Monday, 19 May 2014

Book Review: Strings of the Heart by Katie Ashley



Strings of the Heart (Runaway Train #3)
Author: Katie Ashley
Release Date: 12 May 2014

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?

Review

I've only just jumped on the 'Runaway Train' train (see what I did there) and I'm glad I jumped aboard.
Rhys and Allison have know each other for years, but she's always been his bandmate's younger sister and definitely off-limits. That soon changes when they grow closer whilst Rhys visits his parents in Savannah, with it culminating in a night of explosive sex. Unfortunately the next day, Rhys regrets sleeping with Allison and pushes her away. But can he resist her when she joins the band on tour for a fashion internship...?

Rhys is a very sweet and funny guy- who also happens to be a gorgeous bass player in a famous rock band. He had a cold and unloving childhood which has led him to think that he'll never find himself in a loving relationship. I did really like Rhys and especially how protective he is of his sister, although sometimes the way he treated Allison was awful. He tries to push her away, but the push and pull between them hurts both of them.
Allison has been in love with Rhys since she was 13, and it's a love that's never gone away. She's very sweet and close to her brother, Jake, and the rest of her family. Allison has a loving nature that makes her exactly the kind of woman that Rhys needs, even if he doesn't realise it.

Rhys and Allison definitely have a strong and passionate chemistry, especially once Rhys gives into it. The obstacles for their romance lie entirely with Rhys. His family history has shaped the way he feels about relationships and he doesn't want to upset Jake by being with Allison.Although I honestly didn't see what the big deal was with Jake. If they wanted to be together, I didn't see what the problem would be if they just told Jake about their relationship.

This is a thoroughly enjoyable romance, with two very likable and sweet characters who clearly belong together. I can't wait to catch up with the past Runaway Train books and for the future ones to come!

*I received a review copy for my honest opinion. Thank you!

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