It's been 12 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 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 14. 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?
©2012 Samantha Towle (P)2012 Tantor
To read makes our speaking English good - Joss Whedon
1) The number and frequency of the simultaneous actions was incredibly distracting.
2) For her indecisiveness, I renamed the heroine Hamletta.
3) Needy, codependent characters are not sexy. "Jake being, well, Jake" is not an explanation for bad behavior.
4) Hello, drug drama. Yes, you were foreshadowed and addressed as being a problem in the past, but we literally go from a chapter where Jake promises, after a lengthy bout of sobriety, to never use again to him having been using for several days. There's a sudden transformation the reader never experiences firsthand, because we catch up after the fact. It felt very much like the author realized she needed more drama and had to tack this on, or that because it was established Jake had a drug problem, he very obviously had to relapse. If she was leading up to a relapse, as I think was her intention, she skipped over some fundamental scenes where we, the reader, see his transformation when he first starts using. See the thing that makes him reach for drugs. Get the summary right before an explosive fight takes all of the punch out. Classic example of SHOW, DON'T TELL.
5) This is a first person narrative, so when we learn the heroine has "been feeling this way for the past week", that rings particularly untrue. If she's been feeling any way for a long period of time, we should know it without it being a surprise because we're inside her head.
6) The whole cheating thing. I'm not talking Tru's affair, either, but the drama of Tru walking in and finding Jake in bed with a groupie. She'd left that day. For all intents and purposes, they had were over. The scene reads very much like a breakup (far more than Ross and Rachel's infamous "We were on a break!" breakup). Tru getting second thoughts and then stumbling upon him with another woman, especially after the fight, should not have taken precedence over the fact that he was using again. For any self-respecting woman, that should have been the deal-breaker. His drug use could have been a huge part of the story, but the way it was incorporated made it feel too much like manufactured drama for the sake of drama.
7) They loved each other a little too much, when all their relationship entailed was hurt, sex, and talking about how much they loved each other. I never got the why of the love, only that it existed, for whatever reason. They never spent time talking about anything but their relationship and how they feel about each other. Another example of SHOW, DON'T TELL. Yes, you love each other. Why? Does Jake love Tru's waffling, does Tru love Jake's possessive irrationality? Does Tru love that Jake can't go a week without her, and demands that she move to the States, uproot her life, after they've been apart a measly handful of hours? For the life of me, I think the only reason they love each other is because they're equally codependent.
8) Jake's relentless pursuit of Tru while she was involved with Will made me dislike him as much as other readers disliked her. His irrational behavior where all things Will were concerned was a huge turn-off. A mature, rational human being shouldn't need it explained to him that Will is the wronged party, ever, and immature, irrational men are not sexy. Sorry.
No. I started the next in the series just because I had already purchased it, but I didn't get far. It was more high-school politics meant for adults.
Sappy, melodramatic, breathy
All this said, the beginning of the book was sound and less annoying, which is why I'm rating it 2 stars rather than 1.
It had such potential. I just wish the story had been more about building the relationship than discussing how it existed
Love Romantic Erotica with a twist , thrill, suspense and a great story !
I liked the fact they were friends 12 yrs ago. However , Tru , drove me crazy , back and forth , making something out of nothing, running away. UGH! Loved Jake, even with all
his problems and his past. Tru needed to get off her pitty pot stand up like a strong woman who HAS Jake now !! But she didn't, and not knowing if she could live that life, well, bla bla blahhh. But over all liked this book. Look forward to following their story. Just some parts drag on a bit tooo much.
Mother of 3, grandmother of 6, retired nurse and substance abuse counselor. Thrilled to have the time to read or listen to books again.
i absolutely loved this book, after reading it once i returned to the beginning and read it again and i never do that. i might read a book more than once but never back to back. i just did not want to let these characters go yet. the story was very good, it kept my attention but i loved all the characters especially Jake. the author wrote the good boy - bad boy lead character as sexy as hell and i just could not get enough of him but she wrote all the other characters just as well. i really did not want it to end.
i have to comment on the narrator, i have listened to several book narrated by Justine Eyre and frankly have hated most of them and i almost passed on this book because she was the narrator but i went ahead and got the book anyway as i was intrigued by the story line and i have to say she (the narrator) made the book come alive for me. Ms. Eyre did a wonderful job. To me the conversations between all the characters no matter where they were or what topic i felt like i was eaves dropping on conversations that were taking place. Bravo Ms. Eyre, good job!
Yes to Samantha Towle but I will never buy something else from Justine Eyre. I disliked the accent of the narrator.
When Jake proposed to Tru at the end... Heart melting moment.
This story was absolutely amazing; however my biggest complaint is the narrator. Normally I would rather have the audible form of the book but I would enjoy this one more by just reading it.
The Mighty Storm’ was a great audio listen story wise as it did sweep me up in to a wave of emotions and I liked it, for sure! The story starts off slow and it really takes a while to develop. I will be getting the sequel when it comes out cause I want to know how the story continues. The story between Tru, Jake, and Will was very close to being what I was hoping but it never did hit that high note. Although the story was good I was hoping for more as the turmoil that there relationship faced was barely touched upon. I think I was looking for more angst in this love story.
I did not like Justin Eyre narration in the beginning and it took me a while to get into the narrators voice as she sounded more like a snobby British girl then a common British girl working at a magazine that was trying to figure out our friendship and eventually love towards Jake. The male voices she did really didn't even sound attractive, but after a long while her voice was just ok and I got through the story.
It is the perfect fantasy love story that we ladies all desire to have and may have had to some degree if you have ever been entwined with a rock band. The highs the lows, the misgivings, and the forgiven, all of it: the unimaginable feel goods to the most miserable emptiness and self loathing, all which finally yields to the mighty storm, LET IT THUNDER!!!
I was in the mood for a love story and that is what I got. I really liked this book, ok Tru was a little wishy washy and Jake was a bit sappy at times but overall it was a well written and nicely performed book. I can't wait for book two.
Say something about yourself!
The concept of this book was awesome, the delivery lacked. The coupling came far too easy, and the drama felt forced. I wanted this to have the magic of Sinners...I wanted it to have the suspense of thoughtless, it just didn't come through, and the steamy scenes didn't steam.
If you aren't into the graphic thing and just looking for an easy love story then this should appeal to you and be well worth your credit. For me it just didn't appeal, I won't be waiting with baited breath for book 2.
Only listened to the audio version
True AND Jake of course. I wanted to kick True's butt at the end of the book but that means it's good writing. I also would have liked it to go a little longer to allow the ending to unfold. Or---book 2 perhaps???
She did a fantastic job narrating. Great job at Jake's voice.
It made me laugh several times and tear up toward the end.
Looking forward to more books by Samantha Towle. Get writing!
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