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Loving Riley

Celebrity, Book 2
Narrated by: Martin John Hopkins
Series: Celebrity Series, Book 2
Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Hollywood star Ashe Hunter has done many things to get ahead...some of them best kept hidden from the public eye.
 

But when someone from his past threatens to reveal his darkest secrets, how far will he go to keep them from the woman he loves?
 

To his fans, Ashe Hunter is the perfect man, the classically trained British actor taking Hollywood and Broadway by storm. To his American girlfriend, Riley Eames, he is a man in love who'll do anything to keep her safe from the prying eyes of paparazzi suddenly digging into her life.
 

But to someone from his past, Ashe is her ticket to Hollywood fame, and she'll do anything to get it even if it means tearing down the perfect image he built for himself long after he left her.
 

Loving Riley is the second novel in a series readers have called “beautiful”, heartbreaking”, and “full of shocking twists and turns”.

©2017 Velvet Madrid (P)2019 Velvet Madrid

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A perfect conclusion

This is a wonderful conclusion to the series. I enjoyed Ashe's point of view. The revelations were twists that I never saw coming. These pages turned themselves as I could not stop reading. Ashe's past that he has been keeping hidden from Riley may come out and ruin what they have. I found myself routing for Ashe and I found myself hating others. There is so much revealed in this book, that is is a must read. Preferably immediately after reading Loving Ashe.

Martin John Hopkins has an amazing British accent. He brought Ashe to life. Mr. Hopkins is able to separate the characters well. His female voices were easy to listen to and did not seem forced. This is my first story with Mr. Hopkins narrating and I hope to hear more from him.

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Darkest Secrets Exposed!

Loving Riley, Celebrity Book 2 wraps up the celebrity series with the pov of Ashe's.
With Ashe's past being brought into view blackmail which took a scandalous turn. The reveal of dark secrets brings more angst, melodrama, & unexpected twists to the narrative. Suspense & mystery swirling through the pages. Supporting character's play a intricate role & sweeten up the lovestory. The ending was fitting.


Narator Martin John Hopkins performance of Ashe was how I pictured Ashe. His british accent fit the character. However, when changing characters his voice didn't change enough which made it difficult to differentiate between them. That being said, most of the audio is of Ashe speaking so it didn't take too much of the story away. His tone & pace flows through smoothly. Am easy listen.


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  • Melanie
  • NORTH LIBERTY, IA, United States
  • 08-14-19

Ashe and Riley's continuation

Loving Riley starts right where Loving Ashe ended. The first book left me reeling after all the betrayals Riley had to endure and for some reason I thought this book would just be her growth and all the issues being smoothed out... I couldn't have been more wrong. Liz Durano seems to love the drama and angst and she delivered in book 2! While I personally didn't think the new revelations in book 2 were anywhere near the level they were in book 1, it still piled plenty onto Riley's plate and left her a lot to deal with. I loved how much Riley seemed to grow and mature in this book by the end but it did take a while to get there, just when I thought she was doing good and standing by Ashe when his past was coming out (his was mild compared to a lot of hollywood I'm sure) but then she would lash out and back away. One thing I appreciate was that she never ran, she did back away and take some time for herself but I felt like that was needed... there was so much going on for both of them and their entire relationship was a whirlwind. Ashe was still perfectly Ashe, nothing else really needs to be said about him. He made mistakes and he owned them while constantly reminding Riley she was is future! I'm still not a fan of Paige and Gareth's but I might just be a little more vengeful than others.

This was my first time listening to Martin John Hopkins and he had a great voice for Ashe! While I loved his sexy accent for Ashe, it took me a long time to get used to him using the same voice for all the characters. I had a hard time differentiating between the characters when he was reading the dialogues.
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  • Bette
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  • 08-13-19

More Ashe💘Riley Greatness! Heartfelt & Emotional!

I fell in love with this characters in the first book “Loving Ashe”, which was in Riley’s POV, this is a continuation of their story told in Ashe’s POV. The chemistry between the two is still smoking but their relationship is being tested. Ashes past is brought into light and things from Riley’s past is turmoil. Liz Durano is a master at writing stories that are filled with many different emotions, this story seems a bit more intense then the first book, there is a bit more of suspense, secrets are revealed and we see a hole different side of Ashe. There is never a dull moment in this book, in addition to the suspense there is drama, angst, twists that will have your head spinning and more heartfelt & hot romance. Liz Durano, thank you for another great story and the emotional rollercoaster ride.

I listened to the Audible edition, Martin John Hopkins is a terrific narrator, he did a great job portraying Ashe, his voice and accent was spot on for his character. He is an entertaining storyteller and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for this great listen🎧

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Loving Riley from Ashes POV wow!

This book follows Loving Ashe, where life has really come together for both Ashe and Riley. Ashe is an established actor and Riley has gotten past her rough history and is the owner of a coffee shop. They’re building a life together and both of them are happy in their relationship. All is good for the couple until ghosts from Ash’s past threatens to destroy everything that they’ve build together. I loved that we got to discover more of Ashe and his demons in this book. I fell more in love with him as I saw him grappling through his titillating past while still trying to be the man he wants to be for Riley. It makes him more endearing and lovable. I admire his resilience such a great, great character! Riley had to come to terms with many obstacles and being suddenly bombarded with Ashe’s was a little too much for her. She tried her best, given the circumstances and her character grew and developed throughout the story. Riley was terribly indecisive throughout the story despite everything that was going on. Ashe and Riley held on to each other and supported the other as best as they could and finally, in the end, they come out of it all a whole stronger than before with a lot more trust and love between them. The romance was still as hot as the first one in this, it had a lot more distress and lot more depth than the first one as we learnt more about Ashe. I also loved the whole twisted plot that went hand in hand with the drama. It was so well written and the twists and turns were really executed. Loving Riley is a great conclusion to the love story that started in Loving Ashe and I enjoyed it thoroughly.
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You will love it

Love the voice. I could not put this down. Love the chemistry between the characters. Love how Riley didn't know who Ashe was and how they can act around each other. Ashe will do anything for Riley. But how far? Your are just going to have to listen

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Fantastic!

Loving Riley
The Celebrity Series
By: Liz Durano
Narrated by: Martin John Hopkins

Loving Riley is book 2 in the Celebrity Series and it was a fantastic conclusion to Riley and Ashe's story. I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline, it flowed smoothly, and kept me fascinated throughout and turning the pages. It is well written, filled with mystery, suspense, and of course love. I highly recommend this book you won't be disappointed.

The narration by Martin John Hopkins was remarkable! His
performance and voice kept me fascinated.

I received a free audible copy for my honest review.

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Ashe and Riley ...Adjusting, Loving and Revealing Secrets

The second book of the series and continuation of Ashe and Riley’s and those around then, relationship. You do want to read or listen to the first book to understand their relationship as well as those with their families.
Famous actor/model Ashe has found in Riley someone he will be faithful to and support...loving all about her he has a busy career, but has learned his priorities.
Riley also has fought her way through betrayal by family and secrets that could destroy her, but her forgiving heart and the constant support of Ashe keeps her going.
Suspense, a bit of angst, not as much as the first book thank you!
A great job by the narrator who is in character, uses voices to vary the characters ....he keeps the listener engaged.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Ashe and Riley!

Ashe continues to balance the demands of his career with wanting to support Riley as she moves forward from the past and starts her own business. Their relationship continues to grow and become stronger but a secret from Ashe’s past could destroy everything. Will Riley have the strength to stand by and support Ashe as he has supported her and will Ashe realize that Riley is much stronger than she was and she is his equal partner?

I liked how Ashe’s love allowed Riley to be the person that she was meant to be and to face the world head on. This story is told from Ashe's point of view and I thought that the narrator was the perfect choice to bring Ashe and this story to life. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

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  • Jen M
  • Connecticut
  • 06-21-19

A great second book in the Celebrity series

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the first book, Loving Ashe, which was told from Riley's perspective. This second book picks up where the first left off but it is told from Ashe's perspective. Which I just love, because the british accent is so hot! The narrator does a great job bringing to life the character. The story moves well with a good bit of action and romance mixed together. I would happily recommend this book to any listener!

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  • Sara
  • 08-20-19

Good story...

I found this storyline to be quite fascinating. As a society we are so very obsessed with actors and actresses, especially if they are beautiful. We might even become a bit crazed for our favorite leading man and/or woman. I think Ashe shows us what it’s like to be that person. To be that man always in the limelight and having people, paparazzi stalking your every move. I liked the story. There were some flaws IMO but nothing that made it unenjoyable really.

Martin John Hopkins narrated Ashe in Loving Riley. He was ok. I don’t know, something didn’t quite hit the mark for me with the portrayal. But again, nothing was every overly wrong, it just didn’t hit perfectly for me.

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