself???? Obviously not.. otherwise, he would not cheat on her again and not going on to that party knowing damn well he would be drinking again and committing another cheating... just because she was not answering her cellphone for the whole day??????? what a lame excuse!! So your girlfriend/boyfriend does not answer the phone...those that give them the grin light to go drink and cheat? where is the trust for this person? Should we be trusting the other significant at least to the degree by not thinking the worst just because they have not answered the phone? Is it ok to go to a party straight after knowing how bad it will end? And why Lana thinks she destroyed Drake’s life by telling him that he took her virginity and did not remember anything because he was so drunk?????? He is the one that destroyed her... he wasn't man enough to take care of his own responsibilities that put her in such a state that she nearly died from the loss of blood and lost the baby!!!!!! Its wrong for the author to make the victim a villain...WHY Lana has to be the bad guy and not Drake who is at fault here????? Its too bad that in reality women in abusive relationship blame themselves for doing nothing wrong and the bad guy continues his abuse! But for the author to use that against the victim is beyond acceptable!

In my view This book did not accomplished what supposed to be a romance because actions speak louder than words so the author could not convince me that Drake really loved Lana because if a man you were in love with couldn't commit to you with body exclusively doesn't really love you so his words are empty... because in the real world the outcome based on the ugly experiences that Lana endured would not probably guarantee a HEA...but this book did accomplished one thing such as.... the reality that IF A MAN CHEATS ONCE IT WILL CHEAT AGAIN sooner or later if he possibly can, and that opportunity and deniability are the primary factors...it happens here when Drake cheated on Lana twice... the opportunity emerged and he took it and also his deniability of it by excusing himself immediately referring to alcohol and his drinking habits!
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August 29, 2016
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The Rocker Who Needs Me is the third book in this series, and I’m gonna be honest- since I got about half way through book 2, I was DYING for this one. Forbidden love, damaged male lead, likable heroine- I could not wait! I was happy to get Drake and Lana’s story. There are a few things I think could have been done differently to make it a 5 star read for me, but overall I still enjoyed it very much.

When Lana and Drake first meet, sparks fly. There is a huge problem though. Lana is Layla’s 17 year old sister. There is no way Drake is going to go there. She’s too young. But he can’t help but to develop a friendship with Lana that later turns into so much more. Lana becomes his best friend. She calms him, helps him deal, and keeps his nightmares away.

Drake and his brother, Shane had a horrendous childhood and both are still scarred by it. Each one handles it differently. Drake drinks all his problems away. When he’s with Lana, he doesn’t feel the need to do that. She helps him. This story starts out during the second book, just from Lana and Drake’s POV. But sooner rather than later, it jumps to when Lana is in college and not a senior in high school.

I don’t want to go too much in the story, but I feel like the author took a lot of the conflicts from the first 2 books and put them into this story. If it was a little more fresh for me, I think it could have been a 5…

I’ve done this entire series thus far in audio, and I’m enjoying the books and narration. On to the next one- Shane and Harper’s story!
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713 reviews291 followers
July 13, 2013
Um, the first two sentences are these:

Acknowledgement I want to thank my husband for putting up with me while I right this series. He is stuck with all the house cleaning and laundry while I sort through these rocker’s lives.

I couldn't read any further. Sorry.
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2,687 reviews459 followers
August 29, 2019
I need this book sooo bad!! I freaking can't wait for Lana and Drake!!!! OMG just read the new teaser on Terri's FB page HOT and she's moved up the release to 9th July edit 5th July. I freaking loved it!! I can't wait for Shane's book!!!

First read July 2013
Reread August 2019
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155 reviews
September 9, 2014
Gutted. What happened that sent Lana across the country, away from Drake, her sister & everyone she loved, fucking gutted me. I cried & felt everything she felt, just broken. It took a whole lot to redeem himself..... Only to break her precious trust & faith again.... But in the end it came out perfectly sexy, sweet & swooney. Not to mention a glimpse into manwhore, funny, sexy, hawt Shane Stevenson's book.
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9 reviews
July 26, 2013
I got this from -http://whenbooksdefygravity.blogspot....

... and I couldn't NOT share it.
TOO GOOD. I am gonna put the other teaser from that blog in the comments.

****Note: This is an UNEDITED version****

Chapter 8: The Rocker That Needs Me
Drake's POV

This week had sucked without her. There was no reason to smile when she wasn’t around. No peace to be found when I didn’t have her close. Before I passed out every night it was with her name on my lips. When I woke every morning, just before the memories of the nightmares invaded my mind and I went rushing for the toilet, it was her face that I saw behind my eyelids.

Saturday morning I was determined to corner Lana and find out what was going on. I walked downstairs dressed for the day in hopes of talking Lana into going shopping with me. Christmas was only two weeks away and I hadn’t bought any presents yet. This was going to be the first year that we had an actual home to celebrate in and I wanted to make it memorable.

As I got to the bottom of the stairs I heard Jesse shouting from the back of the house. He and Layla must have left Vegas at the crack of dawn to get home so early. I was glad he was home, maybe he could tell me what was going on with Lana.

“I don’t want this!” he shouted. “Layla is going to go off the walls when she finds out.” The door to Emmie’s office was slammed and Jesse came stomping down the hall.

“Hey, how was the honeymoon?” I asked when I saw him. His eyes narrowed on me but he didn’t answer as he stormed out of the house. Typical Jesse behavior when he was in a rage. He probably hadn’t even heard a word I had said.

I opened my texts and sent Lana a quick message while I ate a bowl of cereal. The house no longer smelled like bacon morning, noon, and night and I was starting to miss the smell if not the taste of fried pig.

By the time I had rinsed my bowl Lana still hadn’t texted me back. Clenching my jaw I went in search of her. If she was pissed at me she needed to tell me so that I could fix whatever I had done. When I opened the door to the guesthouse it was empty of their things, everything was either at the new house or in storage.

Muttering a curse I jogged down the beach to Jesse’s house and knocked on the back door. Lucy opened it, a slice of toast sticking from her mouth as she let me in. “Where is everyone?” I asked when I didn’t see anyone else.

Lucy sighed. “They’re upstairs. Lana’s in trouble.”

My eyebrows rose at that. “Why?”

“I don’t know.” She tossed the crust of her toast in the trash and reached for her glass of juice. “Jesse came in a little while ago. He started yelling, but I couldn’t make sense of it. Layla started crying, and Lana ran upstairs. They’ve been up there for a few minutes now.”

What the fuck was going on with Lana?

I took the back stairs up to the second floor. I had no idea which room was Lana’s but Jesse’s deep voice was coming from the one at the end of the hall so I figured that was it. As I grew closer their conversation was easier to hear behind the closed door.

“…Something happened in Vegas.” Jesse was saying. “I know it did. You were fine up until then.”

“I don’t want to talk about it,” Lana told him. “Why can’t you just accept that I want to go? You promised me that I could go to the college of my choice. Well, I chose this college.”

“You’re running away!” Jesse shouted. “I know you, Lana. You wouldn’t move all the way across the country for some fucking school unless you were running away from something. I thought you were smarter than this!”

“Jesse, that’s enough.” Layla’s calmer voice interceded. “This is her choice. We have to accept that. She’s eighteen, an adult. Whatever her reasons, she feels like she has to do this. I…I don’t like it, but she knows what is best for her.”

“Best for her? Being away from everyone that loves her? What if something happens?”

I couldn’t take it a second longer. I turned the knob on the bedroom door and pushed it open. Lana stood by the window, her face streaked with tears. When she saw me, she paled. I watched her, startled when what felt like an invisible wall fell between us as she clenched her jaw and turned her head away so I couldn’t see her face.

“Drake…” Jesse was standing by the dresser, a mixture of emotions on my band brother’s face.

“I need to talk to Lana.” I told him, knowing that I had interrupted a family situation but not giving a fuck.

Jesse stared at me for a long moment and then ran a hand over his face and smooth head. “I had so many plans for today. Nowhere among them was this part of it. I don’t know what the fuck has been going on around here, but I’ve come home to a shit load of trouble that I am powerless to fix.”

Layla put a hand on her husband’s arm. “It’s going to be okay. Really.” She tugged on his hand, pulling him toward the door. As she passed me she offered a small smile. “Good luck,” she murmured and closed the door behind her.

I waited until their footsteps had faded before turning my eyes back to Lana. She was looking out the window, but I doubt that she was really seeing anything. “Are you mad at me?” I finally asked.

She bit her lip and shook her head. “No,” her voice was clogged with tears.

I took two steps toward her, but stopped when she looked at me. “Then why have you avoided me all week?”

“Because it’s hard enough being this close to you without breaking apart.” A tear escaped the corner of her left eye and spilled down her cheek.

“What does that mean?” I demanded, feeling like I was losing her right before my eyes and I didn’t even know why.

Lana slowly turned her head and met my gaze. “It means that I love you, Drake. And I know that I’m not supposed to. All you want from me is to be your friend. And I am, but I can’t turn off my emotions. I can’t hide how I feel. I’ve tried.”

Her confession gutted me. I knew that her feelings were strong for me, but I had just brushed it off as a teenaged infatuation. Now I could see the truth shining at me from those whisky eyes. Lana loved me.
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1,557 reviews3,814 followers
September 4, 2016
Overall this was a enjoyable read. I didn't read the first two books in the series, so I had no problems with the fact that a lot of stuff from the first books was repeated in this one.

The heroine is 17 en the hero 31, when they first meet, so there is a pretty big age difference, which didn't bother me and nothing happens between them until she is 18.
I did however feel that this book had a lot of telling instead of showing. I kept wishing for more dialogue.

Also the hero pulls some major shit in this book, which the heroine forgave him for way too fast. I hate when that happens. I'm not against forgiving someone when they make a mistake, but I do like my hero's to grovel a bit more. The hero wasn't even aware of his first fuck-up (yes there are several fuck-ups) until the end of the book.

3 stars from me
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311 reviews18 followers
July 8, 2013
What can I say except Terri Anne Browning has done it again! Wow! The Rocker That Needs Me is truly amazing! It's the third in the series and I do suggest reading them in order, as the timeframes overlap and you would be confused otherwise, in my opinion. This series has been one of the most fun, hot and just amazing series I've read this year and TRTNM absolutely keeps that going. I was dying to know Drake's story and I from page one (or screen one, since I'm on a Kindle) I was hooked! I read the entire book today, I could NOT put it down. My emotions were all over the place, I laughed, I cried, I screamed at my Kindle, and yes, I was hot and bothered by the time I got through all the steamy scenes too! :) Drake has major issues and secrets, as we learn in the previous books and learning about his past and his experiences was at times heart-breaking but well worth the tears. I just love these characters so much. Their lifelong devotion to each other is incredible and one can only wish to have the kind of friendships they all have with each other. Emmie is just awesome and really keeps the guys in check and while she's not the main focus of this story she's always there and you get to learn even more about her past and things she's had to endure.

I highly recommend this series and cannot stress enough how much I love it. I cannot wait to read the next one! Keep up the great work Terri Anne Browning!!!
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2,895 reviews634 followers
June 23, 2019
I think i like this one the best so far from this series. I know Drake story is much darker and much melancholic than the other characters. So far i have read 3 of this series.

Again it is very cheesy romance. Drake is damage character fighting his demon. And Lana is a typical likeable heroine who has big heart. However i can not help feeling that Drake did take advantage of her.

In summary, i enjoy the story.

4 stars
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1,673 reviews
July 15, 2013
Felt too much like the first 2 books in series.......

This was just an ok read for me. Mostly because the whole time I was reading this it just had that "I've read this book before" feel to it. Nothing about this seemed original to me, and the plot was just way to similar to the first 2 books in this series.

* We got some updates on where characters from books 1 and 2 are in their lives
* I liked the emotional aspects of Drakes character. You felt his pain and vulnerabilities as you read

* Lacked creativity (neglected girl falls in love with troubled rocker) SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER same scenrio in this book as last books.....rock star dad abandoned daughter, she still turned out well despite not having involved parents, falls in love with troubled rock star, and they get married, get knocked up, then live happily ever after.... it just seemed like same plot done all over again.
* SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER This part in story annoyed me: the heroine calls out the hero because she busted him naked in bed with another woman......in her anger, she called him out for not ever remembering taking her virginity.............BUT, somehow it gets turned around, and shes the bad guy for calling him out on not remembering cause he was drunk??? She admits that shes to blame for bringing it up just to take him down. Ummmm ok??? Shes not the bad guy here and yet she takes the blame? I just don’t get it.
* Repeats several scenes from others POVs, which is usually ok, but a good portion of this book was repetitive because of this

How much did I pay: 3.99
Was it worth it: not to me
Will I read more in series: nope, I'm done with this series now
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378 reviews45 followers
July 5, 2013
I was so excited upon finding out that this book was already available for purchase that I immediately downloaded it and proceeded to read it. I've been so looking forward to this book ever since we got a sneak peak of Drake and Lana's budding romance in the previous book.

It was an enjoyable and quick read...quick being the operative, which in some cases is the major negative aspect of this book for me. It seems some parts are too rushed and I wish we got to explore the beginnings of Drake and Lana's relationship more in depth. A lot of the scenes in the first half occurred in the same timeline as the previous book, so I felt like I read them already. I think this was one of the reason I flew through the book.

Another aspect, which is a pet peeve of mine, is the repeating scenes from dual POVs; for example, the same scene would be told from Lana's POV, then repeated in Drake's POV. I don't mind multiple POVs, but please keep the story moving by not repeating scenes. Quite frankly, it reads like a fan fiction and I hope Ms. Browning will eventually outgrow of this technique.

Despite my problems with the book, I do find the characters and the story compelling. Ms. Browning created an interesting world of bad ass rockers and strong, likable women that I find myself coming back for more. I'm really excited to read her next book, which looks to be about Shane and Harper. I'm also intrigued about another planned book about Nic; I thought the first book about him and Emmie were too short so I wouldn't mind this one a bit.
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1,324 reviews8 followers
December 18, 2014
Spoilers ahead......

I had really really high hopes for this one. I LOVED Drake. But the way the author took this story really pissed me off. I could have forgiven Drake when he drunkenly took Lana's virginity and forgot about it and then banged some chick the next night with Lana over hearing. This I could have gotten past because he had a disease and after he found out how he hurt Lana he went to rehab for his alcoholism. That made me respect him. But then, the author had him relapse and then put him naked in bed with Brie....now I understand that nothing happened but COME ON!!!!!!....It made me hate Drake. Yes he was vulnerable and at a turning point when he couldn't get a hold of Lana all day and his insecurities came out...but why couldn't he have pulled through and became and man through his disease....no...the author made him get drunk and ruin everything. And what makes it worse is Lana fucking forgives him...I actually liked her character in the beginning. She was strong and independent and just loveable...but by the end of the book...she was just another disappointing weak heroine.
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20 reviews2 followers
July 29, 2013
I love this series and can't wait to see what is behind Drakes haunted night. I am sure his cure is Lana..
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1,366 reviews151 followers
September 26, 2017
A ver cómo explico lo que me ha pasado con este libro. Está lleno de clichés, momentos sonrojantes, una repetición del descubrimiento que poco o nada me gustó del libro anterior y, aún así, me ha parecido muy entretenido. Deseando leer el libro de Shane estoy, mi miembro favorito de esta banda.
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1,826 reviews29k followers
April 1, 2014
3.5 Stars

I think my expectations were perhaps a little high for this one, although I really enjoyed it. Drake was a great character and I loved how much he loved Lana.

However, a few things about the story bothered me a little bit, namely

Shane's story is next, which I am not all that excited about as he is my least favorite band member. I am definitely looking forward to Jimmy's story though.

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545 reviews116 followers
Shelved as 'avoid'
February 20, 2020
The word disgusting wouldn't do justice to explain the spoilers I have read. No way I am reading this... Cheating b*****ds shouldn't talk about true love.

Please check the review....👇
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1,620 reviews130 followers
March 17, 2020
The Rocker Who Needs Me was the third book in the Rocker series by Terri Anne Browning.

Drake Stevenson was a guitarist in the insanely famous rock band Demon’s Wings. We knew he had major demons which caused him to drink himself into a stupor every night just to avoid the nightmares. Browning unveiled his demons in the Rocker Who Needs Me while weaving a long tale of heartbreak and suffering. And it was heartbreaking at times.

Lana Daniels was primarily raised by her older sister, Layla (book two, the Rocker That Savors Me.) She was only seventeen when we met her but the chemistry with Drake, thirty one, was off the charts that they developed a friendship - nothing sexual under age, just a friendship.

The Rocker Who Needs Me was just that - a story of need. Drake’s demons were deep seeded and not something that would disappear quickly, if at all. Lana was his breath, but she couldn’t be his cure. And I was with them through it all. Browning took us through their initial meeting and through Lana’s college years. There were times I needed a little more depth and detail, and I think for a future, Lana would have needed to be involved a little differently during some of the recovery, especially the nightmares. No spoilers, so no further elaboration, but it was a long healing process filled with heartbreak, sadness and despair but also with a touch of hope, determination and love.

I love all the rockers and their women and The Rocker Who Needs Me was no exception. Sean, Drakes’ younger brother and fellow band mate, also has demons to conquer which we’ll finally get to see the full unveiled story up next in The Rocker That Loves Me.
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471 reviews204 followers
February 18, 2020
I don't believe that even in this century anyone can still believe this pathetic excuse that "I was drunk and I don't remember anything" . The author could at least be realistic in this regard or at least try to learn something about human physiology. But it would be an even better idea if she just stopped writing that pile of shit that only embarrasses herself and all other women. And if someone have a relationship with a man like that? LOOKING FOR HELP, because no person with the slightest self-respect would submit to such a HUMILIATION. This author should be ashamed of encouraging women to think that this type of behavior is acceptable. Simply pitiful and a DESSERVICE FOR HUMANITY.

PS: The correct name for this "book" should be "The rocker who needs THERAPY and have all the VENERA DISEASE tests UPDATED"
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506 reviews71 followers
September 24, 2015
2.5 Boring Stars

This is so sad. I like the first 2 books but this one is just so damn boring! Too much repetitions from the previous book.
The first 4 chapters are just the repetition from book 2 but it's in Lana and Drake POV.
This book is written in dual POV, but does that mean that the story should be the same but told from different POV of the characters??
I've read lots of books with dual POV but they weren't just the repetition, they were the continuation story.
In this book the author keeps repeating THE SAME STORY only in different POV. Even the conversations were the same!

And it kinda has the same pattern. Just like Layla, Lana is I found it so uncreative....

Drake is a stupid asshole! I didn't really like his character here. I liked him in the previous books though. But Lana was fine.

I really hope in the next book there won't be another repetitions!!
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2,158 reviews7,547 followers
July 5, 2013
5 Steaming Hot Drake Stars !!

What I love about each book in this series is that even though we have to wait for each book to come out the author always starts right back at the beginning which brings me up to speed again without having to re-read over the previous book..

Loved everything Drake!! Gut wrenching story behind him and why he has the nightmares, glad everything came right and he had his HEA with Angel!!
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348 reviews9 followers
January 10, 2016
I really like the males in this series and I really liked Lana but eventually the women become annoying. First, enough about Emmie, she is horrible with Nik. She is abusive and disrespectful to him. She is full of herself, I know the guys took her in but she's not their manager and she doesn't contribute to the band so why is she considered like the one that makes all the choices and producers fear. I really liked Lana but she seemed different and I did not like it. I like Drake but he seemed weak and a easy to pushover. I wanted a tough strong musician. I'm stepping away from the series because it seems to rushed and like it's missing something. The women become abusive and I just don't enjoy that.
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196 reviews
July 7, 2013
Over all I enjoyed the book however I believe the synopsis was a bit misleading. Lana's age was an issue for Drake for like 2 seconds. The true issue was his drinking and that bad decisions he made while drinking. I liked Drake although I wasn't very impressed with his attitude toward his one-night stand the next day. Not much guilt and no worry that he was overheard? Also, the identity of Lana's dad wasn't really developed very well. The story easily could have done without.
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3,479 reviews444 followers
July 15, 2013
Tease me with a rocker story and there’s no turning back. I was drawn by the title, cover, and a captivating book blurb. Up front I’ll admit that I haven’t read any of the previous books in this series. Starting in the middle of a new series is very unlike me. Well, anyway, I one-clicked and began rocking to the music between Lana and Drake. And it didn’t take too long until I realized exactly why it’s a must to start at the beginning of a series. I know I missed a ton of back story and character building -- a big mistake on my part – and one I plan on rectifying soon.

Noticeable from the outset, repetitive passages of text within the changes of POV were irritating to say the least. What a waste of time repeating the same dialogue over and over. There was also editing and writing style problems throughout that threw me into a tizzy. I detest when an author declines the use of contractions. It gives the writing an unrealistic feeling in my opinion.

Still yet, I found myself enjoying the life-long friendship between these characters. Faced with many adversities beginning in childhood, the friends pulled together, supported and loved each other. This is just another factor as to why I’ll be going back and reading the entire series. The relationship between Lana and Drake held some harsh lessons. It was also sizzling with chemistry. One thing that I questioned was the fact that the age difference was initially pointed out as a big issue (he’s 31 and she’s 17), but nothing ever seemed to be made of the situation as the storyline went along.

I’m looking forward to reading the remaining books in this series as well as to the release of Shane’s story.

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February 27, 2021
WTFDIJR (Did I Just Read)
This time I have read it in order. This is a taboo love story because of the age difference but at the beginning of the relationship it is more like a friendship and it gets to the point of romantic feelings. While Drake self harms because of his childhood trauma. Lana is portrayed as someone wise beyond her years, not only is she smart but she is also has a level head because of the experiences she has had to deal with in life. While it is understandable that they would both would connect I don't know about forgiveness.
Issues arose when a certain event took place and to save herself she decided to put as much distance as possible and move on with her life. Although Emmie blames Lana because of Drake's choices, she understands that Lana needs to get on with her life. To me, Lana had the courage to choose herself over some guy, to Lana, it was a choice of not being strong enough like Emmie and stick to her guy. Drake understands his feelings but because he is not ready to face reality, he is struck with hitting rock bottom. Because of the incident, he realizes what he wants and he wants to change.
She's living her life he comes in and he is ready to restart their relationship. She gives him chance and while he is doing a project with other rockers she sees her father. I did not expect this author to write her father but drama ensue. She gets to know her father without her father knowing it is his daughter and she decided he is a cool guy but she still does not like her father because she still has that childhood trauma. She does have daddy issues but it is more along the line that he was not there to save her from her mother when she needed him the most.
Drake breaks Lana's heart again, what arises from this drama was how Emmie still blames Lana for Drake's choices. While Lana wants some space of course family comes to support her and the fallout between Lana and Drake ensures that there is commentary. In this fallout between Lana and Drake, I agree with Lana and Emmie's points are right but she's not the one in the relationship between Drake and Lana. Drake is like a brother to Emmie and, understandably, she sides with him but it's a slap to the face when she isn't the one dealing with the emotional aftermath that he made.
Lana made me think of a beachball after forgiving Drake yet again but this was after the breakup and maybe Emmie might have influenced her because she does restart her relationship again, even though she has had some trauma. This trama was different because not only did it affect Drake thinking it was his fault but it also affected Lana with her future. This brought in the father that did not know his daughter was in town, while he has never laid eyes on his daughter when she was a child, he has always been proud of his daughter because she did not turn out like her mother. It felt like the author was trying to integrate Lana's father into her life but when all is said and done. I understand that he wants to know how she is dealing but the hospital is not the right place to have a confrontation it was cringeworthy, to say the least. I believe that this was the turning point where her father would be more invested and continue to visit for her to understand that he would like to get to know her but after that scene, he does not reappear throughout the rest of the book. While she forgave Drake, it seems like a hollow victory because it seems they are together because of the tragedies that led up to her being in the hospital it was emotional but it was also not the right moment to me it felt forced. Yes, they love each other but it was out of not blaming one another that they are together and it looks like they are repairing their relationship.
I did not know whether to give it a 2 or a 3 it was more like a 2.5 because the ending was forced I loved the story and how it was going for 4 but then the whole drama with Drake and her father. This author does pull you in not only with the premise of the book but also with the storyline. I know that there is a HEA but it is more about the journey and how the characters are with each other.
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February 18, 2021
I have to say while I loved the 1st two in this series, this was a let-down. Since Lana is Layla sister we had a lot of her in book #2. That said the 1st 30+% of this book was a reiteration of scenes in book 2. Then throw in the fact that we would get Lana's POV and then Drake's which was really only a repeat of the actions of the chapter before and this book was slow and repetitive.

That said the story, I liked it a lot. I like the characters, the secondaries. The few simple twist within.

I will try book #4 I hope it goes back to the winning writing of books #1 & 2.
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June 19, 2020
This book is disturbing on so many levels.

Our "heroine" Lana is a SEVENTEEN YEAR OLD SCHOOL GIRL. Our "Hero" Drake is a THIRTY-ONE YEAR OLD ALCOHOLIC ROCKER. Right away any relationship between these two people is just plain gross.

They connect literally the second they see each other, an insta-lust moment that is gag inducing. He "tries" to fight his attraction to her by telling himself she's too young and he should stay away from her. That lasts less than a minute. Next thing you know they're texting each other, hanging out in romantic candlelit settings and going on "friend dates". She tells herself that it's just a crush and he couldn't possibly have the same feelings for her despite him making it obvious that he can't live without her and goes into a blind panic at the thought of her moving away when her sister has a fight with her boyfriend.

And NO ONE HAS A PROBLEM WITH THEM BEING TOGETHER not even her SISTER! In fact at one point Saint Emmie (who is even more annoying in this book than the others) gets mad at Lana for deliberately hurting him. SHE'S A FUCKING TEENAGER AND HE'S A GROWN MAN!

They have sex, but not until after she's turned 18 - because, you know, standards - except that he's drunk off his ass and doesn't remember anything about it the next day. Yes, that drunk but still able to perform. The miracle of fictional rock stars. So drunk she even thinks that none of this would happen if he were sober, yet he still manages to perform like a sex god with this VIRGIN and they have the "protection" talk and she tells him not to bother because she wants to "feel him inside her". Obviously they didn't cover sex education in her high school. Or maybe that's still to come since she's STILL IN SCHOOL.

Quick question - if someone is too drunk to give consent, and the other party knows it wouldn't happen if they were sober, isn't that technically rape? Imagine if the drunk one was the woman (or in this case the TEENAGE GIRL). Yes, I call that rape. She raped him. Disturbingly not the first time in this series that has happened.

The day after she rapes him (which he doesn't remember at all) they go to Vegas for a wedding and he hooks up with a groupie and fucks her against the door that joins his room to Lana's. Yes this guy is a prince. Of course she hears everything and gets really upset - but not at him. No it's all her fault for wanting something she can't have. I suppose you can't really blame the child for acting like a child, but when you're putting her in a relationship with a much, much, much older man and talking about how she's "more mature than most 30 year olds" then she should fucking act like it.

Anyway, she runs away to New York, he goes to rehab to "get better for her" then follows her there. She runs into her dad, another ageing rock star, in a subplot which has absolutely no impact on the story except to be really annoying since the same thing happened in the last book. Deja-vu much?

Drake and Lana hook up again (gross) then one day when he can't get her on the phone he freaks out, gets drunk and may or may not have had sex with another woman. She finds them naked in bed together, storms out, is angry for a couple of hours before the rest of the rock gang come to sort stuff out between them and Saint Emmie gets mad at her for hurting him as if he didn't just screw around with someone else. Lana then has to go to the hospital when she has a miscarries a baby she didn't know she was having and then everyone lives happily ever after.

I was actually revolted by most of this book and it was absolutely enough for me to decide I'm not readying any more of T Browning's work again.
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