Monday, January 25, 2016

Review: Loud Is How I Love You by Mercy Brown

Rating: 3 Cups of Coffee
Goodreads Book Description:
One girl’s heart gets rocked to the core in the first novel in this sexy New Adult series.

Twenty-one-year-old front girl Emmylou knows that getting her band noticed in the ‘90s indie rock scene will be no easy task. She definitely knows better than to break the number one rule of the band: Don't sleep with your bandmates! But after she ends up having the best sex of her life with her guitarist, Travis, she finds following that rule is a lot harder than it sounds.

When the band gets the gig of their dreams, making it big seems just within reach. But Emmy’s inability to keep her hands off Travis threatens everything they’ve worked for. Can Emmy find a way to break the rules and not blow the chance of a lifetime?

Camille’s Experience:

You know how we promise you hotter reads? Well, this book surely delivers. Not only is this the first New Adult book that I’ve read, but it will also be my first New Adult book review! So that’s pretty exciting. Overall, it was quite an eye opening (and steamy!) reading experience. LOUD IS HOW I LOVE YOU by Mercy Brown encompasses music, relationship, drama, and sex all in one. There was a lot of moving pieces and the very first scene in the book quickly grabs you in.

LOUD IS HOW I LOVE YOU begins with a steamy scene between Emmy and Travis. Throughout the book, you see how that night changes everything. She questions her feelings, the future of the band, and her relationship with Travis. There were so many times while reading this book that I wanted to scream at Emmy. To tell her to stop overthinking and to follow her heart. But like most young girls in their twenties, we over complicate EVERYTHING.

Does being intimate change the whole dynamic of what was once a solid friendship? It sure does. But it can either be a good change or a bad change. Throughout the story, Emmy has a constant internal battle between following her heart or doing what’s best for the band. But you also can’t run away from true chemistry.

As a character, she can be hard to relate to at times. Emmy says one thing but does another. But who am I not to say that I’m not like that times too. But her actions just made me ache for Travis. He is a good guy, knows a thing or two in the bedroom, and plays music! What more can you ask for?! My dreams are important, but so is keeping that special someone in my life.

Sometimes it is hard to define relationships, especially when they grow from strong friendships because you risk a lot. Your heart is on the line. Your friendship is on the line. And in this case, the band’s future is on the line as well. It’s like that rule in the workplace -- don’t date a coworker because they rarely ever end well.

Despite some rough transitions in between flashbacks and present day and some scenes, the romance was still hot and cute. It displayed something real and passionate -- a love that can’t be ignored. But one of my favorite parts of the book was Travis. He was rational, yet wore his heart on his sleeve. He provided the relationship with a level-headed balance that was needed. Through the pages, I felt his frustration with Emmy, and I felt bad for him. You can tell that he had feelings for her and he had them bad. On the other hand, Emmy wasn’t ready to let go and let it happen. But could Travis and Emmy make it last, while keeping the band intact? Check out LOUD IS HOW I LOVE YOU to find out. 


About the Author

Mercy Brown is a writer and musician from New Jersey. She spent long hours in her youth devouring romance novels and indie comics before she started fronting bands in the New Brunswick music scene, playing clubs, backyards, and basements from Boston to Alabama. In 2002, Mercy married her guitarist and effectively retired from sleeping on other people’s floors. She turned to fan fiction as a creative outlet in 2009 after her sons were born and soon after began writing books that resembled fic of the indie music scene. Loud is How I Love You was her first novel. 

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