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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
5 out of 5 stars (17 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”.

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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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  • Nati
  • New york
  • 06-21-19

great love and life story

Riley and Ashe are in love and very happy. But when some woman from Ashe's past threatens to un covwr some dirt from Ashe, will she destroy Ashe and Riley and break their love? more truths will be discovered that will strengthen their love forever.

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Great Continuation of Series

Loving Riley, the second book in the Celebrity Series, is a little darker than Loving Ashe. The characters are real, flawed, and made mistakes but tried to redeem themselves. There was family angst, jealousy, past secrets, and revenge, but mostly love. Gareth really showed growth of character in this story and I can’t wait for his own book. Piper, Catronia, and Collette all provided secondary stories as did Sid, Ashe’s boyhood friends, and his parents. Meeting them helped explain how Ashe became the man he is today. I loved Martin John Hopkins accent which helped sustain the mood of the story

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A perfect update

With Ashe and Riley, things were tough in the beginning, but things get pretty crazy with this story as well. I loved hearing about more from these two, but with it being from Ashe’s point of view, it was much better. And the narrator...wow! Love the accent and how well he read. I cannot wait for more!!!

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Is Ashe the perfect boyfriend?

This review is based on an audio-book that I received. It is an honest review and the complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

'Loving Riley' by Liz Durano is the story of Ashe Hunter. This is the second audio-book in "Celebrity' Series.
This series has 2 books and 1 novella. This audio-book is about 6 hours and 50 minutes long that does have a semi closed end.

The narrator, Martin John Hopkins has a nice and clear spoken voice. He is easy to listen to.
I always need to get used to someone voice, but in his case it was if I already knew him by voice. I am not sure if that is true or not. His pronunciation is very good and he added the perfect amount of emotion when needed. The sound quality is also good. It was nice that the author chose a male to be narrator for this book.

This book is the follow up for 'Loving Ashe'. I do recommend reading book one: 'Loving Ashe' first.
I really like this book. I finished this audiobook in less then 2 days and I like it even more then the first book. I think because of the first book.
I kept being curious what was going to happen next. This story is full of shocking twists and turns.

This book is written from Ashe's point of view, which is a much-needed perspective since 'Loving Ashe' was all about Riley's point of view.
To his legions of fans, Ashe Hunter is perfect – the classically trained British actor taking Hollywood by storm with his devastating good looks and old-fashioned charm. To his American girlfriend, Riley Eames, he is the man of her dreams, a gallant Prince Charming come to life.

Ashe is worrying about what to do for Riley on Valentine's Day. The man is such a sweet guy that he just can't help but to fret about this momentous occasion. But, pretty soon he has a lot more to worry about than Valentine's Day.
But to someone from his past, Ashe Hunter is the Yorkshire boy she groomed for the world stage - and now, her ticket to Hollywood fame and she’ll do anything to get what she wants, even if it means tearing apart the image he's built for himself ever since he left her.

Ashe Hunter has done many things to get ahead...some of them best kept hidden from the public eye. A past that Riley doesn't know anything about. 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.
It is a wonder the two ever made it to the other side still together. Thank God they manage, because I was rooting for them the whole time. They're such a great couple, have such amazing chemistry that it would have been a serious shame had they not made it.

'Loving Riley' is a great conclusion for Ashe and Riley. It's well written, excellently paced, filled with secrets, mystery, suspense, love.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.

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Can Their Love Survive More Secrets?

This is book two in this series and I do recommend reading book one first. A lot happens in that book and although the author does an excellent job covering the key facts, I think the devil is in the details and feel having that knowledge will increase you enjoyment of the story. Ashe and Riley. Where to start. I wanted Ashe's story. It was impossible not to. He is hot, sweet, caring, supportive and in my opinion grade A book boyfriend material. There was a whole lot left unsaid and unexplored about him in book one and you were well aware of it. However, after the intense roller coaster ride of emotional turmoil, drama, angst and enough twists to give you whiplash, I wondered if book two could compare. Well, that was a fear that was very short lived because she delivered!! More shocking revelations will have your jaw dropping and your head spinning!! I am totally jealous of Riley having Ashe but even he is not worth all the secrets, lies and betrayals she has in her life. LOL I thought that this book offered a good balance between the drama storm that swirled around them and their relationship and feelings for each other. Ashe continues to be his amazing self, even as his past comes calling. I felt so bad for him. We all have things we regret and it is always painful when those ghosts come calling. Fame and success only made it so much worse. Riley was Riley. As quirky and funny as always. I did think she showed some growth emotionally (which was a big pet peeve for me in book one). That being said, I am a firm believer that what you endure and survive makes you so much stronger and with Riley that was very, very slow to happen. I still felt that she was often her own worst enemy.as she reacted without clear though or care to herself or others. I thought the conclusion to Ashe and Riley's story was complex, compelling, sweet, poignant and very satisfying.The narration on this book was OK. Sometimes the accent was so strong that it was difficult to understand. Which could be quite frustrating. All thoughts and opinions in this review are entirely my own and voluntarily posted.

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Good

I enjoyed this story but want more. I feel there is more to be told.

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still loving Ashe

I am in love with this series and these characters. while this is book 2, it can be read as a stand alone but I would recommend reading book 1 for the full effect of the characters background. I loved the narration (his voice melts me like butter). Loved the twists in the story line, the sweet romance and of course the HEA...

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Great voice brings the story to life

I really enjoyed "Loving Riley" by Liz Durano. I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. This series is the first I've read of this author and I'm glad I picked up her work. The books so far have been well written with thoughtful plots and engaging characters. I love the sneak peeks into the celebrity romance genre and this author did a great job capturing the essence. This book was the second in the series and the story takes up just where we left off in the first and didn't disappoint. plus the narrator's voice captured my mental image of Ashe perfectly and I can't wait for the next in line in the series.
Happy Reading... enjoy!