Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Blog Tour w/ Review & Giveaway: Beat of the Heart (Runaway Train #2) by Katie Ashley


Beat of the Heart
(Runaway Train #2)
by Katie Ashley 

After years of bad relationships and a cheating ex-fiancé, twenty-eight-year-old Mia Martinelli prefers healing her patients’ hearts on the Cardiac Care floor rather than risking having her heart broken again. But that all comes to a screeching halt when caring for the head roadie for Runaway Train puts her into the orbit of drummer and Latin Lover, AJ Resendiz. After a scorching weekend of steamy passion, Mia’s intention of getting out with her heart unscathed is challenged by the stud with the wicked sense of humor, especially when he wants to continue seeing her. But when the harsh reality of AJ’s hoard of female admirers sends her insecurities into overdrive, Mia bails, leaving him handcuffed to his bathroom shower.

AJ never imagined that after two weeks of the best sex and female companionship he’d ever experienced, he would need rescued by his band mates from his shower prison. Although he tries to forget the sensual brunette whose curves made his mouth water, AJ can’t get her out of his mind…or his heart. Months later when he finally seeks Mia for answers as to why she left, nothing could prepare him for their life-altering reunion.

Can AJ prove to Mia that regardless of the women after his body, his heart belongs only to her?

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Author Profile:

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

With a BA in English, a BS in Secondary English Education, and a Masters in Adolescent English Education, 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.


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When I think of Katie Ashley, hot and steamy sex isn't the first thought that pops into my head. While her books have been known to induce a fair bit of cheek fanning, Beat of the Heart is undoubtedly her spiciest book to date, immediately launching into the whirlwind love affair between protagonists, AJ and Mia. Readers were first introduced to Runaway Train's drummer in Abby and Jake's story, Music of the Heart, but Beat of the Heart shows a different side to the former womanizer as he meets his match with Mia. In some ways, Mia and AJ are very similar, but in others, they couldn't be more different, which is exactly why theirs is such a fascinating relationship to read about.

No offense to Jake, who I absolutely adored in Music of the Heart, but AJ is as close to perfect as a fictional hero can get. What's not to love about a charming, handsome Latin rock star with a penchant for talking dirty and a fondness for "real" women? What I loved most about his character was his unwavering self-assuredness because, as much as he was previously depicted as a carefree jokester, AJ surprised me by being the voice of reason in the story. Beat of the Heart conveys how much AJ has matured as a character since the first book in the series.

I was thankful on more than one occasion for AJ's steadying presence because experiencing half of the narrative through Mia's perspective can be somewhat maddening. Despite wanting to throttle her every so often, I sympathized with Mia's character, whose personal hang ups are a constant source of emotional upheaval. Of all the heroines I've gotten to know through Katie Ashley's books, Mia is the most relatable because she is, as AJ notes, a real girl. She's not the picture of perfection and purity, but is instead deeply flawed from being repeatedly burned in her past. While I may have questioned some of her decisions, I understood where she was coming from.

Out of all the books I've read by Katie Ashley, Music of the Heart was my favorite, but it has since been dethroned by its sequel. The best part of the Runaway Train series is that, even though each story is a standalone novel, the same characters continue to make reappearances as the overarching narrative progresses. It's fun to see the musical and romantic progress of my favorite characters, knowing that, even though their individual narrative may be concluded, they'll return in a future book. The series gets better with each installment, which means the bar is set pretty high for Rhys's upcoming novel, but I'm positive that Katie Ashley will be up to the challenge.

Rating: 5 Stars

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