Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Louder than Love

Louder than Love
by: Jessica Topper
Louder Than Love
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?
4 Solid Stars!!
My Review:
Okay, wow. First of all, I totally misread the blurb because this book wasn't anything like I expected it to be. You know that moment when you go to take a big sip of your drink thinking it's Coke, but get a mouthful of sweet tea, and you are just like wtf? Well, that's how I felt. I like sweet, a lot, so no harm, no foul. I just was expecting Coke.
So, for whatever reason, I expected a rock book. You know, typical rock book. All manwhore rock guy with groupies everywhere and poor, helpless heroine trying to steer clear, but making stupid decisions anyway. That is soooo not what this book is. Honestly, this book was a breath of fresh air. It was emotional. It was deep. It was charming. It was mature! It took me a little while to get into it, but once I did I was hooked. I loved Katrina and Abbey. Both were beautiful and some moments took my breath away. There is just something about a book based on a widow and her child that sucks me in and grabs ahold of my heart. It took a little while for me to like Adrian, but I fell in love with him. His flaws, his reclusiveness, his booze, the whole kitten caboodle. His tenderness with Abbey, oh man. To die for.
This book was refreshing and different and for that, I say hats off to you Jessica. It was beautifully written and just so....real and tender. You made me a believer in second chances, that's for sure!
*Copy kindly provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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