Saturday, May 17, 2014

eARC Review!- Strings of the Heart (Runaway Train #3) by Katie Ashley

Title:  Strings of the Heart (Runaway Train #3)   
Author:  Katie Ashley
Publication Date: May 12th 2014
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Plot:   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?


My Review 

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*I received an ARC from the author's assistant/street team in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!!*

Strings of the Heart tells the story of Allie and Rhys. Allie has been in love with Rhys since she was 13 but he has only seen her as his best friend/bandmate's kid sister.

This all changes when she turns 16 and the two share their first kiss which causes Allie to reaffirm her belief that Rhys is the man for her; and Rhys to finally begin to notice Allie but not take action on it due to her young age and naivety.

Years later, after after a failed relationship, Allie is an aspiring fashion designer and takes on a baby sitting gig for brother, Jake, and his wife, Abby, while also working an internship with the band's stylist.

She once again encounters Rhys and the two grow closer and end up drunkenly having an one night stand.

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Allie thinks this has finally sealed the deal with her and Rhys leaves to her mere heartbreak.

Licking her wounds and battling Rhys' rejection, will she have what it takes to strum the strings of his jaded heart and fulfill her dreams of working in the fashion world?

And Rhys. Will he let go of own wounds and risk his own longtime relationship with one of the only "real family" he's ever had and give into the undeniable chemistry with the girl who gives him everything?

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Read and you will find out!

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My thoughts: A decent read, my main problems with this book were the pacing and the "clichéness" of the plot. I mean, aside from the story dragging for me, I just felt that I've seen plots over and over where the girl falls for her brother's best friend but the guy will not act on it due to respect for his friend (the girl's brother) so he battles with it and fights it off leading to a whole bunch of drama.

The only difference is, is that for this story, the guy is a famous musician. Big difference, right?

I don't know guys, this is an okay read that had potential but I just was hoping that it would somehow go in a different direction perhaps. It just did not measure up to par of what I had anticipated.

Still a decent read though and doesn't deter me from wanting to read Brayden and Lily's story in book 4!! I hope Eli's story is book 5!! Pretty please?!

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My Rating:
-Overall : 8
-Plot : 8
-Writing : 8
-Characters : 8
-Cover : 8.5


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About the Author 

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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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