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Dual Review: Wethering the Storm (The Storm #2) by Samantha Towle

WTS coverTitle: Wethering the Storm (The Storm #2)
Author: 
Samantha Towle
Genre: 
Contemporary Romance
Publisher:
 Montlake Romance

Synopsis:

Music journalist Tru Bennett has done the impossible: capture the heart of rock-star bad boy Jake Wethers. Now they’re busy planning a wedding and navigating their new life together in the US. Of course Tru misses London and her best friend, Simone, but living happily ever after with Jake in LA is going to be great…right?

Wrong. Even the bright California sun can’t whitewash the dark side of celebrity coupledom. Greedy music execs, merciless paparazzi, and Jake’s wild past are lurking around every corner. Making matters worse, Jake announces he doesn’t want kids, which just may be a deal breaker.

Tru loves Jake more than anything. But when a devastating crisis threatens to destroy everything they’ve fought for, the couple must face the hard truth: What if, this time, love is not enough?

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Elizabeth’s Review:

Rating: 3.5/5

First, I must tell you that I absolutely LOVED The Mighty Storm.  As in, it is the one and only rock star book that I’ve ever thoroughly enjoyed and then told many others to read as well.  It was the perfect combination of rock star status and heartfelt love and both Jake and Tru were very realistic as well as their shared history and current saga.  With that being said, Wethering the Storm just fell a little off the wagon for me.  It wasn’t a terrible story and I was able to finish it with relative ease. In fact, it had many elements that I had wondered about and even some I expected to see in the continuation but, there was just something off with my connection to Jake and Tru.  Maybe it was the time between release dates or maybe I had thought so much about where their story would go that when the time came, it felt a little anti-climatic in a way.  I will admit that I did a through re-read of The Mighty Storm the day before I even cracked open Wethering the Storm so I could be fully emmersed in the moments and feelings when I started the next one.  Needless to say that within just a few pages, I felt the difference between the two and I was a bit sad.

In this story we are given the answer “Whatever happened to Jake and Tru after they got back together?” and “Did it work?”.  We find Tru back in Jake’s arms and currently whisked away for some much needed alone time so they could take the next step in their lives together.  There is always some rocky moments and even some self-doubt when two people blend their lives together and this story showed just that.  I will say that some of Tru’s thoughts and feelings in the beginning felt a little too fast-paced and hightened considering all of what had just happened so quickly and I kept waiting for her to calm down a bit and just enjoy what she has.  It didn’t exactly happen.  She wants certain things in and for their life, Jake has different ideas for the same and both internalize most of this which added to but didn’t enhance the story for me.  If anything I just found myself thinking “Just say it or let it go but let’s move on somehow.”

Of course there are other outside things happening that invade their relationship and add to those rocky moments and it’s those elements that helped keep me focused on the story.  I wanted to know how it was all going to work out, even if Jake and Tru weren’t the same to me. They have plenty of obstacles to face together and in this book they are given boulders to hurdle but even when they leap, you just don’t know if they make it over until the last page.

Jake has had to fight many internal demons in the past and it’s not surprising that with his lifestyle and career, those demons are still an arm’s reach away and have no intentions of leaving him alone.  It’s this struggle, this daily, hourly, and even minute to minute struggle he faces that made me feel and empathize with Jake and cross my fingers he does what’s best with every breath he takes.  It was a little difficult watching him struggle with his life and his place in it but unless you’ve lived that life, in those shoes, you can’t judge or say how it should be handled.  Tru has an entirely different set of issues with her newfound love life and quite frankly I had moments where I felt like she was too insecure and totally overthinking things.  I had times where I wanted to grab her and shake her and say “Stop thinking and look around! Look what YOU have!”  Even though she wasn’t the same Tru I fell for in the first book, she still elicited some reaction out of me so I guess that’s a good sign.

I think the part I most enjoyed in this book versus the first is the cast of secondary characters.  Granted we got to know them before but this time it just felt like they were more involved and had a touch more dimention to them than the last time.  Between Jake’s band members and employees (I want a Stewart of my own), along with his family (which were barely touched on in the first book) to Tru’s family and friends, they all just added an extra umph to the story for me and I will say their roles and contribution to this story is what bumped up my rating.

Now, nobody can even mention Jake and Tru in a review without mentioning thier hotness, both between the sheets and on any other horizontal or vertical surface.  These two together are damn near combustable and there were a couple of scenes that had me looking for a fan.  Of course with the good stuff comes the not-so-good stuff and I will admit that the sex between these two was, at times, a bit much and over the top.   I did roll my eyes a few times at some of their dialogue during these scenes which, in my opinion, took away from the intimate love and lust between them.  I would rather read a sexual scene in movements with half-spoken sentences and groans than have some of the explicit dirty talk that went on sometimes.  I get that they couldn’t get enough of each other and in most new relationships the word “bunnies” comes to mind when referencing their sex life, but for me it was at times over the top here too.  There is quite a bit of sexual interraction between them and I do feel that the story could have moved forward just fine without a couple of these scenes but, everyone wanted more Jake and Tru so that’s what they got!

Mrs. Towle did a fine job with this story and the path and plot in which she used.  I just wish Jake and Tru hadn’t changed to me because I think I could have really enjoyed this one as much or even as more as I did the first one.

Tiffany’s Review:

Rating: 5/5

I was so excited to finally get my hands on this book! I wanted to read more of Jake and Tru for so long, I was at the edge of my seat! I think it was worth the wait! 🙂 Before I continue, I have to say, there was a different tone to this book, compared to The Mighty Storm. Don’t get me wrong it was still hot, sexy and O-M-G worthy, but the story grew emotionally, as it should.

In the last book, we know that Jake was, and still is, an addict. To me, this sequel was all about him finally becoming a man. It was him coming to terms with having new responsibilities, and wanting to be the perfect man for the love of his life. He’s focusing on the one thing (above all) that makes him the happiest: Tru. Since she’s the only person that’s ever owned his heart, it comes easy to him. The person keeping him sane, keeping him on the right track, is Tru. She’s his lifeline.

I loved reading about how much they cared about it each other in the dual POV. My heart just soared. The magnitude of how much they care about each other is touching. Tru is so madly in love with him, that she’ll take him any way she can get. She’s his rock, and she knows that, just like he is hers.

Honestly, this story made me cry because of how much Jake was trying. He was trying to be a better man, trying to balance work and put his girl first, trying not to fall into old ways, and trying not to turn into his father. I found this story to be so much more emotional, and deep, than I thought it would be. It was beautiful. 🙂 Great job!

 

Samantha TowleAbout Samantha Towle:

I started writing seriously in 2008 while on maternity leave with my son. I completed my first novel in five months and haven’t stopped writing since. I’m the author of The Mighty Storm, The Bringer & the Alexandra Jones series.

I can’t write a single word without listening to music. I listen to Kings of Leon, Adele, One Republic, The Doors, Muse, Oasis, Fleetwood Mac, Lady Gaga, Ed Sheeran and Lana Del Rey to name a few.

I was born in Hull. I graduated from Salford University in 2002 with a BSc (Hons) in Business and Marketing. I now live in East Yorkshire with my husband Craig, son Riley and daughter Isabella.

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