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Loving Ashe: Book 1 of The Celebrity Series by [Durano, Liz]
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"If you love well-written, beautifully conflicted chic-lit, you're gonna love Liz Madrid's book. I read it serially on the fabulous Wattpad where I discovered this lovely, warm-hearted writer. She brings to this adorable, yet serious, yet light-hearted romance a deep humanity that defines the novel and its author. Discover Ashe and fall in love with him the way I did and then see how hard it is to find that love, trust it and fall in love again." - Mary L. Tabor, author of The Woman Who Never Cooked

"This book had echoes of a modern-day "Cinderella" tale, but edgier." - Abby Vegas, Author of Clean Break

"A quick enjoyable read and a lovely fantasy. This book had echoes of a modern-day "Cinderella" tale, but edgier." - Abby Vegas, Author of Clean Break

From the Author

Loving Ashe started out as a short story prompt on my blog about what happens in an elevator. I expanded it a year and a half later for NaNoWriMo 2014 and serialized it on Wattpad, where it was chosen as one of the featured stories for Sour Patch Kids' Sour Then Sweet campaign.  It's a sweet contemporary romance with a dash of mystery.  It's about falling in love again, letting go of the past in order to move on, and it's set in one of my favorite cities, New York.

Book 2: Loving Riley is scheduled for release on July 2016

Visit LizMadrid.com for the latest updates on Liz's novels and stories, and receive a free book!

Product Details

  • File Size: 969 KB
  • Print Length: 423 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: June 8, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ZB80EOI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,125 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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
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"...Pain was a tough emotion to hide..."
This was my first book by Liz Madrid and I am glad to say that I enjoyed it a lot!
Riley, our main character, has a dark part that a lot of us can relate to which automatically forms a bond with her. Once I started this story, I couldn't flip the page fast enough. Next thing I knew, I was well over past the halfway point.
I saw a small detail coming but that was nothing compared to the extreme plot twists Liz had in store for me. After those last couple of chapters, I cheered so hard for Riley and my heart went out to her poor soul. I wish I could be there for her and hug her pain away but of course, I can't. She begins this story without a backbone, which, I admit, annoyed me, but by the end of the book she has backbone I was completely proud of. The heart-breaking part about was that she had to pay dearly for earning that backbone. I seriously don't wish that things that she went through for anybody, not even my worst enemies. This poor woman, I can still feel her pain as if I had just read this a second ago. I learned to love every part of her/ even her flaws.
I just noticed that I haven't talked about the main love interest yet!! I swear, Ashe made me tear up indefinitely. That man is so imperfectly perfect that it made my heart hurt. He is is EXACTLY the person Ashe needed in her life and the unbelievable trust they had in each other melted me to the core. I hope for the day that I meet my own Ashe and get stuck with him in an elevator. (Which might not happen since I hate elevators but one can dream right?)
All of the characters were so incredibly realistic that I found myself surprised to no end.
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Loved this book and mostly as what Clint had done behind her back that puzzled me and his is why the story got better and now I can't wait to get the second book in July.

Thank you Liz for a great story. Loved the first book of he series.

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Who wouldn't love Ashe? After reading the book it's hard not to fall in love with him. He's just about perfect and, dare I say, so is the book. If you want a book that lets you sit down, relax and read, then pick up Loving Ashe. Okay, maybe you won't 'relax' all through the book because there is tons of emotion woven in throughout the pages. However, if you want to read and see how a man's love can make a broken woman whole again without it being cliche, then you too will love Ashe.

Yes there is insecurity, pain, fear, happy times, betrayal and on and on.... too many adjectives to keep mentioning since they are placed within the folds of the book in a way that keeps you turning the page. Yes, there is sex but not like so many others books that puts sex scenes after sex scenes without them contributing to the plot. Liz Madrid writes them within the chapters that works with the the love and even betrayal that if not careful, the reader will find themselves emotionally entangled. But isn't that what a good book is suppose to do -- get the reader involved?

Also, I marked 'some violence' in the box above. It mainly is emotional violence of insecurity and betrayal. I've read this entire series and they are so well written to fit together that it's hard to remember what event took place in which book. Don't get me wrong. You definitely can read them as stand alone books without cliffhangers forcing you to wait to see what happens, however, they just flow together so smoothly that which scene comes from which book isn't important . Okay, trust me, Loving Riley has scenes you definitely won't forget since who could ever forget Ashe loving Riley? Nope, not gonna happen. But as each book in the series stands alone, they also flow together. It takes good writing skills to accomplish that and Liz Madrid more than has proven her abilities in this series. Loving Ashe is the start of something amazing.
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