Review: 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?
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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. Don't let the 3.5 stars scare you away from this one it was really close to being a 4 star for me.  

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 between the two.  I only felt the friendship.  I did really enjoy the friendship they shared.  The dialogue was well written and enjoyable.  Although running and racing is an important part of their relationship, it I felt like it took over the story.  I wanted to feel the chemistry rather than having it spelled out for me.  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. For a debut novel it was very well written and I look forward to reading more from this author.  


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