Thursday, December 26, 2013

Abby Road

This is my first read of a book by Ophelia London. She's quite an author.

Abby is a hot mess. A college drop out because her music career took off when her band Mustang Sally went global overnight is enough to mess any 20 something girl up. Then add to that her brother's tragic death and a snot of a manager and it's a wonder this girl isn't already six feet in the ground for taking her own life. Yes, she gets fame and fortune and all that goes with it which isn't always positive. Paparazzi for one. So, I'm completely fine with the mood swings and anxiety attacks Abby is subject to.

Thankfully, she takes a summer off to get her head on straight and falls for the best guy around/ever. But like all good romances, smooth sailing has to come to a halt, relationship falls apart, and Abby has to figure out who she is and what she wants.

Good storytelling. Roller coaster rockin' fun!

This girl knows how to bring on the smexy - the author's word, not mine. I'd love to take credit, but I give credit where it's due. I'm not completely sure on the literal translation of smexy but I think it is a cross between smutty and sexy. This is one where'll you have to be the judge of whether it's clean or not clean enough for you. She gets top marks for serious kissing chemistry. Say 'hi' to weak knees.

But, the characters allude to things happening 'off page' that crosses boundaries for some readers of 'clean' romance, like premarital sex. There's substituted words for swearing and a rude hand gesture as well. As ratings go, I'd lean on the PG-13 side.

You'll have to judge whether that makes it 'clean' in your book or not. For me, it wasn't an issue.

She has also done a great job of conveying the characters emotions and building them as people throughout the arc of the story. There are also some great side characters in here as well. Like the Brit manager for one.

I did think it was funny that we go through a whole book about a rock and roll band singer and not once does she have a concert. Sing, yes. But not a concert.

Oh, and I enjoyed all the Beatles references.

For chick lit, this is good stuff.

Do you have an opinion on 'smexy'?

Touted by the tabloids as the biggest rock star of our generation, Abigail Kelly is used to being in the spotlight. But beyond the glam of Hollywood, her world is falling apart. Still reeling from the death of her brother and wilting under the iron fist of Max, her manager, Abby banishes herself to the secluded beaches of Florida for the summer, thinking some anonymity and sunshine are just what she needs. What she finds, instead, is Todd, an ex-marine eager to embrace life after war. Together, Abby and Todd find the balance Abby’s life has been missing.

That is, until Max resurfaces, demanding Abby return to Los Angeles to record her band’s newest album. As the pressures of public appearances, paparazzi, and late-night recordings start to mount, Abby will have to risk everything or lose the life she always dreamed of.

Ophelia London’s ABBY ROAD is a love letter to music—both the kind you cherish and the kind you create—as well as a beautiful love story that proves even when everyone in the world can recognize your face, the only people who matter are those who can see inside your heart.

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