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?
After I finish every book, I sit and think for a few minutes about all my thoughts and feelings before I put them into words. As I am thinking about Music of the Heart, all I can think is Jake Slater was one lucky guy!!! And I am not saying this because he was a sexy, rich rock star. Jake Slater was lucky because the most amazing person literally fell right into his arms at the time when he needed more support than ever.
This is Abby and Jake’s love story. Abby is the good girl who falls for the bad boy, Jake, but there is also so much more to the story. There were a few twists and turns that I did not expect…or should I say, stupid shit Jake did that I should have expected!! I got my HEA though and that is all that matters J This story has a lot of humor in it. I laughed my ass off at times from the things Abby(AKA Angel) would say to put Jake in his place. But then I also had tears in my eyes a few times when Jake would be the biggest douchebag . He had a heart of gold but he had no clue how to use it!!
I loved both Abby and Jake’s characters. Abby might have been innocent in some ways but she was far from it in others. Her personality is AMAZING!! I felt like her maturity level was much higher than you would expect from a 21 year old who was the baby of the family. But, I think that came from being raised by great parents who taught her to be caring and kind. It was refreshing to finally read about a character who’s family was not all screwed up. And I think it is her upbringing that made her more tolerable of Jake’s indiscretions. I personally never could have forgiven him for the stupid shit that he did and said but she did and she is an amazing woman for it….I guess 😉 Or maybe it goes back to what I said before, Jake was one lucky guy to find her!!
Abby could hold her own when it came to the guys in Jake’s band. It made me laugh out loud every time she would put Jake or any of his bands mates in their place. She almost always had a comeback for them that would stun them and shut them up.
“Whatcha thinkin’ about, Angel?” Jake asked, his breath hovering close to my cheek. “Or should I say who ya thinkin’ about?” “You,” I whispered. My eyes popped open to take in his surprised expression. “Seriously?” “Mmm-hmm,” I replied a little breathlessly for emphasis. He cocked his eyebrows expectantly. “I’m fantasizing about what it would be like to nail you in the balls again for being such an egotistical jerkwad!” –Abby
Now, Jake!! There is nothing normal about him. He is all kinds of f’ed up. As I said before, he has a heart of gold and deep down is a fantastic guy but he has no clue how to get that side of himself out. He was so damn hot and cold with Abby that she should have had whiplash. He has spent so many years being what everyone thinks he is that he has no problem showing that side of him. I could have strangled him for the stupid shit he did. I wanted to scream, quit thinking with your dick and use that head of yours!!! He hurt Abby over and over and yet she was still always there for him when he needed her.
“I know Jake is hardheaded and stubborn, and I know he’s going to make some mistakes in the future. But promise me that you’ll give him a chance and try to forgive him?” –Susan(Jake’s mom)
This is an excellent story of how people can change and how people truly want to change. Sometimes you just need the right person to come along and show you how special you are. Another great story from Katie Ashley 🙂
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
3.5 “Way Too Good For Me” Kisses!
What happens when you take a bad boy rock star who always makes mistakes, the ‘good girl’ with a bad side who charms everybody and put them on a bus for a week. All kinds of goodness…that’s what happens. I have to say that when I started Music of the Heart, I was ready for the ‘normal’ rockstar book. I was very pleasantly surprised…
“To fall in love with someone deeply and then have them love you back is truly a miracle.”
So if that quote doesn’t describe Music of the Heart, I don’t know what does. Miracle doesn’t even cover it…it’s a relationship that never should have been and by all accounts was meant to crash and burn from day one, but thru the pure goodness of a loving girl and the sheer dumb luck of a clueless boy…it all worked out.
Abigail Elizabeth Renard (Abby)& Jacob Ethan Slater (Jake) – can I just say how much I LOVE it when authors give characters full names…I dunno why, I just do. She’s 21, a virgin and spending her summer trying to figure out if she wants to drop her nursing career dreams to be in a band with her brothers. He is…a hot mess. I say that with all the love in my heart, but he is…and he can’t help it. Thru a twist of events, she ends up on the tour bus for his band, Runaway Train – the whole thing is cute and you can’t help but giggle. And of course Jake makes a bet with Abby about staying on the bus…and what self-respecting girl turns down a bet?
“You’re a bright light, Abby, and who knows the good you might do with those guys in the short time you have with Runaway Train.”
When I say Jake is a hot mess…I mean you cannot get any messier. The boy has emotional issues built on top of emotional issues and rather than dealing with them he covers them up with chicks and booze. Abby is exactly what he needs, he knows it and he fights it every chance he gets. Very…frustrating…boy. I wanted to be mad at him…I really did…but I can’t. I don’t wanna say why…but it’s part of his ‘emotional issue’ stuff and Jake will always have a soft spot in my heart for it.
Abby is a little spit fire. She grew up with her missionary parents and three brothers being dragged all over the world – the chick knows Spanish, fluently…awesome. She a gorgeous girl, can hang with the guys, play guitar, sing beautifully…so…ya see? Awesome. I liked her, and, like me, her weakness is Jake. He makes her feel things – not always good things – but she can’t deny them.
“Of course I do. It’s like being zapped by a fucking lightning bolt each and every time you’re near me. You make me think things…feel things I never have before.”
The ‘feeling things’ goes both ways, obviously. Mr. Hard Ass has a difficult time with it and as a result he fucks up…a lot. But Abby has the patience of a saint, God bless her. Don’t get me wrong though – she makes him work for it…which for Jake ‘the Stud’, it a big change! He is used to girls falling over themselves to give it up – which we’re lucky enough to witness…yuck! But Abby understands him and sees thru to the sweet guy buried underneath the ‘tough rocker’ exterior.
“But as much as I hated to admit it, the truth was I needed Abby. She was a living breathing peace to my troubled soul – an angel sent straight out of Heaven. Just a look from her could calm me instantly.”
I can read about it a million times but watching the bad boy who doesn’t need a girl change for the right girl…there is just something about it that you can’t help but love, and Katie Ashley did it just…so…right.
“Before her, I may have sung about love, relationships, and being with that special someone, but I really didn’t believe in it. But through her physical and inner beauty, she taught me about the gift of giving your heart to someone.” Jake drew in a ragged breath, and my chest clenched as I could tell he was fighting his emotions. “In so many ways, she saved me from the hell surrounding me. She is truly an angel—she’s my angel.”
The rest of the characters in the book were great – the remaining band members AJ, Rhys and Brayden…they’re great dudes, very loveable, even though we don’t get as deep with them as we do with Jake. Just a taste…enough to leave me wanting more. I even loved Abby’s brothers, Gabe, Micah and Eli…maybe there will be a ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ series later on *hint hint Ms. Ashley!*
I really enjoyed Music of the Heart, it was a sweet read and the fact that it’s part of a series just makes me giddy…I LOVE series. Next up is AJ’s book, Mr. Latin Lova…he has trouble written all over him, and I have no doubt that he will not disappoint.
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 Ashley.
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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