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REVIEW: The Mighty Storm by Samantha Towle

Dear Ms. Towle:

I found out about this book over at the Amazon forums.  It’s one of the better places to discover self published books by authors that aren’t widely known.   Part of the success of the book will rely on the reader’s ability to a) buy into an instant love between two childhood friends and b) tolerate cheating by the heroine on her existing boyfriend with the hero.

Samantha Towle The Mighty StormTrudy Bennett and Jake Whethers were best friends from tots to teenagers.  Jake’s father was a brute of a man and his mother weak and Jake spent a lot of time at the Bennett household where both kids learned to love music at the guidance of Trudy’s father, a musician himself.  At the age of 14, Jake was moved to New York. Tru wrote to him and called him but over time gave up when she had no response.  Fast forward several years and Jake Whethers is now an international rockstar and Tru is a music journalist for a small magazine who scores one of the first post rehab interviews with Jake on his come back tour.

Jake’s band member and best friend, Johnny, killed himself driving high and drunk. The death drove the already unstable Jake around the bend, culminating in Jake urinating on stage during a Japanese concert.  It was Jake’s wake up call and he’s now determined to tour with his band to honor Johnny’s memory.

Even though the story is told in the first person, the reader knows instantly that Jake is not only excited to have Tru back in his life, but he’ll do just about anything to keep her there.  He doesn’t care that she has a long time boyfriend.  He doesn’t care that he is going on tour.  Instead, he decides he is going to have a biography of his life done and Tru is going to write it.  Some faint nods towards the ethically questionable nature of this are given but neither Tru nor her editor really belabor it.  Jake certainly doesn’t care.

The first part of the book is Tru trying to resist Jake’s advances.  She knows she wants him but she also cares for her boyfriend and she’s not willing to throw away two years of a good relationship to be a fling of Jake’s.

Tru’s dilemma provided most of the emotional agnst for the first 40% of the book and when she does fall into Jake’s bed, it seems only inevitable.  Fortunately, I felt that she handled the situation as best as possible without unnaturally dragging out the infidelity which I was worried would happen.  The second half of the conflict involved Tru being concerned about whether she wanted to actually live Jake’s life which was privacy free and involved the constant presence of bodyguards and cameras.

Because the book is written in first person, the sex scenes are quite verbal which is why, in part, the sexiness is ratcheted up. I’ve never been a fan of the first person erotic romance stories but perhaps I’ve gotten used to them or the ones in the past just weren’t as good, but the love scenes in The Mighty Storm are as good as a third person story.  Maybe it’s the graphic language.  The during sex dialogue or just the high emotional level of the story.

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His hand moves from my breast, down my body. Lifting up, he kneels between my legs, and it’s at that point I see he’s lost his towel.

Holy fuck, he is huge. And I mean huge.

I gulp down, worrying how the hell he’s going to actually fit inside me.

Jake sees my staring and grins.

He makes a low guttural sound in his throat, then pulls his finger out of me so quickly that I gasp.

Then he’s ripping my panties off. And when I say ripping, I mean he actually tears them off, shredding them. No one has ever done that to me before, and it’s insanely hot.

Leaving me wanting, he reaches down to the floor, picking his jeans up. I hear rustling and, then he’s returning with a condom in his hand and a question in his eyes.

He’s asking for my permission. He wants me to say yes.

I want to say yes. More than I’ve ever wanted anything before.

With trembling fingers, I take the condom from his hand and tear the foil open with my teeth.

His eyes are wide and flaming. His breath’s heavy.

He kneels before me.

I reach over, and with shaky fingers, put the condom on him. I can feel his body trembling under my hands.[/spoiler]

The book sped along too quickly at the end, resolving some serious problems. I was glad to hear that there is a sequel planned because I wasn’t convinced either person was ready for the HEA.  They have too many issues to work through yet and I want to read more about their high octane, very sexy relationship.  It’s a self published book and the production quality is quite high.

Best regards,

Jane

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

9 Comments

  1. jane_l
    Sep 19, 2012 @ 08:08:04

    I should modify my sentence that Tru handled this the best possible way. That’s not accurate. I should have said that Tru handled the infidelity quickly but she should have said no to Jake and flew home to tell Will in person to break it off since she did not want to do it over the telephone.

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  2. Char
    Sep 19, 2012 @ 13:13:08

    I’ve just finished this last week and totally loved it! The infidelity was a bit hard for me to handle but as I read more of the story I could see that these wasn’t your typical H/H. The drug use was something I wasn’t use to reading about in a romance novel. I think it proved that not every relationship ends in a perfect HEA. Jake in by no means is a perfect hero and Tru is not a perfect heroine. They both have some serious flaws. Maybe this is why I enjoyed the book as much as I did. I am so looking forward to the sequel to see if he does stay clean and how the relationship continues.

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  3. Patty
    Sep 19, 2012 @ 14:22:03

    Normally I don’t go for infidelity at all in my stories, but something about The Mighty Storm worked, plus the scene referencing The Killers Mr. Brightside is one of my all time favorites in a rock and roll romance

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  4. Hope
    Sep 19, 2012 @ 15:22:53

    I think I may be one of the few people out there that really did not like this book. Tru really bothered me, the infidelity and her wishy-washy nature got to me. Jake had potential but then he just seemed to go off the rails. I didn’t connect in any way to either of them and came out feeling just “Meh” about the whole book, including the sex scenes. Which is really odd because Jane – I usually agree with most everything you review.

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  5. Pharmer
    Sep 19, 2012 @ 20:02:10

    Yummy cover! And the condom scene – hot!

    But the drug use and urinating on stage are the reasons why I avoid Rock star heroes.

    I can’t abide the vomiting, the yo-yo behaviour, the neediness, the womanizing…

    Take out the drug use and the casual sex – and what’s left? A baby.

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  6. Kaetrin
    Sep 19, 2012 @ 23:13:47

    So. Tempting.

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  7. Smex Scene Sunday | Smexy Books
    Sep 23, 2012 @ 08:00:20

    [...] I liked this one – I really enjoyed  the heroine, even though she does cheat on her boyfriend with Jake, but I think it is handled pretty well. Once in awhile Jake’s jealously was a little too much for me, but overall I like this author’s voice and I’m looking forward to more from her. I read this book based on this review. [...]

  8. Loosheesh
    Mar 17, 2013 @ 21:21:21

    @Hope: My sentiments exactly! This review is old but I just completed the book and I had to come back and comment. And I also disagree about the production quality being high; you get many instances of missing words, wrong words used, superfluous words, strange sentence construction etc etc.

    Having said this, I would like to read the sequel if it’s a continuation from the end of The Mighty Storm because, like Jane, I feel their HEA is questionable. However, if it’s a simply a rehashing of the same story but from Jake’s POV, then I’m not interested.

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  9. Havana
    Apr 10, 2013 @ 20:15:08

    Thanks for recommending this. It was grittier and edgier than I expected but I totally bought into Tru and Jake’s story. I’m a sucker for couples with a history.

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