~ REVIEW: Strings of the Heart by Katie Ashley ~

17881466SynopsisTwenty 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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Michele's Review4.5 stars

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!

about-the-author6546441Katie 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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