Monday, April 29, 2013

Review: The Rocker That Savors Me


…has had a hard life. On her own at a young age, always having to do what needed to be done just to survive. Now she has two other people depending on her and she needs a job fast before they get evicted. A job interview introduces her to Jesse Thornton, the delicious drummer for Demon’s Wings. He reminds her of all the mistakes of her past, but is also her hope for the future.

…has never let anyone in. The only real family he has ever had are his band brothers and Emmie—the only women he has ever loved. But then Layla comes into his life and he would do just about anything to get one taste. Can he move past his own insecurities and allow this woman into his heart?

Our 4 star review

Jesse plays drums for The Demon’s Wings rock group. He loves to party and he loves women. But most of all, he loves Emmie Jameson and his “brothers”; Nik, Shane and Drake from the band. That’s where his loyalty lies. These are the same characters we met in The Rocker That Holds Me. The Rocker That Savors Me is about Jesse and Layla Daniels and their struggles to be a couple. Layla was thrown out of her home by her drug addict mother who had a preference for bad boy rockers. Two years ago, she learned her mother died and left behind two other children; a seventeen year old Lana and a six year old, Lucy. Lana, she knew about and despite her efforts, her mother denied her access to visitation with her. Lucy, now she was a surprise. Naturally, there is a lack of baby daddies to take on the responsibility and Layla, by her own choice, makes some life altering changes and becomes their guardian.

Layla works for a housecleaning service, which is contracted to work for Emmie, now heavily pregnant with Nik Armstrong’s baby. Managing the band and their new home in Florida is too much for her. The two hit it off, Layla finds herself working directly for Emmie with a huge increase in pay, a guest house on the Demon’s property and health coverage for her and her sisters. Jesse takes one look at Layla and falls completely in lust with her. These two are like smoldering magnets.  They dance around each other, give in to their mutual attraction and it’s game on! Jesse admits to himself that Layla is his other half, that she completes his life. Meanwhile, Drake, who is rarely seen without a bottle of Jack in his hand, chasing away the demons in his past, finds that Layla’s sister, Lana brings peace to his life. When he is with her, drinking is not his only escape. Unfortunately, he’s in his early thirties and she is about to turn 18. Shane is still doing his best to live up to his manwhore reputation. Nik and Emmie are nervous expectant parents, fighting about Emmie’s refusal to marry  Nik.

There is some angst regarding Layla’s past that roars its ugly head and some health issues that plague Emmie. For the most part, this is an easy read, as delicious as the first book in the series. I am intrigued by the age difference between Drake and Lana and am anxious to see how Ms. Browning works around it. As far as Shane’s story, very little has been revealed, other than he gives players a bad name. Love this series; these characters are truly likeable and interesting.

I received an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

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