[Louder Than Love + Jessica Topper + Read Jan 2014 + 3.5★]
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?
[My Thoughts & Favorite Quotes]
“If we hurry, you can make the 6:35”[…].
“I’d rather kiss you and take the 6:55”
His lips had barely pushed out the words before mine sprang into action. The moment was beautifully surreal […].”
LOVE + LOSS + START OVER
✳ After reading reviews about how great was this book, I was disappointed I did not like it that much. I enjoyed reading the book, but I wasn't as impressed of it as most people seem to be (slow beginning + a little boring a few times).
✳ I'm not Katrina's biggest fan. I think she jumped into the relationship with Adrian way too quickly.
✳ If it wasn't for Adrian – I love a rock-star! - and his past I probably wouldn't have finished this book.
✳ But it wasn't all that bad. It had some beautiful moments.
✳ The interaction between Adrian and Abbey Road was really sweet :)
✳ I would have loved an epilogue.
“I’m sorry I upset you last night”, he whispered. […] Yes, I did. You mistook my silence on the beach and proceed to get hammered before I could gather my thoughts and properly explain. You deserve more than a knee-jerk reaction, better than an automatic response of “I love you, too.” […] “You are the best thing to happen to me, bar none. You, Abbey… all of this. You both walked into my life and… I never knew what I wanted until you did.”