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?


The main reason I actually ended up reading The Mighty Storm is because of the good reviews it received and so I thought I'd give it a go to see what everyone's talking about. I've actually had this book on my Kindle for some time now and really it was just time to read it. I liked the fact that it involves a bad boy musician with sexy tattoo's (well hello there) and I noticed that it was listed under 'alpha males' (Yes please!) on Goodreads which is right up my ally.

Jakes not as alpha as the best of them. Yes he's forceful to an extend, but he's kind of pussy-whipped when it comes to Tru. He's really just a guy comfortable in his own skin... which makes him cocky, but he's also so deeply in love with Tru that he just can't help being insecure about their relationship which in turn makes him kind of a sap. I guess he's the best of both worlds really :)

The Mighty Storm contains scenes of 'cheating'. This concerns me, not because I get worked up over it - I know it's fiction and it's a topic that doesn't really grind me, but in this case it does worry me because I know many readers do not enjoy reading about adultery. The hardest part regarding this theme was that I really did like Will. It would have been much easier to ignore if he wasn't such a great guy. But he is and that broke my heart.

This is my first read from author Samanatha Towle and I'll say that I find her writing easy to follow and the style was great.

What I didn't love is that there are many repeats throughout. Repeated facts, reoccurring thoughts from Tru... that kind of thing. Not enough to make it annoying, but definitely something I noticed throughout my time with The Mighty Storm.

But what really made it so much better is that it's so flowy. I didn't have to wiki words to understand what's being said... there was no need to have to read and then backtrack to get an idea of the conversation between characters... the grammar was forgiving on my brain and therefore it was a relaxing read and I was able to use my time enjoying the tale rather than blink repeatedly at words that went way over my head. Don't you just hate that? Some authors make incessant use of the thesaurus feature on Microsoft Word... it irks me to have to google fancy words only to have them end up really just meaning that the character liked what they saw or something equally as simple as that. So yip... I enjoyed The Mighty Storm because even through Tru is a Journo and she's surely got a huge vocab, she doesn't make use of major grammar - ♥

Trudy & Jake grew up together. They lived next-door to each other and up until the age of 11 (I believe) they were best friends. Until Jake and his family move from the UK to the US. At first they keep in touch but soon the correspondence begins to dwindle and they finally loose touch with one another.

Years later, Jake goes on to make it huge in the music scene and Tru goes on to study journalism at university and then gets a job as a music journo at a small magazine. For years she keeps close tabs as to what's happening in Jakes career but she doesn't reach out to him. She figures that because it was Jake who ultimately ended their 'form of communication' all those years ago... that's its essentially up to him to get back in touch with her if he wanted to. She doesn't want him to think she's only interested in his career when all she really cares about is his well-being.

So anyway, 12 years after losing contact with Jake, Tru's boss sets up an interview between the magazine (essentially Trudy) & Jake. Nervous and not sure if she should go ahead with the interview, Tru still agrees and off she goes to his hotel room to meet up with her long lost BBF. She's worried if he'll remember her, she's concerned that he'll think she's only there because of his success... bla bla... She's actually such an insecure woman...

So they meet and yes, he remembers her. She's thrilled he does and so it all begins.

But... Tru's got a boyfriend and they've been together for two years. Oh sweet and caring Will ♥


Jake was her first love and on connecting with him again, realizes that the love she had for him never really faded.

Anyway so Tru and Jake become close again... they rekindle their BBF status and that's where the plot thickens. Tru's in love with her amazing boyfriend Will... but she's hooked on the passion she feels for Jake. So ultimately she needs to make a choice... which she does, but it may be to late.
“Never a right time, honey, I know. There never is when it comes to breaking someone's heart”
There's a little bit of everything in this book. Pain, Fear, Tears, Laughter, Lies, Deceit, Love, Passion, Obsession, Hunger... you name it, it's in this book. It's a full 6 course meal.

I really found myself enjoying The Mighty Storm. I loved the way in which Author Samantha Towle delivered the story. Being inside Tru's head was fun. She wasn't perfect, she made mistakes... but you understand her choices easily because Samantha Towle gives you everything. All Trudy's thoughts, all her indecision's, every single conflict going on in her mind - It's there. In some cases it's repeated often, which did get me a little freaked, but I can't say the end result was that I didn't understand anything. It was pretty much drilled into my head and although it got a little frustrating, it didn't really cross the line and cause me to huff in annoyance.

I'm looking forward to Book #2 of The Storm Series - Wethering the Storm which is Releasing August 20th (2013). When I finished the book last night, I didn't know there would be a second part to Tru & Jakes tale. It was only when I came on GR to add my review that I discovered this piece of info... so with that said, I need to mention that once I finished The Mighty Storm I was satisfied with the ending. Enough so to accept my original thought that it was a stand-alone novel. So those of you who like HEA, no cliffers and a full round up at the end of books will be really pleased with the conclusion of The Mighty Storm - I was. But now that I know there's another book and a third it seems, I'm even more chuffed with this book.

In short even though this book offers you every emotion from A-Z, it's light and addicting. I had fun and I'm really glad I gave The Mighty Storm a go :)

Rating: 4 Stars

RELEASE DATE: August 24th, 2013
GENRE: Adult Romance

PUBLISHER: Montlake Romance


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Hi. I'm Laurynne (Pronounced 'Lauren') & I'm a 30(ish) year old Graphic & Web Designer from Port Elizabeth, South Africa. I spend majority of my time either reading, blogging, browsing Amazon or when the mood strikes, designing something. Welcome to my blog.
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