BEAT OF THE HEART by Katie Ashley

Posted: November 17, 2013 by BA Dillon in BOYS are just BETTER in BOOKS (Romance and Indie Authors)

beat of the heartMY HEART IS FULL OF LOVE!!!


Music of the Heart is one my HEA books I just loved. So I was really looking forward to AJ’s story. I don’t usually comment about covers, but this one is something pretty special. Even if you didn’t read Music of the Heart, and understand the drummer of Runaway Train – the picture is worth a thousand words! This is AJ and Mia’s story. Not only has Mia’s heart been broken, but so has her spirit. Her work as the charge nurse in the cardiac unit gives meaning to life. She works with her closest friend, is mentored by a doctor she respects, and simply loves her work. AJ, the cocky drummer of Runaway Train is not your typical rocker. He comes from a stable family and keeps them close. He’s friends with his bandmates, and he keeps them close as well. And women … well they find him irresistible. The band’s head roadie, and major father figure, falls ill from a heart attack, and is under Mia’s care. When AJ meets her, he is taken with her uncanny way of putting him in his place. She’s not a fan of the band – so who he is doesn’t really matter. I simply love AJ’s character. Ms. Ashley hit a trifecta with this guy. He’s hot, humorous, and a bit of a gentleman. I love his interactions with the entire band, his parents, his siblings, and his abuela. He knows what he wants – Mia, and he’s not afraid to go after it. Mia, on the other hand, got on my nerves. I realize her back-story explains a lot of her insecurities but her lack of confidence made her less appealing. However, bringing Pesh into the mix from The Proposition and The Proposal was pure genius. I love that Jake and Abby, and the rest of the band are still front and center – this is what helps the reader understand AJ and breathes life into his character. I think that’s why many readers did not love Mia as much. Without strong secondary characters readers are having trouble understanding her. Ms. Ashley writes in my favorite style with an alternating POV, and the entire story is dialogue driven!! At times, their witty banter had me laughing out loud. Love it! As for the romance, there were parts I loved. Their date where they danced at her father’s restaurant was fabulous. Now I am all about a great sex scene, but the sex in this book was at times was just ugly. There weren’t enough beautiful romantic trysts to balance out their naughty side. I truly enjoyed how Ms. Ashley chose to end this story – that was the beautiful moment I was waiting for.

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