Soul Songs - Bad Boy Series: Audiobook 2
Jake Stryker is the bad boy of country music. Tall, dark, and ruggedly handsome, he has the reputation of a party animal and enjoys all the perks of celebrity. His idyllic lifestyle was rocked by the news of his sister's death at the hands of her husband, Bobby. Jake took responsibility of his sister's twins, whilst Bobby was sent to jail.
Marty Donahue makes her living painting murals for people. She lives and travels in a 30-year-old RV accompanied by her one-eyed old cat Gruff. She loves her carefree life, traveling around the country, creating unique murals for all types of people.
When Marty was told her next job was for Jake Stryker, her initial response was "no." She wasn't crazy about men, and she especially disliked musicians, due to her father's mistreatment of her mother. If it hadn't been for the sad tale of the 4-year-old twins, she would have never taken it on.
Marty committed to doing not one, but two murals at the home of Jake Stryker. She wanted to help the kids, but she wasn't prepared to become another notch on the bedpost for the sexy superstar.
The next few weeks were filled with painting, kids, and Jake. She doesn't want to get close to him, she knows he's bad news, but she can't keep fighting the chemistry that's brewing between them.
Then they get the sickening news: Bobby has escaped from the jail where he was being held for trial. Word is that he's headed to Tennessee to get his kids back.
Will Marty and Jake be able to work together to save the kids from their maniacal father? And will they be able to save themselves from their attraction to each other?
Soul Songs is Audiobook 2 in the steamy Bad Boy Romance Series.
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I liked Marty almost instantly, she was a really likable character who had a bad background but didn't let that affect her.
Jake was lovely too and has made it into my Book Boyfriends shelf. The guy doesn't seem to have any flaws! I wouldn't really put him as a bad boy but I guess the country singer makes up for it.
The backstory for the children is heartbreaking. Their reactions to certain things are so well written. We don't actually read what they went through but certain things they do and say give us a small idea.
The narrator was really good, she did some great voices for each person, especially the children, and really understands the story, bringing the listener more into it.
This is an instalove story, which is fine, but not my favourite. It wasn't so bad though as that wasn't all the story was about and the characters didn't act on it ludicrously quickly. There were points though such as at the beginning, where Jake said something like 'I almost lost you then'...he'd known her five minutes. I think if I guy said that to me when I barely knew him I'd be running for the hills. It was cute and romantic and fit the story perfectly though!
About an hour into the story you can hear sirens in the background from the narrators recording place, it happens a little later in the story too. It's not awfully off putting but it is noticeable.
This was a easy and fun listen. Lissa does a good job of bringing the characters to life. I didn't feel like I had lost anything coming in on book two of this series. For this reason, I would say it is a stand-alone book and recommend it!
I really enjoyed this story it had a really catchy beginning and once I sat down to listen to that, it had me hooked. It remained upbeat and interesting all the way through. I loved the presenter, she really matched the style of the story perfectly. The story is very well rounded, it is not just a romance. It is the touching story of a brothers love for his sister's children. Also a lesson in understanding and dealing with children who have suffered terrible trauma. I think it is all sensitively and beautifully handled in a way that enhances the story without detracting from the main focus of a budding new romance.
“Because I heard your soul singing to mine.”
Soul Songs is #2 in the Bad Boy Series, I have not listened to #1 Hawk’s Call, but have been assured by the author that the only connection among the titles in the series is that they all contain “Bad Boys”.
HEA with no cliffhanger!
Child Abuse, Spousal Abuse, Rape
Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
♥ Story ♥
This story will definitely pull at your heart strings!
Marty Donahue is a traveling artist famous for her murals. Her mode of transportation is her RV dubbed “Big Red” and a one-eyed old cat named Gruff is her co-pilot. She tries to avoid musicians and their lifestyles because of her bad experience with her washed up drunk of father. Who was, you guessed it, a rocker.
~ Gruff ~
“Well, Gruff is not just your ordinary cat, but once he decides to be your friend, he’s your friend for life.”
Marty makes an exception for Jake Stryker, bad boy of country music, because her heart hurts for the children that have been left in his care. Jake took responsibility of his sister’s 4 year old twins after her death at the hands of her husband, in front of those said children.
Jake is, of course, drawn to Marty the moment he sees her. He compares her looks to a young Ann-Margret. For those of you who may have seen Viva Las Vegas with Elvis, she is the main chick.
Marty's backstory involves a very descriptive scene of her rape in chapter 05.
The scene is played out in Marty’s head for the reader, and no one else. After that one chapter, it is abandoned as an afterthought, but as a reader I was left feeling dirty and uncomfortable. I kept waiting for it to have relevance sometime later in the story, but nothing else ever came of it. I feel that an attempted rape would have been a more effective of an explanation for why she had a gun and why the one interaction disturbed her without potentially scarring the reader.
~ The Twins ~
“Ah, dumpling, you don’t understand. When a man and a woman get married they should love each other. They should know how to make each other happy, make each other’s souls sing.”
The twins will make you want to crawl into the book and hug and rock them in comfort. The request for cops in the mural made me want to cry. Good thing Jake has money because those poor babies are going to need some therapy to go along with their hugs and love.
This was a heartfelt story of 2 people wounded by life looking for the one to make their soul sing.
♥ Author ♥
This is my first read/listen by Simone Carter. The characters are interesting and engaging. I could listen to this story again, but just skip chapter 5. I would definitely listen to other works by this author.
Simone has 16 titles to her name listed on Audible.
♥ Narrator(s) ♥
Lissa Blackwell performance was very pleasing to listen to. The narration parts were easy to listen to and the voices for the females and the children were great. Jake’s voice could use some polish. It was great when he was on his own but when thrown in the mix with others talking on and off, he got lost and sounded just like Marty. I would listen to more works performed by this narrator.
Lissa has 19 titles to her name listed on Audible.
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed the first book in the series but, I thought this one was even better. They are both stand alone books...none of the same characters....but I liked this story better. The narration was great, too. I received a review copy at my request and voluntarily reviewed.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
🎶 The men in the series are absolutely sweet, kind and protective. I liked Book Number 1. I absolutely LOVED this book (#2.) I cannot wait for Book Number 3.
Marty Donahue (female) has been hired to paint murals on the bedroom walls of Jake Stryker's niece and nephew. When she arrives, she is mistaken for a stripper for a bachelor party Jake is throwing for one of his friends. Once Jake realizes that the artist he's hired has been mistaken for a stripper by his pals, he immediately rescues her – realizing the mistake.
Over the next few days, which turned into weeks, Marty allows herself to enjoy the feel of family that Jake, the kids and the elderly couple that take care of the property and the children provide. She knows she shouldn't, but in quick order, she finds herself falling for Jake.
As I said before, I absolutely love this book. I was a bit wary of *accepting this book in exchange for my review. However, I am so glad that I did and easily rate the story with 5 stars.
Lissa Blackwell is a wonderful narrator. She earns her 5 stars, as well.
Overall, this book is a sweet romance. It does touch on some suspense/violence that are needed to move the story along. This does include mature themes, meant for adult audiences. The overall rating that I give this book is 5 stars.
If you look at my reviews, you'll see very few that contain a 5 star review in one category… I am very picky with my 5 star ratings. Simone Carter has written a 5 stars story and Lissa Blackwell is a perfect fit with a 5 star performance. Very well done.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I have a soft spot for single dads and Jake stoled a piece of my heart in this story. Jake is taking care of his deceased sisters 4 year old twins, Brody and Bonnie. These two kids have been through the unimaginable and I loved the love Jake had for them both! Marty was a good match for Jake and was great with the kids as well.
This story did have some tense moments and moments that pulled on my heartstrings as well. I loved how strong Marty was especially after her past trauma but I wish she didn’t put herself down when it came to Jake. That was my one issue with her but overall I loved how she interacted with the kids and Jake.
This is a new to me author that fell into my lap and I’ve really come to enjoy her stories! Even though they are short they pack a good punch!
I listened to the audio version as I read and this narrator once again knocked it out of the park. I loved the southern accents, the way she was able to do the kid voices. The narrator captures the moments of this story perfectly and really brought everything to life!
*Book borrowed through Kindle Unlimited*
"This audio book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."
I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review. The story was cute but just okay. It seemed rushed, no development of characters. Performance was okay - thought it was weird that narrator made 4 year olds sound like 2 year olds.
Sweet story with a HEA. Really not a bad boy at all, but a loving, sweet and generous man.
I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
Simone Carter is one of my favorites and I enjoyed this 3-hour story. I loved that it has a HEA and more than anything else, I loved the kids!
I do have a small objection to this book being called a 'Bad Boy' book because the main male character isn't a 'Bad Boy' at all. He is a country musician and may have had a colorful past but he wouldn't be considered a bad boy (in my opinion). He's just a sweetheart.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
When Jake's sister is murdered by her husband, his priorities change completely when he takes in her children. Marty, who has bad memories of her musician father, is hired to paint two murals for the children but is reluctant to accept the job. She finally agrees for the sake of the traumatized children. She wants nothing to do with Jake because he is a musician with a bad reputation for partying and womanizing. Still, she can't fight her attraction for him. When the children are put in danger, they will do anything to protect them.
Soul Songs was a great story and I enjoyed the buildup to their romance. Jake and Marty was both very likable characters with obvious chemistry between them. I liked that Jake stepped up to care for his niece and nephew and made them his number one priority. I enjoyed their story so much that I listened to the audiobook all in one sitting and the gripping climax kept me riveted. The narration was well done and she had a voice and style that I found very pleasant to listen to. Overall, this was a great listening experience and I would recommend Soul Songs: Bad Boy Romance, Book 2.
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Somehow Simone nailed a great story in under 4 hours. I felt I knew the characters well. There was time to build up the heat level and time to insert some gripping drama at the end. Felt like a longer book because all the right elements were there without the baggage.
Lisa Blackwell did a great job.
TWO THUMBS UP
Loved the story and the characters. Marty and Jake have a great story to tell with plenty of laughs and sparks and I loved the twins! Excellent narrator, she really brought the characters to life. I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.