Sep 19, 2014

Blog Tour -- Louder than Words


Louder than Words
Author: Iris St. Clair
Release Date: September 16th, 2014
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Format: e-book, received from author for an honest review
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Disappointment has been on speed dial in Ellen Grayson's life lately. Her dad died, her mom numbs the grief with drugs and alcohol, and her so-called friends have slowly abandoned her.

Trusting a popular teacher with her troubles should have been safe and should NOT have led to an unwelcome seduction attempt that made her desperate to escape the final moments of Junior year. Lesson learned. Best to keep all the sordid details to herself and trust no one.

Enter Rex Jacobi, a cocky boy, recently transplanted from New York City and fellow summer camp employee. Though his quick wit and confidence draws her in, she can't let him get too close. And summer is just long enough and hot enough to keep a boy like that at arm's length.

But by the time Rex's charm wears down her resistance, it's too late. He's put Ellen on the "just friends" shelf and has shifted his romantic attentions to the impossibly annoying and perky anti-Ellen. Even worse, the teacher who tried to get her to sleep with him is still at it, preying on other girls while Ellen struggles to come to terms with what happened.

With her ability to trust as shaky as a chastity vow on prom night, Ellen must decide if she has enough remaining courage to speak up about the well-liked teacher and risk retribution, tell Rex how she really feels about him and risk heartbreak, or hold all her secrets inside. After all, it's the only safe place she knows when the only thing louder than words is the fear of being rejected.

My Review:
Ellen's world is falling apart. She has a drug addicted mother, has her brother as her guardian, has a teacher than put the moves on her, and now she has given her heart to a boy that she thinks doesn't have the same feelings. What will happen when she finally figured out her life can turn around and she might just have the love of the boy who holds her heart...

This book started off slow for me. I almost wanted to put it down. It skipped around a lot when it came to time. One minute it goes through a few hours of a day, the next you are months down the road. You have no idea what really happened within that time frame. It took me a little bit to be able to shake it all off and really get into the book.

With that being said, I did really get into the book. Ellen eventually gained my sympathy and I was proud of her for what she did. It isn't easy to go against everyone else, but sometimes the right thing isn't the easiest thing to do. Once she finally lets herself accept who she is, her worlds starts to get better.

As the book goes you get to watch Ellen blossom into herself. Not everyone notices it or even likes the change, but those who truly love her are so happy to watch it. She gets the attention from several guys, but she only has her heart set on one.

Rex is such a sweet heart. He comes across as a player, yes I chose that word on purpose, in the beginning of the book. You kind of want him gone, but then his soft side comes out when he is around Ellen. Since the perspective follows Ellen, you get to see the real Rex throughout the story. I loved his attitude that shows he doesn't really care what anyone else thinks about him, he considers Ellen to be his friend and he isn't letting that go for anyone.

The book goes between school. the Center that they work at over the summer, and the house of Ellen. There are a few other small places, but the majority of the book is set within the 3 places. It makes it easier to follow and picture when you are constantly in the same place.

This story was wonderful. I am glad that I stuck with it. It was nice to see a character stick up for themselves and really become their own person. It is really good to be able to see someone go through what she did and still can be the person she is. There is a light that glows in Ellen and even though it took me a little bit to see it, once it came out, it was blinding.

I think anyone who has had any sort of trauma in their life, no matter what it is, should pick up this book. I was able to think of my own life and realize all the good I had instead of the bad. It helped me be more happy with all that I am and know that I am truly me and will never be anyone else.


About the Author

Iris St. Clair is the pen name for a long-suffering cubicle worker by day, a Walter Mitty-like dreamer by night. (Her alter ego Tatiana Ivanadance also choreographs gravity-defying routines in those fantasies, but that's another bio.) 

No matter what genre she writes, she prefers witty, insecure heroines and kind, persistent heroes able to break through to the gooey heart inside. 

In high school she was voted most likely to win at Monopoly and Clue, but least likely to throw a ball anywhere near a target. Thank goodness writing requires less hand-eye coordination, punctuation errors notwithstanding. 

Iris believes in the two-year "fish or cut bait" dating rule and has a 20+ year marriage and two teenaged sons as proof of concept. She lives, writes, dreams and dances in the rainy Portland, OR area.

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