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Finding Us

(Nucci Securities #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  276 ratings  ·  115 reviews
She's beautiful, talented, and incredibly frustrating....

Bodyguard Danny Nucci will do anything to keep gorgeous pop star Abby Murphy safe--even if it means turning off his desire for the talented vocalist. After all, Danny's career is on the line, and now is not the time to jeopardize that. But when Abby's ex-boyfriend turns into a vicious adversary, Danny's forced to
Published July 31st 2015 by Debra Presley
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Debra Presley
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Meet pop star Abby Murphy and her hot and protective bodyguard Danny Nucci!

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"This is a must read of 2015! It’s been a long time since I read a book that was a unquestionable 5 stars for me. This book was it though." 5 Stars form author Mari Brown

"Debra Presley’s novel, Finding Us (Nucci Securities #1), does a magnific
Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
Aug 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 cranky guitars for this rockstar romance.

Abby has been raised to be a star, her mother has insisted on nothing less. Her mother is the ultimate stage mom, and certainly more about the almighty dollar and fame than she is about her daughter's well being. Thank goodness Abby has the talent to fulfill all of her mom's dreams!

Mom has also decided Sean is the perfect boyfriend for Abby, and the perfect guitarist for her band. Abby isn't happy that Sean is a total manwhore stereotypical rockstar? To
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
ARC received for review

3.5 stars

This is a romantic suspense novel. The first 70% was almost all suspense with a little she thinks he likes her and he likes her but she's a client. Then the last 30% was syrupy sweet romance. The bad guy stated out pretty smart, and then was a total bonehead. Overall not a bad read, plus a lot of hot Nucci Security guys and friends introduced. I look forward to the next book.
Three Chicks
Sep 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review by Natasha Gentile

Pop star Abby Murphy is living every girl’s dream. She has fame, fortune, and a handsome boyfriend, a guitar player named Sean.

She is the pop star of all pop stars. She has everything she ever wants, well except a faithful fiancé. When she walks in while he is doing the horizontal tango with a groupie it is the final slap in the face. She is done with him and all the bad things that he brings to the table.

Only problem is that her manager, which is her mother and gives
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I waited with baited breath for this release. I've known this lovely lady for a while on fb and was so excited for her when she told me she was writing a book. So as you can imagine I squealed with delight when this landed on my kindle.

Abby is a tough cookie. No matter what is thrown at her she is strong and brave. On tour as a famous singer her life starts to crumble when she finds her guitarist boyfriend cheating on her. This is the start of a lot of hurtful secrets being revealed. Abby reali
Aug 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.75 interested but not in love stars for Finding Us by Debra Presley. I liked the overview enough to want to read this. I didn't struggle to read this which is why it rate above 3 stars. I did have several issues with the fact that it takes so long for the two characters to actually be together which lost it a full star. Another little thing lost it a quarter of a star but overall it was a decent New Adult styled read. ...more
Stephanie Phillips (Stephanie's Book Reports)
I was lucky enough to beta this story for the author. Here's my review:

In this debut novel for Debra Presley she created an excellent book of characters that make up a team for a famous female singer named Abby. Included are her bodyguard, Danny; assistant, Sophie; assistant bodyguard, Connor; guitar player/boyfriend, Sean; manager, her mom.

So, in Finding Us, Abby has a negative experience with her boyfriend Sean. He's isn't a character that will be endeared to your heart by any means. Nor will
K.A. Graham
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Debra Presley has made my rock and roll heart swoon with her debut novel, Finding Us. It was heartwarming, yet had absolute sass and grit to go along with it. The characters were supportive, devious, hilarious, and romantic. The perfect combination of awesome!

Abby Murphy is a famous pop star, with a boatload of troubles. A mother you wouldn’t wish upon anyone, and a boyfriend who is the king of douche bags. What spirals into a web of chaos, also brings to light the people who have been by her si
Aug 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-r4r

Is my main thought about this book was it was alright. I think I said it during one of my goodreads status updates but i’ll repeat it again, I can’t get on board with insta-over the top connection. Not quite insta-love but they already knew each other in the the start of the book and i don’t know…Maybe because he was her security guard and it sort of crossed over, maybe thats my own problem of pickiness. I didn’t like the writing style, the MC’s inner dialogue simply didn’t suit me.

It got
Dec 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, read-in-2015
What a beautiful debut novel by Debra Presley! I have been looking forward to this book for what seems like forever, once I read the blurb, I knew I needed to read it!

Finding Us is a romantic suspense novel that had me on the edge of my seat and falling in love. Abby Murphy is a pop singer and on top of the world. Her life is controlled by her horrible mother (also her manager) and she has no one really except for her bodyguard Danny and her assistant Sophie to confide in. Her guitarist is also
Rosa Sharon (iScream Book Blog)
All in due time...
Being a music lover, I really enjoyed this debut novel from Debra Presley. I totally dug the music industry details involved in the pop star lifestyle. I soaked up the tour bus, backstage-drama, performances, song-writing, recording, media and security challenges Abby was faced with. Especially the challenge of keeping her hands off of her security, the owner of Nucci Securities, Danny Nucci. I felt their chemistry from the beginning and was frustrated with the waiting, and wai
The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)
Heat o meter: 2
This is a cute contemporary romance. I was glad that it wasn't all about Abby trying to become famous or entirely music focused. When you meet Abby she is already famous and the story is about her life, not her music. She is a very likable character and not an egocentric pop star at all. However, she is surrounded by HORRIBLE people (her mother included!). You feel so badly for Abby's situation. I loved Sophie as well. She was a great character. This book is pretty fast paced for
Carter Ashby
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a fun, sexy romantic novel. I loved Danny and Abby...they were both mature characters just trying to make the right decisions. Not that there wasn't angst, there was plenty of that. With Abby's mom and her boyfriend Sean, the drama levels were high. But the relationship between Danny and Abby was grounded and solid and super sexy.

You wouldn't know this was a first novel. It's well-written, well-edited, and virtually flawless. I think Debra Presley is off to a fantastic start and I can't wa
Sandra Love
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 Wonderful Stars
WOW!!! I was so excited to read this book, and it so was better then what I expected. Abby is a pop star who is in a horrible relationship with Sean. Sean is a complete jerk and I hated him. But I hated Abby's Mother the most. Abby is a strong character and I love her. Danny her bodyguard, wow was he something else. He is completely swoon worthy and so sweet, but he also has his past.
I think this book was very well written and very good. I thought the storyline flowed great. I
Cyndi Becker
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
You can tell in reading Debra Presley's debut, Finding Us, that it was a labor of love. I was a beta reader so I know it, but I honestly think it simply comes through the story and characters. We get heartache, action, passion and a dynamic heroine, a sexy and yet reserved love interest and not one, not two, but three treacherous villains.

At the center is Abby Murphy. When we meet Abby she's beginning to open her eyes to the truths of her life as a young pop-star, actually she's being forced to
Melissa Mendoza
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

“She knew she’d been fortunate, but in that moment, she realized just how fortunate. At the time, she’d understood enough to be afraid, but it was a generalized, muted fear that came from realizing she was vulnerable.”

5 super exciting, sexy stars!!! I loved this debut novel from Debra Presley. It sucked me in from page one and I refused to sleep until I was done, and I don’t regret it one bit!!!

Pop star Abby Murphy is living every girl’s dream. S
DawnMarie  Carpintero
Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
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 o
This is a very impressive debut novel, one that I quickly got pulled into and didn't want to put down. I only did because it's pretty much frowned upon to drive distracted.

This book gives us a look into the behind the scenes life of a mega pop star, complete with the adoring fans, tabloid reporters, hot bodyguards, crazy stalkers and one of the worst stage mothers you have the misfortune of meeting.

I found it refreshing to see that Abby isn't one of the popstars who demand outrageous things and
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, re-read, arc
5 stars

Debra's debut novel will blow you out the water. The edge and sass that each character gives will make you wonder where Debra came up with this story.

Abby who has been in the spot light since she was young, sang her way through many of her fan's hearts. She did this not only because she loved music but to make her mother happy. Don't get me started on her mother. The heartless, waste of space. I thought my own mother was bad. Vivian takes the cake and then some. You would think that if yo
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Debra Presley has thoroughly impressed me with her debut novel. Finding Us was definitely a breath of fresh air.

Finding Us kept me on my toes and had me hooked from the first page. That doesn't happen often. I felt a connection to Abby's character. She is a pop star who's mother or as I like to call her "Momager from Hell" did everything she could to control her daughter. I mean everything. She controlled what kind of album she made all the way down to her relationship with her scumbag boyfrien
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Sara Miller
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a ARC of this book in exchange for a honest review. This was my foray into the Rockstar Romance genre and I have to say it was a excellent way to try out a new genre! This story has everything, romance, suspense, comic relief moments, self-discovery and an empowered heroine. All of my favorite things! There is even a ex military man for those of you who love that element in a hero ;) I thought that Abby was such an intriguing character, I expected her to be kind of this spoiled, self- ...more
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Received via Netgalley for honest review

I really enjoyed this story! It’s a story of figuring out who you are standing up for yourself. Abby has been sheltered by her mother her entire life. The woman controls absolutely everything but when Abby finds out she has committed the ultimate betrayal, she’s done and she finally starts to live her life the way she wants to live it. The characters that you were meant to love were very likeable and the characters you were meant to hate were also very viv
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have found another author to add to my favorite list. Debra Presley is my new #1. Her debut novel “Finding Us” will blow you out of the water and keep you wanting more even after the last page. Debra has fine tuned the mixture of romance, wit and a pinch of angst into these characters and the sex scenes… so hot!
Abby is a pop star that is just looking for some normalcy to her life. With her mother/manager breathing down her neck and a boyfriend who with a wandering eye she wonders if she is ju
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Finding Us was a great debut by Debra!

Finding Us had a lot of aspects to it. A crazy ex boyfriend, a mother who has no care, and a girl who is basically just lost, and can't seem to trust anyone.

I loved Danny. I thought he was a great leading male in the story. The one thing I can't take is a weak female, and in some cases Abby was really weak. I wanted to shake her and tell her to not care what people were telling her to do. I wanted her to just do what SHE wanted to do..But I did understand w
Susan (susayq ~)
3.5 stars

This was an easy to read love story. The bad guy was a dead give away, but he was slick, cause the reader didn't know who was helping him till toward the end. My problem with this was our heroine, Abby. She was wishy-washy and withheld important information from Danny that he needed to protect her. I mean, come on, if someone is threatening you and has tried to kidnap you already, won't you tell your bodyguard that he's still calling and won't you listen to the bodyguard when he says ha
Claudia Burgoa
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-reads
Finding Us is a heartwarming, fast paced read with likable, well developed characters.
Though Abby Murphy is a famous pop star, the book doesn’t revolve about her career, but her life. The horrible people that sorround her (ex and mother included) and the amazing Danny who is always there for her. Danny starts as a body guard, and … well it’s sweet how their relationships develops throughout the book into something else.
In Finding Us, Debra’s story telling skills are amazing and she also brings
Jenn Green
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another 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 fucking 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 fucking rich. I saw exactly how much you love me just now. Get out.”

Abby Murphy lives a lif
Stefanie Kral
✯✯5 Finding Beautiful Stars!!✯✯

I have been waiting for what seems like ages for this book to appear on my kindle. The synopsis had my hooked. The wait was worth it. Debra wrote such a story. She had me on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading trying to figure out what was going to happen next.

Abby Murphy is at the top of her singing career. She loves what she's doing. Abby loves being on stage and loves her fans so much she'll never say no to an autograph or picture. Abby can not
Susan Sager
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a gifted copy in exchange for an honest review
This is the story we all have been waiting for. The high anticipated novel is now live at your favorite ebook sites. In the years of assisting authors with their novels I have come across many debut novels. I am saying this without bias. Ladies and gents, Debra Presley's debut novel is the best debut novel I have ever read in my twenty years of literature studying and reading. I come from generations of writers. From grandparents to parent
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Debra is a USA Today Bestselling author and native New Yorker who made her escape to the suburbs. She often visits 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 Buoni Amici Press with Drue Hoffman, a PR company for traditionally and independently published authors. ...more

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