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?
If you are not familiar with Katie Ashley’s Runaway series do yourself a favor and get familiar. Once you start reading you will not be able to put the books down, and “Strings of the Heart” the third book in the series is no different. The book reads at a fast pace, but nothing feels incomplete. Favorite characters from the earlier books make appearances, and you get to catch glimpses at what their lives have become. Katie Ashley has created a dynamic duo in Rhys and Allison and what I love is that by the end I had a new favorite couple in this series.
Rhys is the bass player in the band Runaway Train. He had been mentioned in other books but never truly featured. So when all his quirky character traits and his emotional hold backs come to life, you can’t but help fall in love with his character. There is something about Rhys that is just charming, adorable and sexy that you just want to shake him silly when he denies himself because of his emotional hang ups. With Allison he really opens up, and can be himself and it is just a great romance to see develop.
Allison, now she is force to be reckoned with. She is a girl who knows what she wants and will fight for it. However, she will not be a pushover, and she knows when to put her foot down. I really enjoyed her character. She fit nicely into the group dynamic of the Runaway Train family.
This was another great installment to this series. I can’t wait to see what else Katie Ashley comes up with. Her books are a joy to read.