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Review: Strings of the Heart by Katie Ashley


Strings of the Heart (Runaway Train #3) by Katie Ashley
Release Date:  March 12, 2014
My Rating:  4-stars

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?


I am ashamed to admit, I have all of the books in this series, but this is the only one I have read.  I know, shame on me!  Have no fear though, I had no troubles loving the characters in this story anyhow!
I adored this book.  I didn’t want to put it down.  The first parts of the book had me chuckling and fist-pumping, for real!
Allison has always loved Rhys.  She has dreamt of him and wished for him since she was thirteen years old.  Now she is grown up, in college, and willing to risk everything to make him open his eyes to finally see her as a woman.
Rhys is home for a few months and isn’t looking forward to it.  He doesn’t care to spend time with his family, well his parents anyway.  He decides to look up Allison.  He finds that she is not the little girl he remembers.  He spends every day with her all the while ignoring and denying what he feels for her.  Then, one drunken night changes everything.  Their friendship has become complicated.
Now these two find themselves on tour together.  Rhys continues to deny his true feelings, wanting to keep Allison in the friendzone.  Allison can’t just be friends with him.  Between her feelings for him and the one night she thought would seal their fate, she can’t continue hurting.  Being around him is more than hurting her; it is crushing her.
This is the part that I wasn’t too fond of.  Once Rhys is willing to admit his true feelings for Allison to himself and her, everything happens so fast.  They can’t keep their hands off each other.  Her brother finds them in a compromising position, relationships are broken and mended.  The whole drama of being found out went a little too smoothly and fast for me.  I wanted a little more with this.
I can’t wait to dig into the other books in this series.  I totally love Katie Ashley!  I am never disappointed with her books!


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Katie Ashley is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her two very spoiled dogs. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Harry Potter, Shakespeare, Supernatural, Designing Women, and Scooby-Doo. 

With a BA in English, a BS in Secondary English Education, and a Masters in Adolescent English Education, 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.
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