TeriLyn's thoughts: 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 contemporary, engaging story of healing, moving forward from a painful past, and finding a balance in one's life.
Softer Than Steel comes as book two in the Love & Steel series featuring Rick "Riff Rotten" whom we met in the first installment of the series. Rick constantly struggles with a tragic loss from his past and is learning to seek help for his issues. The pain in this man was rather subdued he's learning to live again yet still has the nagging anxiety from grief constantly plaguing him. He meets Sidra who's flawed in her own way, once burned by Rick's stereotype. They're an interesting pair. And the story took on a life of it's own as it really felt more like Rick's story of healing rather than Rick's love story. What I loved most about Softer Than Steel being Rick's story is that as a reader it was so enlightening to be inside the mind of Rick after having read Louder Than Love and being introduced to "Riff". There are many sides to this man, more to his story with Adrian that Topper developed so well in book two. I feel more inclined to rate the book based on the Rick's journey rather than on the romance of the story. Yet still, their story together, Rick & Sidra's, was one of healing. The powers of that were instrumental to both of their lives.
Jessica Topper has a way with words to really make you feel an emotional impact of what you're reading. I can't mention enough how much I adore this author's story telling skills. She engages and intrigues and in Softer Than Steel gave life to a character I honestly wasn't quite sure I wanted to like. But she made me and a lot of that is thanks to the way she writes and presents her truly flawed, real characters. This is a series I highly recommend to those looking for an honest, raw contemporary series that prides itself on the positive aspects of healing through love, letting go, and moving on.