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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Louder Than Love by Jessica Topper

The Run Down

  • Hero/Heroine = 4
  • Supporting Characters = 4
  • Plot = 4
  • Setting = 4
  • Originality = 3
  • Romance = 5
  • Sex = 4

Total Score 

The Gist of the Thing

Technical Details

  • Published by Berkley/InterMix (Penguin) on September 17, 2013
  • I received a ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
  • 343 pages
  • Contemporary romance

Back Blurb 

In this powerful debut novel, a young librarian grieves the loss of her husband...and discovers a love that defies classification. It's been over three years since a train accident made a widow of Katrina Lewis, sending her and her young daughter Abbey back to the suburban town of her youth...the only place that still makes sense. Lauder Lake is the perfect place to hide and heal.

Recluse rocker Adrian "Digger" Graves survived the implosion of his music career, but his muse has long lain dormant. Until Kat hires him to play at her library—not on the basis of his hard rock credentials but rather, because of the obscure kids' TV jingle he wrote years ago. In a case of mistaken identity, Adrian stumbles into the lives of Kat and her comically lovable daughter. Using tattoos as a timeline, Adrian unfurls his life for Kat. But as the courtship intensifies, it's unclear whose past looms larger: the widow's or the rocker's. Will their demons ever rest, or will they break these soul mates apart?

What I LIKED about this book.

Adrian and Abbey's relationship. A daughter with no father and father who missed out on his daughter's childhood. They get a second chance.

What I DISLIKED about this book.

Adrian has truly learned from his mistakes in the past. I got frustrated with his reactions over Kat's late husband a few times. 

Full Review

The past and the future are major themes. Both Adrian and Kat have a past that has greatly impacted their life and who they are. At this point in their journey they have to decide how much the past will color their futures. What do you let go of so you can move on and what do you keep? Abbey is Kat's daughter. Her innocence is precious. The grown ups are dealing with heavy stuff and this little girl is right in the middle of the storm. She is refreshing and in a lot of way she gives both Adrian and Kat a reason to want more out of life. 

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