The Mighty Storm (The Storm, #1)

The Mighty Storm (The Storm, #1) - Samantha Towle Ahhh…The Mighty Storm. I waited to read you due to the overwhelming presence you have had on Goodreads and well you were worth the wait. I will admit I am an angst whore; I just love it. It kills me to read it, to see the turmoil of choosing between two people you love and don’t want to hurt. It kills me so softly and I fall hard for these types of books. I will shamelessly admit that I fall for the “bad boy” each time. I close friend has called me out on this saying "You crack me up Sara. Get a hot guy that’s an absolute dick and you wanna jump him.” (Thanks Emily!) Yeah, that pretty much sums up how I feel about my tattooed bad boys in books, Jake had me on a rope right quick! The world was on fire and no one could save me but you.It's strange what desire will make foolish people do.I never dreamed that I'd love somebody like you.And I never dreamed that I'd lose somebody like you~Chris Isaak, Wicked GameI love the history we get with Trudy and Jake in this book. I think it was needed seeing how fast their relationship moves. Another shtick I love in romance; friends to lovers. It is beyond awesome and it so works here.Trudy and Jake grew up together, best friends and then Jake moves across the pond. They keep in contact for a spell and then nothing. Trudy has moved on, became a music journalist and up pops a great opportunity to rocket her career; a chance to interview the MANbehind The Mighty Storm; the successful and ultimately sexy Jake Wethers. HER JAKE, her best friend and boy/man she has loved for years. Holy Crap! Uh, one small problem…Trudy is in a relationship with sweet investment banker Will. What to do, what to do?Of course sparks fly when Tru goes to interview Jake, how could they not? Years of unrequited love and sexual frustration come across the page and smack you on the behind. I nice smack I will say with a slight rub after to ease away the sting. When Tru is invited to go on tour with The Mighty Storm to write their Bio; the clouds roll in, lighting strikes; things get tumultuous, hot, sticky, wet and messy! Sigh, did I mention how I love the Angst. I hurt myself today, To see if I'd still feel. I focus on the pain, The only thing that's real. The needle tears a hole, The old familiar sting; Try to kill it all away, But I remember everything.If I could start again, A million miles away, I would keep myself, I would find a way. ~Nine Inch Nails, Hurt One of my favorite things about this book, aside from Jake and his snake, is the music. I am a HUGE music fan and self professed snob. Samantha Towle has done a gorgeous job of incorporating music into this story, to help tell the story. It’s not just the fictional songs of a fictional band; she inserts wonderful songs from brilliant artist. I could hear each song as it was presented and FELT each word. The placement was brilliant!It started out with a kiss How did it end up like this? It was only a kiss… It was only a kissNow they're going to bed And my stomach is sick And it's all in my head But she's touching his chest now He takes off her dress now Let me go And I just can't look it's killing me And taking control~The Killers, Mr. BrightsideWhile I loved Jake, I also really liked Trudy. I know some don’t agree with what she did/does and thinks she needs a good shake and while I see their point I felt something for the girl. I felt like she could have been me, had I a gorgeous rock star best friend who definitely wanted in my knickers! When it comes to matters of the heart decisions are not always based on rational thoughts and actions are proven to be shaky and consequential. Sometimes a girl needs a good talking to, a strong shake or one hell of a sexy barefoot dance in a club with a man who learned his moves…well. Read the book for the rest of that line!It makes me see what I want to seeand be what I want to beWhen I think more than I want to thinkDo things I never should doI drink much more that I ought to drinkBecause (it) brings me back you...Lilac wine is sweet and heady, like my loveLilac wine, I feel unsteady, like my loveListen to me... I cannot see clearlyIsn't that she coming to me nearly here? Lilac wine is sweet and heady where's my love?Lilac wine, I feel unsteady, where's my love? Listen to me, why is everything so hazy?Isn't that she, or am I just going crazy, dear? Lilac Wine, I feel unready for my love... ~Jeff Buckley, Lilac Wine Jake and Tru have a wonderful story; one that had me reading while making dinner and until midnight to finish the book. Their story is sweet, sexy, romantic, frustrating and plain old HOT! Oh, I forgot to mention Will. Not really, totally being honest here. Though he was a significant person in this love triangle he wasn’t present enough for me to actually factor him in. It is pretty hard to see anything but Jake when he is in the room or on the page. Not that I forgot he was there, the coffee shop scene was heart wrenching, I was just lost in Jake…all that is JAKE! So if you can’t tell I enjoyed myself thoroughly with The Mighty Storm. I fell for Jake hard from the beginning and even with that lovely surprise at the end; this song says it best…I can't get no satisfaction I can't get no girl reaction 'Cause I try and I try and I try and I try I can't get no, I can't get no~The Rolling Stones, Satisfaction