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Three years after her ex-boyfriend left her to pursue his Hollywood dream, Riley Eames’ love 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 charming British actor, Ashe Hunter, who’s in town to promote his latest movie.
But even as sparks fly between them, Riley realizes that to fall in love again, she has to move on from the past, even if it means letting go of the questions she’s been seeking answers to, and uncovering secrets meant to be hidden.
Okay. So, Ashe. Where can I find one of him for myself?
Liz, you’d know where, right?
Because I really, really need an Ashe Hunter for myself. With the looks, the body, the accent, the personality – entire package.
As you probably gathered, I’m absolutely smitten by this one man. Ashe Hunter is really a force to be reckoned with, you know? He’s so honest and real and persuasive and not ready to let go that you just can’t help but give into him. I mean, which girl can turn down noodles in a crowded restaurant, coffees, talks and lots of flowers and texts? Certainly not me and definitely not Riley.
Okay, so maybe I should backtrack a little, help you understand, right?
So, I’ll start from the beginning. Riley Eames is a hardworking girl who loves to read and work at the book cafe she partly owns. She adores her three nephews and looks up to her sister and brother – in – law in every aspect in life. Riley Eames is also nursing a broken heart from three years ago when her childhood friend/long term boyfriend left her to make a career in Hollywood leaving her with nothing but a mattress and $20,000 in the dead of the night.
She’s reasonably not over the break up yet, especially the way she was abandoned. So, when said ex, Gareth Roman, hunts her down on social media and asks her to come see him while he’s town, she agrees. She knows its probably just a booty call and she might not get answers to the questions she has, but she can’t help herself. So, she goes. But, she can’t find it in herself to actually knock on his hotel room door and turns back to the elevator, where she’s stranded in with a handsome stranger.
Riley and Ashe seems to hit it off instantly and spend time getting to know each other while stuck in the elevator together. They have dinner after they’re out and Ashe even drops her home and sends her flowers the next day.
It’s all the beginning of a happy romance until Riley’s sister, Paige butts in. She thinks that Ashe is in it just for one thing and is afraid that he’s going to break Riley’s heart, just like Gareth did. The fact that Ashe and Gareth are long time co – stars who have been working on a movie together doesn’t really help matters. However, Riley is absolutely smitten by Ashe and against her better judgement and her sister’s protests, she continues to see Ashe and their relationship progresses.
Things get even worse for the couple when Gareth actively starts seeking Riley out and denies everything she accuses him off.
As Riley turns to her sister for help in her troubled times, she learns of past secrets that have the power to make or break her life. A betrayal that runs deep in the family, a brother – in – law who is more manipulative and selfish than she could think of, a sister who might have been out with her own agenda and a father who wants nothing to with her leave Riley with important decisions to make.
The question that remains is, is she strong enough to love Ashe even after everything?
Riley is an amazing and strong protagonist. She has a lot of her own demons that she’s fighting, but the way she appears to the world – happy and normal – shows just how strong she is in dealing with everything. Yes, she’s been sheltered a lot by her elder sister and she’s done a lot of stuff she’s not proud of, but she’s learning and growing up. She’s trying to stand her own and to fall in love again. I love that she isn’t perfect and that she misses things easily. It makes her character more real. She’s smart and honest and passionate about anything and everything she does. The love that she has for her nephews is amazing. I love her.
As we all know by now, I’m absolutely smitten by Ashe. He’s handsome, has a posh English accent and knows exactly how to woo a girl. If that’s not enough, he’s caring, understanding and supportive. He stands by Riley as she goes through a lot of ups and downs in her life. He’s always there for her, supporting her and holding her. He’s her shoulder to cry on, her ear to listen, her mind to give advice and her mouth to kiss. He’s grounded and real. He loves his family very much and absolutely dotes on his niece.
Yeah, you see why I’m smitten with him, right?
Loving Ashe is a really heartfelt story that will leave you reeling and wanting for more. The way that Liz describes her characters and brings them to life is amazing to witness. Each and every word of this story is beautifully written.
The characters are real, deep and flawed. People make mistakes. They lie and they manipulate. But, what matters in the end is that they try to redeem themselves and that they love.
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Happy Readings! 😀