Thursday, March 28, 2013

Review: The Mighty Storm by Samantha Towle

Title: The Mighty Storm (Storm #1)
Author: Samantha Towle
Published: August 24th 2012
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It's been twelve years since Tru Bennett last saw Jake Wethers, her former best friend and boy she once loved. Jake Wethers, sexy, tattooed and deliciously bad lead singer, and brains behind The Mighty Storm, one of the biggest bands in the world, left Tru with a broken heart when he moved from England to America with his family when they were both fourteen. Sent to interview Jake for her music column by the magazine she works for, they are both unprepared for the sparks that fly the instant they reconnect. Only, there’s a complication to their instant feelings for one another—Will, Tru’s boyfriend of two years.

Then Jake makes Tru a job offer she can't refuse—travelling the world with him and his band. But taking the job means leaving Will behind, and being on the road with the band means spending an inordinate amount of time with Jake. Is Tru strong enough to resist the delectable bad boy who once held her heart so completely, or will she willingly risk it all for one night with the world's most notorious womanizer?

Another 'broken soul gets a fixed by one’s partner' story. Rock stars are always in, if you ask me. There’re probably very few people who are not affected by these sexy beasts and I’m certainly one that likes these stories however cliché or unoriginal they may be. This one involved a cheating incidence and before I start rambling on my likes and dislikes, I’ll tell you that the one who cheated felt heartbroken and broke the relationship off, because she knew that it was the right thing to do.

“You’re not just any girl. You’re my girl.” 

Okay, so The Mighty Storm features the life of Tru and Jake, once upon a time best friends. Tru is a journalist and she is set up to interview her childhood love Jake, the lead singer of The Mighty Storm. Tru is pleased with her life, job, boyfriend of two years. Her only regret so far, though, is losing contact with her best friend Jake, who travelled across the Atlantic to live his life in the US and pursue his dreams. Now, touring in Europe, he stays in London and during this interview they meet again. During catching up Jake realizes that he can’t let Tru walk out of his life again and soon she’s kindly forced to write a biography of the band and their tour while travelling with them and old feelings are about to resurface.

I really liked Jake. At times I found him immature, though, but overall he was a great character. He has been through hell and back – losing his best friend Johnny, almost losing his life to drugs and on top of that his Dad is a horrible, poor excuse of a human being.  He has done well for himself during the last year and I found him strong. He wasn’t so strong when it came to Tru though. I enjoyed their relationship and as much as I loathed the cheating part on Will, Tru’s boyfriend, we all knew it was coming and you can’t ignore the feelings they had for each other. However, I do feel like Tru could have handled this situation as a grown up and told Will she needed time off or something.

The cheating aside, it was a good novel and I enjoyed reading it. The book may have been too long though. I kept waiting for it to wrap up already. I liked the side characters like Stuart, but Jake is the most enjoyable character for me. Tru was stubborn when it came to certain things, but she wasn’t the worst of protagonists. Believe me, I’ve seen worse. If you loathe cheating in fiction, like Jenny does (yup, girl, I think you may pass this one), hate whiny protagonists who can't seem to make up their mind, then it’s probably not for you, even if it was only a one (ok, two) time thing. I managed to look through it and since I enjoyed this book as a whole, I’m looking forward to the next one (since I gathered from somewhere that it will be mostly from Jake's POV) even if its release date is constantly changing >.<

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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  1. I read this recently, and was so excited. I loved Jake, and the overall storyline, but Tru really got on my nerves. And like you, I felt the book was way too long.
    This was a really fun review!

    1. Jake was great! I probably wouldn't have made it to the end if it wasn't for him, because Tru really tested my patience, lol. Thanks, Andrea!

  2. I am with you on the loving of the rock star stories. There is just something so damn sexy about them! Oh and about that cover too, yum! It's too bad Jake came across as a bit immature for you. I don't often get TOO bothered by cheating in books because I mean, it happens (it really bothered me in The Vincent Boys though *shivers*) Not sure how I would feel about it in this one, but happy to see that you enjoyed it overall. Great review, chickie!

    1. Haha, yes! They're just really.. something;) I don't mind it as well, because as much as I loathe to admit it, it's often a real life situation and it's something that people have to deal with. It still isn't right though. Yup, it was a good read:) Thanks, Jenni!

  3. Well I was all for this book until you mentioned cheating. I can't deal with cheating, it's my one hot button, and I would have trouble I think with Tru knowing she cheated. Still, that cover is super hot and everything else sounds great, so like you said, maybe since I know about it going in, it won't be as big an issue:)

    1. Ahh, I know you hate it. I think it's worth to explore though and the cheating really bothers Tru so maybe you'll like her. Maybe? I can't say for sure, but I'm sure you'd enjoy the hotness that is Jake;)