Friday, March 28, 2014

Blog Tour Stop & Giveaway ~ Gabby Revealed by Amy Gregory

Title: Gabby Revealed (Finding Perfect #2)
Author: Amy Gregory
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: March 25, 2014
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.


Gabby James didn’t have the idyllic childhood many in her little hometown of Renlend, Kansas had. High school was a living hell, but when she graduated she couldn’t bring herself to leave Renlend. The town was her prison, but her family’s bookstore, The Looking Glass, was her one true love. It was the place she could run to, and escape the prying eyes of the ones who taunted her.

Shane Compton was a literary agent in one of the most prestigious publishing houses in New York City. He found no greater rush than finding the next big talent, someone who could take the written word and turn it into an art form. In the span of one rude phone call Shane was drawn into the mystery of just who the fiery new author from Kansas was. When everyone else in the office refused to deal with her, Shane willingly accepted the challenge. There was no logic to the madness, but every time he had contact with her, she drove him wild.

Gabby tried every trick in the book to keep Shane at arm’s length, but he had made good on his promise to come to Kansas. He wanted to pull her out of anonymity, he wanted her in the public eye. Now here he stood, on the sidewalk in front her bookstore, and one look told her he was everything she was afraid he’d be. Too bad she was anything but who he thought she was.
Gabby quickly discovers Shane has more on his mind than just books and with a little help from an ornery matchmaker, he shows her a whole new life through her looking glass.

***** 5 -Sass & Fire- Stars *****
~this review contains minor spoilers~

Of all the shirts that chase your pretty boy face, you fall for the one who scares the piss out of all of us here, and we're used to bitchy women!”

That was, well....pretty damn perfect. It had so many of the things I love about a good romance- laughs, snark, bookworms (YAYYY), healing, no insta-love, no big misunderstanding due to a simple lack of communication, and steam-though that was subtle and a lot tamer than what I usually read, it totally fit with the story. I really just loved everything about this. Gabby was just... I love a heroine full of piss and vinegar and that fact that Shane not only loved that about her, but took great joy in winding her up just so that she would snark at him was friggin awesome. Such a great read, Amy Gregory definitely turned me into an insta-fan with this one.

What the hell was she thinking? She was a realist, one hundred percent. Women like her did not get guys like him, and they sure as shit didn't get happy endings.

Gabby James may have had a small town upbringing, being raised in Renlend Kansas, he life however was anything but serene. Bullied and harassed at school relentlessly, high school becomes nothing more than four years of hell. Her only escape was within the walls of her family's bookstore 'The Looking Glass'. In there, she could loose herself in her books and eventually writing her own stories. That same store is the reason she doesn't flee town like she wants to the minute she graduates. She's trapped in the town that has made her miserable for so many years, but she couldn't bare to leave the bookstore behind and when she has the opportunity to take over ownership from her parents- she jumps at the chance. Years of abuse at the hands of her peers has turned her into a snarky recluse, but she has her bookstore and a secret no one in town, save one, knows about.

Theirs was a business relationship only. However, he was crazy. Shane never got excited by something as simple as seeing an email address, or a caller ID announcement. But Gabby managed to bring him back from the cold, cynical world of New York, by being a larger cynic than himself. She was a blast to tease and play with, mainly because he knew she hated it.

Shane Compton is an agent at a big time publishing house in New York. As a bit of a bookworm himself, he loves finding new authors and the hunt for the next best seller is what he lives for. There is one author in particular he loves working with more than others, the same woman none of the other agents want to deal with, the same woman whose fire and attitude has done nothing but intrigue him for the last five years.

since he'd spoken to a brash, headstrong woman from a speck of town in Kansas, he'd been smitten. A secret thrill ran through him again. Maybe that was part of it. This insane obsession with a mystery woman often left him restless long after he'd had any sort of contact with her.

One of the things that makes Gabby so different from all his other clients is how fiercely she clings to her privacy and anonymity. She writes under a pen name and has never revealed herself to the outside world, she has no social persona, no website, nothing. She has become a household name that no one knows anything about. No matter how many times Shane tries to convince her to go public, she refuses. So he decided to take a little trip to Renlend, to finally meet his mystery author and try to change her mind in person.

she silently started hatching a plan to get rid of the man still standing dangerously close to her. A man who was teasing her, one who was seven kinds of sin hot, one she would give anything if he'd only grab her and kiss the hell out of her, but was also a stupid fuck who apparently had a death wish. Tingles ran up and down her spine, her cheeks were warming; yet she was pissed.
Why the hell couldn't he have stayed a myth?

Gabby cannot believe Shane has shown up at her bookstore and risks exposing her, whats worse is now she has a gorgeous face to attach to the sexy voice she has been secretly swooning over for the last five years-not that she'd tell him that. His physical presence in her life is throwing her for a loop and she doesn't know what to do about it. Besides the fact that her small town sees everything and will start to question why a guy whose obviously from the big city is following her around, she's also worried Shane will soon realize she is nothing like the girls he's used to being around. When it appears Shane's reasons behind his trip to Kansas are more than he's letting on and with a little push from a match-making old man, Gabby is forced to confront the demons from her past that refuse to let her go.

I never cared about deadlines, Gabby. Don't you see, I had to come up with excuses to call that would keep you on the line longer than five seconds. The instant I'd drift off onto anything remotely personal- you were gone. You made me hide behind deadlines, cover art, and editing questions, when all along, I just craved your voice.”

This book had my attention right from page one and refused to let go. Shane really was just as perfect as they come and he was exactly what Gabby needed in her life- even if she didn't want to accept that. The ending was absolutely amazing and I loved that we got a quick glance in the heads of our leads for the next book. It helped set the stage and left me very excited for more.

And I knew I'd fallen in love. First with your passion on paper, then your voice on the phone, and your fire. But you've driven me from crazy to sane and back again too many times to count. I can't tell if I'm coming or going, all I know is that I love seeing your name come across my email, or listing to your slaps on the phone when you actually take my calls.
You don't want me for who I am. You're not using me. There are no pretenses. We both just love something in common.
But, Gabby...for me-it's become more.”

When asked ‘when do you have time to write’, Amy Gregory simply laughs. The real answer is, “in bits and pieces”. She and her husband live in Kansas City with their three fantastic kids that keep them running in three very different directions. Because she sits so much, she always carries a notebook with her at all times.
She has an off the wall, snarky, off the cuff sense of humor that often shocks even those who’ve known her for years. And she loves that her children have all been blessed that ability to make others laugh as well. At least she’s grateful most of the time! Her husband often teases her about how she “makes this stuff up” when he’s reading a piece of her work. … The answer—“it just comes to me when I’m typing”. Scary thought, huh!
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