Sunday, October 20, 2013

Beat of the Heart (Runaway Train #2) by Katie Ashley Blog Tour


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?


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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My review
Mia Martinelli is mending a broken heart.  Six months ago her fiancee cheated with one of her friends.  Luckily, she still has her job to keep her busy and her best friend Dee. Mia is a charge nurse in the cardiac unit at St. Joseph's hospital. What she doesn't know is that a Rock star is about to change her future.

When Frank, part of the security team for the Runaway Train, has a bypass surgery, AJ and Rhys go to visit him.

Alejandro Joaquin Resendiz, aka AJ,  can't believe how incrediblly hot Frank's nurse is and soon after a hilarious spilled drink episode, he is pursuing a date with her.

“Cariño, as much as it kills me to ask you to stop this rubdown, if you don’t, you’re going to make another mess to clean up. Inside my pants.” 

Mia tries to resist but in the end she accepts and the rest is history.
Well not really. There are misunderstandings, ex flames, insecurities, and heartbreaks galore. 

I love AJ, even from the first book Music of the Heart.  I was happy to see that he can be a one woman man.  He was sweet, attentive, romantic.  Don't get me wrong, he was still funny as heck.  The sex scenes were super steamy and AJ was sex on a stick full time.  This book is HOT!

“Now, that gentlemen, is the future Mrs. Resendiz, right there.” 

4/5 Fangs

Are you strong enough to be my man?

With my thighs on each side of her hips, my weight kept her firmly underneath me. Seizing the opportunity, I snatched the keys from her hand. “Ha, gotcha.”

“Let me up, you ass!”

“Nope. Not until I hear you say ‘AJ, you are the master of the universe’.” I quirked my brows before looming over her—my face mere inches from hers.  “On second thought, you need to say, ‘AJ, you are the master of my universe and my master orgasm donor.’”

Even though my tone was completely lighthearted, Mia’s expression transformed into one of panic. Instead of squirming playfully beneath me like before, she began to thrash back and forth. Her eyes took on a wild gleam, like that of a trapped animal. And then something within her snapped. “Get off. Get off. GET OFF!” she screamed, pounding her fists against my chest so hard that she knocked the air from my lungs. 

Wheezing, I stared frozen in disbelief at her erratic behavior. I remained unblinking and unmoving until she sent a stinging slap so hard across my cheek that my jaw popped. Out of my stupor, I finally rolled off her. The instant she realized she was free she leapt to her feet and began sprinting away from me. “Fuck,” I groaned as I hauled up out of the grass to take after her. “Mia!”

She bypassed the four-wheeler, and instead, continued barreling down the overgrown path. “Mia, wait!” When I finally caught up with her, I reached out and grabbed her arm, causing us both to skid to a stop. I realized a second too late that it was the wrong fucking thing to do when she lunged at me, clawing and slapping my face, shoulders, and chest.

Defensively blocking her hits, I then grabbed her shoulders. “Mia, it’s me, AJ.” Her frenzied gaze darted around the clearing. “Look at me,” I commanded. “You’re safe here with me. Nothing or no one is going to hurt you. I swear.”

When her eyes finally locked on mine, the sheer panic in them caused my chest to ache. But slowly that look receded. It was the pain, coupled with embarrassment, shining bright in her eyes that followed that made my stomach muscles clench like I’d taken a physical kick to the gut, rather than an emotional one.

A shaky hand went to cover her mouth as tears streaked down her cheeks. Her head shook so wildly back and forth I feared she might get whiplash. “Oh God…Oh AJ, I…”

“Look, it’s—“

“I’m s-sorry. I’m s-so, so sorry,” she replied, her voice choking off her sobs.

“Baby, you have nothing to apologize about.” Tentatively, I reached out to cup her cheek. When she flinched, I dropped my hand. Feeling a fucking mess of confusion and helplessness, I kicked at a few stray pebbles and waited for her to give me some sign as to what the hell I should do.

“I’msorryI’msorry.I’msorry,” she kept mumbling absently.

“Mia, please don’t say that.”

“It’s just you had me pinned down like he…” A chill ran through her body, causing her to shudder so hard that her teeth chattered.

Closing the distance between us, I ached to wrap her trembling body in my arms.  “Amorcio mio, please talk to me. Tell me what I can do to help you,” I begged.

Her only response was to swipe the back of her hand across her running nose while making these pitiful hiccupping sighs. I started tapping my hands nervously against my short pockets when she became still as a statue. It seemed like she stared dead ahead of us for a small eternity before she finally whispered, “I never wanted you to have to see this side of me.”

This time when I reached out for her, she didn’t cower away from me. Trying to take it slow, I swept a strand of hair out of her face and smiled. “Mia, there isn’t a single side of you I don’t want to see. I want to know every inch of you—inside and out.”

Her lip trembled like she was about to burst out crying. “Trust me, you don’t want to know this.” Her expression then turned sour, like she had a bad taste in her mouth. Her emotions were ricocheting so fast I could barely keep up. “Dammit, we were just supposed to have that night together—then you wouldn’t have had to see me like this. It wasn’t supposed to turn into me being inadequate for yet another guy!”

My sympathy quickly turned over to frustration, and I threw my hands up in exasperation. “Would you stop lumping me with all the other assholes you’ve had the misfortune of knowing? That’s not me, Mia! Do you see me bailing or shrinking away like some pussy? Fuck no! I’m right here, right now, wanting to know what the hell just happened so I can help you—to comfort you emotionally and physically.”

She cut her eyes over at me, pinning me with a hard stare. “Yeah, I see right through your little ‘knight in shining armor’ routine. You think I’m broken, and by giving me a few moments of your precious time, you might be able to fix me. But trust me, you can’t do shit, AJ! I’m not broken—I’m fucking shattered into a thousand jagged pieces. Pieces that will slice a perfect, pretty boy like you in two.”

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Meet the Characters
Runaway Train Character BIO

Name: Alejando Joaquin aka “AJ” Resendiz
Age: 25
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Occupation: Drummer and Background Vocals for Runaway Train
Instrument: Drums
Favorite Food: My abuela’s tamales
Favorite Drink: Tequila
Favorite Movie: The A-Team

Name: Emiliana Sofia Martinelli aka Mia
Age: 28
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia 
Occupation: Cardiac Nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital 
Favorite Food: The lasagna at my family’s restaurant
Favorite Drink:  Prosecco—dry, white wine
Favorite Movie: Moonstruck

Name: Jacob Ethan Slater
Age: 25
Hometown: Ball Ground, Georgia
Occupation: Lead singer & Songwriter of Runaway Train
Instruments: Guitar
Favorite Food: Chili dogs, mainly from Atlanta’s The Varsity
Favorite Drink: Beer
Favorite Movie: It’s kinda cheating, but I love the mini-series Band of Brothers

Name: Brayden Michael Vandenburg
Age: 26
Hometown: Macon, Georgia
Occupation: Lead Guitarist, Background Vocals, and Songwriter of Runaway Train
Instruments: Guitar & piano
Favorite Food: Chinese
Favorite Drink: My wife, Lily’s, sweet tea
Favorite Movie: The Last of the Mohicans

Name: Elliot Rhys McGowan IV
Age: 24
Hometown: Savannah, Georgia
Occupation: Bassist of Runaway Train
Instrument: Bass
Favorite Food: Lobster 
Favorite Drink: Crown Royal
Favorite Movie: The Godfather


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