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Softer Than Steel (Love & Steel #2)

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From the author of Deeper than Dreams and the Much "I Do" About Nothing novels, a story that proves that you have to find yourself before you can find love...

As rock star "Riff Rotten", Rick Rottenberg has enjoyed all the perks that fame can offer, especially now that he's reunited with his former band mate, Adrian "Digger" Graves. But despite his success, Rick is a mess.
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Kindle Edition, 366 pages
Published September 15th 2015 by InterMix
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Baba
4 to 4.5 stars. Rating clarification see below. Full review posted September 11, 2015.

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An extra half star for the fantastic finish (the last 14%). If the romance and heroine had been close to what I experienced in Louder Than Love, Softer Than Steel would have been another five-star read. Easy. There's no need to beat the proverbial bush. I did feel conflicted about my rating and had to sleep over it. While it wasn't a five-star read, the quality of this book in general and Je
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Geri Reads
Sep 13, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars!

I won't go and summarize what this book is about since the blurb is pretty straightforward. Anyway, I'm kind of in the middle with this book. Meaning, I liked it well enough, enjoyed some parts of it, but there's this whole ball of issues that I just couldn't ignore.

I loved the writing. Jessica Topper is a talented wordmaster. Period. Her voice is unique and her characters are as flawed as they come, which I really, really liked. I loved how Sidra's Indirish background, her life as a
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♥ Jx PinkLady Reviews ♥
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
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SOFTER THAN STEEL is the second full length book in the LOVE & STEEL series. It's about fear, love, healing and destiny... “Omens and opportunities.” Two words that encompass the ethos of this story. It evokes a feeling that the protagonists are meant to find each other, be together and aid each other in their journey of self realization and fulfillment. Yoga brings our protagonists, Sidra and Rick, together and is a devise used to depict the passing of t
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Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️
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I’m so mixed about this book. I was excited to read after reading Louder than Love. I fell in love with the author’s writing and storytelling so seeing that Rick was going to have a story, I was all ready.

I am sad to say that I just didn’t connect with the characters or the telling of the story. I found this book to be a lot about yoga and little on the romance. I wanted to love as I loved the series so far but I found myself just liking instead of loving. I understand that yoga helps the mind
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Wendy'sThoughts
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Iessica Topper Fans, Romance
3.5 Getting Centered and Letting o Stars
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As strong Jessica Topper fan from Louder than Love, I was really looking forward to this book. There were wonderful moments and a path to learning and understanding throughout it. The emotional journey Riff/Rick goes on was extremely touching.

I saw how the idea of interconnected people circulating all around each other ... but never actually knowing of the specific connections... would be a smart plot device.
It was like there were these spinning
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Alex is The Romance Fox
Softer than Steel by Jessica Topper begins 4 years after the previous book, Louder than Love ended.

This is such a beautiful and moving love story of a man coming to terms with the loss of the woman he loved and the woman who pulls him back to living again.
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A man holding on to his memories
A woman bound by commitments to her family and friends
Two lives that are about to cross...taking them both on a spiritual journey of self-discovery and of each other.
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CHARACTERS
I loved how the diversity of the ch
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Jessica
May 14, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: fans of rock music, fans of romance, fans of yoga
Louder Than Love Softer Than Steel Intermix/Berkley Topper



Steel yourselves -
Softer Than Steel is here! If you've read Louder Than Love, you'll remember Rick from Adrian's band - this is his story!


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I'm so excited to share this next installment in the Love & Steel series with readers! I call this my "rock and roll yoga love story" - read on:

Under the liberating guise of his alter ego ‘Riff Rotten’, Rick Rottenberg has circled the globe playing sold-out shows and sampling the universal delights that fame and fortune allow a rock star of his caliber.

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TeriLyn
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
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**Softer Than Steel generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**


4 "He had known her name." Stars

With each Jessica Topper book I'm continually impressed with her level of writing. This author possesses great story telling skills. Her words always engage me and keep me intrigued with her characters. If you're looking for this book to be fully focused on the romance or to be the kind of book that focuses on the life of this rock star, it's not. It's a conte
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Kelly
Sep 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
***4.5 stars
Katy Loves Romance ❤️
Aug 17, 2015 marked it as not-yet-released
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ARC gifted via netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Ellie
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wow! 4.5 romantic, mystical stars!
I loved this so much!
Adrian is still my favourite but Riff gave a run for his money. And don't even start me on Sidra <3

Here is my full review, posted on my blog as usual.

This is the second full-length novel in the Love and Steel series and there was a sequel novella to book 1, Louder Than Love. It can be read as a standalone though I recommend following the whole series, these are some fabulous rockstar romances and always have something more in them.

I'd des
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namericanwordcat
I liked so much about this book.

Topper's writing is perfectly pitched with detail, nuance, and insight. Her characters are flawed and lovable just the same.

The main characters here are like to stones striking a spark and that spark is this unexpected love story.

He is much older than her and changing his life. She is so much herself and yet settling into herself.

All the little moments and facets of the characters are what make this a great romance so I don't want to give those things away.

What
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Rosa Sharon (iScream Books Blog)
Omens and opportunities...
Softer Than Steel was my introduction to Jessica Topper. Even though this is the second book in the Love & Steel Series, I read it as a standalone. I assumed that like most rockstar romance series that each band member would get their own book and I could catch up later. And I was right, it was a fully-fleshed-out story and I don't feel like I missed anything. Yes, there was an existing relationship that I'm aware came together in the first book, but if anything I l
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Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
This didn't quite reach the heights of book 1, Louder than Love. Adrian "Digger" Graves and his journey back to love with the grieving widow Kat is a hard act to follow. Richard Rottenberg aka Riff Rotten and the woman who heals his broken heart, the lovely Indian-Irish Sidra Sullivan are fine but somehow just don't have that some spark. Nevertheless Jessica Topper can write a great contemporary romance and it was enjoyable. I hope she picks up with some of the other characters and continues on ...more
Mary (BookHounds)
Rick (aka Riff Rotten) is in the midst of recording a new album with his band and while his bandmate and best friend is planning his wedding, Rick is trying to get over that he has just buried the love of his life. Even though, it has been years since her passing from cancer, he can’t forget about Simone and now he thinks he is having a heart attack. It turns out that rock stars can get panic attacks and once under control, they are now taking over his life. Not one to sit by, he decides to take ...more
Iryna
May 14, 2015 is currently reading it
Expected publication - September 15, 2015 - exactly two years after the release of Jessica Topper's first novel in her debut "LOVE & STEEL" series: LOUDER THAN LOVE!!!
Well now... Rock star Rick Rottenberg aka "Riff Rotten" will be here to present his life & love story. Cannot wait!!!


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I've anticipated Rick's story since encountering him in Adrian's book. This series will be one of my all time favorite rocker romances. Jessica Topper tells a journey and not just a story for her characters. The background of the rock band world of Rick, the yoga world of Sidra, and the other characters doesn't stay in the background, but surrounds the main characters so that the story is deeply organic. The romance isn't the main focus for much of this book, but of equal focus to the individual ...more
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Slick's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

Having just read the first book in author Jessica Topper's Love & Steel series, Louder Than Love, I was thrilled to see that book two was releasing soon and jumped on the chance to read and review it. Softer Than Steel is a very different book from its predecessor and that's not a bad thing, in fact I applaud Ms. Topper for writing something so very different for another aging rocker trying to figure out his life and where he fits in the
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Lacey (Booklovers For Life)
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I went into Softer than Steel without having read the first book, Louder than Love, and enjoyed it very much. It was nothing like the other rock star romances I’d read, and I actually appreciated that. The rock stars in this series aren’t twenty-somethings making it big – rather, they’re mature British rock gods in their forties making a comeback. Softer than Steel is definitely a different kind of read, and its uniqueness is refreshing. The more I think a
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Michel Reinhard (Smut Book Junkie Reviews)
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I couldn't wait to get my hands on Softer Than Steel by Jessica Topper. The Love & Steel series is an unique rock star romance series. Rather than featuring young rock gods making their rise to fame, Jessica chose to create rock god legends making a comeback from their super stardom of the eighties. These are middle aged men that can rock the house and still make the panties drop.

Softer Than Steel features Rick Rottenberg , aka Rick Rotten. He's at crossroads in his life and the pressure is
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Kathy
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Softer Than Steel is the second installment in Jessica Topper's fabulous rocker series, Love & Steel. This leisurely paced romance between guitarist Rick "Riff Rotten" Rottenberg and yoga instructor Sidra Sullivan is quite captivating and delectably sensual. Although characters from the previous novel in the series make guest appearances, it can be read as a standalone but I HIGHLY recommend the other books in the series as well.

Rick is thrilled to be reunited with his former band mates but
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Cocktails and Books
Sep 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Cocktails and Books

This is an emotional story about Rick Rottenberg, an older, British, heavy metal rocker. He and his group Corroded Corpse are making a comeback and Rick is plagued by panic attacks and having a hard time writing new music. Rick has a lot to deal with including squabbles with his band mates and constant pressure from his irritating manager. Rick is a shell of a man and is still stuck in the past, with thoughts about his deceased wife constan
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Diane Matlick
Another wonderfully emotional and heartfelt book by Jessica Topper! I truly enjoyed the journey i went on with Rick and Sidra, but i especially enjoyed Rick’s story of personal growth and the anxiety, sadness, and isolation he overcame. He was tough to take in the beginning but of course by the end i loved him and i loved Sidra period.

As always, Jessica’s writing is impeccable— clever, polished, and intelligent. She weaves references, symbolism, and the ever present backdrop of my beloved New Y
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Ann
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
After several lousy reads, I came across this series by Jessica Topper, beginning with Louder than Love. This is the second full length novel of the series. I loved the first book, and this one continues the love and music fest with the story of Rick, who we briefly met in Louder than Love. He has wounds from the past which have kept him from letting go and living his life. Sidra, the other MC is damaged as well. We see the continued development of the other characters we met in the first novel. ...more
Ann
3.5 stars. Liked the first bk better.
Cathy M.
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Beautifully written story! Slow-building and filled with depth and emotion. Loved it!
Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews

4 Transforming Stars!

Source: eARC For Honest Review Courtesy of Intermix | Penguin Group


It has felt like forever since I read Louder than Love, and I will admit that when I read it, I wasn't originally smitten with it, but after reading this & Deeper than Dreams I feel that I should re-read it , because I have a sneaky suspicion that I will love it more this time around.  Maybe originally I wasn't in the mood or the mind frame, who knows, but now I see it in a different light and feel tha
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Jen
Sep 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Read the full review on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous.

Note: This ARC was provided by InterMix in exchange for an honest review.

There's no denying that this had a unique story, one that gave a feeling of originality that I appreciated. Having a rock star using yoga as a way to deal with his anxiety and stress is nothing new, but Rick's sessions with Sidra allow him to use what he's learned in other aspects of his life as well. Rick's love for Simone is the kind that rock ballads are made of, and f
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Heather andrews
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sidra has some fire in her, she's not afraid to tell her man he's wrong, “no? You can screw me on your couch or grab a quick feel on the yoga mat, but God forbid you bring me into your bed.” I liked when Sidra and Rick were content and with each other I think those were my favorite moments in the book, “I want to stay in bed. Right here with you.” He could feel her lips pouting against his sternum. “Probably too much to ask for you to stay here until I get back, right?” I liked this book you saw ...more
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