Friday, October 25, 2013

Blog Tour: Review of Unspoken Memories by Gabbie S. Duran

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She awoke with no memory of who she was, but one clue will lead her to him…

Abigail Adams had it all, she's a gorgeous supermodel, has a wealthy fiancé, and a career on the rise. But that quickly changes when she wakes up in the hospital not remembering anything. The only memories she does have are not her own, but of a total stranger.

When Abigail discovers that her fiancé has been cheating on her, she leaves him and runs to the arms of the one man she is hoping will give her the answers she seeks.

Matt Garcia is used to playing the field, keeping his heart guarded, but then Abigail Adams unexpectedly shows up at his door hoping he will be the answer she is looking for. Will he finally learn to take a break from his no strings attached lifestyle and show her that she doesn’t need her past, but the future he is willing to offer her?

With every unspoken memory she regains, will she learn to open up her heart to a total stranger, or will she keep it guarded like he does?

Danielle says...

3.5 stars

Unspoken Memories is quite different than any other book I have read lately.  The story line is very unique and the book was well written but I didn’t connect with it the way I had hoped.  When I first started I thought wow this is going to be a good one but half way in I lost interest.

It starts when supermodel Abigail wakes up in the hospital after an accident.  She has no memory of her past.  The only thing she can remember is a phone number and a conversation she thinks she overheard.  With that phone number she is determined to find the answers she is looking for.  I really loved her in the beginning of the book, unlike so many females she was strong willed and not a push over.  Even though her life is a mess and she has no clue who she is she doesn’t let it get her down.  She trusts no one not even her fiancé and takes matters into her own hands to find the answer she seeks.

Her fiancé is a total prick.  Abigail discovers that he is cheating on her and she is strong enough to stand up for herself and run away.  With nowhere to go she runs to the only person she has memories of Matt Garcia.  The problem is Matt doesn’t know her.  The memories she has about the two of them don’t belong to her. 

Matt is a college football player with problems of his own.  He recently lost his sister and treats women poorly.  When things didn’t work out with his first love he is determined to never get emotionally involved with another woman.  He is a true player and has no intentions of ever changing.  That is until Abigail walks into his life. 

Matt and Abigail’s relationship wasn’t rushed and I would consider it well developed but I failed to connect with the chemistry the two shared.  I only felt the friendship between the two.   I felt like the chemistry that was supposed to be there was spelled out for me rather than developed with the storyline.  I would have also liked a few more steamy scenes.  Maybe it was just me I’m sure some other readers will feel different.

 I really enjoyed the beginning of this book but the middle dragged on for me.  I felt like the book had a lot of potential but I found myself putting it down towards the middle to read something else.  I wanted more drama in the middle of the book.  I wanted to know what happened to the fiancé.  Eventually I found out but I thought it came across as a quick after thought.  I wanted a little more information and drama with that part of the story since I connected with it so well in the beginning.  It isn’t until the end of the book the drama picked back up.  At that point though I had lost interest in the book and just wanted to see if Matt and Abigail got their hea.

Overall I’m glad I read the book.  I did enjoy several parts of it and thought it was a book that others may enjoy more than me.  Personally I just enjoy a little more angst in my books.  If you are looking for a good romance without a lot of angst I would recommend this one for you.  

20 Fun Facts about Author Gabbie S. Duran

1.     I curse a lot more than my mother would like me too.

2.     I'm a sucker for anything flavored green apple.

3.  I own a Nook. As long as it still has life, I’m going to keep reading from it.

4.   I never travel without my running shoes.

5.   I don't like the taste of peanut butter and chocolate mixed together.

6.   I don't like caramel; it's too darn sticky.

7.   I don't like the feeling of sweat on my body.

8.   Yet, if I don't work up a good sweat during my workout, it doesn’t feel like I accomplished anything.

9.   “Beautiful” was the original title for “Unspoken Memories”. My daughter didn't like it, so she renamed it.

10. In every book I've written I use the name of someone I personally know. Usually I use two.

11. I don't own a bookshelf; instead all my paperbacks are on the top shelf of my closet. The expensive purses and shoes are neatly organized on my floor.

12. When I have writers block I go for a run.

13. Each one of my books has a particular theme song; I have to start it and sing along to it in order to get into the “mood” of writing, revising, or editing that particular book.

14. My theme song for “Unspoken Memories” is Wide Awake by Katy Perry.

15.  It took me 21 days to write “Unspoken Memories.” I usually average about three weeks per book I’ve written.

16. I have three close friends who all live in different states that I talk to everyday, whether it be on the phone, FB PM, or text message. Most of the time it’s all three throughout the day, and at the same time too.

17. I met those friends three months ago on Facebook and they’re like my sisters now. We cry together and everything. 

18. The ringtone (Big Poppa) is REALLY assigned to Matt in my phone, the muse I use for “Unspoken Memories.” I was in the process of writing that particular scene and he happened to call me at that exact moment…instant ringtone.

19. “Unspoken Memories” has 6 deleted scenes.

20. It also has three different endings. The first one was a major cliffhanger, the second not so much. While writing another book I decided on the current one and kept it.

About The Author

Gabbie Duran

Gabbie is a Southern California native, who currently lives in Washington with her wonderful husband, two amazing kids and a senior citizen kitty. When she’s not writing you can find her reading or sneaking off for a run. Some might say it’s a crazy life, but she wouldn’t change anything about it.

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