I'm continuing catching up with reviews for books I read pre-Zili in the Sky...
Continuing The Storm series by Samantha Towle with #2 Wethering the Storm!
What they say: 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?
See my review of book #1 The Mighty Storm here!
What I say: Wethering The Storm picks up right where The Mighty Storm finishes and I would recommend reading TMS first to make the most of the series. The BIG bonus about Wethering the Storm is we are treated to a few chapters told from Jake's POV (allowing us to get inside his head). We get to see the depth of Jake's feelings for Tru; he really is pretty obsessed with her (in a sexy and romantic kinda way).
The beginning of the story is largely Tru filling in the gaps about recent events and both of them coming to terms with Jake's past. Knowing about his reputation and former man-whoring ways is one thing, but being faced with daily reminders is quite different. I've seen a lot of reviews commenting on Tru's jealousy but personally I could totally see where she was coming from - I'd have found it unrealistic if she wasn't jealous! The jealousy and insecurity doesn't just coming from Tru. We get to see Jake face similar feelings and self-doubts. It was interesting to see how Jake felt about the Will saga.
I enjoyed seeing Tru and Jake being a normal couple (as normal as they could be) and it was great catching up with our other favourite characters - I have a big soft spot for Tom and am looking forward to the release of his and Lyla's story! Simone really is the bestest bestie of them all! I love how she calms Tru down and always supports her. Stuart is very prominent as he continues to be there for both Jake and Tru - he rocks!
As the book progresses the drama really picks up. I kept waiting for something bad to happen, because if it was plan sailing straightway then it wouldn't have been the Jake and Tru we love. The drama came later than expected but Samantha Towle went all out!! I wasn't expecting what happened and spent most of the last 15-20% of the book pretty traumatised. I was genuinely terrified our *ahem*, their HEA may be snatched away from them (I may have had my Nine Inch Nails Downward Spiral CD on repeat)!
I read a LOT of books but it has been a long time since a modern story has affected me as much as The Storm series has so far. I can't decide if I loved Wethering the Storm as much as I did TMS because TMS was when I really fell for Tru and Jake's story BUT Wethering the Storm was a great and worthy conclusion to their romance and I'm looking forward to being ably to continue The Mighty Storm journey with Tom! Let's just say I LOVED both books!!
4.5 Stars in my Sky!
My fav non-spoilery quotes:
- Once upon a long time ago, in Manchester, a girl moved next door to a boy...
- "There isn't anything I won't do for you, Tru. Nothing I won't do to make you happy. What I feel for you... it's limitless. There is nothing before or after you. There is only you."
- "If you turn up with a tattoo on your face, telling me you’ve shagged a lady boy, I’m definitely not marrying you."
- They were bad boys with good hearts. That's exactly what Jake still is.
- "So anyway, chica, this David Gandy dude…is he hot?" "Oh, so totally and completely hot." I nod enthusiastically. "Uhum," Jake clears his throat loudly. "But not as hot as you, baby." "Damn straight," Jake mutters.