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STORM (noun)—a turbulent disturbance; a disruption or dispute.
Jake Wethers’s life is perfect. He’s married to the woman he’s always loved, and they have three beautiful children. The Mighty Storm is still going strong, and his record label is thriving.
Jake has everything—a life he thought he would never have and one that he didn’t think he deserved.
Not so long ago, Jake’s life wasn’t perfect. The unexpected and untimely death of his best friend, Jonny Creed, sent an already out-of-control Jake spiraling down further.
Drug addiction. Alcohol. Women.
Jake was in the fast lane to following Jonny to the grave until Tru Bennett walked back into his life and changed everything.
But now, the past that Jake left behind has come back to find him. And what the past brings with it is going to be one of the biggest challenges he has ever faced.
Shifting to the side so that I’m covering myself from Belle’s view, I glance over my shoulder, a chuckle escaping me. “’Cause you’re a girl, Beauty.”
“But I wanna be a boy, like you, JJ, and Billy.” She juts her lips out, pouting. “I wanna peenis!”
She’s standing there, demanding a penis, in her Disney princess pajamas, with her arms folded across her chest, her foot tapping.
God, she is exactly like her mother. Not that Tru ever wanted a cock—well, aside from mine inside her, of course.
But Belle has Tru’s steely determination, and she looks exactly like her mother, which means trouble for me when she’s older.
But like I know how to handle my wife’s temperament, I know how to handle Belle.
“Okay, Beauty, how about this?” I say in a pacifying tone, holding in my laughter. I tuck myself back into my pajama pants and go to wash my hands. “Why don’t you ask Santa for a penis for Christmas?” The second that I’ve said it, I know that it sounds all kinds of wrong. It’s so wrong that I wish to God I could take it back.
“Santa, give me a peenis!” Belle starts squealing, jumping around and clapping her hands.
“Fuck. Shit! No!” I panic as soon as the words leave my mouth, knowing exactly what Belle is like.
A goddamn parrot is what she’s like.
“Fuck! Shit! Santa, peenis!” Belle starts to mimic, hands still clapping together.
Crap. Tru is going to kill me. Kill me dead.
“Christ.” I cover my face with my hands. “Belle, no.”
I reach down and pick her up. She wraps her little chubby legs around my hips, her hands clutching at my neck.
“Don’t say those words. Bad words.” I touch my fingertip to her nose, staring into her big brown eyes—Tru’s eyes.
“Bad words,” I reiterate, giving her a serious look. “We do not repeat those words. Ever. And especially not in front of Mommy. Okay?”
“So, Santa gimme peenis if I say no bad wowds?”
“Oh God,” I groan.
“Santa! Peenis!” She giggles.
“Breakfast, Belle!” I exclaim. “You want some Frozen cereal?” I say to distract her.
That fucking annoying Disney film is her favorite, and she will only eat that particular brand of cereal.
“Fwozen!” she shrieks.
Then, she launches into the chorus of “Let It Go” as I carry her out of the bathroom, heading downstairs to the kitchen where my tribe should be.
Wendy's 5 Bare Naked Stars Review
While reading The Mighty Storm by Samantha Towle 3 years ago, Jake forced his egotistical arse into my Top 10 book boyfriends. He was far from perfect in that first book but that is maybe why I fell for him, with his addictions providing a crutch for his loss.
Throughout Jake’s story we have seen how much the untimely death of Jonny Creed sent an already out of control Jake further into a tailspin of self-destruction. The drugs, the alcohol and let’s not forget the many, many women. There was only one person who was ever going to save him. Tru Bennett.
Standing in the doorway, I watch her….the first, last and only woman, I will ever love.
The Storm probably won’t give the die-hard Storm Troopers enough Jake and Tru, but then is there ever enough of these two? The story unfolds with a peak into Jake and Tru’s life now with their lovely children, Bella is just such a cutie pie.
“Mama!” Belle yells the instant we enter the kitchen. “Dada say Santa gimme peenis for Christmas!”
Tru’s eyes meet mine. “Did he now?”
I grin shrugging. “What my baby girl wants, my baby girl gets.”
Life is good, they clearly still adore each other, they adore family life and it’s difficult to imagine what could spoil this. Although when that spoiler knocks at their door it occurs to me with Jake’s history how this has not happened before.
So here I am at 33% crying god damn it, and I can assure you the tears were never far away throughout this story.
However it doesn’t lead where you think it will lead, and with memories of Jonny being brought to the fore, will Jake be able to fight off the demons of his younger years.
The ending. I. CAN’T. EVEN. TELL. YOU. Congratulations Ms Towle, you broke me.
So let’s just say Ms Towle and I will be having words next time I see her, so be warned lady, you owe me a box of tissues and a bottle of wine, because this is what I needed to get through this. I. WILL. SEE. YOU. IN. LEEDS!!!!!!
This is a novella that is packed with an emotional story, just enough Tru and Jake to keep fans happy and a twist that will hurt your heart.
But rest assured Jake retains his spot in my Top 10……..
“And this is why I love you” I tell her. “The only reason?” She bites her lip again. “Oh. No. I love you for a lot of other reasons, too – especially that amazing rack of yours. Now take your top off, and show me your tits.”
New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and international bestselling author Samantha Towle began her first novel in 2008 while on maternity leave. She completed the manuscript five months later and hasn't stopped writing since.
She has written contemporary romances, THE MIGHTY STORM, WETHERING THE STORM, TAMING THE STORM, TROUBLE, REVVED and REVIVED.
She has also written paranormal romances, THE BRINGER and the ALEXANDRA JONES SERIES, all penned to tunes of The Killers, Kings of Leon, Adele, The Doors, Oasis, Fleetwood Mac, and more of her favourite musicians.
A native of Hull and a graduate of Salford University, she lives with her husband, Craig, in East Yorkshire with their son and daughter.
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Book 1 - The Mighty Storm
Book 2 - Wethering the Storm
Book 3 - Taming the Storm
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