Sunday 20 October 2013

Beat of the Heart 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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AJ and Mia’s first date:


"Tell me about yourself." 


Swirling the wine around in her glass, Mia shrugged. “Not much to tell.”


I arched my brows at her. “Yeah, right. Don’t make me start in with some lame-ass get to know you questions.”


She grinned. “And what would those be?”


Even though I knew it would probably irk a woman like Mia—one who was refined and cared about class and style, I leaned in on the table with my elbows. “What do you like do when you’re not mending hearts?” I asked, my tone serious like an interviewer.


“Hmm,” she murmured, closing her eyes to think. After a few seconds, she popped them open and replied, “I like Pina Coladas and walks in the rain.”


It was my turn to tsk at her. “Not getting off that easy, Miss Martinelli.”


“Fine then. What I enjoy doing is probably a huge bore to you, but you asked for it.”


“Yep, hit me with it.”


“I like the usual stuff like books, movies, and TV. I like traveling. And…” A little flush filled her cheeks.


“And what?”


After a hearty gulp of wine, she replied in a low voice, “I like to knit.”


I couldn’t help laughing. “You’re shitting me.”


She narrowed her black eyes. “No, I’m not. My late grandmother taught me how to knit and crotchet.”


At her still seething anger and embarrassment, I held up my hands. “I’m sorry I found it so shocking that a smoking hot woman like yourself did something so old-school and nerdy as knit.”


She shrugged. “You asked, so I was honest.”


“You’re right, I did.” Grabbing another breadstick out of the basket, I grinned at her.  “You think you would ever make me something?”


“Hmm, like a dick cozy for those cold nights when no woman wants to put up with your bullshit?” she asked with fake sweetness.


Choking on the breadstick, I fumbled for my wine before taking a long swig. When I recovered, I couldn’t help laughing at her fiery response. “I would be honored if you would make me a dick cozy. I would wear it with pride and think fondly of you.”


“Oh you would, would you?” she asked, her lips curving upward.


“Yes, I would.” With a wink, I added, “But be sure to make it extra-large because I want it to fit.”


Mia snickered. “I’ll keep that in mind.”

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.



Beat of the Heart is the 2nd in The Runaway Train series by Katie Ashley. The books don't need to be read consecutively but I'd recommend it!

If you loved Jake and Abby then you're going to completely fall for AJ and Mia!

AJ had me drooling from the onset! He's hot, sweet, caring, imaginative and a drummer! He's actually pretty funny too! Who needs more?

“What the fuck?” He sniffed his shirt. “I smell like a chick.”

Mia, although professionally, has life sewn up, she's been hurt and is pretty messed up. She has emotional and body issues (who doesn't!) but AJ truly thinks she's beautiful and never fails to tell her!

“She looked so fucking beautiful, it made my heart clench"

But he has a fight in his hands......she's hard work and feisty. I really liked her, even though she struggled with her issues she wasn't a victim.

“Keep it up, Resendiz, and I see a weekend of just you and your hand getting off.”

“Oh, I’m sure you won’t have to wait long. If it’s not Kylie, then some other scheduled piece of ass will show up soon, and you’ll be out in a jiffy.”

The hidden gem in the book is Mia's gay best friend Dee. He's hilarious, all women need a 'Dee' in their lives.

“Grabbing a chart, Dee batted his eyelashes at AJ. “I’ll just duck in the medicine room real quick, Mimi, and let you and sweet cheeks have some privacy.”

I was just routing for AJ and Mia all the way through this unputdownable book, but can AJ knock down Mia's walls and teach her to trust again?



Book 1 Runaway Train: Music of the Heart


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