Thundering Luv

Rated 4.38/5 based on 8 reviews
Jewel has always been able to get the guy she wanted. The starting jock on the football team, the team captain on the basketball team, and the lead swimmer on the swim team. Problem is, she didn't find them the least bit exciting. Was she cold or a she-wolf for guys? Colin thought so, and he'd do anything to bring her down a peg or two. When these two collide on the sandy beach during their mixed More

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Words: 24,150
Language: English
ISBN: 9780985025168
About LM Preston

LM. Preston was born and raised in Washington, DC. An avid reader, she loved to create poetry and short-stories as a young girl. With a thirst for knowledge she attended college at Bowie State University, and worked in the IT field as a Techie and Educator for over sixteen years. She started writing science fiction under the encouragement of her husband who was a Sci-Fi buff and her four kids. Her first published novel, Explorer X - Alpha was the beginning of her obsessive desire to write and create stories of young people who overcome unbelievable odds. She loves to write while on the porch watching her kids play or when she is traveling, which is another passion that encouraged her writing.

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Review by: sarah uk on May 31, 2013 :
(Source: I won a digital copy of this book, and the author requested I review it. Thanks to author L. M. Preston.)
16-year-old Jewel is beautiful and could have any boy that she wants, unfortunately none of her previous boyfriends have made her feel anything other than bored, and she’s made a habit of dumping them in interesting ways, even via tweet.

This summer Jewel meets Colin though, and as they get to know each other something just clicks, and Jewel begins to feel something for the very first time.
Can Jewel and Colin make a go of it? Is Jewel really an ice princess? And what will Jewel think of Colin when he spills the secret he’s been hiding?


This was a sweet, summery romance, and Jewel and Colin made a really great couple.

Jewel was an interesting character, and even though she had all the cutest boys at school after her, she wanted more than eye candy, she wanted someone she really loved which I admired.
Colin was a sweet boy, and it was obvious that he really cared for Jewel, even if he didn’t show it very well at first.

I liked the romance between the pair, and it was sweet and romantic how the tension between them gradually built up. I liked that they allowed their feelings to grow rather than immediately jumping into something together, and I was really hoping that they would get together all the way through.

One thing I was surprised by though is that at the beginning of the book it days that this is book 2 in the ‘Luv’ series, which I hadn’t realised when I picked this one up. This didn’t seem to matter though, so I think this must be a series with different characters in each book.
Overall; a sweet and romantic contemporary YA.
7 out of 10.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Vicki Lake on May 28, 2013 :
I had the pleasure of reading Thundering Luv by LM Preston, and was very happy with the story! It is a very cute love story about two teens who have had hardships in life and have obstacles to overcome. I found the story very interesting to read and follow. I was so happy that both Jewel and Colin got what they wanted and deserved in the end! I can only hope there will be a second book so we learn more about with characters! :)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Vicki Lake on May 28, 2013 :
I had the pleasure of reading Thundering Luv by LM Preston, and was very happy with the story! It is a very cute love story about two teens who have had hardships in life and have obstacles to overcome. I found the story very interesting to read and follow. I was so happy that both Jewel and Colin got what they wanted and deserved in the end! I can only hope there will be a second book so we learn more about with characters! :)
Thank you for my copy LM Preston! I do hope to see more of these two and more of your work in the future!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Carie L. on May 23, 2013 :
I’d probably rate this one 3.5. It’s a quick, sweet, romantic story and I enjoyed it. It’s a bit more juvenile than other YA contemporary romance books I’ve read lately--seems like it’s geared to a younger crowd, though one twist in the story was a little bit more mature (mild spoiler: the bet the guys had about sleeping with Jewel). Other than this, though, the story was fairly clean. A little bit of mild language and not much sexual content beyond kissing. I liked the characters and that they talked and got to know each other. They seemed to have a lot in common--they were really perfect for each other :) I enjoyed reading about their encounters, conversations, and the gradual build of their romance. I did notice a few editing issues in the book, which were kind of distracting. And, the story/characters really could have benefited from a bit more depth--I think the book should have been longer, but I enjoyed it anyway. It’s a quick, fun, romantic fix!

Thanks to the author for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book!! I liked the story a lot and I definitely plan to read more of this author’s writing in the future :)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ema Volf on May 22, 2013 :
So it's the time of year when I love to read stories from warmer places. If I can't go on vacation, then I love to read about places I'd LOVE to go on vacation if I could. This book definitely had that. This was a great read. It was also relatively short, so it would be PERFECT for the inevitable wait times that real life loves to bring.

Thundering Luv follows Jewel, for the most part. Jewel has a ton of emotional baggage from a less than ideal family life. She is that girl in high school that all the boys love because she is everything they can't have. In fact, we find that several of the jocks turn her into a bit of a conquest, which inevitably caused more emotional baggage that she's not always sure how to handle.

For the most part, this story takes place during Jewel's beach vacation with her friends. I definitely enjoy the interaction between her and her friends. Her relationships with her friends definitely remind me of my relationships with my friends from high school. It definitely took me back to a simpler time.

Through a bit of an unfortunate attempt at opening a door to flirtation gone wrong, Jewel meets Colin, who is on vacation with his friend, Jake. Colin has a bit of emotional baggage too, so it was interesting to see how they'd react to each other.

Colin walked into the story with a less than ideal opinion of Jewel, because one of her previous relationships had been with his cousin. Throughout the story, Colin has to sort out what she actually is versus what everyone thinks she is.

Although they both tried extremely hard to deny it, they were immediately attracted to each other. One of the things that made me happy was that with all the emotional baggage, the story did progress as it otherwise should. However, it didn't progress too quickly. I liked that there was some restraint. With that much going on emotionally, I wouldn't have believed it without at least a small amount of restraint.

Though this book took place over a vacation, I was surprised to see how much both Jewel and Colin grew emotionally in that short amount of time. I'm a firm believer in the idea that just because a story is short, that doesn't mean that there's no time for character growth. I was extremely happy to see that this author agrees with me.

Another thing I loved about this story was that although this story was short, it certainly wasn't lacking. It didn't cut off too soon, and I was completely satisfied with where it ended. I didn't feel cheated out of a good story. But it was the perfect length for someone like me that doesn't always have infinite amounts of time to read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: diamonds on May 18, 2013 :
Thundering luv was about two teens who wanted to be loved and found love with each other. The book was a cute short story that I would recommend for anyone who wants a quick read that will make you smile.

Received promotional copy for an honest review.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Lauren Reidy on May 06, 2013 :
I'm kind of on the fence when it comes to short stories. I always wind up wanting more that what is given. This short was very satisfying. It has such raw emotion that you will definitely feel. The characters reactions were written perfectly for a teenager. Teens don't usually wait for you to explain, they just react when hurtful things happen to them. The relationship between Jewel and Colin has its ups and downs but is beautiful nonetheless. It's a nice, quick read for anyone that enjoys YA.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Claire Taylor on April 29, 2013 :
L.M. Preston
Thundering Luv

A great romance read, this book will leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy afterwards. Jewel & Colin seem like complete opposites, but as the story continues you realise they have much more in common than you would have guessed. Well written and nicely paced, I could read this book time and time again.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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