Review: Strings of the Heart by Katie Ashley

Friday, May 23, 2014

Title: Strings of the Heart
Author: Katie Ashley
Expected Release: May 12th

Twenty year old, Allison Slater has been in love with her brother’s bandmate, Rhys McGowan, since she was fifteen years old. But to him, she’ll always be Jake’s little sister and off limits. Now a college sophomore and licking her wounds from a bad breakup, she sets her sights on making Rhys see her as someone he could date…maybe even love. Her opportunity comes when Rhys visits his parents in Savannah where she is attending college. But the night she’s dreamed of turns to heart-break, and she realizes she’ll never be the one for Rhys.

For Rhys McGowan, his nightmare began when he woke up, naked and hung-over, next to his bandmate’s little sister. Unable to remember a thing from the previous night, he only makes matters worse by lying to Allison about not being interested in her. The truth is he’s spent the last year to ignore his body’s reaction whenever Allison is around. His resolve is tested when Allison comes on tour with Runaway Train, as both Jake and Abby’s nanny and to fulfill her fashion design internship. The more time he spends with her in the close quarters of the bus, the harder it is for him to resist.

Will Rhys realize that having a relationship with Allison is worth fighting for even if it means that he has to fight his best friend for a chance?

Ash's Review:
Rating: Four Glasses of White Zin
I had the pleasure of meeting Katie Ashley in Charleston, SC back in February of this year.  I had never heard of her before that weekend, but after my bestie won one of her books that sounded pretty interesting, I decided I should perhaps read something of hers. I started following her on Facebook and when I saw that she had a new book coming out and needed blogs to sign up for the tour, I jumped on the chance..... Of course, I didn't realize that it was the third book in a series that I had not read! 
Strings of the Heart is the third book in her Runaway Train series.  However, each book seems to be about a different band mate, so it was not too hard to pick up and understand what was going on.  SOTH is about twenty year old Allison Slater and her almost life long love Rhys McGowan.  Rhys is Allison's brothers band mate and best friend.  When she was 13 years old, Allison almost drowned while at her brother Jake's ranch.  It was Rhys that saved her life and thus began the seven year long admiration from afar. 
Rhys sees "Allie-bean" as his best friends kid sister.  Even after she asked him to kiss her at her sweet 16 party, he still does not see the feelings that she has for him.  After Allison moves to Savannah for school, which happens to be his home town, he goes to see her and realizes that she has turned in to a woman.... And that he actually enjoys spending time with her. They spend several weeks together which leads to one night... A night that he thinks is a mistake and she thinks is the culmination of years of longing. 
What ensues is the story of how Allison and Rhys become......
Strings of the Heart by Katie Ashley was a good read.  It was a little bit cookie cutter, but that did not detract from my enjoyment.  I felt like it was a story that I have read before (ie Sinners on Tour, without all the sex) but it was a fun read nonetheless.  I loved the side characters and all of the other band members. I really wanted to climb aboard the tour bus and hang out with the guys.  I am looking forward to reading the first two (and a half) books and learning more about the band members and how they got to the point they were at when I met them.  Overall, I enjoyed this book and give it four glasses of White Zin.

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.

She spent 11 1/2 years educating the Youth of America aka teaching MS and HS English until she left to write full time in December 2012.

She also writes Young Adult fiction under the name Krista Ashe.

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