Crossing Abby Road by Ophelia London

abbyroadTodd 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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A copy of this book was recieved from Entangled via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Former Marine, Todd Camford is just finding his way in life. He’s bought a beachfront surf shop and so far, business has been okay. His personal life, however, is another matter. Recently dumped by his fiancé because he doesn’t show his emotions very well, Todd is just trying to cope with a life outside of the military.

Abbigail Kelly is a hot commodity. Lead singer of a hugely famous band, she’s always in the public eye. For one day, she just wants to get away from it all—be independent and do normal things.

After ducking into Todd’s shop to escape some fans, Abby and Todd’s chemistry is pretty instant. Todd is very much drawn to the famous beauty and she to him. When Abby leaves the shop, Todd feels the loss immediately, so when he bumps into her later…and saves her from a screaming five year old, he’s elated and takes the opportunity to spend some time with her. Crossing Abby Road takes place all in one day as we follow the two to see where their few hours together takes them.

This book is told entirely through Todd’s point of view. I did wonder how that would work, given that his fiancé accused him of being a robot, but actually his thoughts are quite animated—it’s displaying his feelings that he has problems with. So that is entirely plausible and I did enjoy the time I spent in his head.

Abby is a lot of fun and I found the two together a really sweet coupling. I think Abby came into Todd’s life when he really needed something spontaneous and good, which is exactly what he got. It was nice following their day together, and though this book is slow, it’s more of a personal journey for Todd than anything else.

I felt the writing was quite choppy at times, sometimes moving from one thing to the next was quite abrupt. The same can be said for the dialogue between the two. I found myself reading over several areas a couple of times to see how one thing led to the next and still felt slightly puzzled when I had.

The premise is interesting, captivating even, but for me it didn’t quite hit the mark. It lacked the sizzle and though Todd felt the chemistry between Abby and himself, this was not extended to the reader. The ending left me bemused, my initial reaction was ‘what was the point’, but the more I thought about it the more I understood that Todd was dealing with a lot and for a short time Abby helped take him away from it all. He really needed some time away from the complications in his life and she helped him to sort through everything.

I’m really torn—on the one hand, it was a lovely journey, but on the other, it is not what I expected and I still can’t shake the feeling that I needed more from it. Even so, the writing, though choppy as I mentioned, is still good. The characters are fun and interesting. The small interpersonal journey that Todd unwittingly embarks on is thoughtfully executed. The location is lovely, and it is a really sweet book regardless of my personal tastes.

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