Giveaway Update + Review: The Rocker That Holds Me

For the last couple of weeks I have been participating in Sunday memes, but because I haven’t added anything to my bookshelf this week (though I did straighten it up :)!) I decided to post a review of a book I read recently as well as provide an update on a giveaway I was hosting the previous week.

Giveaway update: There were no entries 😦 so I am going to be holding onto the books for a little longer and when my year blogoversary comes up I’ll do a much bigger giveaway.

Okay on with the quick, sexy read I devoured while in Florida this weekend.

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From Goodreads:

Touring with four rockers is the thing of dreams…

At least that is what people tell me. To me those four rockers are my family. They have watched over me from the time I was five years old. Protecting me from my mother and her drunken, drug addict rages. When they made it big they still watched over me. And when my monster of a mother died they took over as my guardians.

In the six years since that happened I have watched over the four men that
mean everything to me. I take care of them just as they once took care of me. I handle all the dirty work behind the scenes of a rockers life. It isn’t always pretty. At times it came be damn near disgusting, especially when I have to get rid of their one night stands. Ugh!

Taking care of them doesn’t bother me though. I mean it’s not like I’m in love with one of them. That would be crazy. Falling for a rocker is NOT smart.

Okay, so I’m not smart. I love my guys, and one of them kind of holds my heart in his big old rocker hand. But I’m dealing. I’ve been able to keep it my little secret for years now.
I’m not, however, dealing with this bug that I seem to have caught. It scares the hell out of me. I hate doctors, but I’m suddenly more worried about finding out what is wrong with me than what the doctor might do to me.

When I get my test results back my life will never be the same again…

***Because of language and adult situations not suitable for readers under 17***

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the rocker that holds meTitle: The Rocker That Holds Me

Author:  Terri Anne Browning

Source: Purchased

Edition: Ebook, 99 pages

Genre: Contemporary, NA

Publisher: Anna Henson

Published Date: January 24, 2013

My Rating: 2parachutes.5/5

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I started and finished The Rocker that Holds Me by Terri Anne Browning on March 23, 2013.

My Review:

Sweet and sexy, The Rocker That Holds Me is a tale about people bound together by unfortunate circumstances and what happens when undeniable chemistry is thrown into the mix. Well at least that’s how I am planning on summing up this review.

Ember Jameson has had a very rough childhood and it was “her guys” that came to her aid time and time again. They bandaged her up when her mother lost her temper and they continued to be there for her, going as far as adopting her after her mother dies and having her accompany them on their tours.

For years Ember was the little sister, but all that is about to change.

I was really excited about reading this one and even though I should have been catching up on my review books, I took a break and read this one for a change of pace. The Rocker that Holds Me itself was sweet, seductive and for only being 99 pages the chemistry jumps off the page and pulls at your heartstrings with wild abandon.

But The Rocker that Holds Me felt incomplete.

If I could ask for anything more it would have been more back story, maybe better story development. There were multiple times where the narrator is telling us about something that happened in the past, something major, but it’s never further explored. I kept thinking these occasions would be explained further on, but they never were. And I really think that was one of the major reasons I liked, but didn’t love this story.

Another reason is a handful of the characters… At least one tertiary character (Axton) from what I can tell was used merely as a plot device and was as cardboard cut-out as ever. We never actually meet the band’s manager, and the MC can be extremely childish. Ember is apparently terrified of doctors, but it’s never explained why. I couldn’t connect with Ember that much and ultimately that sealed this book’s fate.

On the other hand I enjoyed how the author spun her tale so candidly, the narrator’s voice being clear from page one. The reader knows how strongly Ember feels about her friends and how strongly her friends feel about her. But I felt the slut shaming was extremely excessive and the harsh language was borderline so.

Giving this story a 2.5 rating is really harsh coming from me, but I feel my reasons justify my rating.  The idea behind the story was what caught my attention and propelled me towards the end. I cared about these guys and I wanted to know what would happen next. I even enjoyed how the author weaved Emmie through her story, I just wish the language and editing would have been done differently and the story itself fleshed out more thoroughly.

If you’re looking for a quick read about four over-protective, gorgeous rockers and their close friend/little sis than look no further, you’ve arrived at your destination.

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