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Finding Us (A Nucci Securities Novel Book 1) by [Presley, Debra]
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Pop star Abby Murphy is living every girl’s dream. She has fame, fortune, and a handsome boyfriend, a guitar player named Sean. That changes the night she finds him in the arms of another woman. Hurt and betrayed, Abby ends their relationship. But Sean won't accept the breakup, and she soon learns that he’s had a hidden agenda all along. Overnight, Sean transforms from loving boyfriend to dangerous adversary, and Abby no longer knows who she can trust among her friends and family.

Abby turns to her bodyguard, Danny Nucci, a man who will do everything in his power to keep her safe. But when Abby realizes her feelings for Danny run much deeper than she thought, she refuses to give in to her attraction in order to preserve her new found independence as well as protect Danny from Sean's machinations.

When Abby finally finds the strength to reclaim her life and acknowledge her growing love for Danny, will she be able to let him in? And will Danny be able to overcome his own demons to be the man she needs him to be? Or will she be forced to let him go forever?

About the Author

Debra is a native New Yorker who made her escape to the suburbs. She often returns to her hometown to visit her favorite deli for a bagel with butter, because there’s no better bagel than a New York bagel. When not in search of bagels, Debra spends her time running Book Enthusiast Promotions, an online promotions company that helps indie authors spread the word about their books. She’s also the owner of The Book Enthusiast blog. She started writing lyrics in her wall-to-wall NKOTB bedroom at the tender age of thirteen while dreaming of the day she’d become Mrs. Jordan Knight. That dream never came to fruition, but she has continued to write. Now she’s working on her first novel.

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  • Publisher: Debra Presley; 1 edition (July 31 2015)
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9b8f7f18) out of 5 stars 94 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa35aaad4) out of 5 stars ★✩★✩★ 5 – Dark Side of Fame – Stars ★✩★✩★ July 31 2015
By Jenn Green - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
★✩★✩★ 5 – Dark Side of Fame – Stars ★✩★✩★
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

“Abby, baby, I'm sorry. She followed me back, and I had a couple of drinks. It was stupid, I know. Please, please, baby, I'm sorry.”
“Don't. Don't you f****** come near me. Get out. We're done”
“Baby, you can't do this. You don't mean it. You know I love you. I made a mistake. Let's talk about this. You're tired.”
“You love me? That's f****** rich. I saw exactly how much you love me just now. Get out.”

Abby Murphy lives a life of glitz and glamour. For all appearances, she has everything a girl could ever dream of – fame, fortune and a loving relationship with her guitar player/boyfriend Sean – until the night she finds him in the arms of a groupie and calls things off. But Sean will not walk away easily. As it turn out, he has had ulterior motives for quite some time, motives he is in no way willing to give up on. Overnight it seems, Sean makes the change from smitten boyfriend to psycho ex bound and determined to get what he wants regardless of who gets hurt in the process. When even Abby's manager seems to side with her crazed ex, and having no idea who she can trust anymore, she turns to the only man who has ever made her feel truly safe – her head of security. All too soon she starts to develop feeling for the only man who understands her and just allows her to be herself, but he makes it clear he is just doing his job. When Abby finally takes control of her life, will she have the courage to lay it all on the line for him?

Danny Nucci knows he has allowed himself to become too emotionally attached to his client, but it is too late to turn back – he doesn't trust anyone else to keep her safe. But getting involved with the starlet is out of the question. Every day Danny fights against the ghosts of his past, a past that will not allow him to open himself up to anyone again, and allowing himself to acknowledge his feeling for Abby could put her at risk – something he just isn't willing to do. But keeping his distance becomes impossible when an unknown threat comes slamming into Abby's life. Faced with the very real possibility of losing her, Danny has to decide if he is willing to fight his demons and find a place in her life besides bodyguard.

~he couldn't risk getting involved with Abby. He didn't trust himself. If he ever let his feelings for someone overrule his better judgment again, and something bad happened because of that, he couldn't take it.~

Now that is how debuts are done! I have been looking forward to reading this book ever since I first heard about it a few months ago and I was NOT disappointed. But fair warning – this is not all sparkles and rainbows. There is an abundance of drama, and some unexpected violence which may actually be a trigger for some – just a heads up. ALL of the characters (good and bad) are unique and each stand out in their own way. The bad guys are beyond vile and some will surprise you, not in a sweet, wholesome way either. Sean gave me the willies and Abby's 'Manager' ticked me off to no end. Sophie and Conner were a freakin RIOT – everyone needs people like that in their lives. But the stars of this book were definitely Danny and Abby. This was without a doubt a slow burn romance – by the time things started to go the way I was in desperate need of, a few cold showers were in order. Normally I would complain about that. I hate waiting more than half the book for the main couple to come together in some way. With that said, I let it slide with this book because honestly with everything else going on in Abby's life it made sense to wait it out. She may have been unexpectedly thrown into a hell no woman should have to endure, but she didn't let it break her. She was stronger than she ever thought possible and she took her life back one step at a time, never looking back. It was amazing. She never let her fame go to her head and always took the time for her fans, knowing they were the reason she had all she had. She was sweet and funny, caring and determined. I just loved her. Danny was everything I would want in a smokin hott bodyguard type, but he was also frustrating as hell. He certainly knew how to mask his feeling, made it a point to keep Abby at arm's length for quite awhile, but I got it. I understood where he was coming from. He may have hurt her by denying his feelings but he always made sure she felt safe and she trusted him above anyone else. He also allowed her to just be herself and never treated her like she was nothing but a celebrity – he saw her for who she was behind the glitz and never made her feel like he was just using her to get ahead. The chemistry between the two was easy to see, from everyone, even if they chose to ignore it. I could go on and on about everything I loved about this but I think I've rambled quite enough – hopefully I didn't spoil the story but enticed you to read it NOW. It really was an amazing journey and while the ending had me smiling like a loon, it left me with some questions, so I'm hoping this means we haven't seen the last of these two. Debra Presley has slammed her way onto my One-Click-Addiction List with this fab debut and I cannot wait to see what she brings us next.

“I'm not sure how you feel, and maybe it's too soon for me to lay it all out there, but finding this, finding us has been the most amazing thing for me. I finally feel like I'm where I'm supposed to be.”

xo Jenn @ Bookworm Betties
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa35aab28) out of 5 stars New author alert, debut novel from Debra Presley July 31 2015
By lorraine M - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
New author alert, debut novel from Debra Presley who many
already know from the blogging world.
Abby Murphy, pop star, fashionista is who every girl wants to be.
Her boyfriend, Sean Haken is the seductive guitarist in her band.
He’s also what every girl wants.
She should be on top of the world only Abby's life isn't as perfect
as it looks.

Her conniving mother Vivien is her manager and controls every
aspect of her life from what to wear, who to date and even what
songs she sings.

Sean is a cheating snake who sees Abby as his way to the top.
To make things worse a reporter from a celebrity tabloid makes it
her business to uncover all the dirt in Abby’s life.

A story of lies and deception soon turns dangerous for Abby and
it is up to Danny Nuchie head of her security to keep her safe.

Well developed characters, a plot that flows through the entire
book and a physical attraction between Abby and Danny
will keep you entertained until the end.
Danny struggles with the loss of his ex and he won’t allow
distraction to get in the way of keeping Abby out the hands
her possessive ex boyfriend .

Deception from someone close to Abby puts her in grave danger.

Ugh, Vivien, Abby's mother was a piece of work. You’ll know what I
mean as you get to know her.

Between her sleazy mother and the over- zealous tabloid reporter
Danny was the only person in her life that didn’t want something
from her.
Abby leaned on Danny for strength, she trusted him and soon that trust turned into lust.

I was eager for a steamy night of oohs and ahhs but the author kept me waiting, baiting, teasing and I became frustrated wondering if it was going to happen.
It does but not as soon as I would have liked.

All in all a good debut for Author Debra Presley and I can’t
wait to find out what’s next.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa35aae04) out of 5 stars A good debut romantic suspense and coming of age novel… Aug. 17 2015
By ZR1000 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
At the age of twenty-three, Abby Murphy is a famous pop-star with no say in her life, everything is decided for her in terms of what can further her career and she’s not a happy woman. She’s lost the passion for the music. Her manager is her mother, who controls every aspect of her life, including who she’s romantically involved with. When she catches her boyfriend cheating, confirmation of the many rumors that she’s ignored, she dumps him and neither he nor her mother takes it well. Now besides an unsupportive mother she has a stalker ex-boyfriend. Abby looks to the only person that she feels she can trust for protection, her bodyguard, who she has been finding herself attracted to.

Though he owns Nucci Securities, Danny Nucci personally took on the popstar’s protection. They’ve developed a friendship that is more than the employer employee relationship after a year of working together. He genuinely cares for Abby’s welfare and will support her decisions, he’ll do anything it takes to protect her from those that would harm her physically and emotionally, including going against her mother. That he feels for the popstar more than he should he tries to hide, emotions are distracting to the job and there are reasons from his past to not get involved. But when she’s put in danger he has a hard time controlling his feelings and keeping them from showing.

This romantic suspense book was also a coming of age story. There’s lots of action and suspense, angst, and drama. The romance was slow to develop and I would’ve liked to have felt the buildup more during the first two thirds of the book, to really have felt the burn increasing between them. The romance was overpowered by the storyline until the last third of the book.

The main protagonists were likable characters. The heroine exhibited growth, with all that she had to face, a psycho ex and a horrid mother, it was time to take the reins of her life back. She had to learn who to place her trust in after being burned by so many who had their own agendas. Danny, who was such a great guy, being a bit older and wiser waited for Abby to gain her independence on her own which she needed to do. The last third of the book was a sweet courtship. The writing could have been more fluid and there were two points of view. All in all this was a pretty good debut novel.

3.5 stars
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa35aacfc) out of 5 stars Worth the Read Aug. 1 2015
By babyssmile - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
4 Solid Stars

This book was given to me for my honest review

“You get all of this crazy I live in, and you accept it. You allow me to be me. You encourage me to be me. I couldn’t have dreamt of a better man to be with. After we talked tonight, I understand you more and can appreciate how difficult it is to let someone else be in charge, but if you really want this to work, then you need to figure out how to do that. I know there will be times when you’ll have to take the lead, but tonight is not one of them.” Abby

Abby-pretty, star

Danny-hunky and protection

Sean-immature

I must say that I am at a loss of words to write a complete review for this book. The book is compelling but simple to ones taste. The events that occur in this read become explosive at times but not the out of this world let me get the fire extinguisher.

Abby loves her singing and with the calmness that she gets on the stage from her voice and projecting to the world the feelings within herself she is at ease. Off stage a different world that will have you gasping for air and wanting to hit a few people in the process. With eyes closed to some extent Abby comes to a realization with a little help from her friends and embarks on a new path of wisdom and solitude. Will Abby be able to put the treacherous past behind her to find the world of happiness that has stood beside her, protected her and guided her but most of all loved her from the sides. Will Danny and Abby find the true love they so passionately deserve?

To the author: I have struggled with the rating on this review. Giving it a 5 star sweep would have been wrong for me. The words in this read were compelling, explosive but at the same time to wordy for me. The screaming towel is a must for all, the tissues and the “Oh No” will have you at many points in this book but when the ending comes you will be saying “Awe”. Kudos

To the readers: Enjoy you will find surprise after surprise and won’t know what to do with it all. By all means bring some ice-cream to this big unforgettable read.

Happy Reading
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa35ad354) out of 5 stars Amazing Debut I Can't Wait For The Rest Oct. 6 2015
By Renee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Finding Us is the debut novel of Debra Presley and the first book in the Nucci Securities Series.

Abby Murphy is a pop star She's has the fame, the fortune, the guitarist boyfriend Sean, best friend and assistant Sophie, her mom Vivien is her manager, and one hot bodyguard Danny Nucci. All that changes in the blink of an eye when she catches Sean in her dressing room with a groupie and breaks up with him. Unbeknownst to Abby Sean is not who he seems. He has a hidden agenda and is slightly off his rocker. Danny will protect Sean with his own life if need be. He also has feelings for her as she does for him. Sophie feels the need to protect Danny and struggles with her feelings. Can Sophie find her independence, safety and true love.

I devoured this book. I absolutely loved Abby. She's got a lot going on and needed to learn to deal with her own business since she's always micromanaged. I loved going on this journey with her and rooted for her and the things she wanted the entire way. I also loved Danny and Sophie and some other characters but boy oh boy did I hate Sean and Viviene. Talk about some twisted evil people. This book has everything you look for in a great read. Heart stopping moments, love, lust, hold your breathe moments. Don miss this book. Debra Presley has written an amazing debut novel I didn't want to end. I cannot wait to get my hands on the other books in the series as soon as they come out.