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Review Tour: Abby Road by Ophelia London {+Giveaway!}

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Welcome to my stop on the Abby Road review tour hosted by Wordsmith Publicity!
I'm so excited to share my review, as well as a giveaway with you all today!

Abby Road
    by: Ophelia London

Publication Date: Mar. 2013
Publisher: Entangled: Embrace
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Source: e-copy received via Wordsmith Publicity in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 400 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iTunes

Fame can't buy her love...

It’s been exactly one day since rock star Abigail Kelly fled her chaotic life in L.A. to her sister’s home in Florida. One day without her demanding manager, paparazzi, ridiculous tour schedules, and recording sessions. For the first time in five years, she has the summer off. To be anonymous. A summer to not think about losing her brother...or that her once-normal life has turned into a mess of panic and heartbreak.

But all it takes is one twist of fate—to enter a stranger's surf shop while trying to dodge some fans—for everything to change.

Because the shop owner happens to be a really cute guy with an amazing laugh. With Todd, an ex-Marine sniper turned surfer, she feels things she hasn’t felt for a long time. Possibly never. But when the real world comes crashing back in, Abby is caught between the superstar she’s become...and the painfully real human being she longs to be.

I have always been fascinated by the lives of celebrities and everything that goes along with their fame. There is obviously so much more than meets the eye and we really get to see that here in this story with Abigail (Abby) Kelly. She is the lead singer for the band Mustang Sally and has absolutely been run ragged. She is coming apart at the seams and my heart really ached for her. She loves singing and loves her band, but she's feeling so overwhelmed with all the pressure that comes with being a well known, popular artist. Finally getting a much needed summer off, Abby flees the glittering, always on demand lifestyle of L.A. and heads for her sister's in Florida. It is here that Abby meets Todd, an ex-Marine, whom she ends up falling for.
I liked Abby and Todd together. Abby needs someone to ground her and be normal with. Todd is as normal as they get- having opened his own shop in beachy Florida. He's a good guy and he likes Abby a lot. After spending a day together, it's obvious the two are attracted to one another and want to spend time together. However, Abby's demanding schedule certainly doesn't make that easy. I admit, I thought we would spend more time watching Abby and Todd falling for one another in Florida over the summer. The small beach town is such an ideal, romantic setting, so I was a bit disappointed that we were told rather than saw the effects of the beginning of this relationship. Instead, we fast forward to the end of the summer and Abby returning to her life in Los Angeles. She is not going alone and I felt this was an interesting twist to their relationship. Todd doesn't seem like the kind of guy to just let go of his life in FL to follow a girl across the country to simply be with her.
L.A. provides numerous challenges for the couple, as Abby's life is a hectic one- with long, grueling hours and a strenuous schedule. Abby tries her best to integrate Todd into this life, but seeing the way in which he lived his life in Florida, it wouldn't be long before the cracks started to show in their relationship. There are more factors at work here, factors that Todd wanted Abby to realize on her own and that frustrated me a bit. I do understand his wanting her to see the light on her own, but at the same time I would have preferred him to be up front with her about what he noticed as an outsider.
While I wished that Todd had taken the more upfront route with Abby, it was important for her to realize on her own that she has to live her life according to HER and no one else. She has so many great ideas and things she'd like to share with the band, but she knows it's futile as their overbearing ass of a manager will never let them do anything that isn't approved by him. Sadly, we've seen this many times in the music industry and it's very disheartening for these musicians, as they just want to play music from the soul.
I was a bit thrown in the beginning by the choppy nature of the writing, but it does eventually even out and the transitions felt a bit more natural once Abby and Todd make for L.A. Until then though, I kept getting confused or lost and had to reread to make sure I didn't miss something, as the transition would just jump to the next point. I also felt this book was a bit on the longer side. Still, I overall enjoyed Abby Road. Being a huge Beatles lover, I loved that the chapter titles referenced their songs and the ending Beatles reference was really precious and so fitting. The book isn't overly graphic in sexual nature, but I definitely enjoyed the kissing scenes because London does employ a variety of them ranging from sweet and demure to lust-filled and passionate.  While I had a few issues with this one, it was still a cute read and I found myself swooning over Todd and his Italian self!
COMING MARCH 31, 2015!
Crossing Abby Road (Companion Novel to Abby Road)
by: Ophelia London
New Adult Contemporary Romance
Entangled Publishing
Todd Camford went from Marine sniper to owning a beachfront surf shop in Florida, and he couldn’t be happier. Unfortunately, the programming from his training hasn't quite been eliminated. His ex called him an unfeeling cyborg, but he's a free-flying, unfettered hawk, damn it. Relationships are out of the question...

And then she comes into his shop.

Everyone knows who Abigail Kelly is—mega rockstar, tabloid fixture. Still, nothing prepares Todd for Abby's smoky gray eyes or the swift breathlessness of their instant chemistry. He'd be an ass (or possibly insane) to think he can resist her. Just for today, maybe he'll keep an eye on her to make sure she doesn't get mobbed. Because really, how much damage could one day with a super-hot, kick-ass celebrity really do?

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USA Today bestselling author Ophelia London was born and raised among the redwood trees in beautiful northern California. Once she was fully educated, she decided to settle in Florida, but her car broke down in Texas and she’s lived in Dallas ever since. A cupcake and treadmill aficionado (obviously those things are connected), she spends her time watching arthouse movies and impossibly trashy TV, while living vicariously through the characters in the books she writes.
 Ophelia is the author of DEFINITELY, MAYBE IN LOVE; ABBY ROAD and CROSSING ABBY ROAD; the Perfect Kisses series including: FALLING FOR HER SOLDIER, PLAYING AT LOVE, SPEAKING OF LOVE, and MAKING WAVES; and the upcoming AIMEE AND THE HEARTTHROB for Entangled’s Teen Crush. Visit her at www.ophelialondon.com, but don’t call when The Vampire Diaries (or Dawson’s Creek) is on.
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  1. This does sound like a really cute book, but it's a shame that the romance doesn't really take time to develop and that there's telling more than showing. I get annoyed by that so easily. I don't know how I would feel about the choppy writing either. :/
    Great review, Jessica!

    1. Thanks Nick. I was bummed because I love Ophelia London, but this wasn't a book for me.

  2. This one sounds sweet and I definitely like the Beatles aspect. Its a shame the writing has a choppy feel because this one sounds like it has potential. Great review.

    1. Thanks Teresa. Had the writing been a bit smoother I think I would have enjoyed alot more.


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