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Loud is How I Love You

(Hub City #1)

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  527 ratings  ·  174 reviews
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 l
Kindle Edition, 227 pages
Published January 19th 2016 by InterMix
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Dee Montoya
5 Bright Stars*****

(ARC kindly provided by author in exchange for an honest review)

Loud Is How I Love You is the debut novel of author Mercy Brown. I instantly fell in love with her writing style. The way she writes makes you love and relate to the story so easily , it felt like I was sitting at a coffee house, talking to my best friend and she was telling me the story about how she fell in love with her guitarist. The passion in the words were deafening and the melody in the story are something
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it

"I'm too loud, I can't help it." "Good," he says. "Loud is how I love you."

This book is so much fun. Mercy Brown takes you back the 90’s and immerses you in the world of Travis and Emmy. The story is told from Emmy’s POV, she is the only child of a former semi-famous musician. She grew up loving music and dreaming of one day having her own band. She has accomplished that band, loves her bandmates like family and wants nothing more than to keep things toget
Geri Reads
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I could count with a single hand the books that I ended up liking despite struggling with the heroine or the hero. Loud is How I Love is among those books. Despite the fact that Emmylou drove me batty sometimes, Mercy Brown managed to capture my attention from page one until the end. It really helped that this book reminded me so much of three of my fave films: Singles, Reality Bites and Almost Famous. Plus, it's set during my second fave decade music-wise: the '90s.

Emmylou is the feisty singer
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
Indefinitely paused at 45%

Admittedly I knew straight off the bat that this book wasn't for me but I kept trudging through in the hopes that something would click for me. But when I got to the halfway point and was no closer to clicking with the story, I knew it was time to part ways.

Loud Is How I Love You had all the ingredients for the perfect read for me, with the icing being the 90's setting but I struggled to get into the book from the very beginning.

The writing has a very 'voiceover' feel t
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

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LOUD. Loud is definitely the word to describe this spectacular debut book by Mercy Brown. Usually, when something is loud, we are often asked to lower the volume or to tone it down but that doesn't apply to this book. LOUD IS HOW I LOVE YOU was LOUD and PROUD as it paints a literary tale that screams and begs readers to experience the gorgeous prose that Mercy Brown has captured of two hearts finding the same rhythm and beat.


Bex |
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it

What’s the first rule of being in a band?

“Don’t f*ck anyone in the band”

Emmy has seen first hand the damage breaking this rule can do to a band, but does that stop her from sleeping with her guitarist? Nope. Loud is How I Love You tells the story of what happens in the mid-90’s when the lead singer of Stars on the Floor sleeps with her friend and band mate, Travis.

All her life, Emmy has wanted one thing: to be a successful musician. Music is in her blood, and she has worked hard for years, writi
 Megan • Reading Books Like a Boss (book blog)

Loud is How I Love You is a new adult novel set in the 90's indie rock world, introducing readers to Emmylou, the lead singer of the Soft, and her best friend and bandmate Travis. I had high hopes for this novel, given the setting, early praise, and promise of romantic tension, but I didn't end up loving it for a few reasons.

At twenty-one, Emmylou's dream is to get a record deal and play music for the rest of her life. On her road to achieving this goal, she's imposed certain rules she must
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog

‘I know how he feels inside of me the way I know the songs I write. My body remembers, and now it feels like it remembers him, too. Already.’

It’s been a little while since we indulged in one of our favourite themes, the rock star romance and Loud is How I Love You sounded right up our alley, incorporating the Indie music scene and bands of the 90’s we grew up with and loved.

Emmy and Travis’s story had the makings of a fabulous rock star romance, but sadly it sort of missed its mark with us and w
I read LOUD IS HOW I LOVE YOU as a manuscript, and it remains my favorite read of the year. It's exactly what I've been looking for in the New Adult genre--something fun and lighthearted, with all the anxieties and hardships of early adulthood a backdrop rather than the focal point. The romance is as sexy as the gritty early 90s rock scene it's staged in, and Mercy Brown's voice is effortless and compelling. I cannot wait for everyone to read this.
Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
Jan 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016

‘I know how he feels inside of me the way I know the songs I write. My body remembers, and now it feels like it remembers him, too. Already.’

It’s been a little while since we indulged in one of our favourite themes, the rock star romance and Loud is How I Love You sounded right up our alley, incorporating the Indie music scene and bands of the 90’s we grew up with and loved.

Emmy and Travis’s story had the makings of a fabulous rock star romance, but sadly it sort of missed its mark with us and w
Anna's Herding Cats

Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.

I love rocker romances. This one, though, just never got there for me. Which is incredibly surprising after seeing the hardcore fangirling reviews for it. We really don't seem to have read the same book. Loud Is How I Love You was a struggle for me. The gist of it is that two bad members have had sex. And the heroine, Emmy, pretty much freaks out over it. And continues to freak out over it and ruin the band dynamics in her panic to not ruin the band dynam
Anya (~on a semi-hiatus~)
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Anya (~on a semi-hiatus~) by: Dahlia
"Writing music is personal, intimate even, and you have to be pretty comfortable to be able to do it with other people. When you find someone you work this well with, it’s rare and special and it’s more than friendship. I know this sounds dumb, but it’s kind of like finding a unicorn. If you found a unicorn, you would take care of it, protect it. You’d keep it safe. You definitely wouldn’t fuck it, right?

And that's how monster porn gets written, little boys and girls.

I had so much fun readin
Rosa Sharon (iScream Books Blog)
3.5 Bandmates with benefits stars...

I caved to my rockstar addiction and decided to give a new author a chance. Seeing a guitar on a book cover gets me every time. I am a music lover and simply cannot resist a book that focuses on the music industry. It was very apparent that the author has knowledge of this industry. The story is told from Emmylou's POV and I heard the author's voice throughout, it rang with knowledge rather than research.

I have to confess that I was frustrated by Emmylou. She
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to love this story. I've seen some buzz about it in various places and multiple people I trust loved it. I tried so so hard, alas I was disappointed.

First off, I loved Travis, Cole, and Joey. And pretty much every other character in the book. They were fun and dynamic and there were a few times I cackled out loud. Easily, they were the best part of the story.

My main complaint is that I sort of loathed Emmy. She's constantly talking about making sacrifices for the band, yet she
Lacey (laceybooklovers)

Originally posted at Booklovers For Life

Loud is how I love you,
Loud is how I know you’re there.
Loud so I don’t lose you,
Because I’d know the sound of you anywhere.

This book was on my radar because of some heavy praise from one of my all-time favorite authors, so of course I had to give it a try! Add in the ‘90’s indie rock scene and I was totally sold. Loud is How I Love You is a fantastic new adult romance – it wasn’t anything like I expected, but I enjoyed every bit of its quirkiness. It’s
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
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4.5 STARS!

First sentence: Don’t fuck anyone in the band.

Mercy Brown blew my freaking mind with her amazing debut novel, LOUD IS HOW I LOVE YOU. This book rocked my world and I can’t wait to read more from Mercy.

I knew I had to read this book as soon as I read the synopsis. I love 90s rock music, it’s my favorite. I always have Pandora on a 90s station because that’s how I roll. And what’s better? The lead singer is a woman and the hero is
Jaime Arkin
Definitely some things that frustrated me (EMMY ugh) but really enjoyed the story! Lots of music/band references and shop talk which wasn't always understood but I loved the romance and Bean. Full review to come soon


I love good new adult, and this definitely falls into that category.
Add the 90’s indie rock scene and you’ve got me hooked.

Emmy has one goal… getting her band noticed and making it. One thing she knows for sure is that you never… EVER… sleep with anyone in the band. It
Ugh, that was so damn enjoyable. So voice-y, really funny, sexy as all get out, so musically authoritative, hot as hell, great book boyfriend, and characters who talk about sex like actual people. Emmy is definitely a tricky character to sympathize with through a lot of the book, because you can see how obviously she's hurting a good person and that's always a hard thing to take, but no question this is going in my NA Top 10 and I will absolutely be reading the next one.
Ginger at GReadsBooks
This was every bit angsty & addicting. I was totally sucked in to this story's 90s alternative rock scene, never wanting the melody to end. Such a sexy, emotional, & oh so HOT novel. Mercy Brown, I am a fan. Please write more! ...more
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Slick's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

Sometimes a new author comes out of the gate strong and knocks my socks off and that is exactly what Mercy Brown has done in Loud is How I Love You. I was quite simply blown away by this fresh, exciting, frank, and entertaining look at a young club band living, working, going to college and playing hard all in hopes of making something out of their lives.

Emmylou (Emmy) is the front woman and guitarist for Stars on the Floor or as they seem t
Jan 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Originally posted on Three Little Birds Book Blog

A cool, sexy, humorous rock star romance with a bold heroine and a pretty irresistible hero I wouldn't mind marking as mine.

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, there were times I wanted to punch
Nov 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
An entertaining journey through the romantic woes of falling for your friend and band mate. I was drawn to this debut novel by the promises of 90’s music and a friends-to-lovers romance. I am pleased to say the author delivered on those promises and gave me a story I whole-heartedly enjoyed.

I adored these characters. Though frustrating at times, Emmy was fierce and determined to see her band be successful. But her intense feelings for Travis provided a sweet complication that she was unequipped
Tanja ~ T's Book ~ KT Book Reviews
... Didn't like her very much. Self absorbed and overly dramatic with little thought to anyone else. Not so much NA, more like childish and self centered.
1-Click Addict Support Group
Jan 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Emmylou knows that the #1 rule of a successful band is: Don’t sleep with your bandmates.

So, when she wakes up after a night of the best sex she’s ever had with her guitarist—and best friend—she freaks out a bit. But what freaks her out even more is that she doesn’t want to stop, it feels right to be with Travis. But what can that mean for the band she’s worked so hard and spent so long pushing towards a big break?

Full disclosure: I started this book on the heels of one of those books that (temp
Sara (sarabara081)
Oct 02, 2014 rated it liked it
3 -3.5 stars.

The main character is definitely a mess and takes some getting used to with her flighty ways and the push, pull of her feelings for Travis, who is amazing by the way. I think some of the band talk with all these extra groups and people that didn't seem too awfully important kind of, bored me? I found myself skimming quite a bit of this. And a few events seemed a little bonkers. But I really did enjoy some of the secondary characters which makes me want to continue with the series a
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I reallllllly liked this one. A lot! It's a fun, lighthearted read. I loved watching Emmy try to navigate her music and band, college life, and falling in love. Mercy captured the conflict and confusion we all had at 21 when it came to life and our future. I especially loved the setting: I grew up 20 minutes from New Brunswick so I loved knowing (and having been to) each bar and landmark in the book. It painted a clear and vivid picture in my head. Mercy is definitely on my to-read list moving f ...more
I was lucky enough to read a very early version of LiHILY, and it's still one of my favorite reads of all time. Mercy's characters will grab you by the heart and squeeze you so good. Get your hands on this one as soon as you can, folks.
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
My Thoughts:

I love reading rock star romances. So, whenever I get the opportunity to try a new one, I jump at the chance. I was really looking forward to reading, Loud is How I Love You. For one, I love that the female lead was the head of the band in this story. This is rare in the rock star stories that I have read. Also, I was intrigued that this story took place in the 90's which is during a time when I was a teenager myself. I wanted to go back in time and reminisce. Lastly, I loved the ide
Cristina (My Tiny Obsessions)
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I’ll start this review by saying that I never read a book quite like this one. Yes, it’s a new adult romance novel, and I’ve read plenty of that, and yes, it involves musicians, and I’ve read my fair share of those as well, but this book stands out completely. Why? Well, it’s the writing style!

I’ll admit that it took me a few chapters to be 100% used to the writing, but once I was, I just wanted more. This book is told in the first person, present tense, but in a way that se
Lustful Literature
Jan 16, 2016 rated it liked it

Jodie's Review

“Big sigh. Big, heavy, stupid sigh.”

I can’t say no to a rock star or a new author. Rock star books are like shoes, I CANNOT GET ENOUGH. What immediately attached me to this story was I could tell within the first chapter this was an author that loved what she was writing about. Her knowledge of guitars was beyond on point and I loved that my girlfriend has been teaching me all about the love of a Martin.

This book introduces us to Travis, Emmylou and their band. It’s the whole we ar
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Mercy Brown is the author of the Hub City Romance Series, published by InterMix/Berkeley. LOUD IS HOW I LOVE YOU is available now, and STAY UNTIL WE BREAK will be available in June 2016.

Mercy is represented by Brooks Sherman of the Bent Agency.

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“Travis," I whisper, like I'm trying to get his attention in a movie theater. He glances up at me, shifts his eyes to the side to check for supervillains or anyone else I might be wary of hearing me.

"What?" he whispers back. Then he hands me the syrup.

"What happened last night ..." I start to say, but I can't continue because I am choking on the awkward.

"Was really awesome?" He finishes the sentence for me with a crooked smile and I die. Then he lowers his voice to a whisper again. "I thought so, too."

"That's not what I was going to say."

"Really?" he asks in mock surprise. "Because last night you seemed to think it was pretty awesome. That is, if all the orgasms were any indicator."

Now I'm choking on my coffee and ready to hide my own face in my napkin. He's got a verifiable point, though.

"Wait, you weren't faking it, were you? For my ego's sake?"

I shake my head no. No, I wasn't faking it, and no, you are not teasing me about this. No, you are not.

"Travis, I'm serious."

"I'm sorry," he says. "I'm serious, too. Last night really was awesome.”
“What about Millie?"

"Millie?" he says, spinning back around to face me. "Oh yes, Millie Vagaboss. Let's definitely talk about her." His sarcasm really isn't bad for a Midwestern boy.

"It's none of my business, really," I say as I realize I don't actually want to hear this, most likely.

"No, no, it's your business, especially since you gave her your blessing to basically dry hump me in the van last night."

"What the hell?" I think I feel my nostrils flaring, but I really hope not. "I did?"

"Yeah, thanks for that," he says. "She told me you said there's nothing going on between us, and you were cool if she hooked up with me, like I'm some guy in your personal boy harem and you're giving me to her as a token of your appreciation."

"It was so not like that! Are you kidding me?"

"She was really drunk," he says. "But that was the gist of it, yeah."

Now I'm mad. I have no idea why, since I basically did tell Millie she was free to go for it with Bean.

"What's wrong?" he says. "Did you really expect to find her hiding in my closet? Were you going to fight for my honor or something?"

"Stop making fun of me."

"Stop giving me to your friends like I'm some kind of manslut.”
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