Series: Hub City #1
Published by InterMix on 1/19/16
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. That title! Between that title and the cover, I just couldn’t turn down the opportunity to read and review this book. As always, I was a tad apprehensive with this being a new author and not knowing at all what to expect, but it was totally unnecessary.
Mercy Brown’s debut novel, and first in the Hub City series, was a fun trip in a time machine to the 90s. It’s written in such a way that it’s nostalgic and familiar without feeling dated. Everything somehow feels current while simultaneously taking us back in time. The only thing that even jarred me enough to remember that it wasn’t present day was the occasional reminder that cell phones weren’t omnipresent.
This book really impressed me. From the way it’s written to the humor, from the sex appeal to the feeling, from the character development to the music appreciation – it was a joy to read.
I absolutely loved Travis. He was a total swoon-worthy character and I loved him from the jump. He was sweet and funny and sexy as hell. Not to mention a talented musician. Dreamboat!
“It’s a metaphor.”
“Yeah, well I’m not a metaphor. I’m real and I’m right here in front of you, waiting for you to figure your shit out.”
Emmy, however, I was a little less smitten with. I really liked her character and I found her to be very interesting, as well as funny (especially her inner voice) but she was so damn fickle when it came to Travis that many times I wanted to strangle her! I tried to be forgiving of some of it because she’s in denial out of fear of breaking up the band, but a few times she was over the top to the point of aggravation. Several times I thought to myself, “She can’t really be that clueless, can she?” Which was probably the point, so I digress.
The only other detractor in this book for me is really very minor. So minor that I almost don’t even want to mention it. But when the L Word started being tossed around, even internally, I didn’t really get it. I liked them both and wanted them to be together, I could feel their attraction and see the spark, but didn’t quite feel like we’d gotten to love yet. However, and this is the reason I don’t know if it was worth mentioning, I did eventually get there. Time went on, things happened, words were said and it clicked. I absolutely bought it.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book. It was engaging and well written and I’m thoroughly looking forward to the next book in the series. Round of applause for Mercy Brown! Pick this one up.
A cool, sexy, humorous rock star romance with a bold heroine and a pretty irresistible hero I wouldn’t mind marking as mine.
Like Sparrow, I really enjoyed this one. I thought the characters memorable, the romance electric, and the story completely engaging, if at times a bit of a crazy show. Loud is How I Love You is a friends-to-lovers story of the best kind with two people who are on fire together.
I loved Emmylou, although as Sparrow said, there were times I wanted to punch her in the nose. She was so indecisive that sometimes it all felt a bit repetitive, as she went back and forth with her resolve. But I understood where she was coming from. I felt her passion for her music, her all-encompassing fervor for her art and her drive, so I understood why she was afraid. I just wish she wasn’t so blind. I don’t have a lot of patience for avoidable heartbreak in books, but I will say it added a nice amount of tension and angst, which made me keep turning the pages.
What I liked most about the book was the chemistry between Emmy and Travis. I felt their bond, so I liked the progression of their feelings. I interpret LiHILY as a love story after the fact. I believed from the beginning that they loved each other (based on their history and how they interacted), and the conflict was that they needed to figure out what to do with that love. I mean, why else would Emmy act like such a moron? I guess love made her stupid.
Side note: the sex scenes in this book are awesome. A delicious mixture of sweetness, raunchiness, and humor. I always love that combination.
Along with the sweet, sexy romance, Loud is How I Love You features some great, humorous scenes, which at times led me to ask myself what the hell was going on, but I did it while laughing, so I didn’t mind the random absurd moments too much. This book has a great cast of characters and I think it’s going to be an entertaining series, so I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
I definitely enjoyed reading this book. It’s a solid, pretty entertaining debut, and I’ll recommend it to my friends. Read it, I think you’ll like it.