Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Release Blitz: The Rocker Who Betrays Me by Terri Anne Browning

Title: The Rocker Who Betrays Me
Series: The Rocker #11
Author: Terri Anne Browning
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: October 20, 2015


USA TODAY Bestselling Author Terri Anne Browning's The Rocker Series


I’ve always loved Zander Brockman in some shape or form. The boy who lived next door for the first seventeen years of my life has been my best friend, my confidant, my first crush, and my first love. I trusted him with my life and my heart. When he smiled at me I knew everything was going to be okay…

Until it wasn’t.


I haven’t seen that girl in seventeen years, and I’ve missed her every damn day. I knew I wasn’t good enough for her, so the night before I left with my bandbrothers for California, I stole a night with her. I lived off those memories. There hasn’t been a day that has gone by that I haven’t wanted to talk to her just one more time, but I knew she deserved a better man than me. Now, after seeing her again, I realize that I didn’t care if she should have a better man. My feelings were still as strong as they have ever been for her. I wanted to be with her…

But she hated the very sight of me.

***Contains Mature Content***


4.5 Star Review by Lisa Kane

Of all the books in this series, this is one of the most heartbreaking. Seventeen years ago, Zander Brockman and Annabelle Cassidy were close. When Annabelle was sixteen, her mother was an alcoholic and her step father, Jacob beat her whenever one of his rages flared up. She would escape to Zander's house and sleep there. Although he was attracted to her, he wouldn't allow himself to give in to his urges. She was too good for him and he knew that. He focused on his music and his band OtherWorld. 

"I'd walk through hell for you, you know that, right?"

Annabelle's brother Noah knew things were not great at home for her, but had no idea that she was being abused. Once Zander told him, he took Annabelle under his protection. Along with his girlfriend Chelsea he was determined to give Annabelle the life she deserved. He questioned his place in the band. The other members of OtherWorld wanted him to stay on-they were just on the cusp of being discovered. But Noah wanted to pursue country music in Nashville. This left a void for the band that Axton Cage eventually filled. That move is the one defining moment for them that forever changed them from a garage band to one that thousands adored. 

But Annabelle and Zander had one night together where they gave in to their feelings. Zander hated to leave Annabelle, but his band was flying out to LA to pursue their dreams. But he was coming back for her. He got her a cell phone so she could always be a call away from him. He believed he was never going to be good enough for her, but she was his weakness; the one who made things bearable for him. 

"I'm no good for you, Annabelle. You shouldn't want me. I'll only bring you down, baby."

Problem is, he never answered her calls. Or her texts. Or her letters. Nothing. Not one word from the man who professed to love her. 

My heart didn't ache nearly as bad for the girl I'd left behind when I was halfway through a bottle of expensive bourbon. I was numb and I liked that sensation.

Being in a constant numb state had its consequences, though. I'd found that out by the end of that week. I'd done things I couldn't take back. Things that haunted me. Things that had proven to me just how undeserving I truly was of Annabelle. 

She needed him. Her life was changing and she couldn't get a hold of him. But she did find out he was staying in touch with his grandparents, so it was just her he was avoiding. 

Every time, I had tried to tell him what was going on, but he couldn't be bothered to return my calls or even open a damn letter. 

All these years later, they are thrown together when Gabrielle, a client of Annabelle's is shot and she is in LA taking care of her. She makes sure to avoid Zander at all costs. He seems to want to talk to her, but she shuts that down. 

"I've stayed out of your way while you and Emmie were so busy with Brie's stuff, but now that things have calmed down I was hoping we could...I don't know, talk?"
"You want to talk? Now?" My voice was rising with my anger, but I couldn't help it. Seventeen years of pain, of gut-wrenching hurt, and anger-so much anger-was beginning to boil in my veins. 

There are so many things he doesn't know about and she isn't going to tell him. But that decision is taken away from her when an unexpected visitor from Nashville shows up on Zander's doorstep. 

Up until now, the story was mostly told in flashbacks, and there were so many things I wondered about. But be careful for what you wish! When the truth comes out it will shatter you. My eyes were wet and I kept muttering to myself. I thought I had guessed at what Annabelle was hiding, but there was so much more to her story. Why did Zander turn his back on her? What was he thinking and how could he live with himself? I have to admit, part of me hated Zander for all those years that she reached out to him only to have her heart broken time and again. He has always been missing the happiness that his band mates all found and as far as I'm concerned, he has only himself to blame. He didn't just destroy his chance at happiness; he stole it from Annabelle too. 

Things quickly escalate from this point forward. Once the truth is out, where does that leave everyone? You can never erase the years in between but can you forgive? Can you really ever start over? 

"I'd give up my last breath to get that time back, to hold you and tell you how much I love you."

I thought the ending of this story was a little abrupt, I was hoping for a little epilogue. We have one more rocker book coming our way, so maybe we will get a glimpse into Annabelle and Zander's future. Gods, I will miss this series. 

"I love you, Anna. I always have and I always will. I choose you. Nothing else matters."

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The Rocker Series: Demon’s Wings Collection
(includes #1-6) #1 The Rocker Who Holds Me
#2 The Rocker Who Savors Me
#3 The Rocker Who Needs Me
#4 The Rocker Who Loves Me
#5 The Rocker Who Holds Her
#6 The Rockers’ Babies
#7 The Rocker Who Wants Me
#8 The Rocker Who Cherishes Me
#9 The Rocker Who Shatters Me
#10 The Rocker Who Hates Me


As I listened, I couldn’t fight back the tears that suddenly threatened to choke me. From the first note that left Axton Cage’s mouth, I knew that there was no way OtherWorld wouldn’t go far with this guy front and center for them. He wasn’t just good; the man had a fucking gift. And it broke my heart into a million pieces. One look at OtherWorld performing with Axton singing their songs and any manager with a working brain would sign them on the spot.

Swallowing hard, I glanced at Noah. The look on his face was a mixture of amazement and gut-wrenching pain. He knew as well as I did—as well as everyone in the room—that not only was Axton going to fit with the band, but that this guy was better than even he had ever hoped to be. The pain in my heart at the knowledge that I was even closer to losing Zander than I had been just thirty minutes ago, doubled at the pain my beloved brother was going through right then.

The Aerosmith song faded easily into the Skynyrd song, “Free Bird,” and even though Axton’s vocal range changed, it only showed just how talented he really was. I lowered my gaze to the floor, hiding the tears that were so close to spilling over. I wanted so hard to hate Axton, wanted it with every fiber of my being, but I couldn’t. None of the pain I was feeling was his fault. He’d just shown up to a freaking audition, unknowingly ripping my heart from my chest with that amazing voice of his, and shattered it into a million little pieces.

I couldn’t hate him. Not when he was going to help the man I loved succeed in his goals.

Skynyrd drifted seamlessly into Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” with Wroth’s talented fingers. Glancing at Zander, watching him keep beat with the bass, seeing how much he loved being a part of this music world, I lost the battle. One tear escaped from my eyes and was quickly followed by a hundred more. I stood, keeping my face averted from everyone as I went into the bedroom and shut the door quietly behind me.

I quickly tore off my clothes as I entered the bathroom. Turning on the shower, I climbed in before the water even had time to warm. My knees gave out and I slid down in the corner of the tub, letting the cold water beat down on me as the first sob tore my heart loose from my chest. Pulling my knees up to my chest, I hid my face in my raised thighs and cried for the loss of the man who wasn’t even gone yet.


Author Bio

Terri Anne Browning is the USA TODAY bestselling author of The Rocker...Series. She started writing her own novellas at the age of sixteen, forcing her sister to be her one woman fan club. Now she has a few more fans and a lot more passion for writing. Reese: A Safe Haven Novella was her first Indie published book. The Rocker That Holds Me changed the tables and kicked off The Rocker... series featuring the sinfully delicious members of Demon's Wings. The Rocker... Series has since expanded to OtherWorld with Axton Cage and his band members. Terri Anne lives in Virginia with her husband, their three children, and a loveable Olde English Bulldog named Link.

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