Book Review: The Mighty Storm

The Mighty Storm by Samantha Towle: A rock-and-roll love triangle…a music journalist’s story of a lifetime…the bad boy front man who broke her heart.

Tru Bennett was just fourteen years old when her best friend and first love, Jake Wethers, moved from England to America and left her brokenhearted. Now twelve years later, Jake is the world’s biggest rock star, lead singer of The Mighty Storm and every woman’s bad-boy fantasy. Every woman, that is, except Tru.

A successful music journalist, Tru knows better than to mix business with pleasure. But then she receives the assignment of a lifetime: interview Jake before his band launches its highly anticipated world tour. Tru vows to keep the meeting strictly professional—but nothing can prepare her for the sparks that fly the moment their eyes meet again.

Now Jake wants Tru to join the band on tour, offering her a behind-the-scenes exclusive that any journalist would kill for. There’s just one problem: Tru’s boyfriend, Will. Can their relationship withstand Tru hitting the road with rock and roll’s most notorious womanizer? Or will she risk it all for a second chance with the one who got away?

File Size: 643 KB
Print Length: 529 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477805028
Publisher: Montlake Romance (August 20, 2013)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
Text-to-Speech: Enabled
X-Ray: Enabled
Lending: Not Enabled

TeriLyn's thoughts: The Mighty Storm is quite an enjoyable rollercoaster ride. It wasn't anything like I expected it to be. Tru and Jake are best friends who have been reconnected after 12 years. The connection and passion they share for each other is evident from the beginning when Tru first walks into Jake's hotel room. The plot becomes angsty and explosive from there forward. I'm not the biggest fan of love triangles and cheating but for this story it was fitting. It added to the complexity of Tru and her many issues with being Jake Wethers' girl.

Tru drove me crazy, absolutely crazy. Her feelings were everywhere; she was back and forth about her decisions. I couldn't keep up. She would be explaining why Jake and she could never work and then within a sentence she'd be so madly in love Jake and all over him forgetting her previous words in an instant. I wish she would have openly communicated with him more and not internalized her fears. Tru's fears were the driving force of her. It wasn't until later events in the book that I understood her reservations and those fears about the relationship; finally I could sympathize with her a LITTLE bit. Tru's main reservation is the spotlight and fame; it's her underlying issue and laced in every thought she has about Jake. I totally believe her love for him is of the purest form; his lifestyle keeps getting in the way of that love and she's unsure of whether their love will survive it. Tru always went back though. I even felt a bit proud of her for facing him when things were going wrong on the US tour. I thought she summed it up perfectly when she said Jake needs her and he's her "storm to calm". I just wish her communication skills and insecurities weren't the exploited characteristics in the story. I think the fact that she is the one to calm Jake obviously means she has some strong qualities. Unfortunately those weren't always showcased.

Jake was awesome. His character was so complex. Jake was broken, fragile, romantic, and protective. He's independantly dependant and imperfectly perfect; a walking contradiction. Tru becomes his lifeline. He needs her and you can feel that through his actions and words. You really feel for him and fully believe in his feelings for Tru. When he is confessing his feelings to her time and time again they are genuine. He does not make light of the fact that he needs her. Jake makes you believe that love will survive anything. I love his grand gestures and how cute he can be. I love that he remembers everything about "his girl" and love his vulnerability about his best friend that has passed on. He's not an untouchable rock star. He's real, he's human, he's flawed and I enjoyed reading about him.

Overall, I really enjoyed the story of Jake and Tru. The writing was not the best and some aspects of the plot were overkill but overall it's an engrossing read. I hope they both show some growth in Wethering the Storm.

Lori L. Clark

She Reads New Adult Admin: Lori L. Clark

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