I requested a review copy of this book because the dynamic duo, Christina Lauren, highly recommended it.
Author: Mercy Brown
Release Date: January 19, 2016
Source: ARC from NetGalley
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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?
Loud is How I Love You revolves around Emmylou (vocalist and guitarist), Travis (lead guitarist), their band Soft, the indie music industry and the push and pull of Emmy because she went on with it with Travis. And now, she’s not sure if it was a good idea because it’d mess up the band but she still lusted over Travis.
And there lies my conflicted feelings about this book. But let’s not go in to that right away.
What worked—kind of:
- The author’s experience in the music scene. The book is loaded with all things band-related: the good, the bad, the instruments, the crowd, the labels. You’d really know it wasn’t half-heartedly written.
- Travis. I like the guy. He’s patient, talented, and smart-geeky. He could be better, though.
- Emmy’s love for reading and talking about books. It was nice to know she had better use of her mouth after all. She’s majoring in English, so that’s a plus.
- Cole. This guy! He’s very entertaining! He brought the fun in this book!
- Heartache. Thanks to Travis for doing what was needed to be done. Someone really needs a bitchslap once in a while.
What didn’t work—at all:
- The pacing. It was very slow for my taste because I couldn’t see anything amazing happening even when I was past the 50% mark. I dragged myself to finish because every book has to have its chance, right? I wanted to give this one a try and didn’t give up until the end. And cue the regret because I spent four nights to be done with it. Four! Ugh.
- Emmylou, the MC. In some weird way, I just couldn’t seem to connect with her because she either 1) wants to have sex with Travis all the time but can’t because she thinks it would break up the band but still does it anyway or 2) is annoying because after fucking Travis then freaks out because see reason #1. Then hurts the man’s feelings along the way because of that. It was always like that; it was tiring.
- Present happenings coincide with flashbacks. I didn’t read anything about the real steamy scene in the beginning until it was narrated through Emmy’s trips down to memory sex lane, like she was daydreaming or something. Every time there’s something happening in the now, she would maneuver it to what went down that night. And by small chunks! I didn’t get the whole hot scene after around three rounds of memories, I think, and it was horrible. I am not sure if the objective was to tease the readers but it just didn’t work for me. Emmy only sounded like a freaking crazy, annoying rabbit.
- Narration. I wished the author just told the story in Travis’ POV. Maybe it would’ve made more sense. Because Emmy’s just… ugh. She wouldn’t just shut up about the constant war with herself with do I have sex with him or not but I’m going to ruin the band! But I’m going to have sex with him anyway because I can’t help it! He’s very fuckable! And I’m very horny and loud! And OMG, everyone will know and it will just complicate things. It was like that for about 75% of the book. Exhausting really.
- Steam was kind of forced. Sorry, it’s just not working.
- Conflict. Not strong enough for feels.
- Ending. Meh. I was like—oh gosh, that’s it?
I honestly think the story has potential because the author can write if only it went deeper than the issue at hand.