Louder Than Love by Jessica Topper

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Title: Louder Than Love
Author: Jessica Topper
Publisher: Penguin Group
Format: eBook
Publication Date: September 17, 2013 
Overall: 3.5 out of 5 stars

 

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?

 

 Review:

 

Louder Than Love was definitely not what I was expecting. Even though the synopsis explained things fairly well, I was still expecting it to be more New Adult. I wouldn’t classify it as New Adult, but more of a chick lit meets traditional romance.

 

Tree was a hard character for me, because I didn’t dislike her but I also struggled at times with her inability to let Pete go. I know that he was everything to her, but reading how she handled things after his death and even once she met Adrian really made me upset. I liked that she was unafraid to say what she felt, and to be completely honest. Tree also won me over because she was willing to give Adrian a chance, and she wasn’t afraid to walk away for the sake of her child.

 

Adrian was a hard man to love because he kept his secrets so close. For the first part of Louder Than Love I really wasn’t sure about him because he hardly divulged any information about himself. However, as the book went on and we learned his secrets I understood why he was so reticent to open up to Tree. However, it really bothered me how he acted at the end of the book. I would’ve kicked him to the curb if I was Tree, there are no excuses for his behavior. He goes off to take care of his daughter but yet he’s at a bar when Tree calls. She needs him to be understanding and she wants to fill him in, but he freaks out and then gives her the silent treatment for like 8 months. That’s not okay and it bothered me that she did that.

 

Jessica Topper did a great job building characters that felt believable. For most of the book I felt like their damage was portrayed very well. However, it did really bother me the way Tree kept secrets and Adrian acted like a child. This book did suck me in and I did care about the characters, but it was just the immaturity in these older adults that bothered me. I would give it 3.5 out of 5 stars, and I would definitely keep an eye out for other books by Jessica Topper.

 

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3.5/5 – A Great Read, Well-Written

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

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Happy Reading!
kasey