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Strings of the Heart (Runaway Train Series #3)

Strings of the Heart (Runaway Train Series #3)

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by Katie Ashley

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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


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?

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Katie Ashley Productions
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The Runaway Train Series , #3
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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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Strings of the Heart 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another fabulous love story from Katie Ashley! Loved the story of Rhys & Allison! Looking forward to more stories in the future!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my first book from this author...it wont be my last. I fell in love with rhys aand allisons story. I will be going back to the beginning of the series. I read this one in one day...couldnt put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish every series was this good!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another awesome story this time it's Allison and Rhys turn.
mwiegert2007 More than 1 year ago
*** 4 1/2 Stars *** I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this story! Katie Ashley does an absolutely amazing job of connecting you to ALL of the characters! Also, even though this book goes back months later from when the book first started, you are never confused on whether you are reading about the characters past or present. I really liked Allison! She is such a sweetheart and never really has a bad thing to say about anyone. She may seem very confident in herself, but really there is always an underlining of self-doubt in the background. Not that she would really ever let any see it. Allison was such a strong woman, and my heart broke with everything she had to put up with from Rhys! Allison has been in love with Rhys since she was 13 years old, and her love for him has only gotten stronger over the years. Now that she’s 20 now and he’s in town for a few weeks, she’s determined to show him that she isn’t a little girl any more. She wants him to love her back, but she had no idea what a rocky road they would have before he would ever admit his feelings. Rhys McGowan didn’t have the best childhood growing up. He grew up in a rich family that was only focused on how other people thought of them, not how their children craved for their love. Since he never really received any type of love from anyone other than his nanny, Rhys isn’t sure he’s even capable of loving someone like Allison back. Oh yeah, he thinks she’s smoking hot, but not someone he wants to settle down with. Besides, she’s his best friend’s baby sister, he can’t ever go there anyway. However, after spending a few weeks with Allison in Savannah, he starts to feel things he thought he would never feel. After seeing how things ended after those few blissful weeks Rhys and Allison spent together, you kind of want to punch Rhys in the face. Then after Allison joins the band on tour, you decide that yes, he’s a MAJOR dick! You start to wonder, will Rhys ever get his head out of his ass and finally see what a good thing he has with Allison? I really liked how well Katie was able to intertwine all the characters in the story, never once were you confused on what was going on. I’m really interested to see what happens with Eli, I really liked him and felt bad when he put all that effort into trying to romance Allison and nothing came of it. I can’t wait to see what happens next in this series!
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sugarpine721 More than 1 year ago
How can you not love a HEA?
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MeganRC More than 1 year ago
This was another great book in the Runaway Train series! The characters were fun and sexy. The story line was emotional at times and certainly had some steamy moments as well. I was drawn in to the story from the very first word. Rhys and Allison have an interesting relationship. She’s several years younger than he is and has been in love with him since she was thirteen. Now that she’s almost twenty-one, Rhys is starting to take more notice of her but is still holding himself back. It doesn’t help that she’s his bandmate’s little sister. Rhys has to do a lot of soul searching and self realization during this book. Allison is excited to finally get her chance with Rhys but of course things don’t go as planned and she has to do a little soul searching of her own. These two old souls make a great couple and compliment each other. This book definitely kept me on the edge of my seat and both of the characters quickly won me over. I was rooting for them to find a way to make it work from the very beginning. This was a great book for the last of the Runaway Train boys to find love. Now I’m asking do the Jacob’s Ladder boys get a spin-off? I would love to see Gabe and Eli get their own stories. Fantastic and a 5 out of 5 stars!
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csingh More than 1 year ago
I love the older brother's best friend trope.  There's something about it that never goes old.  I think part of the attraction is knowing the person for a long length of time and having a sort of comfort level with them. I knew Rhys and Allison had chemistry, having read the previous books in The Runaway Train series and seeing the hints of what was to come. When I finally read Strings of the Heart, I was very happy with what I read. Usually when it comes to books which have this theme, there is some dickering between the characters about whether or not to go public or even have a relationship.  There was some in here and it was appropriate up to a point.  In Rhys's case, he had no qualms about devastating Allie with his words and actions but was emotionally closed off when it came to talking about anything with permanence.  I really disliked Rhys at those points during the book and my heart hurt for Allie.   Another part of the book I loved was Rhys's relationship with his autistic sister.  That part warmed my heart and brought a smile to my face.  I really did not like his parent's attitude about her though.  I also found Rhys's thoughts regarding Brayden's daughter to be profound and bittersweet.  I love that Katie Ashley included the topic as a whole as the incidence and prevalence of autism continues to grow.   I loved the flow of the story. I feverishly read the book trying to cram it all in and hoping it wasn't over when it ended.  It was great to see everyone from the previous books and catch up with them.  I especially loved seeing the twins and A.J.'s daughter Bella.  Bella was just adorable! She provided for some of the most memorable moments and the others can be attributed to tequila.   I know that there is a novella coming out about Lily and Brayden, but I'm not ready to let go of Runaway Train and its members yet.  I'm hoping Ms. Ashley will consider writing books for Abby's brothers so we can see them fall in love but also get glimpses of some of our (tamed) favorite rock stars.
Emily-SBDR More than 1 year ago
This book is swoon central. Let's touch on the fact that this is my all time favorite trope. The best friend and the little sister. Gets me every time. However, Katie Ashley does it in a way that made my heart palpitate just from the emotions of her characters. Allison and Rhys were so obviously meant to be, that when they weren't it truly made me sad. Their story is incredibly awesome though. A lot of love, lust, and infuriating moments passed between these two and I loved every second of it. I will say the one thing that sets Strings of the Heart aside from the other books is its structure. Ms. Ashley shares the story of Rhys and Allison starting in the present, dropping in a few flashbacks, then fully submerging the reader into a time 3 months ago where everything changed for the couple. I liked actually going back and experiencing the whole ordeal instead of just touching on parts throughout the book. It was also unique in that, that chunk of the book you really get to know the characters separate of the band and their main connection, Jake, Allison's brother. It was refreshing to see that they had built a relationship all on their own. That, if you took away the band and her brother, they still had two legs to firmly stand on and could make this thing work. Allison may have been in love with Rhys since she was 13, but he has been oblivious to every ounce of her affection until now. During a 3 week trip home everything changes for them. They are both virtually alone in Savannah, GA- him visiting his cold-hearted family, her going to school- and their loneliness consumes them. Until, Rhys decides to drop in and say hello. They find solace with one another and begin to have a relationship beyond what theirs was originally built on- the band and her brother. Suffice it to say, Rhys is still not ready to confront his feelings. Be it, he's scared, or he truly can't face the music, he's not ready to give himself fully to Allison. Fast forward three months and the pair will be in close quarters while Allison is helping with the outfits for their tour, and helping watch over her niece and nephew. Rhys' resolve is waning and when Allison starts slipping away he has to make a fast decision that will change a lot of people's lives. Is their relationship worth the risk? Can he learn to love? There were equal times when I wanted to pummel and hug Allison and Rhys. In the end, this couple touched my heart. I loved their tug-o-war story. It hooked me from chapter one until the very end. They evolve as a couple, and inherently know what the other is thinking and needing. It's all very captivating and heart-melting. Let's not forget their scorching scenes because those worth fan-worthy as well. Although, I would have loved to see more of the pool house side to their sex life. Things got a little heated up in there! Anyways, in short- this story is lovely. It's a push and pull, "all the feels" type story. You get to revisit old friends from previous books and develop an all new love and appreciation for Rhys and Allison. Really couldn't ask for more from this sexy, rocker story! Can't wait to get a glimpse of Brayden and Lily's story coming soon :) Happy Reading! *ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved all these books and this did not let me down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book because it was a fast read for me. However, I noticed a couple of errors with spelling that were not expected.
Angel000 More than 1 year ago
I loved how they went from friends to lovers !! I really liked how Rhys wasn't out sleeping around trying to hide his feelings !!! As for jake he is so overprotective but in such a loving way. Great ending to the story.