Title: Music of the Heart
Author: Katie Ashley
First published March 24, 2013
369 pages, ebook
ISBN: 9781301786459 (ISBN10: 1301786454)
When Abby Renard accidentally lands in Jake Slater’s bed, she never expected him to be the notorious womanizer lead singer of Runaway Train. Abby quickly lets him know she’s not his groupie, but Jake can’t help but be intrigued by the prissy choir girl.
After a bet, Abby joins Jake’s tour bus, and as Jake’s personal life begins to unravel, Abby becomes an unlikely ally. With music as their common ground, the week they spend together becomes something neither of them is ready to let go.
Can a country sweetheart and a rock n’ roll bad boy find a future together? Find out in Music of the Heart by Katie Ashley.
About the Author
Katie Ashley is a successful author who has made it to the New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Top Three Best-Selling lists. She has written a variety of books, including rockers, bikers, and manwhores with hearts of gold, in genres like New Adult and Young Adult.
Katie resides outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her daughter, Olivia, two rescue mutts named Belle and Elsa, and two cats, Mama Kitty and Luna. Her interests include The Golden Girls, Shakespeare, Harry Potter, and Star Wars.
Katie has an impressive educational background, with a BA and BS in English and Secondary English Education, and a Masters in Adolescent English Education. She taught middle and high school English for eleven years and also taught a few college English classes.
However, in January of 2013, she decided to become a full-time writer.
Despite being a lifelong Georgia resident, Katie enjoys traveling to meet her readers across the country and around the world. When she’s not writing, you can find her enjoying some downtime in her leggings, binge-watching Netflix, unless her toddler daughter is watching Paw Patrol or Frozen.
If you’d like to connect with Katie, you can sign up for her newsletter, follow her on social media, or join her Facebook reader group, Ashley’s Angels.
Music of the Heart by Katie Ashley is a contemporary romance novel that was first published on March 24, 2013. The novel stands out in the romance genre for its musical theme, which gives it a unique flavor.
Katie Ashley is a bestselling author who has written many other romance novels, including the popular Runaway Train series. The novel is set in the fictional town of Oakport, Tennessee, and follows the story of Abby Renard, a talented musician who is struggling to make it in the music industry.
Abby is a complex character who is haunted by her past and is determined to succeed despite the obstacles in her way. She meets her match in the form of Jake Slater, a handsome and talented musician who is also a recovering drug addict.
The novel explores themes like addiction, love, and redemption, and does so with great sensitivity and skill. The characters are well-developed, and their struggles feel real and relatable.
The music is also an integral part of the novel, and the author does a great job of describing the songs and the emotions they evoke. One of the strengths of the novel is its pacing, which keeps the reader engaged and invested in the story.
The plot structure is also well-balanced, with enough twists and turns to keep things interesting without overwhelming the reader. The writing style is polished and professional, and the author’s skill with words is evident throughout the book.
However, one potential limitation of the book is its predictability. The romance between Abby and Jake follows a familiar pattern that may not appeal to readers looking for something more unconventional.
Additionally, some readers may find the story’s depiction of addiction overly simplified. Overall, Music of the Heart is a well-crafted novel that will appeal to fans of the contemporary romance genre.
Its musical theme adds an extra layer of depth to the story, and the characters are compelling and sympathetic. While it may not break new ground in terms of plot or theme, it is a solid and enjoyable read.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a well-written romance with a musical twist. It would also be a good choice for readers looking for a light and engaging read that explores important themes.
I give it a rating of four out of five stars, based on its strong writing, character development, and pacing.