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Louder Than Love
     

Louder Than Love

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by Jessica Topper
 
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

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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?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101634790
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/17/2013
Series:
A Love & Steel Novel
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
398
Sales rank:
196,759
File size:
979 KB

Meet the Author

Jessica Topper is an ex-librarian turned rock n’ roll number cruncher. She is a PAN member of the Romance Writers of America, and belongs to the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Jessica lives in Western New York with her husband, daughter and one ancient cat.

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Louder Than Love 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Katrina Lewis and her very young daughter, Abbey, are putting their lives back together after their husband and father is killed in a train accident.  She’s gone back to her hometown in Lauder Lake and her parents have given her their home as they intend to retire in Florida.  Four years pass and Kat is still grieving while her very close friends are constantly urging her to get out and meet someone new; but they just don’t understand how deep her pain is and that functioning is as far as she can manage.  She’s even revolted when an old flame attempts to seduce her; he was a loser back then and she assumes still is.  Her buddies tell her everyone changes – don’t they? As a volunteer at the local library, she knows the kids are all in love with the TV cat character, Maxwell MacGillikitty, a detective.  The show is full of songs the kids love and Kat is able to track down the author of many of them and invites him to perform for the local kids and some neighboring autistic kids.  When he shows up smelling like Jack Daniels and cigarettes, Kat is petrified the show will be a disaster.  But Adrian Graves is bigger than a hit and the parents and children want more in the future. There’s even a proposal for neighboring communities to host his performance.  But what most stands out is the electricity flying between Adrian and Kat, sparks that Kat thought she would never, ever feel again! Due to an unforeseen medical emergency, Adrian stays overnight with Kat and they begin to get to know each other.  This is really the essence of their story, the exposing of their true identity because of the suffering and joys they’ve previously known.  Adrian is first to share his loss and mistakes in between the hot romance that quickly develops; however, as time goes on he’s annoyed that she doesn’t trust him enough to share her past with her husband Pete.  Misunderstandings develop and they are separated for a time.  There’s a surprise in who brings them together and also the fact that Adrian “Digger” Graves was once a famous rock star and just might be again if he can face up to his mistakes and musical talent. And in the middle of it all is Abbey, a bright girl who is artsy and dynamic in her own right due to the wisdom of Kat’s parenting! Louder Than Love is a nice romance read with plenty of intimacy, passion, and intimacy on deeper and deeper levels. The characters are credible for most of the story but seem to get more complicated and confusing with the revelation of Adrian’s past career.  It’s worth wading through it all just to see how it will all resolve itself!  Good read!
gigiluvsbooks More than 1 year ago
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: First, I have to say what a freaking awesome book, or should I say it was bloody great! The author weaves a great story of not just romantic love lost and found, but love of friends, family too. Now, before we get too far, have tissues handy...This is the story of Katrina who is a terrible twist of fate loses her husband in an accident and Adrian a former rock star who lost all his loves because or rock and roll. I know I am not going to do the story justice; the characters draw you in. Katrina who has been living in a holding pattern for 4 years since the death of her husband, who won't let others in fully. The parts of the story that look back on the death of her husband are so emotional and strong, you cannot help but cry along. Adrian has spent years overcoming his demons, but is still in a holding pattern like Kat until they meet. These two are so complex and their love story is beautifully written that I did not want their story to end. I highly recommend this debut book and cannot wait until she comes out with more books! 5 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cannot tell you how much I loved this book. A widow and her very young daughter, Abbey, are trying to move on after the tragic death of her beloved husband. The flashbacks to the times that Katrina’s husband was still alive just about killed me. So much life and love cut short so fast, a reminder that we should cherish and appreciate what we have because it may not be there tomorrow. Three years after being widowed, Katrina meets a half-drunk Adrian Graves whom she’s hired to play the children’s songs he wrote 10 years ago. As the two batter their way through a relationship, conquering their demons becomes more complicated than they both realized; especially when Katrina, or Kat as she’s affectionately called by Adrian, refuses to face hers. Can love blossom when past hurts resurface? Have you ever read a book that was so good, you couldn’t put in to words how wonderful it was? I completely fell in love with this book. My heartstrings have been tugged and abused and kept hanging on until the very end. An emotional journey of heart, love, hurt, and absolution. I could not put this book down.  I loved the complexity of each character. The plot was intricately designed and beautifully done. I also loved the music references the author used including The Beatles’ songs and how Katrina’s daughter was named Abbey after Abbey Road.  I grieved with Kat’s struggles as she tried to pick up the pieces and learn to live again after the terrible accident that changed her and Abbey’s lives forever. I loved how vulnerable Adrian was as he revealed his past to Kat. It crushed my heart to hear his shame and his self-hatred, but rejoiced as he found something to live for and saved himself from the destructive path he was on courtesy of his Rock ‘n Roll lifestyle. The story is written in first person from Kat’s point of view and I really wished there were some scenes with Adrian’s viewpoint. I would have loved to know what was going on in his head. The plus side though was that he was very passionate and forthright with his feelings that I can understand why the author didn’t feel the need to write his view. I was a little disappointed at the ending. I felt something was missing and there wasn’t enough closure for me. Loose ends were tied up but I just needed more. Maybe this was done purposely to lead into a second book perhaps?  I absolutely LOVED this book! I was completely floored. This is a debut novel for Jessica Topper and I say that this is an excellent start for a very talented writer. The story was emotionally charged, heart-wrenchingly precise and brilliantly executed. Keep an eye out for this author! Louder Than Love is a must read for anyone who believes that not only love, but patience, strength, perseverance, courage and faith conquers all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everything that makes a great story is in this book. Love, 2nd chances, family, heart break and moving past. The characters jump off the pages and pull you into their stories. It is beautifully written. A book I will enjoy over and over.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had already read her dictatorship of the dress & fell in love with her writing & but after resding this story knowing it was her first novel im finding it difficult to believe shes not been at this for years!! I swooned & cried at multiple times & was ryined after finishing this! I moved onto the next follow up novella because adrian & kat would give me continued salvation in my HEA! KUDOS TO U JESSICA!My life is so much more enriched in my book workd if reading because of you attending RAGT this june! Thanks traci w south fl
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LilMissBookmark More than 1 year ago
This is really the part of reviewing novels that I dread. I don't like saying that a book just isn't good for me. And I REALLY don't like saying that I just couldn't finish a book. It doesn't happen very often with me but it does happen. I could go on and on about how guilty I feel because this is what someone worked on for a long time. Novels don't happen overnight. They take tons of work and I'm sure worry over what is or isn't what the author is looking for. All of that is understood and while it doesn't change my views, I needed to say it just for me. So that whoever reads this understands that I really do this review with a heavy heart. That being said, not every novel is made for every reader. And this one just didn't tickle my fancy. Right from the beginning, I could just feel a disconnect. I didn't really understand why the book was so slow to me or why it felt like I was riding shotgun with a student driver. It would just start getting good and then BOOM! Someone stomped on the brakes. Damnit. Those first 70 or so pages were just terrible for me. I really struggled to stay interested and to be perfectly honest, I started reading this one around the first of October and I had to put it down a few days later after only having read about 100 pages. Then I picked it back up after a couple of days and tried again. Same thing. I got about 20 pages and had to put it down. I finally progressed to about halfway through the book and that was it. What little interest I had left in the book was completely gone and I felt really guilty for giving up. Like I said, I don't like having to just DNF a book. Reviewers really owe it to the author to put everything they can into a novel so that they can give their honest opinion. Well, honestly, I just can't go on. I would be lying if I said I would try picking this up again later because I probably won't. The writing isn't bad, per-say. It was just completely uninteresting. I didn't enjoy the flashbacks or the rapport between all (what seemed like) 700 of the main characters friends and their babies. I didn't really like any of the interactions between any of the characters because I just couldn't connect with them for some reason. For a split second, I really enjoyed what was going on when Adrian (the rocker dude) came into play in the novel but then that too, fizzled off. All in all, this was definitely not the book for me.
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RBtWBC More than 1 year ago
Louder Than Love was not at all what I was expecting but it ended up being a good story full of emotion. Katrina Lewis lost her husband three years ago in a train accident, leaving her alone with an infant daughter. Moving back to her home town, close to friends and family, she volunteers at the local library improving the children programs. But sadly, she has yet to find the inclination to move on with her life and makes it through the day to day solely for her daughter. When reaching out to a children's song writer for the library she meets Adrian Graves, the complete opposite of what she was expecting. Adrian has been hiding from his past as the famous lead guitarist of a once popular heavy metal band. All he wants to do is forget about his many failures and sometimes he seeks that at the bottom of a bottle. But when he meets Kat, his whole life is changed. One tattoo at a time, he relives the past and in turn tries to get Kat to open up about hers, and confront her grief so she can finally move forward. But what happens when someone is so stuck in the past that they can't see the light of tomorrow? Can Adrian get through to Kat or will he find his future without her?  Louder Than Love is not your typical rock star book, it does not center around the life of a famous bad boy with groupies, touring, and all out craziness. I would consider this a more weathered story. What happens to the bad boy after the bad? And is centered around two people who are lost in their pasts, who maybe together can find their present and future. The story was very slow to start for me, but I really enjoyed Adrian's character. He was a bit eccentric which I think most artists probably are. The story line of Adrian's past really interested me; as he slowly opens up pieces of the rise and fall of his heavy metal band are revealed.  Katrina is a seasoned heroine who has experienced life. Together with Adrian, their stories were very heavy but Kat's daughter, Abbey, added some much needed lightness and humor to the story. The plot wasn't paced as well as I would have liked, some parts dragged while others seemed rushed and it was missing that spark of excitement. But the relationship between Adrian and Katrina developed at a believable pace and I was emotionally invested in these characters by the end. The last few chapters were my favorite though and made the story for me.  If you love rock star romances but are looking for something a little different then I recommend you picking up Louder Than Love and giving it a try. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a little leery of buying this book because it was her first and I didn't have anyone to tell me if it was good or not. I am so glad I read it. It was a very good read and kept me interested through out the story, I am very sad its over. I hope she continues to write books, I am definitely a fan now. I also loved the moe. references thrown in. Good Job!!!
CrystalMarie218 More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars from me! A rock and roll story that doesn't circle around the rock and roll? Heck yeah I signed up to review that book! Don't get me wrong, I love the rockstar as much as the next one, but at some point it just gets kinda 'blah'. So when reading a story that doesn't have to do with the concert tours and everything comes out for reviewing, it was worth it to me to read it. Things I DID enjoy about this book: The fact that Katrina is an older woman who has actually been through life, she isn't a young virgin who has never been through anything. The fact that it wasn't an “instant love” story. They both had their own hurdles to overcome before they accepted the attraction between them. Adrian has his past, and the fact that the past was kept hidden for just the right amount of time. Abbey's character was the perfect amount of comic relief. She was in the story enough that you didn't forget about her, but she was “out” of the story enough that you could follow the story between the adults. Things I DID NOT enjoy about this book: I didn't like how quickly Adrian's character switched after his secret was out. It seemed like he became a completely different person. How easily Katrina forgave Adrian after what he did. I think it should have been a little bit more from Katrina because of what Adrian put her through. There were some parts of the book that seemed to drag on a little bit, and other's that went by really quickly. I think it would have worked better if there had been 1 steady speed. All in all, this was a pretty good read and I would recommend it to my friends!
SharonRedfern More than 1 year ago
As a librarian, I have to say I loved the plotline of Louder Than Love! When Katrina (Tree) Lewis tracks down Adrian Graves to perform at her library she had no idea she was putting onto motion the event that would change her entire life. Tree is still suffering from the loss of her husband in a train accident over two years prior and is still unable to fully move on with her life. She lives in her childhood home with her daughter Abbey and her only nights out are with her friends, Marissa, Leanna and Liz. Abbey is enamored of a children’s show about a mystery solving cat and Tree discovers that Adrian Graves wrote the theme song so she books him to do a performance at the library. Adrian is not what Tree expected as a children’s performer especially since he arrives late and slightly inebriated. He’s a lot older than she expected and a bit scruffy but he ends up wowing the children by performing a mix of children’s songs and rock classics. They go out to dinner, kiss in the car, she almost kills him because she had shrimp and he is deathly allergic and Adrian ends up in the hospital. Great first date! This is the beginning of a relationship that neither party expected. When Tree discovers information about Adrian’s past life as a rocker and his failures as a husband and parent, she has to think hard about what she is getting into. I really enjoyed the interplay between the two characters and how the relationship develops. Both Tree and Adrian have hurt and loss in their pasts but have dealt with those issues in different ways. Actually, I thought that for all of the drama and glamor that Adrian had as part of his life, he was the one more grounded in reality than Tree. Her inability to let go of her husband Pete becomes a major problem in the romance but she doesn’t see that at all. I really liked this book and thought that Ms. Topper did an excellent job of portraying two people who are damaged but trying their best to keep going on with life. Adrian is a sexy and complicated man and Tree is quirky and interesting. The romance is sweet at the beginning and so intense later that when they have problems it’s upsetting because they are perfect for each other. I thought the secondary characters all added a lot to the story and I loved Adrian’s interaction with Abbey. I also enjoyed the ages of the main characters and that they had some life experience. I think I am going to have to add Jessica Topper to my must buy authors list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago