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Loving Ashe: Book 1 of The Celebrity Series by [Durano, Liz]
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Loving Ashe: Book 1 of The Celebrity Series Kindle Edition

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A barista in search of the truth. A Hollywood star yearning for authenticity. One fateful meeting that will send them on a journey of self-discovery and one unexpected romance.

Three years after her ex-boyfriend left her to pursue his Hollywood dream, barista Riley Eames’ life is still on hold, hindered by questions only he can answer. So when he asks to meet her for a booty call while he’s in town, she reluctantly agrees, only to find herself stuck in the hotel elevator with rising British star, Ashe Hunter.

He’s gorgeous, charming, and before the night is over, smitten.

But a Hollywood romance may not be enough to get Riley’s life moving again, not when the answers to the questions she’s been seeking are finally revealed, leading her to question everything that is true in her life – like moving on…

and falling in love.

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"So you are famous," Riley said. "Does it bother you that some people don't recognize you?"

He shook his head. "No, and in fact, I prefer they didn't. That way, I get to eat my noodles in peace and not worry about somebody taking unflattering pictures of me as I eat. Hopefully not with a noodle hanging from my mouth."

"I'm sorry," Riley said.

"It's not your fault that some people can't help themselves."

Riley took a deep breath. The conversation seemed to drag his mood down. The smile was completely gone. "So, do you like it? Acting?"

"I do, yes," he replied, the smile returning to his face. "I've been doing it now for the past ten years or so."

Three giggling teenagers walked past them, and Riley thought they were about to line up in front of him and ask for autographs. But the teenagers were more engrossed in what was on their phones than the people around them and had settled themselves at the next table.

"Is this the part where I'm supposed to ask you what shows you've been on?" Riley asked.

He chuckled. "This is the part where you get to ask me whatever you want."

Riley took a deep breath and thought for a moment. What would she ask, she wondered? She wondered if it bruised his ego, meeting someone who had no idea who he was. Perhaps Gareth felt the same way when someone didn't recognize him. Back then, no one did.

"People usually answer questions more truthfully when they're under pressure," Riley said. "So now it's rapid-fire question time. I'll take the first answer that comes to mind. Ready?"

Ashe frowned as if he didn't understand what she meant. But Riley didn't want to give him time to think. He could improvise if he had to, lie if necessary.

"Morning person or night person?"

"Night person," he replied, a smile forming on his lips.

"Are you funny?"

"Unfortunately, no."

"Do you consider yourself serious then?"

"Unfortunately, yes. In fact, tonight, someone just called me an old fart."

"If you could be any cartoon character, who would you be?"

"Pepe La Pew."

"If one song were to describe your life, what would it be?"

"I Don't Want to Miss A Thing."

"Aerosmith! That's my favorite band! And did you know that they're playing in Atlantic City—"

"Next question or it's my turn," Ashe warned, arching an eyebrow.

"What do you like best about your job?"

"Being someone I'm not—for a time."

"What don't you like about your job?"

"That you're only as good as your last movie."

"When did you last get laid—No! I mean, when was the last time you lied? Lied! Lied, not laid!"

Ashe chuckled, then forced himself to be serious. "Just before I got into that elevator with you."

"Was that an answer to the first question or the second?"

* * *

Previously the Loving Ashe Trilogy

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  • File Size: 3176 KB
  • Print Length: 420 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 153315497X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ZB80EOI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,229 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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This is my first book by Liz Durano and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it and I already am waiting in anticipation for Loving Riley book 2 of this series to come out!

Riley is dealing with a lot of insecurities and anxieties stemming from a bad break up when her ex Gareth left her behind to pursue his dreams and the heartache spiraled Rileys life out of control. Years later her scars are very much still there until one day she meets Ashe while running away from a would be meeting with the ex that broke her heart.

It broke my heart when Riley learns that all is not what it seems when her past collides in her present with full force, she's already broken but needs to take back her control.

I adored Ashe so sweet and so gentle, Riley needed strength and he gave that to her. I loved seeing him show her she's so much more than what she thinks she is!
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I really enjoyed "Loving Ashe" by Liz Durano. This is the first book I've read by this author and I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. I was drawn to the book by the description in the synopsis and I was pleasantly surprised by how the plot played out. It was well written and the characters really came to life. I can't wait to see how the story continues in the next book and would gladly recommend this book/ series to fans of contemporary romance especially the celebrity sub genre.
Happy Reading...enjoy!
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This has it all, in a well balanced plot of drama, secrets & lies, twists & turns, sexy hot alpha men and Steamy HOT scenes.
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By CChimni on 31 March 2017
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Wow! Loving Ashe has it all! A chance meeting in an elevator, a couple of celebrities, a media circus, family drama, secrets, twists, love, and passion! A great read. Looking forward to the rest of the series!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Unexpected Treat 26 December 2015
By Miss D - Published on Amazon.com
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I didn't expect to be reading today, but on a lonely Christmas without my son I decided to dive into a different world rather than mope around in mine. I'm glad I did. I'll try to avoid spoilers.

Plot: Quite engaging. The twists worked well and weren't added for dramatic effect (as books of this genre tend to do) so I appreciated that aspect. It's also good to see how life can be when it comes to actors and the acting world in general. The romance aspect made it that much more well-rounded and I enjoyed it.

Characters: When I first read this story I remember the FMC Riley really grated but this time around I didn't find that at all. I can relate to wanting to be accepted and wanting to get answers even if those answers will only cause more problems. Of course I always loved Ashe (and not just because of his accent though it helps). No one's perfect and even the minor characters weren't just there for decoration. I should get some tips on doing that.

Everything else: If you see the word "Loving" and expect a sex fest right away, it won't happen. I tend to lean more towards slow building relationships where the characters get to know each other. So the way the relationship played out worked for me and I found it to be sweet with hints toward something deeper (whew, almost put a spoiler there...) As for the setting I've never been to New York and would've liked a little more detail about that aspect but realize it wasn't the focus. I whipped through it in a matter of hours which is rare since my attention span usually doesn't allow me. Color me surprised that I'm leaving a review.

If you want an engaging story about realistic characters trying to learn more about themselves or each other (complete with a HFN ending) then definitely give Loving Ashe a look. You'll be glad you did and this is from a person who's not huge on romance.

4.5 Stars
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What doesn't kill you will make you stronger 6 April 2017
By RoseyLovesBooks - Published on Amazon.com
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Loving Ashe by Liz Durano is Book 1 of The Celebrity Series and a Celebrity Romance

Riley is an insecure and immature young woman who almost died from a drug overdose when her ex-boyfriend Gareth dumped her to become an actor in Hollywood. Three years later, when Gareth contacts Riley to meet up at a hotel, she agrees but chickens out at the last minute and gets stuck in an elevator with the gorgeous and charming Ashe. Riley and Ashe fall into an easy conversation while they're waiting to be rescued and Ashe invites himself to dinner with Riley after they leave the elevator. When Ashe asks Riley for her phone number after dinner, Riley refuses because Ashe is an actor, and she thinks he'd just be another Gareth. But Ashe is a man who goes after what he wants, and has flowers delivered to Riley the next day, after he dropped her off at home. Ashe eventually charms Riley into dating him, despite opposition from Riley's sister Paige, who had to pick up the pieces of Riley's life after she went off the rails post breakup. Even though Riley stood Gareth up at the hotel, he finds her at work and tells her he's missed her, then kisses her. However, Riley isn't falling for Gareth's tricks. But what happens when Riley finds out things didn't happen as she thought? What if Gareth hadn't dumped her? What if someone had been pulling strings in the background? When Riley finds out the truth, will she be able to handle the betrayal, or will she revert back to old habits and seek comfort in drugs again?

Loving Ashe is a captivating story that's funny, sweet and full of shocking twists and turns. Liz Durano drew me in with a beautiful and heartbreaking story full of vulnerable and lovable characters. I highly recommend this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learning to stand on her own two feet and trusting 16 March 2017
By Lorena Helfers - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Redeeming love 31 March 2017
By Margaret Watkins - Published on Amazon.com
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A tragic story with a triumphant ending, Loving Ashe was almost painful to read but it was so well written that the reader is drawn into the plot. I loved the original meeting between Riley and Ashe and the immediate connection between them as well as the natural build up of the romance. I felt for Riley and her insecurities. Regardless of how things are covered over, a person always subconsciously knows when they are being lied to, and Riley was lied to and betrayed by the people who she loved most. It is only when she recognises that she has to take the reins of her life in in her own hands, and to start living by her terms, does she begin to experience true freedom. This is a heartbreaking story but as Riley begins to learn to trust the well-grounded and gentle Ashe, she experiences healing and understanding that sets her free. I closed the book with a smile on my face.
5.0 out of 5 stars Ashe is a perfect man, doing everything to show Riley that she's ... 19 April 2017
By Juliana Ignácio - Published on Amazon.com
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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.