Louder Than Love: Love and Steel, Book 1

Louder Than Love

Louder Than LoveAuthor: Jessica Topper
Book Name: Louder Than Love
Series: Love and Steel
Order: #1
Genre: Romance
Rating:  Really Good
4+stars

 

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?

Review:  Finding something a little different from the norm to read isn’t always that easy.  This absolutely fit what I was looking for at just the right time.  As sweet as the story is, it isn’t fluffy.  It carries heavier, darker undertones that aren’t so heavy they break apart the lighter, sweeter side.

While it has some necessary aspects, it also isn’t the typical rocker romance either.  I liked the fact that this story comes not from the point where the stars are getting to or at their peak, but after they have fallen and had to learn about real life for a while.

Adrian’s character and where he is at in his life makes for a deeper and more appealing story.  The same goes for Kat and her history.  Their paths collide in a way that is beautiful.  They both have their histories.  It is part of them and they don’t just go away when life goes on.  I think that is a huge part of why I enjoyed this as much as I did.  It is more real with heartbreak, hardships and joys all wound together.

Author: TJ Fox

Slightly sane artist, book addict, wife and mother of 3 who is forever rethinking her place in this world.

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