Friday, 5 April 2013

Music of the Heart by Katie Ashley Review.

Music of the Heart by Katie Ashley Review.


Music of the Heart
by Katie Ashley
For Abby Renard, the plan was supposed to be simple—join her brothers’ band on the last leg of their summer tour and decide if she’s finally ready for the limelight by becoming its fourth member. Of course, she never imagined stumbling onto the wrong tour bus at Rock Nation would accidentally land her in the bed of Jake Slater, the notorious womanizing lead singer of Runaway Train. When he mistakes her for one of his groupie’s, Abby quickly lets him know she sure as hell isn't in his bed on purpose.

Jake Slater never imagined the angel who fell into his bed would resist his charms by promptly kneeing him in the balls. Of course, the fact she seems like a prissy choir girl makes her anything but his type. So he is more than surprised when after betting Abby she wouldn't last a week on their tour bus, she is more than willing to prove him wrong. But as Jake’s personal life begins to implode around him, he finds an unlikely ally in Abby. He’s never met a woman he can talk to, joke with, or most importantly make music with.

As the week starts comes to a close, neither Abby nor Jake is ready to let go. Can a sweetheart Country songstress and a bad boy of Rock N Roll actually have a future together?


Holy $hit! I have to tell you, I have an obsession with Rock Star books and Music of the Heart has become on of my favourite Rock Star books! Katie Ashley does it again. Music of the Heart is my favourite read from Katie!

I've been taken on a roller coaster ride from start to finish. I wouldn't mind getting stuck on Runaway Train's tour bus if I'd get stuck with the holy hotness of Jake, AJ, Rhys and Brayden. Each of them are Yumtastic in their own rights! 

Jake, WOW. He can be a bit of a douche but which Rock Star isn't? He has a lot of heart, is Belly laughing funny, Hot as Sin and full of emotions. Jake is battling his emotions from the start with a swift knee to the nuts! When he gets some devastating news he handles it all wrong to start with but soon realises Abby is like his glue. She holds him together. AJ the Latin Lover and Rhys. HOT, caring and funny. Then we have Brayden. He's the heart of the band. He's like daddy bear. A true gentleman who is a family man. 

Abby is a strong character with a 'don't mess with me' attitude that is caring, loving, sexy and has the voice to make it big. Abby is meant to go on tour with her brothers band, Jacob's Ladder but a distracted roadie leads her to the wrong bus. By the time she realises, they're already on the move to Runaway Trains next stop, Jake has had a knee to his balls, Abby has passed out, Admitted she's still a virgin in front of all the band and all of this happens in the first few chapters!! A challenge is set but I don't think anyone realises just how that challenge will change the life's of all of them. Jake sets a challenge, Abby accepts.

I was pulled into the book from page one right to the very end. I've laughed, cried... well sobbed, felt love and also felt hate. It's not all sunshine and lollipops, There is some real heartfelt hardships in there. This just all adds to the amazingness of the book. The books flows brilliantly and the switch from her POV to his POV makes it easier to still like and love him, even when he's being an ass!

I love a good book that makes me laugh so hard that tears come streaming and I got that with Music of the Heart. I also got tears streaming for pure heartache.

Although Abby and Jake are the main characters of Music of the Heart, each character is big enough to want more. I can't wait to read the rest of the boys books.

Island Lovelies give this book 5/5 stars!


Katie Ashley is the New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author of The Proposition. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her two very spoiled dogs and one outnumbered cat. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Harry Potter, Shakespeare, Supernatural, Designing Women, and Scooby-Doo. 

She spent 11 1/2 years educating the Youth of America aka teaching MS and HS English until she left to write full time in December 2012.

She also writes Young Adult fiction under the name Krista Ashe.


Twitter: @ katieashleyluv

Music of the Heart by Katie Ashley Playlist:

Abby sings an acoustic guitar version for the boy of Adele's Someone Like You.
Abby gives Jake a run for his money by knowing how to play AC/DC's Highway to Hell

AJ and Abby dance to the La Tropa Vallenata version of Los Caminos de la Vida

AJ and Abby sing a duet to Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton's Islands in the Stream

Abby proves Jake wrong singing Madonna's Like a Virgin

Abby tries to get Jake to keep song writing by mentioning Eric Clapton's Tears in Heaven
Then Alter Bridge's In Loving Memory

 And Dolly Parton's I Will Always Love You

And singing in codes like in the 60's with The Byrds Mr. Tambourine Man

Abby is dancing to Michael Jackson's Beat It while cleaning the bus when Jake interrupts her!

Jake helps Abby prepare for her duet with Garrett to Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson's Don't You Want To Stay

Jake and Abby hang out together and jam to duets like Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn's Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man

Ozzy Osbourne and Lita Ford's Close My Eyes Forever

For her first song with her brothers, the boys of Jacob's Ladder, Abby sings a cover of The Band Perry's If I Die Young

At his sister, Allison's, Sweet Sixteen, Jake sings Chrissy Hynde's Forever Young for her.

At the Sweet Sixteen, AJ and Abby dance to Paula Rubio's Dame Otro Tequila to show how the kids how it's done

One of the most important song is Aerosmith's Angel that Jake sings to Abby on stage

Susan asks Abby to sing the old hymn Angel Band for her.

With her brothers, Abby sings Pink's Beam Me Up at Susan's Benefit Concert

She also sings Pink's Great Escape, which she dedicates to Jake

At the benefit concert, Jake and Abby do a duet to Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's I Need You

They also sing Paul McDonald and Nikki Reed's All I Ever Needed 

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