Louder Than Love wasn't what I expected when I selected it for a review. It is an enjoyable read but the plot was slow and I almost got lost in trying to stay focused. The novel is well written and the characters are well developed, but the sex and chemistry just fell flat.
Katrina “Tree” is a librarian widow who lost her husband in a tragic accident and has been living in a haze ever since the accident occurred. She is raising her four-year-old daughter Abby and has surrounded herself with close friends in a small town. This is her way of coping with the loss that she and her daughter have suffered. The last thing Tree expects to ever find again is love. So when a former rock star hottie applies for the job as the library's musician, Tree finds herself ever so slowly falling in love with Adrian Graves, a man that has a reputation known as his fall from grace.
Adrian Graves has consumed his demons in the drink that plagues his life. He was once famous for his music, but now has settled into the solitude of small town living. A shadow of his former self Adrian knows that he needs to change, but he cannot find the reason that will allow for such a change. When Adrian meets Tree he knows he is attracted to the woman who was badly wounded by fate, something Adrian relates too. Can he convince Tree that their obstacles can be overcome by their love?
I half expected Adrian to be the bad boy rock star that most romance authors pen, but Adrian is older and more mature. I still found him to be attractive and I enjoyed the fact that he has settled into his new life. It may not be the life that Adrian expected, but the fact that he has the potential and willingness to heal Tree's heart really made him likable for me. I admired Tree's determination to continue in the raising of her daughter despite the fact that she is horribly heartbroken over the loss of her husband.
I only desired this novel to be sexier. It is a deep read and not for the lighthearted. By being labeled a romance novel I wish that Ms. Topper would have allowed more room for the romance to grow. The sex scenes could have been much stronger and hotter. Overall I enjoyed this novel and will continue to read Ms. Tropper's future novels.
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?