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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
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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.
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.
I loved this story of Ashe and Riley. The elevator scene was just the beginning to a beautiful courtship. Along the way there are challenges and the Riley-Paige-Gareth story from youth to adult is a twist that I shed a lot of tears while reading. Liz Durano can turn words into a very heartfelt story where the reader feels like they know the characters personally. I will definitely read more of her books!
I absolutely adored this book! Ashe is the ultimate book boyfriend ..OMG so incredible! This book has so many twists, secrets that will have you thinking "WTH??" And I "NEVER SAW THAT ONE COMING!" JEEZ.. I tell ya, Riley (our heroine) is one tough cookie) she came across in the beginning as a broken, needy, and insecure young woman.. But as the book continues she has every right to have become that way. She has been through so much in a short time..only 23 years old and so much has happened to her. She has a sister, Paige and brother in law Clint.. Who are there for her with their triplets all boys.. Riley is trying to reclaim her life from a break up 3 years ago that almost cost her life... Gareth and Riley grew up as neighbors from the time he was 10 and she 7 .. As adults she helped him with his goal of becoming a actor only to be left behind.. Then to hear from him and he wants to meet her.. Riley goes to the hotel, yet by the time she gets to his floor she changes her mind and jumps back on the elevator.. Only to meet a handsome, sweet man that looks to be running away from something or someone also .... Then the elevator gets stuck.. The two exchange only first names.. Ashe and Riley. Yet, the connection and attraction is there.. This book is so full of romance, sexy hot alpha males! Hot sex scenes, lies that are revealed and lives changed and learning to forgive.. This is a MUST READ... You will NOT regret it.. Loved loved!!!! Fabulous..
This book was really good. I loved how all of the characters are well rounded, the storyline flows easily, and be hero and heroine are both strong characters. This is actually one I'll read again on e the sequel comes along.