The Mighty Storm
*visible adrenaline induced excited-shivers run up my spine* See them? Whoooooo!!!! Is this going to be the first one of the year where I blog-scream again… “I found it!!! I found another one!!!!?” (okay many of us found it at the same time, considering we’ve been reading it together), but you know what I mean. I am absolutely adding it to my favorites list. And, we found what, exactly? Another tear-your-heart out book-of-angst. That’s what! Is it? YES!!!!!
Have I done it already this year? Screaming at the top of my lungs about this kind of angst? Have I? Oh right. Yes… a couple of them for sure. I’ve been excited over some great ones (and even a few 5-star plus’ers – that remain at the top of my favorites list, I’ll remind you soon enough in an upcoming list), but it’s been a while since I’ve really freaked out hasn’t it? Well consider me freaking. This one skyrockets to the top, with my favorites. It might not take their place, but it sits right there with them.
Admittedly, I’ve been quietly whining that my latest good/great reads are not hurting me enough… and OMG this one TOTALLY TOTALLLLLLY tore my heart out.
I cried. I did. At a VERY sad part. Full on tears. I was highlighting this book like crazy, all my favorite parts, and then when I hit *that* part (well… one of *those* parts because there are quite a few), I noted this:
I can’t even highlight this, it hurts me so bad.
It’s as if highlighting it would “brighten” it, and, I suppose symbolically, I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t put digital yellow highlighter on it. I couldn’t bring myself to feature any of it, it hurt too bad. I’ll give you my location… 57%. And there are more after that, but even here, right now with it… it hurts. And then… it hurts worse.
Maryse: 73% and I’m crying … Gah. And now my husband is trying to show me videos of land speeders from star wars while I try to hide the crying…
It’s amazing… Loving it. So much raw emotion, especially once it hit 40%. I feel everything.
And at other parts, I couldn’t cry at all, because my shock was too great. Shaking from emotion, cold fingertips, trembling from anger, tears of heart-wrenching sadness and regret, and moments of exhilarating overwhelming soul-deep love. In that order? I’m not sayin’ But lemme tell you. This book runs the gamut. In fact. I think I need a drink after this one. You know. To calm me down a touch ’cause I’m still feeling way too hyper. That lump is still in my throat, and it hurts… sooooooo good. Remember that one time… when I went off on a rant in one of my reviews, about a certain author who tried to killed me with heartache? No? (here, to refresh your memory).
Well… this poor author almost got one of those, too. Tee hee!! *blush* Instead I gave it to Jenny.
Maryse: Oh god. Kill. Me. Now. Do it!! I’m cold. I just… Oh. … it’s so good, even though I hate it!!!
Ohhh me running around saying I like a book to hurt me. Ha! Be careful what you wish for, cause this one did it. And yet… I’m not regretting a moment of it. I love it.
She was a good buffer, and I was able to control myself somewhat where, instead, I only demanded a book #2. Demand I tell you! Not saying that this one has a cliffhanger or not… just saying… I WANT MORE!!!!!!
Maryse’s Book Blog: Omg I’m so tense. My fingers are cold. I love when I physically have a reaction while reading.my heart! Gah!
Jenny: Yes! Maryse! I know where you are! (hugs) xx
Maryse’s Book Blog: ”I feel sick and stupid, dizzy and my heart is physically hurting in my chest” …. ummmm, yep. I feel that.
Jenny: Oh good!! And I mean that in the nicest possible way you understand lol! Be sure to keep going after the end…. There’s something extra. 😉
Maryse’s Book Blog: tears…. Darn.
Jenny: (hugs) x
Samantha Towle Hugs from me too x
Maryse’s Book Blog: Samantha Towle without sounding rude… Book # 2 NOW!! (please?)
Samantha Towle: Lol! I’m on it 😉
Jennifer: Just finished The Mighty Storm…..I’m pissed I read it so fast cuz I’m already done :(. It was excellent!!!!!
Kristin: Loved it too!!! I could so enjoy a Jake in my life…YUMMY!!!
Sabrina: Loved it!!! This is my favorite book of 2012!!! It had a little of everything in it!!!! Ahhhhh loved it!!!!!
Maryse’s Book Blog: I am speechlessly happy. However I need to regain my speech so I can review… Loved!!! Loooooved!
And this one will be a tough one, but if you enjoyed Thoughtless and Effortless, this one will be right up your alley!
So what’s it about?
Trudy and Jake were best childhood friends. Every moment of their lives together until they were teens. She knew his childhood secrets (some very sad) and he knew all of her hopes and dreams. They adored each other. But one day, Jake moved away, and he moved on with his teenage bad-boy life. They lost touch. He became a HUGELY famous notorious bad-boy rock star (key words right there!! bad-boy and rock star. Oh and here… lemme throw in another for maximum effect… TATTOOED 😉) hehe…
Anyway. She is a small time music journalist, and is granted an unexpected opportunity to interview him. And whoa boy!! Her nerves are through the roof. Will he remember her? Will he be the same Jake that she once knew? Or will he be the infamous ass that he’s known for?
The world has him now, and I don’t want to share the Jake I had with anyone, because now, well… from what I see and read in the news, Jake’s not so much like the Jake I knew back then anymore.
He is now the epitome of the rock star he is meant to be.
It may have been years since they’ve seen each other, but Trudy has been pining for him since the day he left her. She may have moved on with her life. She may have a wonderful boyfriend that she loves. But Jake was bone-deep for her. And now here. He. Is.
WOW!!! Sparks fly from the start…
I wasn’t exactly sure why I was so terrified and nervous about seeing him. I just figured it was because of who he is now, his stature. But looking at him here, now, I know why I was so scared.
I was afraid that seeing him again after all this time would cause my old feelings to resurface. And seeing Jake, looking like this, I just know that I am so completely and totally f*&ked.
… tension mounts, things… happen.
When she is asked by her boss to tour with them to write his biography, her life changes drastically. She tries to control it. Things. Her “normal” with her boyfriend who is patiently trying to accept this…
He suddenly sounds all territorial. Not like Will at all.
“It’s not a date, silly. It’s just two old friends catching up.”
“Yes, and one half of those old friends happens to be my very beautiful girlfriend, and the other, the man-whore of the rock world.”
… vs. the mighty storm that takes place in her life, in her heart, while being in such close proximity to her once, best friend. His entourage, his fans, his magnetism, his rock star persona…. his real self. And she gets to experience it all, front row and center. What a whirlwind. And what a mighty storm it is.
And guess what? You get to experience every single bit of it, through her eyes.
Okay well you get to experience *most* of it. And that is my only complaint. At times I felt chunks were missing to skip us ahead to important parts of the story. Which is fine, every once in awhile, but there were two particular occasions where we were told what was happening, or what had just happened in the span of a few days that I would have preferred experiencing (even just a little). Perhaps might have connected me even more to the story in the beginning when things were… moving along. 😉 Once I hit the 30-40% mark though, the story found it’s pacing (or maybe I did), and I was in and feeling it all (although it’s good from the start. No worries. There is nothing boring about this one – at least not to me).
And there was one part that sort of skipped to the middle of something important (I wont say what) had me a touch surprised in regards to a sudden “tone-change”. Had I experienced it building, (even in bits and pieces), it might have had even more of an effect on my emotional turmoil.
Ahhhh emotional turmoil. Another keyword! ‘Cause this one is not an easy lighthearted read. These characters are far from perfect, and you will encounter some very raw and gritty situations. The author’s attention to detail, and I mean every little touch during integral parts, reactions and conversations… perfect!!! So REAL. There are cringe-worthy scenes, and MANY moments that make you feel bad for enjoying such an angsty read. Mistakes, heartbreaks, misunderstandings, the works. But if you like that kind of read (and soooo many of us do), THIS IS IT!!!!!!! MUST READ. MUST!!!
“You’re mine, Tru. I’m not sharing you with him anymore.”
5 stars PLUS!!!
P.S. Next up: My What to Read After Thoughtless List (should I give you a quick hint here? This book is pretty much first on the list.)
Here is a shortform version – I’m preparing my real version of the list and it will follow my usual format (with my reasons for picking them which is namely SUPER ANGSTY (<—key word) intense do-anything-for-love including deception, lies, secrets, involving love triangles and/or bad-boys or famous boys that will tear themselves apart for the one woman they can’t live without):
- Effortless by S.C. Stephens (but of course!!)
- The Mighty Storm by Samantha Towle <——- YES!!!!!! OMG YES!!!!
- How to Kill a Rock Star by Tiffanie DeBartolo
- The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher
- Dirty Red by Tarryn Fisher (okay this is premature as it hasn’t been released yet, but come on. You know it fits!)
- Avoiding Commitment (Avoiding Series) by K.A. Linde
- Avoiding Responsibility by K.A. Linde (I’ve read it, coming soon!)
- Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
- Sheet Music – A Rock ‘N’ Roll Love Story by Ann Lister
- Love Unscripted by Tina Reber