Loving Riley, Liz Durano – Book Review

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29068839To 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.

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.

 

 

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*ARC received in exchange of an honest review. The thoughts are my own and in no way biased.*

Let it be said that I am a complete Liz Durano fan and LOVE HER WORK. I’ve been following her work since she was on Wattpad and I am so happy that she’s making a name for herself in the published world too, because frankly, if you’re a romance fan, you absolutely need to read Liz’s books. There’s no two ways about it.

I read the first book in this trilogy, Loving Ashe, sometime early last year and absolutely adored it. In case you need a reminder, here’s my review – Loving Ashe.

In the sequel to Loving Ashe, things have really come together for both Ashe and Riley. Ashe is making a name in Hollywood and Riley is learning to let go of her past. They’re building a life together and both of them are extremely happy in their relationship. All is good for the couple until a blast from Ash’s past threatens to destroy everything that they’ve tried to build together.

I loved that we got to see more of Ashe and his demons in this book. The first one was all about Riley and her past, but this one also included Ashe’s with hers. I liked how in the first book, Ashe seemed kind of invincible, always the pillar of support, immaculate man but in this one, we learn of his flaws and his mistakes. He really is just a normal guy, trying his best. The way that is portrayed through the story is really beautiful. I fell more in love with him as I saw him grappling through his salacious past while still trying to be the man he wants to be for Riley and his family. It makes him so much more endearing and lovable. I adore him and I admire his resilience. Such a great, great character!

I didn’t like Riley as much as I did in the first book. She still had her own past to come to terms with and suddenly being bombarded with Ashe’s was a little too much for her. I liked how she tried her best, given the circumstances and her character grew and developed throughout the story. But, she was awfully indecisive throughout the story and it made me mad that she couldn’t just make a decision and stick to it. I understood that she was dealing with a lot and she was having a hard time keeping her head over water, but it really frustrated me a whole lot.

I loved that despite everything that was going on, Ashe and Riley held on to each other ans supported the other as best as they could and finally, in the end, they come out of it all a whole stronger than before with a lot more trust and love between them.  The romance was still as swoony as the first one in this, but it had a lot more angst and lot more depth than the first one as we learnt more about Ashe.

I also loved the whole mysterious plot that went hand in hand with the drama. It was so well executed and the twists and turns were really surprising and unexpected. I won’t say much on this because I think that it is best experienced while reading the novel, but let me tell you, it is amazingly written.

Loving Riley is a great conclusion to the love story that started in Loving Ashe and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

 

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Hero High, Mina Chara – Blog Tour

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31439265Reality TV meets Superhero High School in this intriguing story about friendship, fame, and what it means to be a hero.

In Icon City superheroes save the day every day on the quarter hour. Led by Captain Fantastic, scores of superhero celebrities do their best to train the next generation. Seventeen year old Friday Fitzsimmons and Jake her childhood friend are their latest starstruck recruits. When Doctor Dangerous returns from the dead and the Figure in Flames decimates the city, Captain Fantastic is betrayed by one of his own.

Torn between Jake, Ashley and her feelings for Doctor Dangerous, Friday must decide if her childhood friend is worth fighting for, and if the worlds most famous super-villain is worth saving, all while learning how to be a hero.

 

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Hero High is an amazing story about superheroes and reality TV. Yes, actual, real superheros who got their powers in a very Barry Allen like way are on reality TV which documents their life at Superhero School. Uh huh, there is even a school. Cool, eh?

The thing I love most about this is the main lead. Friday or as I like to call her Fitz is awesome. She is so good. She’s funny and sarcastic and stands up for herself and doesn’t take shit from anyone. Role model, anyone? She’s always ready to help and actually takes the whole superhero business very seriously, unlike most of the students at school, even though her power isn’t much help to the masses. She can slow her mind to spend more time thinking and people outside believe that no time has passed. Which of course makes her a math genius. I mean, if a problem took me say, 10 minutes to solve, but my professor thought I answered it in the time it should have taken me to read the problem, I’d be hailed as a math genius too. And I’d love it. Just like Fitz does.

But, there’s more than that. I love that even before she was officially a superhero, she was still going out of the way to help people, even if it was just her family. She really had no childhood to speak of and the only friend she had was Jake who turned out to be pretty darn shitty in the end. I mean, the amount of hate I harbor for that boy is so huge.

Of course, there’s the love interest, Ashley. He’s all dark and mysterious and pretends to hate Fitz because he thinks she likes Jake (which is so not true). He’s there for Fitz when it counts and he’s always helping her. But, he’s also harboring a secret which will tear them apart because in the end, Fitz will have no choice but to leave him. I feel for the boy, I do, but I don’t know if what he’s doing is right or not. I mean, I still love him, tortured soul that he is, but still. Some of the things he does are pretty questionable.

Which, brings me to the cliffie ending. I mean, oh God, what was that? I gotta know who it was in the end, lady. I will die otherwise. I mean, I gotta know. Is it someone we’ve met? Is he not introduced yet? Is it Ashley? (Yes, this question is as much of a cliffie as the ending because we don’t know if what I’m talking about is good or bad and I LOVE THAT!)

All in all, this is an amazing read and you should definitely pick it up if you like superheroes and angst and action and falling for someone you aren’t supposed to. So good. Really.

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I ran as fast as I could until I heard the little girl cry. “Mrs Mine!”

I froze, and looked back. “Who’s Mrs Mine,” I asked.

“My bunny,” the little girl replied.  As a small child I had a stuffed bear and stupid as it was, I knew how she felt. That bunny was a member of the family. I dropped the little girl and pushed her forward.

“Run!” I yelled. “I’ll get your bunny.”

Lisa scooped up the girl and reached out to drag me back but she was too slow.

“Fitz!” Lisa screamed as I ran back towards the car, blocking out every sound, not letting myself think. I dropped to the floor and grabbed the toy like it was a baton in a relay race with no seconds to spare. I could hear each drop of fuel hit the road like the pounding of my pulse. Something blurry in the sky was speeding towards us and Lisa made a run for me again. Just as my fingers whispered across hers a voice boomed from above.

“Get down!” A man in a super skeleton suit flew down from the sky and wrapped himself round the two of us, deploying a shield from his back. It wasn’t a moment too soon. The car erupted in an awesome display of fire and the crowd oohed and awed at the spectacle as though they were watching New Year’s fireworks. I opened my eyes to the masked, super-suited figure above me.

“Partner Kisaragi, it’s good to finally meet you.” Lisa turned away from his face, only inches from hers, and mumbled something under her breath that might have been “show off”.

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Hi! I’m Mina Chara, I’m a student, an artist, a daughter, sister and companion to my two furry friends, Gimli and Gwynne. This blog is here because I’ve just written a book called Hero High: Figure In The Flames.

This is My Story:

Being dyslexic isn’t so much of a problem, the hard part is not letting it dictate what I like, and what I can do. For years I was scared of reading, but then I discovered YA fiction, real books with main characters I could relate to because most of them were girls.

When someone criticizes my writing, I feel like crying, because I feel like that I’m back in English class getting yelled at again, just wanting to go home, but I’m not a kid anymore, I’m an adult, and as an adult, I wrote a book, and you can too.

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