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Soul Songs

Bad Boy Romance, Book 2
Narrated by: Lissa Blackwell
Series: Bad Boy, Book 2
Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)
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This Story Is Seductive

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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.

©2017 Simone Carter (P)2017 Simone Carter

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“Because I heard your soul singing to mine.”

“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!

SEX Warning
YES!
 
Trigger Warning
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

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.”
– Marty

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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Audiobook obtained for free at my request and I am voluntarily leaving this unbiased review
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Better than the first

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.

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  • DK
  • 09-15-17

Why Are These Called Bad Boy Romances?



🎶 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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this book was given to me at my request for review

this book is a wonderful love story showing that all men are not alike. the love for the twins is amazing

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Soul Songs

This book had a unique storyline and great characters. I loved both Jake and Marty. They made a wonderful couple even if their love was very quick. There was a sweet romance and cute kids. Then there was also suspense, danger and murder. I guess it was something for everyone. Lissa Blackwell did a great job bringing this story to life. I received this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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Soul Songs

What a great listen! Even though there is a very tragic reason for these two to meet, the main characters in this book are able to find peace and happiness with each other. I love these two together and am very pleased with how the book came to an end.

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great book!

This book was full of love drama and everything in between. The narrator did a great job with the reading! I would definitely recommend this book!

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One Major Flaw!

Let me say first that I love Simone Carter's stories. I really enjoy how she creates a wonderful tale in a short amount of time. This story was wonderful before and after Chapter 5 where the MC vividly describes her rape. I do not understand why author's think they have to tell every detail of such an atrocious act. Generalities would suffice or just a simple statement that a character has gone through such a horrible ordeal would be fine. It's this chapter of why this story has three stars instead of five. I loved it except for that particular detail but it's a big detail! I have stopped watching movies and the like due to a rape scene being played out, to never finish it. The narration was excellently done by Lissa Blackwell, as usual. I love how she brings the story to life, giving the characters their own voices and emotions.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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A tender love story, hero is tender & sweet!

This book was a surprise for me, as I am usually drawn to historical romance or mystery. That being said, I rarely read a contemporary romance, but this one was a real treasure! I enjoyed the characters - Marty, our heroine, hates musicians and loves her freedom, taking to the road in a semi-nomadic lifestyle with a one-eyed ginger cat as a companion. She has had trauma in her past (trigger warning if you’re sensitive to assault themes), and her father was a musician, so she despises them, as he was selfish and ultimately self-destructive, putting himself first while abusing her mom and his family.

She thinks she has found some peace in life, when she’s called in on a short project to paint the rooms of the niece and nephew of Jake Stryker, a country superstar with a bad boy reputation, she wants nothing to do with the project until she realizes the children have lived in fear of their father, robbed of their mom at only age 4, and now are living with Jake, as she was his sister, — murdered by her husband, who was the real bad boy in this book.

When Marty takes on work that is to be a short assignment, the children melt her heart and she is surprised to find that Jake is nothing like the bad boy image that the public perceives of him. He’s sweet, caring of the children, and enormously attracted to Marty. She finds her heart melting towards him as well, and while she never believes she would ever find love, she does, to her own surprise, living under Jake’s roof and getting to know his niece and nephew.

Narrator Lissa Blackwell gave the story a gentle touch and voiced the characters beautifully! She did a wonderful job bringing all of the characters to life, and her voice was soothing and easy on the ears.

I really enjoyed this book, and ate it up in less than a day! The love scenes are HOT and the HEA is very tender. This one is a huge thumbs up in my book, and I learned a lesson— never avoid a book you think isn’t your “type” (don’t read a book by its cover, etc)! I’ve been missing out on some great love stories and this one in particular taught me that you don’t have to stick to one genre to enjoy a book!

*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Songs of the Soul

This is a story of wills and who will win. Your up bringing plays alot with your heart and soul. A true tragedy brings two lost souls together by chance.

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  • Natalie
  • 12-09-17

Loved It

Written for my blog

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.

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  • Anniiiiiiiitttttaaaaaa
  • 10-05-17

Soothing bad boys

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!

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  • MCR.
  • 09-23-17

Review

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.