Blog Tour and Giveaway: Taming the Storm: Samantha Towle

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Samantha Towle
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Lyla Summers hates men. Okay, maybe hate is a strong word … Lyla intensely dislikes men.

Her father has let her down her whole life. Her brother betrayed her in the worst way possible. And her past relationship experiences with men have been less than great.
Lyla is focussing all her energy into her band, Vintage, so when they receive an offer to sign with TMS Records, it seems that things are finally turning around for her. The last thing she wants is a man getting in the way.

Tom Carter loves women. Okay, love might be pushing it … Tom enjoys screwing lots of women.

When tragedy befalls his best friend, Tom finds himself making a promise to the big man upstairs – he’ll change his ways, if he saves the woman his best friend loves.
Tom’s prayer is answered. Now he has to change. Which means no sleeping around.

After Vintage’s manager breaks her leg skiing, Tom steps in as tour manager, and Lyla finds herself on tour with the man whore of rock.

Put one perpetually horny Tom and one sex resistant Lyla together, equals a recipe for disaster. Or so you’d think…

But an unexpected friendship is formed. A closeness neither of them expected. Putting one chastity belt and one lamp that is in desperate need of rubbing, to the test.

Will the sex storm that is Tom Carter, finally find himself tamed by the rock chick with a hardened heart, or will he go back to his womanizing ways…?

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“But you said…” I frown.

He gives a slow shrug of his shoulders. “Never intended to sleep with her. I was just”—Tom rubs his head thoughtfully and then smirks—“putting on a show.” 

Mother. Effer. 

He played me. 

All that in there—he was just doing it to drive my jealousy to the front. 

“You-you’re a…mother-effing mut!” I hiss.

“Yeah, and you’re the sexiest fucking thing I’ve ever seen in my life. Sleep well, Firecracker.”

Lyla Summers was always a "relationship" type of girl even though they always ended badly for her. After her latest disaster and betrayal, she has sworn off men. Tom Carter is the opposite. He is a complete man whore. He's famous, cocky, arrogant, and detached when it comes to women. He has his reasons and he has lived this fast life for a long time. But when faced with a near tragedy that hits too close to home, he has some clarity and vows to be change his life and be better. But his reputation preceeds him.

"I'm not a good guy--well, I wasn't, but I'm working toward becoming one."

Lyla is a singer and lives for her band, Vintage. The guys are now her pseudo family. They have just been signed by TMS Records and are about to go out on tour. Lyla is not exactly thrilled when she finds out that Tom will be taking over as manager for their tour. Just what she needs...another "Mutt" or Man Slut around her. 

Their initial interactions are snarky and heated. She is not afraid to set Tom straight. They get right under each other's skin. But despite their history, their views on the opposite sex, and their professional relationship, sexual tension and unwanted attraction sizzles under the surface.

They are both unfiltered, volatile, passionate and fiery. There's denial, fighting, avoidance, chasing, running, jealousy, and drama. They are the definition of fight or flight syndrome. They react and combust, attract and repel, push and pull, and it seems to be out of their control. They fight themselves, their true feelings, each other, and anyone in their way. 

They are volatile, confused, and have chemistry that won't quit. They think they can manage on a set timeline, keep up barriers, and walk away. But will either of them be left unscathed?

I never really was that attached to Tom in the previous books where he was the flippant, arrogant, manwhore even though he always added comic relief. But I totally loved him in this book. Yeah, he's cocky, confidant, dirty talking, and unfiltered, but he is also confused, conflicted, and vulnerable. He is struggling to handle change and deal with the scars of his past and is really just clueless about what he really wants or needs.  

"Are you for real?"
"I'm so real that it's unreal, baby."

And Lyla is feisty, sassy, and just as outspoken as he is. But she is also scared, damaged, and has serious trust issues. She is so guarded from her past hurts that she rarely lets people in. But despite her best efforts, she has a hard time resisting Tom even when she knows it is dangerous for her. 

Could it mean something? Could someone as emotionally broken as I am and someone like Tom, who is as emotionally closed off as he is, have something together?

In ways they are good for each other and in other ways their fears and insecurities feed off each other making an unstable situation. They have deep issues that have not been dealt with that affect their present. And their fears and secrets really impair their communication skills. 

"You scare the motherfucking shit out of me, Lyla Summers."
"You scare the motherfucking shit out of me, Tom Carter."

Can these two people be tamed and do they really want to be?

I got totally sucked into this story. It was fun, frustrating, angsty, emotional, sexy, and sweet at various times. I really felt for the characters even when I wanted to shake sense into them. It was told in both points of view which was really important due to their inner conflicts and communication issues. We got to see more with Jake, Tru, Denny, Simone, and Smith. We met some new guys from her band, Vintage: Cale, Sonny, Van, and Dex. They were all a big part of this story. I could see more stories coming including them or another character introduced, lead singer of the Turnstiles, Robbi Kraft.

I was not sure what I was expecting from Tom's story, but can say that I was pleasantly surprised and he won me over. I think fans of this series will enjoy getting to see the real Tom Cat.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

I have fallen in love with Tom all over again. He was alway a favorite of the side characters from the first two Storm books, but I never would have guessed everything hiding under the surface of his story. 

Tom Carter has always had a string of women. He was not on for commitment or even repetition, why would he need that? But he keeps his distance for a reason. 

Lyla was a fun, feisty addition to the story. But for all her confidence, she was on a hiatus from men because of the string of men in her past. Her history with men left me shocked and completely understanding of the way she fought having anything to do with Tom and his reputation. 

"Could someone as emotionally broken as I am and someone like Tom, who is as emotionally closed off as he is, have something together?"

Both characters had great back stories. From what we already knew about Tom, I never would have guessed his past, though I'm hindsight, there are some great bread crumbs dropped throughout Taming. Lyla had her own brand of hurt to overcome. 

Quite a bit of Taming plays out during the course of Jake and Tru's story. This was such a great journey full of ups and downs. Lyla and Tom have immediate chemistry, though it is not an instant connection, the situation they find themselves in together lends itself to some great sexual tension and build-up. 

"All nice in theory, but we both know this is only going to happen once. It's a shame because I would totally be up for six hundred orgasms."

This was such a fun, feisty book. I loved Lyla's influence on Tom, and the things both characters learned as a result of the other. And together they worked up quite a bit of steam. I had fun throughout, even when emotions ran high and secrets were revealed, this was a great read.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

The Mighty Storm (Book 1)
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A rock-and-roll love triangle…a music journalist’s story of a lifetime…the bad boy front man who broke her heart.
Tru Bennett was just fourteen years old when her best friend and first love, Jake Wethers, moved from England to America and left her brokenhearted. Now twelve years later, Jake is the world’s biggest rock star, lead singer of The Mighty Storm and every woman’s bad-boy fantasy. Every woman, that is, except Tru.
A successful music journalist, Tru knows better than to mix business with pleasure. But then she receives the assignment of a lifetime: interview Jake before his band launches its highly anticipated world tour. Tru vows to keep the meeting strictly professional—but nothing can prepare her for the sparks that fly the moment their eyes meet again.
Now Jake wants Tru to join the band on tour, offering her a behind-the-scenes exclusive that any journalist would kill for. There’s just one problem: Tru’s boyfriend, Will. Can their relationship withstand Tru hitting the road with rock and roll’s most notorious womanizer? Or will she risk it all for a second chance with the one who got away?r heart so completely, or will she willingly risk it all for one night with the world's most notorious womanizer?

wethering the storm
Wethering the Storm (Book 2)
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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?
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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 is the author of The Mighty Storm, 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.

Samantha is giving away:
• 5 ebooks Taming the Storm
• 3 ebook sets including The Mighty Storm, Wethering the Storm and Taming the Storm
• 1 signed paperback set including The Mighty Storm, Wethering the Storm and Taming the Storm 
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