“Band rule number one, remember? Don’t fuck anyone in the band! This is the exact reason the rule exists.”- Emmy, Loud is How I Love You
Title: Loud Is How I Love You
Author: Mercy Brown
Series: Hub City
Publication Date: January 19, 2016
*I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *
Synopsis via Goodreads: 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?
The cover was the main reason why I wanted to read this book. That layers of blue work really well together and any books about a band are a MUST read for me!
Emmy, lead singer of the Stars on the Floor, has one rule: NO hooking up with your own bandmates! That all went out the window after she sleeps with her guitarist and best friend, Travis. Hoping that this does not change anything between the two, Emmy tries to keep things strictly platonic. But when Travis decides that he wants more than to be just friends, will Emmy put the band’s success on the line just for sake of love?
I really enjoyed this book. It was HILARIOUS! I wasn’t expecting it to be so funny. The dialogue in this book is pure ENTERTAINMENT! There are some great characters in this book and they just discuss the most random things, while at the same time, it feels completely normal to be having these discussions. Another thing is that just kept me cackling was the situations that these characters would get themselves in. For example, Travis has a few altercations with another character in the book, but coupled with the dialogue, I just found the whole scene to be RIOT!
One reason why I like books about bands so much is for their EPIC FRIENDSHIPS and this book has some great ones. No one is afraid to call out anyone out on their BS, while at the same time they are very supportive of each other. The other two members in the band, Cole and Joey, help Emmy realize that SHE is the only thing that is holding her back from having everything she desires and they give her that much needed push to let go of her fears.
The romance was HOT! That’s all I’m going to say about that!
♥ Emmy: Emmy is NOT a likeable character, AT ALL! She’s very indecisive, she overreacts and she overthinks everything. I understand why she is guarded, but her constant “hot and cold” just became a bit too much at times. I do like her determination though. The girl has a plan, a goal, and DREAM and she is DETERMINED to make it come true, even if that means putting aside her feelings for Travis.
♥ Travis: Travis is great! I loved that he wasn’t your “typical bad-boy in a band” archetype; it was REFRESHING! I do have to say that Travis has A LOT of patience to be putting up with Emmy. Those “hot and cold” vibes would have sent most guys running, but he stuck around for the long haul and it was worth it in the end.
I had one main issue with this book and it was with the writing. I’m not sure if this is a new trend in writing, but Brown used parentheses where she would have internal dialogue that was meant to address the reader and I am not a fan of this technique! I find that it takes away from the book by providing excess information that is not needed.
Overall, this was an enjoyable read! If your looking for a fun and entertaining book, I suggest checking this one out. I’m looking forward to the second book in this series to see where the band goes from here and what other shenanigans this group gets themselves into.