Saturday, September 22, 2012
The Mighty Storm by Samantha Towle
Title: The Mighty Storm
Author: Samantha Towle
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 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 worlds most notorious womanizer?
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I found this book through one of my Goodreads friends who compared it to Thoughtless, which is another rock star love story that I really enjoyed. The comparison was pretty spot on, considering this book deals with cheating and a rock star, but The Mighty Storm was definitely its own story. I never felt like I was reading Thoughtless again with different characters.
Trudy (aka Tru) is the main female character here and she's been dating her boyfriend Will for two years. She is a music journalist and gets the chance to interview Jake Wethers, one of the most famous rock stars in the world. The catch is, Trudy and Jake were best friends growing up but split apart at age 14 when Jake moved to the USA and Trudy stayed in England.
When Trudy and Jake meet up again for the first time, there is instant chemistry. They don't act on it immediately, but when Jake manages to get Trudy to come on tour with the band to write his biography things eventually heat up. Trudy feels terrible about cheating on Will, but she can't bear to break it off with him over the phone so there is quite a bit of drama as Trudy and Jake argue about her relationship with Will.
That whole part of the book I really enjoyed. I didn't feel much of a connection with Will, and while Trudy felt guilty, I didn't feel like she was really in love with Will at all. She seemed to sort of like him, but she called him a snob and had quite a few issues with him.
Jake was terribly flawed, but very likable. I'm happy that the author tackled a lot of the issues celebrities have instead of making Jake in to one of those "perfect" rock stars who don't drink, don't do drugs, don't sleep with groupies, don't have to deal with paparazzi, etc.
MINOR SPOILER BELOW!!
That said, my one major issue with the book was how Jake's drug addiction was handled. Another reviewer talked about how it felt rushed, and I have to agree. I'm not a fan of authors writing sequels just to write them, but she definitely could have split off the drug thing and wrote an entire second novel really focused on Jake's addiction issues and Trudy dealing with them. It seemed the author really wanted to focus on the cheating aspect instead, and turned the drug use into a fairly minor issue compared to the cheating.
My minor issue with the book was the constant typos and grammatical errors. The major one I would see all the time is erroneous use of apostrophes. It was all over the place! Please please, get a better editor and go over this book again with a fine tooth comb! I don't usually mind a few errors in a self-pubbed book, but there were a TON here. It didn't majorly detract from the story, but it was distracting.
Overall though, this was a great story. I read the entire thing in one sitting, because I wasn't able to put it down! I found the characters enjoyable, the plot well paced, and the story itself compelling. I will check out more books by this author for sure. :)
3 of 5 stars.
Link to Kala's review on Goodreads: