(Runaway Train #2)
nothing could prepare him for their life-altering reunion.
Beat Of The Heart is by far my favorite by Katie Ashley so far. While this one can technically be read as a stand-alone, I would recommend reading Music of the Heart first. There are a lot of positive things I could say about this book, so I’m just going to focus on a few of my favorites. If you are already a Katie Ashley fan, you’ll love this book. If you haven’t read anything by her, but you enjoy sexy rockers series, then you should definitely give this one a read.
I was half in lust, I mean love, with AJ’s character during Music of the Heart, and Mia is exactly what I would have pictured for him. She is sassy with a side of psycho, and keeps AJ on his toes. The female leads in most books of this genre almost always have self esteem and/or commitment issues that I often find lacking in depth. I get quite tired of reading about women whose biggest complaint is that their lips are too large (snort, cause men hate big lips) or they were nerdy in high school, got teased by the bimbo cheerleader, and rejected by the quarterback for said big breasted bimbo. It was quite refreshing to read about Mia, a curvy chick, described very unlike today’s media version of ideal body type, who has been through some REAL bullshit with men…repeatedly. Reading through the ups and downs of Mia’s struggles to conquer her inner demons was realistic and relatable.
I also loved that AJ didn’t just swoop in with the “I’m going to save you from yourself” hero BS that we know no man will ever do in real life, thereby magically curing her of all of her issues and they live happily ever after. Instead, AJ perfectly portrayed the “I’ll catch you if you fall, but you have to let go first” attitude. It was also refreshing to read a story where the guy didn’t pull some jacked up crap that the chick spends the whole story arguing with herself over whether or not to forgive him, only to give in at the end. Mia ultimately had to come to terms with her past experiences and let it go to let AJ in.
This one has given me two books to look forward to. Rhys’ story, Strings Of The Heart, and a little cameo of Pesh hinted at the companion novel to The Proposition series. My TBR is getting ridiculously long.
4 out of 5
What do you get when you combine a hot Latin lover, a stubborn Sicilian, oodles of chemistry, and smoking hot sex? Why, Beat of the Heart, of course! Katie Ashley continues the Runaway Train series with drummer, AJ Resendiz’s story and it is so very good. I loved Mia! She is the perfect match for AJ. And the limo scene? OOOHH Lordy, that was HOT! In fact, all of the sexy times were immensely hot. I devoured this book in just a few short hours and my only complaint is that I want more.
Katie Ashley writes refreshingly real and relatable characters. Mia had a hurtful past in the love department, but she is no shrinking violet. Her banter with AJ was a fun mix of sexy and humorous. I loved Dee, her best friend, and having him compared to Lafayette from True Blood just made me like him that much more. Every scene that involved the other band members was just another reminder at what a great series this is. And it was nice to see how Jake and Abby were doing.
I squealed when we got to see Pesh. YES! Emma’s Pesh from The Proposition and the Proposal! I hope we get to see him find happiness one day. He is such a friend to Katie Ashley’s heroines and deserves a happy ending of his own.
As for happy endings for AJ and Mia- the entire book is a great read with fantastic chemistry, witty dialogue, and seriously HOT sexy times. The story had a great pace and kept momentum the whole way through, right up to a great epilogue that left me smiling.