Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Loud is How I Love You (Hub City #1) by Mercy Brown - ARC Review

Released: 19th January 2016.


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?

Kristine's Review:
Reviewed: January 2016.

Loud Is How I Love You is set against the backdrop if the 90's indie rock scene, when Seattle grunge is still playing on the radio, when the Kurt Cobain's of the world are King and the likes of Justin Bieber's of the world aren't even born yet, Music is meant to be loud and raw and visceral, bringing about a feeling or emotion when banging you head along to it.

Emmylou has big plans for her life, at the forefront, it's getting her band noticed, they have talent, that's undisputable, but so do so many other bands just fighting to get heard, everything is simple, adhering to her rules, number one being don't screw with the band dynamics, and sleeping with her guitarist Travis would definitely do that, too bad it's already happened and she can't go back, only she can't stop, and she can't move forward either.

Loud Is How I Love You played out like a movie reel running through my mind, everything from the 90's flashbacks, to the music mentioned playing like a soundtrack to a tale that's more than just girl meets boy, girl and boy fall for each other and girl freaks out in order to maintain some semblance of what she had before, Loud is outlandishly funny, sexy in a way that a story with a twenty one year old female lead promises to be, and refreshingly real as Emmylou takes the reader on a journey through all of her moments of freak outs and stark realisations that everything she ever dreamt of might not be the thing she really wants.

"Stay loud so I don't lose you, I will follow the sound of you anywhere."
Loud was full of life and vitality, full of heart and angst, that kept me coming back for more, left me salivating for more of Emmylou and all her quirks, of Travis and he swoon worthy ways, of the rag tag members of Soft and all their motley crew of friends. From the first page to the last line I was enraptured, I'm eagerly awaiting Sonia's chance to tell her story in Stay Until We Break.

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About Mercy Brown:

Mercy Brown is a retired indie rock front girl turned author and LOUD IS HOW I LOVE YOU is her first book. LOUD is a New Adult novel and will be published by Intermix (Berkley-Penguin) in January 2016. LOUD is based, very, very loosely on Mercy's experiences fronting bands in the 90s. A follow-up will be published in June 2016.

Mercy is represented by Brooks Sherman of the Bent Agency.


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