Author: Katie Ashley
Publisher by: Independent
Published on: May 12, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
Related Books: Redemption Road
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 loved Strings of the Heart. I have read all of the books in the Runaway Train series. This definitely secured a spot as one that I will be reading again and again. Strings of the Heart focuses on Allison and Rhys. Allison of course is Jake little sister who has been in love with Rhys since she was 16 years old. If you have read the series, then you will remember that Jake and the boys of Runaway Train played for his sisters Sweet 16 party. The book starts with Allison asking Rhys to give her her first kiss. Something happens to Rhys at that moment. What it is we are going to learn throughout the remainder of the story.
Rhys is a great guy who tries to hide behind the rocker façade. In the previous books he seems like a player. He is not close to his parents however he loves his sister more than anything in the world. I love that Ms. Ashley uses her books to educate readers on bigger topics. Rhys’s sister is autistic and I loved how he treats her like a normal person instead of doing what his parents do, which is leave her in the shadows. I also like that Rhys is a history buff! That and the bassist makes him HOT! I can totally get why Allison falls in love with him.
Of course one of my favorite scenes was the scene where Jake finds out that Rhys and Allison have been together. Does he blow up and act like a big brother….um yeah. Of course, Abby gets Jake thinking straight and makes him calm down. She reminds Jake that she too has big brothers who were not really happy with how they started out and wanted to kick his behind too!!!
My second favorite scene is the scene where Bella (AJ’s daughter) wakes Rhys up and of course like most men, he has morning wood. Well if you have a toddler then you know that you cannot say anything to them because they take it all to heart. I have never laughed as hard as I did when I read that scene. It was too perfect!!
So….go out and get Strings of the Heart. If you have not read any others in the series, get them too and read them. You will love the characters and the story lines. I give them all 5 stars for everything (writing, characters, storylines, etc.).
“You’ve been utterly and completely blind haven’t you? Or I guess it’s more like you’ve been emotionally shut off.” She took a tentative step towards me. “Last night meant everything to me because I was with the man I loved. The man I’ve been in love with since I was thirteen years old.”Her words had the same effect as if a lightning bolt had shot out of the sky to slam with jolts of electricity. “You’re in love me?” I asked.“I can’t believe I ever took you for such a smart man, Rhys,” Allison snapped.
Running my hands over my face, I shook my head. “God, how did I not see it for all those years?” As my mind whirled with thoughts, I wondered if I had just been ignoring all the signs that were already there. I’d never had a girl that was just a friend. All these years, I’d treated Allison as a little sister. Somehow in the last three weeks, our relationship had changed into one of friendship. At the same time, I had to wonder if I’d been deluding myself. Was what I was feeling for Allison more than just friendship?