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3.0 out of 5 starsThe Price of Fame
Reviewed in the United States on April 13, 2017
This was a cute " chic lit" book. The author had a lot of opportunity to grow the characters but didn't. If the other characters had been developed and sub-plots had been formed this would have been a much better book. As ot stands the main character,Riley, is a self-centered childish 20 something still full of unresolved childhood issues. Her childhood best friend Gareth became her boyfriend. When his big break comes and he leaves to follow his acting dream she falls apart. Three years later he contacts her to see how she is doing. She gets stuck in an elevator with Ashe. The drama begins, and it is trite. Apparently this book is part of a series. My advice is to skip this book and the series. There are only so many hours in life. Find a better book.
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat Story & Audible Listen🎧Riley💘Ashe
Reviewed in the United States on February 21, 2019
Loving Ashe The Celebrity Series, Book 1 By: Liz Durano Narrated by: Tracy Marks
I loved this story, it is well written and it captivated my mind from start to end. The storylines are interesting and there are so many emotions built in to them. An array of emotions, happiness, sadness, anger, guilt and shame. I liked both leads, Riley and Ashe, the chemistry between them was smoking. I really felt for Riley, she did not have the easiest childhood and then her life fell apart when her heart was broken by her childhood sweetheart. And Ashe had a way about him, his charm, personality, confidence and positive outlook. He seemed to have wisdom within, I am looking forward to find out more about him in the next book, “Loving Riley”. Liz Durano, thank you for this great story and the drama, twists, humor and hot romance. I hope the audio of “Loving Riley” is in the works and will be available soon.
I listened to the audio edition, Tracy Marks is a fabulous narrator & storyteller. She performs all the voices and switches characters effortlessly with out missing a beat. Great job with Ashe’s accents too. Thank you for another great & entertaining listen!!
5.0 out of 5 starsAshe is a perfect man, doing everything to show Riley that she's ...
Reviewed in the United States on April 19, 2017
This is the first book I read by Liz Durano, and I was really surprised. The story and the characters are very well written. And despite being a long read, I couldn't drop it until I finished reading. The story begins with Riley stuck in an elevator, on the way to find her ex-boyfriend, Gareth. Little did she know that fate would nail a play on her and make her stay in that elevator with the actor Ashe Hunter, whom she didn't know was famous. They begin to know each other and things get really interesting. Ashe is a perfect man, doing everything to show Riley that she's worth it. The twists of the story made me very surprised, and with some characters I felt a love-hate relationship at the same time, for all that they made Riley go through. I loved the triplets, Paige, the coffee team. All characters are very interesting and essential to the story. I loved the unfolding of the story and its end, and now I'm anxious to read "Loving Riley". I highly recommend reading this book.
I enjoyed reading this book a lot! I couldn't help thinking that the title didn't quite fit, however; the story was more about "discovering Riley" than about loving Ashe. I was somewhat frustrated with Riley at times, I'll admit. She certainly needed to grow up and truly "see" others and stop focusing so much on just herself and her own issues. I felt like she didn't see what was going on with other people; she was too eager to accept facades and never tried to dig deeper into who her close family and friends we're, what they were feeling or enduring. She gave off a very immature "oh whoa is me and you're all out to control me" simplistic view. If she'd truly been through all that she had, she should have been less naive. I was putting pieces together way before everyone else had to specifically point out to her how they all fit. That slowed the story down slightly, along with her "I'm cutting off all contact" attitude, which is understandable for a little while but not in the long term, especially after learning the truth and what part everyone played. I'm not sure I need to read other books in this series about Riley and Ashe but I did enjoy this one!
Riley had her own insecurities ever since Garreth, her boyfriend, left her 3 years prior. She agreed to meet him at the hotel to try to get some answers, but she changed her mind. That's when she met Ashe and in a stuck elevator. He was intrigued that she didn't know he was a famous English actor. After Garreth left her, she was into drugs. She was full of insecurities. Her sister and brother-in-law made a lot of life decisions for her. It wasn't until she decided to take charge of her own life, was she finally finding her own independence. trusting and loving Ashe , was a big part of her changing. Tracy Marks narration narration is very good. Giving each character their own voice and personality. 🎧audiobookobsessionreveiwer🎧
5.0 out of 5 starsLearning to stand on her own two feet and trusting
Reviewed in the United States on March 15, 2017
Learning to trust herself and her judgments. Not relying on other people to tell her what to think and how to think. Learn to forgive The story was funny and sad at times and shows one that child abuse stays with a person for many years. It is important to seek help in unraveling the mess that the child was subjected to. Abusive words stay with a person longer than black and blue marks. Neither one feels good at the time. It was nice how Ashe put things in perspective for Reily and explained many things to her. She always thought she depended on everyone else when it was explained to her that it was truly the other way around. Two things annoyed me with the writing. One was that things were repeated 3 to 4 times. Totally unnecessary. The other was with a few well placed adjectives in the love scenes, without being graphic, would have helped the reader feel their emotions. The book well written but somehow left me with an empty feeling. I liked the story a lot but didn't love it. It still deserved 5 stars.
Loving Ashe is the first book I've read by Liz and this is a very refreshing read. Our main character Riley has been in a massive heartbreak from three years ago and was just on the way to meet the ex who broke her heart when she got stuck in an elevator with a handsome stranger named Ashe.
Ashe is a real gentleman and continued to pursue Riley even though she felt he was too good to be true. She was even more surprised when she found out that Ashe is a famous English actor. As time went on, they did get closer and Riley felt she could no longer resist Ashe.
A lot of things were revealed near the end that ties Riley to her ex, as well as her sister and brother-in-law. These revelations were heartbreaking and utterly shattered Riley but she's got Ashe to support her.
I really enjoyed this story and am looking forward to reading the next book, Loving Riley.
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)