As the newlyweds settle into married life, another twist of fate challenges their love. For once, Abby isn’t able to be the rock of strength that Jake needs. Can the two of them hold on to the strong foundation of love they have built, or will it crumble under the pressure?
Long after the last footsteps could be heard pattering down the hall or the sound of water in the pipes, I finally threw back the covers and hopped out of bed.
I knew exactly what I wanted to wear, and it only took two seconds to pull it out of my suitcase. I then slipped into the bathroom and got dressed. As soon as I was done, I crept out of the bedroom and down the hall. I could hear my dad snoring in the guest bedroom, while the sound of muted TV came from the office where Eli and Gabe were sleeping on an air mattress and the pullout couch. Grabbing a flashlight out of the hall closet, I then snuck out the front door. I jogged as fast as I could in my robe and slippers across the front lawn and down the hill. Thankfully, Angel had actually listened to me when I told her to stay on the porch. The last thing I needed was for her to start a barking marathon and alert everyone that I was running around half-naked outside.
When I got to the barn, I reached under one of the potted plants to get out the hide-a-key. Gently, I unlocked the door and stepped inside. When I closed the door behind me, I heard rustling in the bed upstairs. Without hesitation, I made my way across the living room toward the stairs. Of course, I didn’t expect Jake to have left his shoes in the middle of the floor, causing me to trip and bang into the ladder.
“Ow!” I cried before I could bite down on my lip.
“Abby?” Jake questioned. Within a few seconds, he was peering over the railing of the loft.
Gazing up at him, I teased, “Yes, it’s me. Were you expecting someone else?”
His brows furrowed. “I wasn’t expecting anyone, especially you.”
Jake gave me a funny look as I started climbing the stairs. When I got to the top rung of the ladder, he helped me off. “What are you doing here?”
To answer his question, I undid the tie on my robe. I then shimmied it off my shoulders and let it fall to the floor. Jake’s eyes widened while his mouth gaped open at my skimpy lingerie. “Abby…”
“Do you remember this?” I asked, running my hand over the silky material.
As the revelation washed over him, desire burned in his eyes. “You were wearing that the night we made love for the first time.”
“Yes, I was.” Stepping forward, I wrapped my arms around his neck. “I want you to finish what you started earlier this afternoon. But most of all, I want you to make love to me again on our wedding eve in the same place we first came together.”
Jake’s gaze left mine to momentarily flicker over to the clock on the nightstand. “But it’s after midnight. That means it’s our wedding day. What about the bad luck?”
“We make our own luck. But more than anything, we make our own memories, and I want to make one with you tonight.”
As his arms wrapped tighter around me, he cocked his head at me. “Trust me, Angel, I certainly don’t want to argue with you. I just don’t want you to regret it later.”
“There hasn’t been a single moment I’ve regretted with you.”
Jake’s brows rose in surprise. “Really?”
He smiled. “I’m really glad to hear that.”
“So are you down with my plan?”
“Oh, hell yeah,” he said, as he backed us over to the bed.
Music of the Soul is novella about Abby Renard and Jake Slate; Abby and Jake’s “love” story was told in Music of the Heart so if you have not read Music of the Heart stop reading this review and go 1-click.
I love the boys of Runaway Train!
OK back to this book…I really enjoyed returning to Abby and Jake. Picking up this book felt like returning to old friends, I so love that feeling!
These two truly pulled at my heart in Music of the Heart and this novella added to that, Music of the Soul takes these two past the moment of falling in love and wanting to be together to that forever. Well, the how you make forever work is likely more accurate.
It was wonderful to see these two on a path to living their lives together; a life that is not without hiccups or mistakes or fights. I thoroughly enjoyed Jake’s path in this story, Jake’s demons do not go away just because he finds love. Jake battles hard to try to find the life he and Abby want.
I really enjoyed the use of Jake’s father in this story, he was used for conflict, he was used to move things forward and in the end he was used to show it is forgiveness that truly heals the soul.
Oh, he was also used to highlight what so many of us already know…that parenting is never about being perfect and sometimes you mess up, heck sometimes you screw up big time but how you move past that is often the real parenting lesson.
I absolutely adored how this book reached its evolution, the place Ms. Ashley took this couple to was a wonderful happy for them one that warned my soul while overlapping the past into the future (no I will not explain that I will just say names are often so important).
I loved the last line in this book, it really pulled both books about Jake and Abby together
Oh and P.S I am so excited for Ryhs!!!
Katie Ashley is the New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author of The Proposition. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her two very spoiled dogs and one outnumbered cat. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Harry Potter, Shakespeare, Supernatural, Designing Women, and Scooby-Doo.
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