Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Review: The Mighty Storm by Samantha Towle

To sum it up: 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?

★★★Rating? A solid 3 ½ stars!★★★

One reason I originally bought this book, is because of the cover- because let’s face it: it’s smoking hot! Now I know that you should never judge a book by its cover, so I took a look at the synopsis to further my evaluation… and to my surprise, it sounded like my type of book! DING! DING! DING! We have a winner… granted, it wasn’t five star worthy… but I’d say 3 ½ stars definitely isn’t a bad rating! 

I’ll be blunt with you guys- if you’re not into books that involve cheating, then this isn’t the book for you. I for one, don’t mind cheating in my books, because let’s face it: I’m a sucker for drama. So the whole cheating concept works for me. I will say this though: It had some similarities to Thoughtless that I just couldn’t help but compare some aspects of this book with, and The Mighty Storm paled in comparison. But with all that aside, I still found the book to be enjoyable.

Let me just go ahead and get some negative issues I had with the book, out of the way first. For one, this book was pretty long- not that I’m complaining about a long book… but I really felt like there was a lot in this story that could have been omitted- for example: the endless doubting that the heroine Tru constantly dealt with in the beginning. 

"Oh… Jake doesn’t see me like that."
"Oh… Jake only seems to be feeling brotherly protection towards me."
"Oh… Jake thinks every other woman is sexy, but not me."

Okay, we get it girl- you have some insecurities when it comes to this man. Understandable. After-all, he’s basically God’s gift to women in a nutshell. But c’mon… it’s pretty obvious throughout the first half of the book, that the guy is totally hot for you- so get over the endless back and forth "He doesn’t see me like that" crap, and move on already! I swear, if I had to read another page of her doubting Jake ever feeling attraction towards her, I was going to throw my kindle.

I could also be being a bit too picky here, but don’t even get me started on the way the heroine dresses. Pant suits and kitten heels? You’ve got to be kidding me. That’swhat you’re going to wear to impress the sexy rock star God? No wonder you have such insecurity issues. Not only that, but most of the characters in this story are from the UK, so they use cheesy expressions such as "darling" or "bugger."  ...Am I reading a story about a hot and sexy tattooed rocker who falls in love while on tour, or am I reading a Cinderella romance where the hero and heroine are about to sit down for tea and crumpets? Hear me out- I’m not bashing the English accent in any way, shape or form. I actually find it sweet and endearing at times… but it just didn’t work with this story. …And did I mention the cheesy names? An actual rock band in today’s day and age, with band members by the name of Stuart, Tom, and Smith?


I’m not saying that there’s anything wrong with these names or the cheesy expressions… okay… Yes. Yes I am. Because it just didn’t work for me. Call me picky or overly dramatic, but it is what it is: and it Just. Wasn’t. Working. For. Me. But enough about the little things that made what I was reading a bit awkward at times… let’s get on with the part of my review about the book as a whole:

The Mighty Storm didn’t really take off for me, until the tour. The beginning was slow to start in my opinion, which took some absolute patience and strength for me to get through without giving up. (Hence, the status updates I’ve posted stating that I wasn’t all that impressed with the book at the time.)

Now, I’m not going to go into this entire review with you thinking that I didn’t enjoy the book- because trust me… I wouldn’t have stuck with a book over four hundred pages long, if I didn’t like it. And aside from everything I mentioned earlier, this book did have its good qualities. For starters, I liked that Jake and Tru didn’t jump straight into a relationship/affair/whatever you want to call it. They really seemed to become “best friends” again before their relationship progressed into something more. Nothing irks me more than a rushed relationship between the hero/heroine, so I was really happy to see that it had a chance to develop into something more, and at a great pace. It really gave the readers a chance to experience and enjoy every forbidden touch and kiss, as well as really feel that sexual tension we all live for in our romance novels. And let me just go ahead and get this out there: Tru and Jake definitely had to go through a butt-load of bad to finally get that happily-ever-after we all crave. Do I feel that some things could have been left out in order to reach that happy ending? Sure I do. But it definitely helped to avoid that rushed ending that some books tend to have these days.

Over-all though, I think Samantha Towle did a good job with this story. Was it great? Ehhh, not for me. Do I think others will enjoy this book? Sure I do. I think that some of you will find this book to be a five-star read that you absolutely couldn’t put down. Especially if you have a love for Rock Stars… and let’s face it: who doesn’t? But for me, this book just lacked that special it factor that it needed to get that full five star rating.


Maria D. said...

Thanks for the review - I'd never heard of this book before....

Alyssa said...
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Alyssa said...

You're very welcome Maria! You should give this book a try, because you may actually enjoy it! I know a lot of people really liked it, but for me... it was just missing something, that I couldn't quite put my finger on. :(


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