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Soft Like Thunder by Julia Wolf ~ Review


Soft Like Thunder is a remarkable start to the Savage U series.

If you’ve read The Savage Crew, you’ve probably been intrigued by Hells (Helen) since she was introduced, and I’ll tell you that whatever you’ve imagined about her is only a fraction of who she is.

Helen is more of a BA than I expected; she’s fiery and driven, determined to do whatever it takes to become the person her dear friend saw in her, and she’s not going to let anyone stand in her way. She had so many different sides to her, and each one was as admirable as the next.

Theo wasn’t what he seemed to be; he wasn’t a frat boy with a silver spoon in his mouth. He portrayed himself in a way that was meant to help him survive. Not to say he wasn’t as arrogant as some of the frat boys he was surrounded by; he was, and he pulled it off with ease. He could go from protective gentleman to hot AF alpha in the blink of an eye, and from sweet to dillwad in the blink of an eye. Which left me wanting to hug him one page, and borrow “batty” the next.  

Theo and Helen’s lives were in the crosshairs of a storm, and they were each other’s safe haven. Their chemistry was fiercely passionate, and as a result, the good times were heaven and the bad times were hell, but they were still one another’s safe place at all times, even when they didn’t want that to be the case.

My feels weren’t prepared for Theo and Helen’s story. Both of them had pasts that left scars, not physically, but the ones that make you guard your heart to prevent any more hurt, and feed thoughts in your head that make you believe things that are far from the truth. There were times their anguish was so palpable that I didn’t realize I was crying until the tears began to fall.

From start to finish, Soft Like Thunder is nothing short of enthralling. Soul-searing chemistry, a swoony(ish) alpha-hole(ish) hero (he’s complicated, dude), a BA heroine, witty banter, rapt with angst, and blazing steam. I can’t wait to spend more time immersed in the world of Savage U.


Helen. What a sweet name for a girl who is anything but.

The first time I laid eyes on Theo Whitlock, I chased him and his frat boy friends with a bat.

I’m no white knight.

I’m broke. He’s rich. I destroyed his car. He chooses not to rat me out.

I was never supposed to go to college, but especially not one like Savage U, where only the wealthiest need apply. One might call this a lucky break, only I don’t feel so lucky with a drug dealer breathing down my neck, and a gangster threatening to burn my house down.

You have a face that could launch a thousand ships.

Theo and I don’t make sense, but being with him feels good, and I need more than my books and classes to distract me from the chaos and violence in my life.

I know you’re my good girl. Aren’t you, Helen? Tell me.

We’re casual. No complications. We have to be. I’m keeping secrets, and I have a feeling behind Theo Whitlock’s twinkly blue eyes is a whole world of darkness.

Do you think about me?

Too much…

Did I hurt you?

He will…if the other savages don’t get to me first.

(Author’s note: This is a dark college romance that explores mature themes and dubious situations. Guaranteed: a badass heroine, bad guys, and a satisfying happily ever after.)

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