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. Still reeling from the death of his wife years ago and terrified his
demons will end his career, he agrees to seek help for his anxiety.
Burned by a musician in the past, Sidra Sullivan has closed her heart to love.
So when Rick walks into her yoga studio, she wants nothing to do with
him–until the bad boy shows an unexpected soft side.
As Sidra and Rick work through their painful pasts, they realize just how
strongly opposites can attract. But when a crisis threatens the delicate
balance they’ve forged, they’ll discover if their love is strong enough to
weather another storm or just too broken to survive…
Softer Than Steel
continues the story of the Love & Steel series from Louder Than Love, Adrian and Kat’s book. Starting this novel, I
tried to keep an open mind about Riff, as he didn’t seem ‘good hero material’
to me from the 1st book in the series. Jessica Topper doesn’t redeem
Riff or make him anything other than he is – but we do get to know him better,
his dreams and fears, and I fell a little bit more in love with him after each
from anxiety and panic attacks and the death of his wife, Simone, still haunts
him. Visiting a yoga class, he hopes to find inner peace. What he gets is a
spicy, distrusting, independent yoga teacher in Sidra who challenges him at
every turn but at the same time, offers him a place of calmness and
self-discovery. This part of the book was especially dear to me because I practice
myself and I loved accompanying Riff on his yoga journey. He needs to come to
peace with his past and this journey of acceptance often reduced me to tears. Softer Than Steel has many funny moments
and I enjoyed visiting with all the characters from Louder Than Love as well. I especially loved Sidra’s brother and
hope that he gets his own book. But, Softer
Than Steel is not a feel-good, happy romance. It is a book full of emotion,
sometimes happy, sometimes sad. It takes its readers on a roller-coaster ride
but the ending left me satisfied and with a smile on my face.
the next book to be released.