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?
Release Date: August 24, 2012
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Bad boys, Rock 'n Roll
I wear my scars, they don't wear me.
This book is getting FIVE bright, shiny, French mini-cakes-flown-in-from-Paris stars from me. This is an addictive, angsty, emotional and lovely read from beginning to end, and I can't tell you how much I adored it! I had heard wonderful things about this book (Miss Vain, Emmy, Merita and Mrs. Norman ;-) but did not expect the emotional punch it packed. Samantha Towle is a genius at twisting this story into something I never saw coming.
This story is about a British music journalist named Trudy Bennett. Twelve years ago, her best friend and the only boy she ever loved, Jake Wethers, moved from Manchester, England to the U.S. Although she attempted to keep in touch, the letters and calls from Jake stopped and they lost track of one another. Jake is now one of the biggest rock n' roll stars on the planet, and Tru has been sent to interview him for her magazine. As soon as Jake sees Tru, old sparks fly and he begins his pursuit of her. One problem, though.... Tru has a very serious boyfriend, Will, who she has been together with for two years.
"Because I know unequivocally I'll never recover from this, from what we've just done."
Jake is a hot, intense, tattooed, cocky, witty and talented musician, and he has a weak spot for Tru. He is known as an addict and a womanizer, which gives Tru pause. He has a bag full of personal demons that don't stay hidden for long. Jake is like one of those shooting stars - burning bright for the world to see, and then quickly snuffing out when the addiction takes over. He has been to rehab, after his band mate and best friend died tragically. Jake has never forgotten Tru and wants to be with her forever. He has made up his mind that he's going to win her heart at all costs.
"Yes, well we're all as clean as whistles my darling until men like him come along and dirty us right up."
Tru has always been in love with Jake, even though they've been apart for years. However, she is also in love with her boyfriend, Will. Will is an intelligent, sweet and loving man. When Tru is asked to be Jake's biographer and agrees to go on tour with his band, she begins walking a precarious line between Will and Jake. This is where the angsty, stomach churning goodness really begins. Tru must decide who she loves more, and whom she can't live without. Jake and Will don't make the decision an easy one. Jake and Tru both deal with jealousy and these intense feelings they have for one another.
"I've only ever loved one girl, Tru - and that's you. It's always been you. I loved you from the moment I knew how to love."
Tru makes a decision and it is heartbreaking, but it sets Tru up for the remainder of this book. There are a lot of sweet moments, and oh-my-God-I'm-swooning moments. Everything looks happy and rosy for Tru until tragedy strikes once again. Jake is forced to deal with a personal issue that eventually sends him into a tailspin and creates very dramatic moments for Tru.
I specifically liked the use of the Trent Reznor written and Johnny Cash covered song, Hurt. It added a great dynamic to this story. This song told the story of Jake from two different view points. Jake says in this book that the Reznor version is like a lyrical suicide note while the Cash cover is more hopeful. I love how Towles used this song to show us the different mind sets of Jake, who always seems to be in between those two versions of the song.
"You're my June, Tru."
I also loved the side characters in this book. I thought that Simone was a great best friend, telling Tru the truth, even though Tru didn't want to hear it. That's what best friends should do. I also loved Stuart, Jake's gay personal assistant who had more insight into life issues than anyone in this book. The Mighty Storm band members were tertiary characters, although I would be very interested to read more about Tom, the other womanizer of this group.
My only slight complaint with this book is that I felt that the addict aspect of this story was a bit rushed. I think that Jake was written as an addict perfectly. I felt like I was punched in the stomach when he said some not-so-nice things to Tru. It just seemed that the story line was over very quickly and a bit too neatly. Tru also had some issues that were glossed over. She said several times that she didn't think she could handle Jake's celebrity life style, yet in the end, that issue wasn't resolved.
If you are a fan of emotional, can't-stop-reading, stomach churning, angsty books, then this one is for you. I am so very excited to read the second book in this series, Wethering the Storm, due sometime during the first half of 2013. As an added bonus, Towles includes the first scene between Tru and Jake told from Jake's point of view at the end of this book. It's a great read, being inside Jake's head! This book was just too good to pass up!
"I'll never be good enough for you, I know that. But I'm no good without you, and if that makes me a selfish bastard for wanting you as badly as I do then so be it because I can't live a life that doesn't have you in it."