MELODY OF THE HEART by Katie Ashley

Posted: October 27, 2014 by BA Dillon in BOYS are just BETTER in BOOKS (Romance and Indie Authors)

melody of the heartMY HEART IS FULL OF LOVE

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I love the entire Runaway Train family. This is truly a beautiful story that gives a complete look at the how Runaway Train boys first got together. The story is told as Brayden and Lily sit down in Savannah with Rolling Stone magazine for an interview about marriage, and raising kids on tour. The whole group and their families are in Savannah for Rhys and Allison’s wedding. The entire story is told through a series of flashbacks, which begins with Bray and Lily’s first meeting, and carries us through the trials and tribulations of fame and life on a tour bus. Ms. Ashley surprised me with how and why Brayden first picked up the guitar, and shocked me even further with some of Brayden’s early behavior in the relationship. Even though we “know” Brayden and Lily have a very happy marriage, I was completely sucked into their early drama. Ms. Ashley’s seamless writing keeps their journey fresh and engaging. It was also interesting to get to know Jake, AJ and Rhys in their early days. I kind of didn’t like Jake much in this book, but realize that was Jake’s character before Abby. The boys’ relationship with Lily is nicely woven into the overall story. Bray and Lily’s wedding is delivered with just enough humor to be funny, but still allowed for a romantic moment to blossom in Las Vegas. Finally, I love how Ms. Ashley finds a way to create interest into a cause such as Autism. I found learning all about Bray and Lily’s children, and their extraordinary romance made me a believer in first love. The ending was over-the-top sweet and romantic as the two are given a spotlight dance at Rhys and Allison’s wedding. There are some minor editing issues that I’ve never seen in a Katie Ashley book before – but not enough to overshadow this sweet, romantic, dialogue-driven love story for Brayden and Lily. The best news yet – Eli of Jacob’s Ladder (Abby’s brother) will be featured in the The Jacob Ladder series due out in 2015. Which means … the boys of Runaway Train haven’t left the building!

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