Friday, May 16, 2014


Strings of the Heart

Katie Ashley

Expected Release: 
May 12th


Twenty year old, Allison Slater has been in love with her brother’s bandmate, Rhys

McGowan, since she was fifteen years old. But to him, she’ll always be Jake’s little sister

and off limits. Now a college sophomore and licking her wounds from a bad breakup,

she sets her sights on making Rhys see her as someone he could date…maybe even love.

Her opportunity comes when Rhys visits his parents in Savannah where she is attending

college. But the night she’s dreamed of turns to heart-break, and she realizes she’ll never

be the one for Rhys.

For Rhys McGowan, his nightmare began when he woke up, naked and hung-over,

next to his bandmate’s little sister. Unable to remember a thing from the previous night,

he only makes matters worse by lying to Allison about not being interested in her. The

truth is he’s spent the last year to ignore his body’s reaction whenever Allison is around.

His resolve is tested when Allison comes on tour with Runaway Train, as both Jake and

Abby’s nanny and to fulfill her fashion design internship. The more time he spends with

her in the close quarters of the bus, the harder it is for him to resist.

Will Rhys realize that having a relationship with Allison is worth fighting for even if

it means that he has to fight his best friend for a chance?


“Take a shot,” he commanded, his expression tense, his eyes unreadable.

Goosebumps pebbled my arms at his assertiveness. I wasn’t used to him being so

forceful. For a moment, I couldn’t process his words. It was like the tone of the entire

conversation had veered off course. Reluctantly, I followed his orders. When I started

to reach for a lime, he stopped me. As I eyed him curiously, he took the shaker of salt in

his hand. Tilting his head, he shook the bottle along his neck. Then he leaned over and

brought the shaker to my neck. My chest rose and fell in harsh pants at the nearness of

him. But most of all, it was the way the tension crackled in the air between us. Nothing

really had been spoken out-loud, nothing had been done to change things, but in that

moment, everything was different.

“Take a shot,” he repeated.

With trembling fingers, I reached for the glass. I took it in one hand and the lime

in the other. Leaning forward on the stool, I dipped my head down to his neck. My lips

hovered over the warmth of his skin. Flicking out my tongue, I brought it against the

stubble on his neck. Rhys sucked in a harsh breath at the contact. Slowly, my tongue

trailed upwards over the faint line of salt, eliciting a small groan from Rhys.

Once I finished, I pulled away. I didn’t dare look at Rhys—my skin burned just

from the intensity of the stare I felt on me. Tipping up the glass, I downed it in one fiery

gulp. As my eyes pinched shut in pain, I slammed the lime against my lips. My teeth cut

through the fruit, as my mouth sucked off the juices. When I swallowed again, a shiver

echoed through me.

I opened my eyes to find Rhys still staring at me. His dark eyes shone with an

intensity that I would’ve given anything to know what he was thinking. He reached for

his glass and lime. His eyes never left mine as he bent over. I tilted my head to give him

better access. At the feel of his warm tongue on my neck, I shuddered, and I remained

trembling even after he pulled away. He then downed the tequila without even bothering

with the lime.



We repeated the process again. And again. Until we had downed five shots and

licked and sucked our way up each other’s necks. My skin still tingled from the feel of

his tongue. Of course, my entire body was tingling from the strong alcohol pumping

through every cell and molecule. It made me feel so alive. While it had just been his

tongue on my neck, the feel of his hands as they brushed on my shoulders, whispered

across my collarbone, had driven me crazy. I could only fantasize that his tongue was

following the same path across my chest and down to my breasts.

More than anything in the world, I wanted this man, and tonight I was going to get

my wish. From the lust-filled looks he been giving me, along with the groans of pleasure

when I had licked his skin, I knew what was going to happen. I was finally going to have



(songs mentioned n the book)

You and Tequila - Kenny Chesney 

Weakness in Me - Joan Armatrading

Am I The Only One -Melissa Etheridge

You're beautiful--James blunt 

Say something - A great Big World

Portland, Oregon—Jack white and Loretta Lynn. 

Same Mistake - James Blunt

Goodbye My Lover - James Blunt

Conga - Gloria Estefan

Drunk in Love - Beyonce


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.


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