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?
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The narrator's voice was so annoying - similar to nails on a chalkboard - that I returned the book 5 minutes into listening. Thank you Audible for giving us that option.
Will do anything for books!
Great story, tons of back story and in depth into both characters as well as insight into sub characters. I don't really like the whole love triangle thing but it did work. I absolutely LOVED this story. There was a tad bit of wishy washy stuff in the early stages and then some "normal" issues with them later dealing with the whole cheating thing. Justine Eyre did well, of course, she always does. Writing was great I will listen to more from Samantha Towle.
I liked this book for a couple of reasons. There was reconnection from when they were younger, a sweet kind of romance, and a rockstar. There have been a few other rock star book series that seemed a little stronger in angst and story line--that hooked me in a bit more, but I will definitely get Wethering the Storm and see what happens! So, yes, I would recommend this to a friend!
I liked this narrator as Tru Bennett, but the guys voices, especially Jake's voice, lacked a little. He needed a sexy, "I'M A ROCK STAR!" kinda voice, and it was just not there. His voice made me think Jake lacked self confidence (more than what issues were in the story line).
I loved the ending, it surprised me a bit and it was full of emotion (Sorry, I don't do spoilers), but it was jam packed with deep emotions for both Tru and Jake.
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I enjoyed The Mighty Storm which gave a bit different take on the typical rocker romance. The story line was unique as two childhood loves reconnected and tried to make an adult relationship work. With trials thrown in the way and great secondary characters to round out the story, I found the book enjoyable.
Delphina Reads Too Much
I love Samantha Towle and was super excited to see this series available on audio. I love how it whispersyncs to my Kindle so I can listen when it is convenient and read when it is convenient and never have to worry about finding my spot. The Mighty Storm is the story of childhood friends who reconnect and find true love. Of course the one childhood friend happens to know be a mega rock star. There were times when I wanted to reach into my Kindle and shake some sense into the main characters, which means Samantha really did her job and created characters that felt real. The reader did a beautiful job capturing Tru and Jake and made the story come alive.
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.
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