Friday, September 26, 2014

Blog Tour Review feat Giveaway-Louder Than Words by Iris St.Clair

Louder Than Words
Release Date: 09/16/14
Swoon Romance

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.

Louder than Words is a book that has definitely stuck with me well after reading it. I found it a bit sad yet quirky in its own rights.

We have Ellen who's family has fallen apart after her father was killed in a drunk driving accident. Resulting in her own mother turning to alcohol and drugs to cope with the pain while Robbie, Ellen's older brother, takes custody of his sister.

We learn pretty early on what Ellen has to deal with when she trusts someone that never deserved that trust in the first place. He took advantage and now Ellen is left with a terrible secret.

Once summer starts, we meet Rex, and both him and Ellen become close friends. Rex knows something is up with Ellen but she keeps him at arms length.

It isn't until Ellen catches the teacher in a certain position that she decides to do a courageous thing and speak up. But in doing so, she becomes the school pariah.

I think 'Louder than Words' deals with some major issues in a tasteful way. I was able to relate with characters and I felt for the things they had to endure. Ellen is a strong character and i applause her for doing something so scary, such as standing up for yourself when you really don't have many people backing you up.

Overall, the book is a quick read and j recommend to those that enjoy watching characters overcome great trials in their life. 

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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$10 Amazon gift card + ebook of Louder Than Words (INT)

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