Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Blog Tour Stop: 4.5 Stars for Unspoken Memories by Gabbie S. Duran

Review for Unspoken Memories by Gabbie S. Duran: 4.5  Stars

Here's the synopsis: 
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? 

Unspoken Memories is not your typical story. What immediately hooked me from the very first line was the fact that Abigail Adams, a famous supermodel, does not have any clue who she is. It sounds so cliché, right? Girl loses her memory, girl meets boy, girl and boy fall in love, and then, in a shocking turn of events (insert obvious sarcasm here) girl remembers everything.

Um, nope! This is not that kind of story!

“I can’t leave her, she’s our money ticket!”

That’s what really pulled me in. Abi doesn’t know who’s talking, doesn’t know where she is, but I knew immediately that this line came from someone who was trying desperately to screw her over. What I love is that this book infuriated me.  I went through so many different emotions, but the one I felt the most was fury. I had to stop reading more than once because I would get so angry at Matt, and at Abi, and mostly at Bill. Oh, I hated the shit out of Bill! It takes a lot to anger me—I’m an even-tempered person generally, so anger is a strange emotion—but this book seriously was so good that it evoked even the one emotion I hardly ever feel. 

Abi for some reason, has random memories of a phone number, and this phone number leads her to Matt. Matt is sweet, sexy, and protective, especially since he lost his sister Emily. Even so, though, I constantly found myself wanting to punch him (I can’t have been the only one). But he’s good for Abi, he’s a wonderful friend, so I tolerated him (I grew to love him later). He helps her through her horrible breakup with Bill (the douchebag who called her his “money ticket”) and allows her to move into his house.

Matt’s not my favorite, although he’s high up on the list. The real stars of Unspoken Memories in my opinion were Trey, Kelly, and David. The minor characters, I feel, are what truly made this story spectacular. These people are strangers, yet they take Abi in and support her emotionally when she needs it the most. Trey is hilarious, Kelly is the friend every girl wishes she had, and David is Kelly’s perfect boyfriend who I absolutely swooned over. I don't normally fall in love with minor characters, but Kelly, Trey, and David were so well-developed, caring, and hilarious, that I loved them just as much as I did Abi and Matt.

I’ve given Unspoken Memories four and a half stars, and here’s why:
-It infuriated me. This is important. Not any book can make me angry, so the fact that this one accomplished it puts it high up on my list. I had to put down my phone and stop reading for a while, because I had to step off the roller coaster for a little while and prepare myself for what else was to come. 

-Even though Matt wasn’t exactly my favorite, he redeemed himself nearly every time he called Abi “beautiful” instead of by her real name. Who wouldn’t swoon over that?

-Abi isn’t some damsel in distress. Yes, she comes running to Matt and Trey’s when she breaks up with Bill, but it isn’t because she needs them to save her. It’s because she has nowhere else to go and she feels safe with them. She is perfectly able to handle and take care of herself. I love that Abigail is a strong, independent woman.

-I LOVED Kelly. Seriously, she’s perf.

-Matt gave me whiplash. I couldn’t tell whether he wanted to be with Abi or if he wanted to simply protect her because she reminded him of his sister. He was so hot and cold in the most irritating of ways, but it worked. I loved him anyway.

-Abigail is very outspoken. She speaks her mind and stands up for herself, even though it’s the last thing you’d expect. It was seriously the last thing I expected. Every time she blew up and said a curse word, I seriously thought, “Oh, shit! Someone’s pissed Abi off!” I love her outspoken personality because women are perceived to be these polite, sweet little things, and Abi totally stomps all over that stereotype.

-Matt and Abi are perfect together, even when it seems like they don’t know whether they want each other or not. They are honestly the cutest couple and I kept having to scream “Just KISS already, you idiots!”

-Trey and Matt are so protective of Abi. It’s not in the annoying big brother way, but in the sweetest way, to the point where they’d murder anyone who even thought about hurting her.

There were so many amazing one-liners in Unspoken Memories, so as I end this review, I’ll leave you with some of my favorite quotes:

-Matt is staring at me with his head cocked to the side. “But, why my number?” He points his finger at himself. “I’ve never met you, and I’m pretty sure we don’t run in the same circle.”

-“What!” they both say at the same time with fury. But it’s Matt who says, “I’m going to kill him!” With Trey saying after him, “Not if I kill that fucker first.”

-“I really doubt I’ll want to call your ex-girlfriend when I’m drunk,” I tell him. -Abigail

-“You’re not going anywhere. This is your home now as much as it is mine.” –Matt

-“Here’s a wakeup call for you, Matthew Garcia, it’s going to take a lot more than you calling me beautiful to get in between my legs. Because I’m worth a lot more than a quick fuck!” –Abigail

-“Anyways, who knows if he’s cleaned the table?” –Trey

-"Damn, girl, if that boy doesn’t declare his love for you when he sees you in this dress, I’m going to have to hit him upside the head with that football he throws around.” –Kelly

-“Damn supermodel, Julio is going to be earning his paycheck tonight. You’re going to have men all over you.” –Trey

-“I’ve loved you since that first night you showed up on my doorstep. That night I knew you were mine and I’m never letting you go.” –Matt

Unspoken Memories was an unexpected jewel. I’m very happy to have been able to read it, and am more than happy to recommend it to you all.

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