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The Mighty Storm

(The Storm #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  71,225 ratings  ·  3,725 reviews
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.

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Kindle Edition, 442 pages
Published August 24th 2012
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2 stars

Looks like this is another one of those books everyone loves but me. I desperately tried and wanted to love this story like many of its readers, but, ultimately, this book did not work for me. 

My biggest issue with this story, besides the long-winded, and, frankly, amateurish and disjointed prose, was the author's tendency to tell me what to feel rather than allowing me to experience it myself. When the prose managed to flow smoothly and passionately, it felt effortless and I easily becam
Aestas Book Blog
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

“I love you… I’ve only ever loved one girl, Tru – and that’s you. It’s always been you. I’ve loved you from the moment I knew how to love.“


I am totally in LOVE with this book! Freaking. Thrilling. Read.

A well-written, beautiful story that put me through a deliciously emotional angsty ringer, made my heart race and flutter and had me swooning like crazy over Jake Wethers.

I loved the writing style right from the start. It was vivid, clean,
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Stacia (the 2010 club) by: My Smut Monday girls
2.5 stars.

You are only allowed to read this review if one of these three things applies to you :

1. You've read this book.
2. You have no plans of reading this book, so spoilers will not be an issue for you.
3. You plan on reading the book but don't mind a few spoilers because you want to read my awesome half-assed review (okay, so the narcissism was unnecessary, but you get my point).

I'm not going to lie, I was a hair nervous to read this book.

I know that a couple of my friends on GR were involved
Pearl Angeli
5 You're my June Stars!

“It's always been you. I loved you from the moment I knew how to love.”

Choosing The Mighty Storm as my next read was definitely the BEST decision that I've made because this is now officially added to my list of favorites!


At first, I thought the book was just like any other rock star romances that portray typical plots about a famous guy falling in love with an ordinary girl. Well, there were certainly clichés thrown in places in this book but I could say they
Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing


This book was so much more than a 5 Star Book! In-fact I don't think there's a rating high enough for it. YES!!! It was that freaking good!!!! Lets start somewhere absolutely delicious! I'm talking about Rock God extraordinaire, Jake freaking Wethers!!!! He's the quintessential bad boy, tattoo's, lean body, cocky, sexy, the whole damn package! He's the type of bad boy that immediately gives you flutters in your
chan ☆
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
this really did not work for me.

it was mostly the writing to be honest. there was a WHOLE lot of tell and not a lot of show. we're supposed to believe that this girl was best friends with a guy, lost touch, and now he's a rock star. and she's supposed to interview him and they're gonna fall in love or whatever.

but we get almost NO context as to what their childhood friendship looked like. there is no relationship building in the present and we get no flashbacks to the past. we're just supposed t
Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister
Enjoyed this book! The writing was direct and fairly simple, but the story was engaging and I really loved the characters. The book had a sweet, fun start that slowly evolved into a more in-depth, emotional read.

When music journalist Trudy Bennett gets hired to interview one of the world's most famous and sexy rock stars, "Jake Wethers", she is extremely surprised and reluctant. Jake was Tru's first love. They were childhood best friends until life separated them at the age of fourteen, leaving
Aug 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: saa-conquer-tbr
1 for Jake... but not thrilled with him either Stars-2014 Read
This book has been on my tbr list FOREVER. I would look at the cover...think about the blurb... and then move on. After finishing the read I now know why my gut was telling me this book really wasn't for me.

I will get to the point... (This was one of the very few reviews I have ever ranted about)
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3.5 stars

My cherry has been popped! I am no longer a Samantha Towle virgin. This little minx is definitely someone I'd do again! I was touched in all the right places and teased with an assortment of intense emotions.

So if the "sex" was so good, why not more stars? Because I wasn't "turned-on" right away. The book didn't really start for me until the tour when things really started to happen, but then it gave it to me way too fast! The second half was so effin amazing; I definitely wanted more
Beatrice Masaluñga
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult
The Mighty Storm was recommended to me by my book girlfriends. Thank you ladies 😘💕for recommending this book to me ages ago! Their raves piqued my curiosity and finally dived into my first Samantha Towle novel.

Music journalist Trudy Bennett crossed paths again with her childhood best friend and lead vocalist of a famous rock band The Mighty Storm, Jake Wethers as she gets a chance to exclusively interview him for the Etiquette Magazine (the company Trudy works for). They haven't seen each other
Duchess Nicole
I loved the first 100 pages or so, and felt the book had promise to be great. After that, it sort of fell apart for me. There is soooooooooooooooo much unnecessary drama that could have been avoided had either of these two had stopped being self involved enough to think through their situation rationally.

I didn't dislike either of them, but I think I just expected a more mature relationship. This one felt like a high school love affair with adult situations and sex.

Basically, it wasn't a bad b
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing

The book I have been anxiously awaiting ….THE MIGHTY STORM by SAMANTHA TOWLE !!!

I was a little excited when I received an advanced copy of The Mighty Storm ….ok so I was A LOT excited ………ok ok OK !!! So I may have screamed like a total girl & jumped up & down whilst clapping my hands ……so sue me LOL
Its been a while for me between Rock Star books & Rock Star books are my crack !!! I for 1 was very desperate for a good fix ….OOOOHHHH BOY! DID I GET MY FIX !!!!

OK so I don’t
Kelly| Just Another Horror Reader
I liked this book a lot. Unfortunately I couldn't give it five stars because of the editing issues. The grammatical and spelling errors were atrocious. Ms. Towle needs a new editor.

That being said, I loved everything else about this book. Jake and Tru were meant to be together. Tru was a annoying at first, but I liked her by the end. Jake, well come on, what's not to like about him. I'm a sucker for tattooed bad boys with a good heart, and that's Jake. The last concert scene when Jake sang "Hurt
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves emotion, angst and rock stars
This book left me with a smile on my face. I absolutely loved it. From page one I was sucked into the drama of Jake and Tru and I couldn’t stop reading. I was obsessed. I was thinking about it while at work, wishing it was excruciatingly slow so that I could read.

Jake Wethers is a guy with issues. After dealing with the death of a close friend he goes off the rails and into rehab. He is screwed up and he makes for a great read. He’s a recovering addict, party boy, playboy but he loves Tru above
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ok – so I’m trying to write this without giving anything away. I’ll let my fun and oh-so-creative use of gifs tell you for me…

At first I was a little

Then it started to seem a lot like the book Thoughtless and I was not happy.

Then it started to not be like Thoughtless and I really liked it.

Then some stuff happened and I was like…

Then some other stuff happened and I was like…

Then the ending happened and I was like…

You should read it.

Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I was given the most amazing opportunity to Beta read this book.

Where to start with The Mighty Storm?? First off, I loved this book. I mean, I really loved this book! 5 star read for me without a doubt!

Really,what’s not to love? There’s a hot, can’t be tamed, tattooed bad boy rock god named Jake Wethers…….(heart palpitations here – get me a defibrillator stat!!) for starters!

Not only that, it’s got romance, angst, drama, emotion, humour, music refere
Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-vault
5 "First Love" Stars

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Jake Wethers lived next door to Trudy Bennett while growing up in England. Everything changed when he moved to America with his family at the age of 14. They kept up with each other for a while but eventually the letters stopped and so did the phone calls. Life goes on, you live your life, but do you ever forget? Young Love, First Love, True Love, Love Not Forgotten.....Can 12 years of not seeing each other bring back those feelings or has time erased what might have been
Kellie Maddox-Ward
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I will never hear this song without thinking of Jake!
(Literally I saw the Killers on stage at Big Day Out on the 26/01/13 and although I love the band and the song, I still had a flashback to this book!)

I love you Jake Wethers!

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I love Jake
I love Tru
I loved everything about this book
And can’t wait for the next!

‘Nuff said
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow... this book had me a mess! It was an emotional roller coaster for me, but I could not put it down! Really happy to hear there is going to be a second one! If you enjoyed thoughtless (s.c. stephens) You will love this!
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved, indie
The Mighty Storm was a completely invigorating, mindblowing ride on the Angst Express! I am an angst addict and get really crabby when I don’t read something angsty for awhile. Let’s just say I should be happy for days and days!

The Mighty Storm is my first Samantha Towle experience and it will not be my last. When I read a great, angst filled romance, my heart beats faster and I can feel every little twist and turn in the relationship in my chest. This book had me all in a flutter, a flutter tha

** 4 I ♥ Jake but can't f*cking stand Tru stars **

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WARNING: for those of you who [like me] couldn't stand Thoughtless/Effortless bullsh*t, beware ... this is almost as bad. I am saying almost because this book doesn't have Keira and that is a HUGE bonus! However, this book DOES have Tru which is, once again, ALMOST as bad but not quite AS bad.

Now that you have been warned ...

If you are in the mood to put up with one of the most neurotic, self-absorbed, egotistical, me-me-me type female heroin
Rosalinda *KRASNORADA*
MADRE MIA DE MI VIDAAAAAAA!!! I loved this book!


Yes Jake, I am spanish, I have a funny accent and I can talk in spanish to you ALLL THE TIME, lol... Just saying, just in case this thing with Tru is not working... you know :)

Well, I am gonna try to be serious now... This is my first review with pics (thanks Candace), so I am sooooo excited!!!

I bought this book AGES ago and I want to kill myself for taking sooo long to read it!

First of all, they are Brits, I mean, do I
~ Becs ~
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OK, so I know what you’re all going to say. This book was released about eight months ago so what am I doing only reading it now. Well, you know how it is. There’s always so many good books that you want to read and never enough time to read them all and this is one of those that I managed to miss but I always regretted it, always wanted to go back and read it and, just recently, Jake Wethers was mentioned in passing in another book and I just had to go back and find him again and I’m so glad I
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
**4.5 stars**

Trudy Bennett is a music journalist working for Etiquette magazine and has to interview the lead singer for the hugely successful band, The Mighty Storm. The problem is that she used to be best friends...and secretly in love with the lead singer until they fell out of contact twelve years ago.

I really enjoy the childhood friends turn lovers plot and this did not disappoint. Trudy, aka Tru, is a bit freaked out about Jake which is understandable. He is in a whole other universe and
Aug 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Thoroughly enjoyed the music component of this story. What didn't work for me was the infidelity that occurs and I just didn't feel the emotion between Jake and Tru as much as I would have liked to.

All in all it had lots of drama and I would have bumped this up to 4 stars, if the heroine didn't grate on my nerves so much with her indecisiveness.
Spoiler Whore-Momoa
Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the reasons I love to read. I love to get sucked into a story, love to put myself in a heroine's position, go thru the emotions of said heroine and come out with a HEA. Especially if the hero is from a childhood/teenage crush.

Trudy Bennett is given the opportunity to interview Jake Wethers, lead singer to The Mighty Storm, her former BF and childhood crush. She works as a columnist for a magazine in the UK where she and Jake were once neighbors until he moved to the US. Jake Wethe
Jx PinkLady Reviews ♡ bookwormthoughts
Re-read 4th - 5th August 2013
“He is the ultimate bad boy of rock.”

I decided to spend a little time with an old book boyfriend and indulged myself in a delicious re-read. I want to be ready for Jake and the release of the hotly anticipated ~ Wethering The Storm

Am I setting the scene?

A love triangle…....

Stable long term, loving boyfriend
An old friend......bad boy rocker.......alpha in the extreme….....A Rock Star??????

♥ ♥ ♥

Both the hero and the heroin
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf

It pains ms so much to shelve Miss Towle's book under DNF. I read so many good reviews about Mighty Storm. The story of 2 childhood friends in the storm of rock and roll.

I am shocked to listen only about 8th hours of the audiobook. Everything is just a disaster storm more like it. My biggest problem is with Tru, the heroine. She is so wishy washy about her feeling toward Jake and Will. She feeled guilty for Will but she consented having sex with Jake. She frustrates me so much that I want to
So awesome, ridiculously swoony and heaps of emotion.

Jake Wethers is a heavily tattooed, uber-hot, Alpha rock God, and I absolutely adored him! Tru is the girl who grew up next to him – childhood best friends, they were each other’s first loves, although Jake’s family moved away before anything could happen between them. When they are reunited 12 years later, the emotional connection is still there, along with an intense chemistry that doesn’t let up the entire book.

Sep 15, 2012 rated it liked it
I liked but not loved this book. As a way to pass the time on a still too hot to play tennis like I wanted to Sunday, it wasn’t half bad. I guess my issues with this one stem mostly from the fact that it was a “tell not show” kind of read and I was hoping for something else based on the reviews of this book. He looked at her intensely. She wanted him with an intensity like she’d never felt. She looked into his eyes and saw (you guessed it) intense lust. I get it…their feelings are all kinds of i ...more
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Samantha Towle is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author.

A native of Hull, she lives in East Yorkshire with her husband, their son and daughter, and three large furbabies.

She is the author of contemporary romances, The Storm Series, The Revved Series, The Wardrobe Series, The Gods Series, and standalones, Trouble, When I Was Yours, The Ending I Want, Unsuitable, U

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