Posted in Music, New Adult, Romance

The Mighty Storm (Book #1) – Samantha Towle

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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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My Review

Trudy Bennett hasn’t seen her former best friend and the boy she once loved in over twelve years. Not since he moved to America from England when they were fourteen leaving her with a broken heart.

Now a music journalist at a small magazine, she is sent to interview the boy she once loved, Jake Wethers – now the brains behind and lead singer of the band The Mighty Storm, one of the biggest bands in the world. Albeit completely nervous to see Jake after 12 years, walking through that hotel suite and seeing his face brought back the sparks and feelings she felt for him at 14, but there’s a small complication in those feelings – Tru’s boyfriend of two years, Will.

Not wanting to let her go a second time, Jake offers Tru a job – write his autobiography which means she will be travelling the world with him and the band. It’s a great offer and it would be great for her career and the magazine, but it means leaving Will and spending a lot of time with Jake.

Saying ‘yes’ to his offer and spending 7 weeks with Jake, while trying to resist him will be so much more harder than it seems day by day. Will she resist him or end up risking everything for a night with her best friend and the world’s most renowned womanizer?

I have no idea why I waited so long to read this book. Everyone on Twitter raves about it and today, after a mad birthday weekend, I curled up in bed and read it all day. SHIIIIT I frigging fell in love with this book. It’s easy to see how everyone loves this book and now I am part of that group and part of the group of ladies that absolutely adore Jake Wethers.

Jake moved away when he was 14 to America with his mum and stepdad. During his years in England, he and Tru were best friends. They did everything together, spent all their time together and of course, fell in love with one another, even if they were too young to understand their feelings. When he left, they both felt the pain of being apart but when communication stopped between them, they never forgot one another.

Now a world famous bad boy musician in The Mighty Storm, his life is full of parties, booze, drugs and women – never with the same girl longer than a week and known in the media as a womanizer. He only fucks, he doesn’t do relationships.

But when Tru walks back into his life, all that stops. He stops it for her because he wants to be with her so bad. The spark between them reignited and he did everything in his power to make her stay in his life and prove that she’s the only one for him. Only problem? Her boyfriend.

Tru was completely heartbroken when Jake left. Finishing school and university she got a job at a small magazine and thus began her career as a music journalist. She never told anyone about her past and knowing Jake, but one drunken party and she spills to her really cool boss Vicky, who seems to always try and get Tru to get back in touch with him. Although Tru follows Jakes career, she doesn’t want to get back in touch but when Vicky manages to get an interview with Jake – who NEVER does interviews – she’s nervous for this meeting. Will he remember her? Hmm of course he does and they are both unprepared for the attraction to ignite and reconnect again, but Tru can’t do anything because of her boyfriend, Will, even though her feelings for Jake have resurfaced once again and she doesn’t know what to do. She loves Will but then she’s always loved Jake. You obviously know who she’s going to pick…but you need to read how they got there and what happens after.

I do have to say, this book deals with cheating, so if you don’t like books that include this topic, then maybe it won’t be for you. I don’t condone cheating at all but in this book, it’s handled well. It’s not drawn out and it’s only for a small part of the book, but in a way, you could see that Tru and Jake were meant to be together – they were soul mates – and the cheating kind of just pushed them along. It’s a difficult situation to write a review on, because cheating is so wrong, but in this instance, I could see why it happened because they had loved each other for so many years – even when they were apart and Will was told a few days later, so they weren’t having an affair for months. It did suck because Jake hated being ‘the other man’ and he just wanted Tru to himself and Tru hated it because she did care for Will but she just didn’t know how to tell him and she couldn’t stay away from Jake. Albeit, it was completely messy but Jake and Tru did get to be together in the end.

I will keep repeating this too, but Tru and Jake were truly meant to be together. The attraction they had is unbelievable and they had so much history, growing up together then spending years apart, it was really nice to see that they still felt the same way once they had become adults. They are intense together and you could feel the love pouring off the page. As a bad boy, you’d never imagine Jake to be romantic, but by gosh, he was such a sweetie and would literally do anything for Tru. Their love was so strong, it was breathtaking.

There were a few major incidents that happen, and it broke my heart. I hated what Jake was doing to himself after he promised he wouldn’t do it again and although Tru is a strong women and it took a lot to walk away, I would have done the same. But then Tru did annoy me at times especially when everyone was telling her it was a lie yet even though she knew it she didn’t want to believe it and found it easier to blank Jake. It made me want to put my hand through my kindle and give her a good slap and tell her to talk to him – he’s was hurting too, not being with her and having lies spread about him. But things do get resolved and the ending was so sweet! I was glad it all worked out.

Other than that, the supporting characters are brilliant. I loved the whole band, Stuart, Simone and Vicky. They also brought life to the book and were amazing to read. Stuart stole my heart and reading about him just made me want him as my best friend, as well as Simone. They were both great friends to Tru and Jake and were always there with them through thick and thin. You definitely need a friend like those two when you’re in the public eye – someone to keep you sane and to talk some sense into you *uhum*Tru*uhum*.

At the end, we are treated to the scene where they first meet in Jakes POV. Oh hell, I loved seeing his reaction to hoping it was HIS Tru walking through the door to interview him and once it was, you got to see his reaction and into his own thoughts in Tru and I loved reading it! Swooooon.

I love books that are about childhood sweethearts – as you’d know if you’re an avid reader of my reviews – and I loved how their love for each other hadn’t gone away in all the years they were apart. Although neither of them ever told the other they liked one another when they were younger, it was clear to see from the start, even in Tru’s POV throughout the book, that Jake didn’t ever want to be apart from Tru again, even when she thought he was in ‘big brother’ mode, which obviously he wasn’t – it was just jealousy raging through him.

I loved every single scene but the one that had me fluttering was in the car when Tru was being a bit of a tease and then Jake ended up being very naughty in the back of the car with her. Wowwy! I loved reading that part (and not because I’ve done it either ;)) But it’s such a thrill to do something when someone else is close by and them not having any idea what is happening. THAT is what made it sexy.

If you love reading about bad boys, musicians and childhood sweethearts who have great sex then definitely download this book and give it a read. It does deal with cheating and drugs but it’s not heavily focused on that at all. You will fall in love with Jake – he’s the sweetest guy ever and totally bares his soul to Tru – why can’t all guys do that? You can see they are made for one another. Now on go, read this book and become swooning for the amazing Jake Wethers too!

Posted in J. Sterling, New Adult

The Perfect Game – J. Sterling

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He’s a game she never intended to play.
And she’s the game changer he never knew he needed.

The Perfect Game tells the story of college juniors, Cassie Andrews & Jack Carter. When Cassie meets rising baseball hopeful Jack, she is determined to steer clear of him and his typical cocky attitude. But Jack has other things on his mind… like getting Cassie to give him the time of day.

They’re both damaged, filled with mistrust and guarded before they find one another (and themselves) in this emotional journey about love and forgiveness. Strap yourselves for a ride that will not only break your heart, but put it back together.

Sometimes life gets ugly before it gets beautiful…

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My Review

“You’re both so screwed up alone that together you’re like the perfect mess.”

I’m going to be honest with you. I’ve had The Perfect Game on my kindle for a few weeks now, and every time I have gone to read it, I have been scared and chosen another book. The reason? When I download books, I read reviews, as do many other people, but I read one review that said something really bad happens and if you follow me on twitter or have read some of my reviews, you know I become too emotionally attached to books, the storylines and the characters, and I knew, if I read this book, I’d probably have my heart ripped out and throw my kindle away from me. And that is exactly what I did reading this book. But it was worth every second because I fell head over heels in love with this book from the beginning.

College junior Cassie Andrews and her best friend and roommate Melissa end up going to a frat party and that is when Cassie and Jack meet. Jack is your typical manwhore who gets any women he wants until he meets Cassie who is turned off by his charms and won’t give him the time of day. Jack’s cocky and always gets what he wants but when Cassie bites back, something switches in him and he pursues her until she relentlessly gives in to a date with him. Only one date though, and then he’ll leave her alone. But things aren’t always that easy when it comes to Jack when she gets to know him, the real him over dinner and that’s when everything changes for the both of them.

You find out that Jack isn’t all that cocky and deep down he’s been burnt badly by his parents leaving him and his brother when they were younger and that he has major trust issues, hence why he only sleeps with a girl once and lets them pursue him. He’s way out of his comfort zone with Cassie, but he knows there is something different about him than all the other girls. She doesn’t care that he’s an athlete, she only cares about him as a person and that’s when he knows he wants something more with her. She asks him to prove it, and that’s exactly what he does. Proves he can be a one women man, especially for Cassie.

Their relationship started off great, apart from the group of girls constantly making snide comments about Cassie. Things are perfect for them but they both have major trust issues especially Cassie. Her issues stem from her Dad who never follows through with his promises and so because of this, Cassie finds it hard to trust any man. Jack’s issues are from his parents leaving and the fact he’s never been in a relationship so he keeps telling Cassie he will screw up eventually. But together, they both refuse to let anyone get in-between them; they are determined to make this relationship work.

To see Jack change for Cassie was beautiful. She’s the one girl who sees Jack for who he really is and not the cocky, manwhore that everyone else sees. He’s real with her and it seemed that he needed Cassie as much as she needed him. As their relationship blossoms and they have been through a lot to get through to the other side, Jack has been drafted for his Baseball and is travelling and Cassie is doing well in college and has earned herself a photography internship. Things are going great but as any great book, nothing good ever lasts too long and things change dramatically over night between them when they are apart.

I screamed, shouted and threw my kindle away from me while I took in what I had just read. Then when I got my breathing back to normal and read the next page few pages, I did it all over again. To say I was affected was an understatement. I just couldn’t believe what I had read. It made me hate Jack for what he had done to Cassie after telling her he would never hurt her. I couldn’t condone what he had done, but then I felt remorse towards him. He felt so sorry and guilt was eating him up that he knew the right thing was to own up to Cassie about it, even though he knew he would lose her and that’s what he never wanted to do – she was his life. Then the way he handled it, going to the extreme of what he did, even when everyone was telling him not to, it got me frustrated and angry at him again. I know he wanted to make things right, but to do that? There was really no need, but in a way I could see his reasoning’s but it was definitely the wrong way to go as it backfired on him.

I am really glad that you get to see Jack’s POV in certain chapters. If we didn’t, I would have definitely hated him throughout the book, wondering if it was a bet or something to try and be with Cassie but alas, don’t worry, it’s not and he truly does want Cassie forever, which I thought was amazingly sweet.

This book goes through a journey. A journey of love, changes, breaking down barriers, heartbreak and friendship. There is a happy ending for both Jack and Cassie and after everything that they went through; the way he apologized would clinch at my heartstrings too. The ending was positively perfect in my opinion and although after everything that happens between the pair and many would probably not forgive him; it seemed the right choice for Cassie to do so. I, for one, am so excited to read book two The Game Changer, when it is out in 2013. Please hurry up and release it J.Sterling!!