Abby Road (Entangled Embrace) [NOOK Book]

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A new adult romance from Entangled's Embrace imprint...



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. ...

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Overview

A new adult romance from Entangled's Embrace imprint...



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.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Heather Christensen
The life of a giant rock star is not as glamorous as it seems. Hounded by paparazzi, exhausted by the demands of a flourishing career and her controlling manager Max, and unable to come to terms with her brother's death, Abigail Kelly heads to her sister's house along the Florida coast for a rare, but much needed, break. There is more than the summer sun heating things up in the little town. Todd Camford is an ex-Marine trying to make a new start of life. "Why is anything military-related such a turn on?" Abby asks her sister, after a chance encounter turns into a twelve-hour steamy adventure with the hottest man in town. The summer with Todd seems a perfect antidote to her mental and physical state of near collapse, but Max puts a swift end to it when he drags her back to the studio and her fast-track California lifestyle. Though we are supposed to believe Todd and Abby are the embodiment of true love, their affair feels shallow, with more passion than substance. London follows a rather predictable formula. Gorgeous and talented Abby is a princess in desperate need of rescuing. Todd—rich, charming, and drop-dead handsome—is perfectly suited for the princely job of rescuing. Yet, in the end—with a great deal of nudging by the supporting cast of sister, best friend, parents, guitar buddy, and, of course, our dashing hero—Abby manages to rescue herself. Reviewer: Heather Christensen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620612453
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 3/18/2013
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 165,778
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the 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 PLAYING AT LOVE, SPEAKING OF LOVE... and ABBY ROAD. Visit her at her website. But don't call when The Vampire Diaries is on.

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  • Posted March 25, 2013

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    What I liked: Abby Road is an exceptionally tender, heart wrench

    What I liked:
    Abby Road is an exceptionally tender, heart wrenching and unique book. Its endearing story touched me as I am sure it will you. I loved the moments my heart ached, when I laughed out load or when my heart warmed with the growth of the characters. I loved that Abby rescued herself. 

    I liked that Todd, the heartthrob, is flawed yet willing to work on the relationship and better himself. I like that he isn't threatened by Abby’s success and allows her to be who she is, challenges her to be more, and when needed can step away and allow Abby to figure out what she needs to do to be happy. I loved that he was a gentleman in every way.

    I liked how Ophelia London cleverly wrote Abby figuring out what kind of heartache she was putting her loved ones through and the realization that she must forgive herself in order to move on.

    I enjoyed Abby’s friends and immediately felt the comradeship they had with each other. The guys in the band were loyal and fun.

    What I didn't like:
    Max, the band manager, but I think that was supposed to happen.

    Who would I recommend Abby Road to?
    I recommend Abby Road to adult readers who love romance but shy away from the explicit sex scenes of traditional romance novels. Abby Road is full of kissing, hand holding and talking – all essential romance elements, but it stops there. It is a feel good book that breaks your heart then mends it, breaks it again and then makes it whole by fusing it with the best kind of love there is – loving yourself.  
    While Abby Road is not a Young Adult novel, I think those adult readers out there who prefer the YA genre will appreciate reading it because it’s like an adult -YA book. (Hope that makes sense!)

    Rating:
    I give Abby Road 5 Skulls. It is an emotional ride full of joy, pain, forgiveness, love and happiness. A ride I would gladly go on again, because Ophelia London knows how to write a happily ever after.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2013

    Abby Road is a must read! Abby is a mega rock star who is tryin

    Abby Road is a must read! Abby is a mega rock star who is trying to cope with tragedy and real life while being mobbed by the paparazzi. She takes off to Seaside, Florida for the summer trying to cope and ends up having the summer of her dreams. What will happen when she goes back to LA and her old life? Read it yourself to find out.

    I loved the characters and perspective of living the "Hollywood Dream" but being human with real problems just like everyone else. Ophelia gave us a real story with real emotions and not just a "happily ever after" story.

    Cute read that will keep you turning the pages to see where things go and if Abby can come to terms with her past. Read it. You won't be sorry!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    Abby Road is a great feel-good read that I thoroughly enjoyed.

    Abby Road is a great feel-good read that I thoroughly enjoyed. She is an emotionally broken rock star at the beginning of the story, but then she meets sexy ex-marine, ex-Wall Street tycoon, Todd, who is able to help her smile and have fun again. As Abby’s recording duties call her back to LA, she begins to fall back into her numb, broken self until she realizes that she has to face the demons that haunt her head on in order get completely past them. Once she decides it’s time to regain control of her life and her career, Abby can begin to find peace and happiness in herself and the relationships around her. While the characters experience some heavy emotions, this is still fun loving and refreshing story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

    Brilliant dialogue. Brilliant characters. Brilliant read. I high

    Brilliant dialogue. Brilliant characters. Brilliant read. I highly recommend! Great book to take to the beach! When I read, I want to escape and relax. And this is EXACTLY what this book did for me, I was quickly sucked into Abby’s world.

    What I really enjoyed about the main character, Abby, was that she was flawed. I really dislike reading books when all the characters are too perfect. Abby is real. You identify with her. You feel with her. You root for her. The story was refreshingly honest. As for the love interest, I fell in love with Todd immediately (um, who wouldn’t?!). He’s such a dreamboat…and those abs…hello!!!! And I even enjoyed the supporting characters just as much. I don’t usually care about the supporting cast but for this read I was invested in them…a new thing for me…and they added a lot to the plot. Hal was a personal favorite of mine.

    I really love the writing style of the author. Abby Road brings the town of Seaside, Florida alive. I’ve never been there or to that part of the country but I feel like I’ve walked the streets, visited the shops, and overlooked the beach from Todd’s house. (Preferably in his arms *swoon*!)

    The author also managed to capture all the emotions, angst and drama that go into the creation of a romance. We’ve all been in her shoes at one time or another and many of us have had that feeling of getting into a relationship too quickly and for the wrong/right reasons. The middle part of the book flew by and I found a smile on my face many times as I was reading. Also, if you’re a Beatles, Sinatra or just a music fan in general you’ll enjoy the clever song lyrics, references, etc. sparsed throughout the book. They put a little ditty in your head while you’re reading. Fun surprise!

    In the last couple of pages, I was happy the author shared the “glimpse” Abby had into the future. It left me not wanting and wrapped up nicely. I absolutely adored this novel! Abby Road definitely made my favorite list for chick lit books. Very witty. Very romantic. Great read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2013

    For as long as I can remember I've secretly wanted to be a rock

    For as long as I can remember I've secretly wanted to be a rock star. As a little girl I used hairbrushes as microphones while singing along to my records. Even now, if you're stopped beside me at a stoplight, you can see me singing at the top of my lungs and rocking out to whatever song I'm currently obsessed. Not having a drop of natural singing talent hasn't stopped me from my rock star fantasies or living vicariously through characters like Abigail Kelly.

    Abby is a major rock star truly caught between life and the horrors of the music biz. We meet her taking the summer off at her sister's place in Florida, badly in need of healing from emotional wounds stemming from their brother's murder the year before. Abby meets Todd Camford, an ex-Marine with a wealthy family, who is understanding and more than capable of protecting her from the local autograph hounds. Despite her manager insisting she return to LA immediately, the two begin a summer relationship that sustains the first 3 months back in LA. Eventually Todd returns to Florida as he doesn't like how Abby's manager treats her, nor how Abby allows it.

    Abby Road is a very quick read that does not get bogged down in the minutiae of Abby's and Todd's budding relationship. Our hearts are warmed as they fall in love, but I'm more than ready to skip the schmaltzy summer details and move back to life in the recording studio. Certainly Max is more interested in the revenue Abby and bandmates bring in, but he never really rises to the Svengali heights we are lead to believe. Max was not the only participant in the central betrayal, so the book's climax ultimately fell flat.

    Minor flaws aside, Abby Road is still a very enjoyable and satisfying read. My personal rock star fantasies remain intact.

    Disclosure: This e-book was provided to me free of charge through NetGalley for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    Fantastic read. I fell in love with Abby and Todd with every tur

    Fantastic read. I fell in love with Abby and Todd with every turn of the page. Really enjoy reading this author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 15, 2015

    I have always been fascinated by the lives of celebrities and e

    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!

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  • Posted July 21, 2014

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    Reviewed by Aubrey Book provided by the publisher for review Rev

    Reviewed by Aubrey
    Book provided by the publisher for review
    Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

    I absolutely loved this book from the first page. I fell in love with Abby the tortured and hard on herself lead character. She was a super star singer but was riddled with guilt for past transgressions. She needed to forge her own path in life rather than let her manager Max or her assistant Molly take over her life.

    On a much needed break from touring and recording she meets the man that can help her live again. However, she needs to work out her issues first. Will she do what it takes to have Todd in her life or will she choose the easy way out? Abby has so many people that love her but she can’t or won’t realize it.

    Todd is the epitome of the perfect guy. All he wants is for Abby by to be happy and to live a life she can be proud of. He has a good head on his shoulders and wants Abby for her not the pop star.

    I loved how each chapter played homage to Abby’s obsession with The Beatles. I love when authors give titles to chapters. This book made me laugh, cry and cheer Abby on as she went through a series of changes to become the woman that Todd always knew was there. I would recommend this book to everyone. It was a sweet and refreshingly real look at how hard life can be but also how sweet it is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2014

    Loved

    Loved this book! Even though there were some musical references that i didnt know i just totaly loved it. LOVED the characters. Each and every one was well written. There were some major parts of the book that at first i felt like should have had more detail (the rest of their summer together, how they feel about the first time they sleep together) but then she throws in important bits and pieces here and there about those events that give you just enough info that you dont feel lacking.

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  • Posted June 13, 2013

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    By: Ophelia London Published By: Entangled Published, LLC Age



    By: Ophelia London
    Published By: Entangled Published, LLC
    Age Recommended: Adult
    Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
    Rating: 4
    Book Blog For: GMTA
    Review:

    "Abby Road" By Ophelia London was a good contemporary romantic read. We find Rock Star, Abby Road 'physically depleted from the rigors of a career in music and emotionally scared by the death of her brother' Abby takes a much needed hiatus at her sister home in Florida. Abby is trying to find the balance in her life and she meet a 'sexy ex-Marine, Todd Camford who puts a smile and adds some balance to her life. Will she be willing to give up her music in order to have something with Todd? What was up with Abby's manager, Max? Can she have both...her music and Todd? From this read we will see how Abby is caught between life and the horrors of the music biz. To find out what all is in store for Abby you must pick up this well written read to see the outcome. This was indeed a beautiful story and I would recommend this one as a good read.

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  • Posted May 17, 2013

    If anyone dislikes the Beatles¿ I¿m sorry, but we can never be f

    If anyone dislikes the Beatles… I’m sorry, but we can never be friends. Ever. I will not understand you. That being said, I want to meet Abigail Kelly. She has made it onto my list of fictional characters that I’d love to meet in real life.

    Abigail Kelly started college wanting to go into the Fine Arts, maybe being a painter or something of the sort. But by a complete accident, she was working at her summer job at a record studio, and was helping her boss test out some new equipment and BAM! Her voice was discovered.

    Fast forward a few years and she’s an international superstar — but with major anxiety issues. The paparazzi are after her every move, and she’s lost her brother… after a breakdown, she’s decided to take a full summer off — not something her agent is fully ok with, but he’s a skeeze.

    Abby finds herself staying with her sister in a small community in Florida, where she finds herself breaking into a store to keep from being recognized by teen girls — and in this store? Todd.

    Between Abby’s love of Beatles music, Todd’s love of the Rat Pack music, and the majority of other awesome music mentioned in this book, as an audiophile and bibliophile, my mind was fully satisfied. Each chapter is the title of a Beatle’s song. And I repeat, I want to meet Abby in real life — the real Abby, not the fake one that the world sees — and when you read the book, you’ll understand what I mean by that.

    And you should definitely read the book, especially if you have a love of good music, good writing, and complex characters. You won’t always like the two main characters, but that makes them more human and real. I’ll add that I also want to meet Abby’s personal assistant and best friend, Molly. As a secondary character, Molly is fantastic, British and hysterical.

    When you find a book that’s relatable, even when the main character is so huge and you’re just an average person… it’s pretty awesome and well worth reading. And I think every woman should wish for a Todd. A guy who won’t settle for less, who will push you to be better — not different, not changing who you are, but simply a better version. And whose name isn’t Jack.

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  • Posted April 19, 2013

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    Abby Road is an emotion filled, thoroughly enjoyable love story.

    Abby Road is an emotion filled, thoroughly enjoyable love story. Ophelia London does a brilliant job of taking the “Hollywood Dream of Fame and Fortune” and giving it a healthy dose of reality. Even though the story line deals with the sensitive subject of loss and the angst of fame, Ophelia is able to craft a sweet romantic tale full of humor, compassion and love, that will warm your heart.

    Abby, a highly successful rock star, finds her glamorous life is crumbling. Physically depleted from the rigors of a career in music and emotionally scarred by the death of her brother, Abby takes a much needed hiatus at the seaside home of her sister. As she struggles to find some balance in her life, she meets Todd, a very sexy ex-Marine, who helps her smile and enjoy life. But as life is a mixture of the bad and the good, so is the life of a rock star. All too soon Abby finds herself having to return to her busy life in music and deal with the demons she refuses to face. But in order to have both Todd and her career, Abby must dig deep within herself to find the solution.

    Ophelia’s use of secondary characters brings the story to life and enhances the well-developed depth of the protagonists. You will be totally captivated as you laugh and commiserate with the plight of all the characters. This is a sensitively-wrought romantic tale of new love that will leave you smiling. 

    Abby Road will hold your attention from beginning to end. It’s a definite must read for anyone who likes sweet romances with depth. 



    I received a copy of the book from Entangled Publishing
    in exchange for my honest review.
    Janna Shay
    Author of Fair Play

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  • Posted March 30, 2013

    I love this book.  Ophelia London has written a book that enpowe

    I love this book.  Ophelia London has written a book that enpowers women.  I wanted to send Abigail a 'high five for taking her life back.  This was a great read.  I liked the way London took time to lay the ground work for a story that really touched my heart.

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  • Posted March 16, 2013

    A great story where the characters are all well pictured and ent

    A great story where the characters are all well pictured and entertaining.

    Often, in the romantic stories featuring celebrities, all the cards are spread out so that the flakes and sparks make you dream. Also generally, the trend is having a man in the spotlight and a woman who is attracted by the personality behind the mask of the star. A great receipe, of course, because the female reader wants to picture herself with whatever actor she secretly fantasize about. 

    A very refreshing novel because Ophelia London reverse the trend.
    Abby has talent. However, by using her voice too much, by spending her time on the road, by smiling at her fans, and by always trying to dodge the paparazzi, she begins to falter.
    Physically and mentally exhausted, she needs to stop running and recharge. But even two months of vacations seem to be difficult to insert in her super busy schedule.

    Yet this change of air will give her a new impulsion, a new desire and... will radically change her life.
    Of course, there is a love story. Of course Todd is the perfect guy for Abby. Of course he tries to fit into her famous world. 
    Obviously the road to happiness is strewn with pitfalls but this part here, it is up to you to find out about. Don't be a chicken, the story is great and the characters are all well pictured and entertaining.

    What interested me the most is the backstage development and drama. The backbreaking work required to be famous. The betrayal, the pressure, guilt and the lack of self-confidence of the heroin. 
    Perfectly described, it is far from the dream life imagined by fans and yet this is what makes the charm of this story.

    A very nice discovery.

    Lucie
    newbooksonmyselves.blogspot.fr

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