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Strings of the Heart

(Runaway Train #3)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  8,642 ratings  ·  512 reviews
Twenty year old, Allison Slater has been in love with her brothers bandmate, Rhys McGowan, since she was fifteen years old. But to him, shell always be Jakes 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 datemaybe even love. Her opportunity comes when Rhys ...more
Published May 12th 2014
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Amy | Foxy Blogs

Strings of the Heart is the third book in the Runaway Train series. The band is on the road and Allison, a band member's younger sister, is with them as a nanny and working on her college internship. Her long time crush on Rhys, a band member who is 7 years older than her, is very evident.

Allison makes her feelings for Rhys plain as day but because of his past he won't allow himself to reciprocate those feelings. Rhys goes from being kind and caring to a complete jerk
3.5 Draining as Hell Stars

I liked this book for the most part but I felt like it sucked the life right out of me half the time. Watching Rhys push Allison away over and over, trying to convince the both of them that "it's for her own good" really started to work my last damn nerve. I liked both MCs, though, and Katie Ashley can usually be counted on for a fun read. Because, like most things in my life, I started this series out of order, I'm now onto AJ and Mia' s book. I do love the hot
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**Re-read 3/27/18**
Oct 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: katie-ashley
I really hope this book is about Jake's half sister Allison and Rhys!
Aug 27, 2019 rated it liked it
The story is cute. A bit of forbidden romance. But it is not macho, dirty that kind of forbidden romance. It is actually slow burn. long dragging forbidden romance. Rhys and Allison been knowing each other since Allison 13 years old. Allison, despite her young age, has been n love with Rhys ever since. Rhys is Allison's brother best friend. Their love is not insta love. Also its not insta lust. The love and lust is build over their dates.

Listening to their dates, its like watching that movie,
Apr 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, rocker-rock-star
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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
Jun 02, 2013 rated it liked it
**2.5 stars**

I was anticipating this book because out of all the band members I couldn't wait for Rhys' story. It totally guts me that I to give this two stars. Rhys' character really disappointed me and I thought Allison was a bit of pushover, she accepted too much crap from him, and that was when the stars started falling for me! Personally I would have loved to see more happening with Rhys' family with regards to stuff getting resolved for him and his sister. Instead this book was wasted on
Lily Rose
Oct 16, 2013 marked it as to-read
Rhys and Allison? Tell me so, please!
Mar 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rock-gods
Just 3 ❤❤❤ for a book i wanted to love.

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I am very sad. I love "Runaway Train" and like any other fan i was waiting for "Strings of the Heart". I already met Jake and AJ. I must say those guys are Absolutely adorable and Hot. Their stories were full of drama and love. I expected that from "Strings of the heart".

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I wanted Rhys to be my next book boyfriend. At the beginning of the story he stole my heart, but then . . . . The story was too slow for my taste. I know sometimes we need flashbacks in
Sabrina Rabideau
Jul 29, 2013 rated it liked it
I'm so excited for this! I loved Jake's book... LOVED IT! Jake was just... *sigh* so amazing. And I loved A.J too, but we didn't hear much from Rhys and I thought he was such a cool character when we did hear from him that I can't wait for this book! He better get someone special, or I will be VERY upset.
After Music of the Soul:
Let me just say, Rhys is hilarious, and a great character. (view spoiler)
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 01-signed
4.5 Say Something Stars


Rhys is the bassist for Runaway Train, the last single man left on the bus - the final one to fall. One night four years ago he felt a jolt, a shot straight through his heart, a completely foreign feeling that man like Rhys couldn't define. Growing up in high society in the south, attending law school and finally chasing his dream to become a rock star ensured that Rhys was never going to live up to his parent's expectations. But in reality, no one really could. Never
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
☆☆☆☆4.5 Stars☆☆☆☆

I really really loved this story! So hot! Of all the books in this series I think this one was the only one worthy for me.

Book 3 is the story of Rhys McGowan the 27 years old sexy and wealthy bassist of the "Runaway Train" rockband. Differently from his bandmates Rhys has a prelaw bachelor degree and comes from old money. His great great grandfather was a Scott lord and his parents are two rich bastards. He grew up in a posh rich house but without love. His parents never
★MC's Corner★
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing



OhMyGawd! It's Rhy's book bitches!!!

And look at the cover!

hawtness overload!


*MCs Corner*
Note: Spoilers.
*banging my head in the table*
Its been a month since I read this and yeah I dont remember much of it. Its just my favorite scenes UGH! *banging my head again*

At the last part I thought, or I am hoping, that theyre going to add another Runaway Train baby, but I am not disappointed. I dont want Rhys dead, Jake might kill him.

I think Eli, Abby
Midian Sosa
Jun 23, 2013 rated it really liked it



I hope this book is not about Rhys and Allison, and if it is, I hope a shit ton of years passed because I don't want to read about the shit 17 year old Allison will do, I refuse to.
Lady E
Dec 31, 2013 rated it liked it
3 stars. This was my least favorite book of this series. I didn't really get into this story and couldn't really connect with the characters. The plot was predictable and a bit disappointing. Hopefully the Jacobs Ladder boys will be next, and some loose ends will be tied up.
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Every book in this series gets better. I really enjoyed Rhys and Allison's story.
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Would have loved an epi!
Nov 01, 2013 rated it liked it
2.5- 3 stars

Bella's friggin adorable!!

Bella: Do you have a boo-boo on you pee-pee Unca Weese? Want to make mommy to come kiss it and make it better?

Bella to his dad: Unca Weese feels bad because he has a boo-boo on his Pee-Pee. Why don't you kiss it and make it better, daddy?

Bella: Mommy, what's mowning wood? Gawwd! Adorable!

I don't know If I ever got bore reading book 1 & 2 but it seems like in this book, there were some pretty boring scenes, boring conversations and boring internal
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I have been a fan of the Runaway Train series since I first read Jake and Abby's story, and even through AJ and Mia's book I was curious about Rhys.

And I was definitely not disappointed with his and Allison's story! Though the story of a girl falling for her brother's friend is not a new one, the execution of this story was beautiful.

Rhys and Allison have history. History beyond her just being Jake's little sister. As bass player for Runaway Train, Rhys could
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
4.5 stars

This was one of those books that seemed to be rolling along nicely, with a couple growing closer together, and their relationship developing smoothly. But man, when things started going wrong, they went really wrong.

Allison has loved Rhys McGowan since she was 13 years old. As one of her brothers best friends, Rhys was around a lot, though Allison knew he would never notice her as anything other than Jakes baby sister. When shes all grown up and Rhys starts hanging out with her in
Dec 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Well, Katie Ashley has done it again! I just love this series. I wish I could be part of the Runaway Train family! I was laughing so hard at the beginning of this book, with Rhys waking up with his morning boner and little Bellas reaction after barging in on basically went like this:

Do you have a booboo on your peepee? Want Mommy to come kiss it and make it better? And then when AJ shows up, she asks, Why dont you kiss it and make it better Daddy? Rhys and AJs reactions were priceless!
Dec 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: home
I was given a ARC in exchange for my honest review.

Where do I start? Katie has done it yet again. I am left speechless. I was probably the most excited for Allison and Rhy's story and Katie did NOT disappoint. I love Jake and Abby and all the other band members, but I think Rhy's and Allison's story blew all others out of the water. We are thrown back into time and memories of how this all started. Allison has been in love with Rhy's since she was 13. Fast forward to her sweet 16 and all she
Oct 13, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, contemporary
This was a really bad read. It seems things author like to write spineless, weak heroines which is beyond disappointing.

I read this book because I was looking for a book with some angst in it. It seemed promising so I went for it. What a waste of time. I was convinced from the next novella in the series to give this author a chance thinking that maybe in a book she'd do good. Boy was I wrong. Not only doesn't the author deliver but she creates yet another weak female character. I could have put
Brandi Money
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing

"To put it mildly, she was the forbidden fruit I had dared to taste."

SQUEEEE! I adored this book!

Finally, we have Rhys's story. My life feels a tad bit more complete. It's no surprise to anyone that I love, love, love Katie Ashley and Runaway Train.

First, there was Jake Frickin' Slater, the notorious womanizing rockstar, tatted and tempting bad-boy, who rocked our minds and our beds. Then came the sexy Latin lover, AJ Resendiz, who managed to make me fall even more in lust with this
Jul 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: rocker, angsty
Loved Rhys and Allison together but it was a tough read at times. The fact that their three week flirty courtship was sweet, fun, touching and spicy was great BUT... It was difficult knowing that Allison's heart would be crushed in the near future.

And that heartbreak that was bound to come was devastating when it happened. Rhys saying "that" night was a drunken mistake... Gah! My heart went out to Allison. His "I want you, I want you not" attitude made me scream. He was so cruel with his pushing
Anne OK
May 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
Katie Ashley once again delivers another enjoyable addition to her Runaway Train series. It may feel like an overplayed plot at times but Ashleys characters always seem to be just what I like, and they keep me coming back for more. Falling for your best friends little sister never goes smoothly and with Jake in the role of the big brother, you know heads are going to roll.

Sweet Sixteen and never been kissed until Allie walks right up to the guy shes been crushing on since she was thirteen,
Jul 05, 2014 rated it liked it

Allison Slater is the sister of Jake member of Runaway Train. Allison has been in love with Rhys McGowan bassist in the group since she was fifteen. After she and Rhys wake up together after too much alcohol Rhys realises he has to keep Allison at a distance. He values his friendship with her brother Jake too much.

This was the problem I had with this story Rhys. I just didn't like his hot and cold attitude to Allison. In fact there were quite a few times he was
Frustratingly good read :-)

Alison has loved Jake since she was 15, he first kissed her at her sweet 16 birthday, since then Alison has had overwhelming feelings for Rhys who is her brothers best friend and band mate.

Jake is the overprotective brother Rhys doesn't want to cross and even after a night of passion Rhys continues to deny his feelings for Alison and uses the age old excuse that he was drunk and in the process shattering Allison's heart.

The angst continues in this story but Alison
Alison Bailey
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love Katie Ashley's writing style. It's smooth and effortless. This is the third book in the series, so of course I started with it. I know, I'm backwards and egotistical. The reason I started with this book was because the main female's name is Allison. I'm here to tell you, though, that I wasn't lost at all. I will definitely go back and read the other two books in the series because I fell in love with the characters. I adored the slow build at the beginning between Allison and Rhys. I knew ...more
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Katie Ashley is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Top Three Best-Selling author of both Indie and Traditionally published books. She's written rockers, bikers, manwhores with hearts of gold, New Adult, and Young Adult. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her daughter, Olivia, her rescue mutts, Belle and Elsa, and her two cats, Mama Kitty and Luna. She has a slight obsession with The ...more

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