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Strings of the Heart

(Runaway Train #3)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  8,568 ratings  ·  506 reviews
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 ...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 drummer
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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!
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 t
Lily Rose
Oct 16, 2013 marked it as to-read
Rhys and Allison? Tell me so, please!
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
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 t
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 kn
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 cared
★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!


*MC’s Corner*
Note: Spoilers.
• *banging my head in the table*
It’s been a month since I read this and… yeah I don’t remember much of it. It’s just my favorite scenes… UGH! *banging my head again*

• At the last part I thought, or I am hoping, that they’re going to add another Runaway Train baby, but I am not disappointed. I don’t want Rhys dead, Jake might kill him.

• I thin
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 dialogu
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 brother’s best friends, Rhys was around a lot, though Allison knew he would never notice her as anything other than Jake’s baby sister. When she’s all grown up and Rhys starts hanging out with her in S
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 Bella’s reaction after barging in on him… 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 don’t you kiss it and make it better Daddy? Rhys and AJ’s reactions were pri
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 wan
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 serie
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
Linda Sims
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 deliber
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 d
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
Denise - Shh Mom's Reading®
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Exclusive Epilogue Strings of the Heart by Katie Ashley
We loved Rhys and Allison's story

4.5 stars for Strings of the Heart (Runaway Train #3) by Katie Ashley
I thoroughly enjoyed Rhys and Allison's story!!!
full review to come
L*Take Me To My HEA*
2.5 stars.

The only thing I liked about this book were the snippets about Abby and Jake and Aj and Mia. That's it. I almost hurl this one to DNFville.
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have been waiting for Rhys (Pronounced Like Reese) McGowan's book for so long. He is the funny, sweet lead guitarist and at twenty-seven he is the youngest member of Runaway Train. His past is full of pain that has affected him and caused him to hide it from others. He does not think he will ever settle down even though he feels left out that his band mates all have. His home life was distressing and lonely and he never really found a true home until he found his band. And Runaway Train and th ...more
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jake, the lead singer of Runaway Train, organises to play at his half sister Allison's sweet sixteen party for her. After the performance she ends up talking to her secret crush Rhys. She persuades him to give her a kiss. This is her ultimate dream and it is as special as she hoped it would be. Rhys is attracted to Allison, but as she is Jake's younger sister strictly off limits.

The book jumps forward a few years and Allison is now in college in Savannah but she is rather down and homesick. Whe
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Katie Ashley is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Top Ten 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 Heeler-Mix, Belle, and her two cats, Harry Potter and Hermoine. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, T ...more

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