4 star rating
Louder than Love
By Jessica Topper
ISBN# 9781101634790
Authors Website: http://www.jessicatopper.com/

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Vanessa

*Beware of Spoilers*


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?


Every once and a while, you will find a romance book that takes you on a different sort of journey then you’ve experienced before. This is what Louder Than Love did for me.

This was overall, a beautiful and engaging story that will melt your heart. Although the slow start can turn some readers off, I was intrigued enough to continue on the path the author set for us and let it takes its course. I am so glad that I did! What I most enjoyed was that this book felt real to me. Real in the sense that these were people I could have known or would have like to have known in real life. I think that the pain and sadness that both lead characters have experienced make them much more relatable.

For me, there was one huge message to this book that really struck a cord: Life is disappointing and yes it can be full of so much hurt and suffering, but if you stay open, you can experience life again in ways you never thought possible.

I was very impressed with the authors writing style. It allowed me to feel as though I was right there experiencing the heartache and happiness with both Adrian and Katrina (Tree). The story was filled with an overwhelming array of raw emotions that left me at times taxed, but in a good way. You feel everything in this book. Every emotion on the spectrum and you really get to know the characters as unique people and not as your typical hero/heroine. All of the characters, including the supporting characters, were well written and enjoyable. I didn’t feel that there was any part of this book that needed to be left out, as everything only made the story that much more enthralling.

This book is absolutely an emotional whirlwind and well worth the build up! I don’t want to say too much about the story itself because as I’ve said before, there is such a raw human element to this book that you need to experience it as it happens. My final words would be to read Louder Than Love. Allow yourself to be open to a new experience and reap the rewards! You will not be disappointed.