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Friday, September 23, 2016

Book Review - Clean Break by Abby Vegas & Giveaway

About Abby Vegas

I've always been a writer. I love telling stories! My favorite authors include Robin Hobb, Susan Isaacs, Georgette Heyer, Liane Moriarty, Jennifer Weiner, Bill Bryson, Dave Barry, and David Sedaris.

I grew up in New York City. At the moment, I live in Michigan with my family.

Catch up with me on Twitter or contact me. P.S. - I love reviews!


1. Could you tell our readers a bit about yourself?

Sure! I’m a reader and writer of romance and women’s fiction. I especially love books with flawed, sassy heroines, great dialogue, and heroes worth fighting for.

2. On your website I found out that you've always been a writer. Where do you find the inspiration for your stories?

I love fairy tales. My romantic suspense novel Clean Break is a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast (with a bit of Bridget Jones thrown in.) I also find inspiration in characters from movies, TV shows, and books, and even real people, although I’ll never tell who!

3. In your twenties you had a lot of fun and then you wrote Living La Vida Vegas. What's your favorite memory about that time?

Living La Vida Vegas is really a story about friendship and camaraderie, with Las Vegas as the backdrop. My favorite Vegas memories are a bit of a blur. Staying up all night drinking and gambling was one of those bucket-list items. I did it a few times, and in retrospect I’m glad I did it in my twenties!

4. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

It sounds like a clichĂ© at this point, but really – just write. Embrace the wretched first draft. Write it, and then edit ruthlessly and kill your darlings. The magic usually happens in the rewrites.

5. What does your day to day life look like?

I’m newly retired from my day-job in corporate America (after 21 years!) – so at the moment I’m taking the summer off, relaxing with the family, traveling a bit. Once my kids head back to school, I’ll get back to writing.

6. Can you tell us a bit about your hobbies? (If you are not writing or reading)

I absolutely love going to live theater. Musicals are my favorite and plays are great too. Most recently I saw An American in Paris on Broadway, followed by Man of La Mancha at the Weston Playhouse in Vermont.

7. I love it that you draw and write comics. Do you have a favorite comic that you love to read?
I love The Oatmeal. It’s just so good.

8. Do you have a favorite quote?

“Reading is entering into the consciousness of another human being.” ― Gary Shteyngart

9. If you could be anyone for one day, who would you be and why?

I’d be Lin-Manuel Miranda. He’s so brilliant and creative and positive and down-to-earth.

10. What can we expect from you in the future?

I’m outlining my next novel, which I’m very excited about, and then I think I’ll write a sequel to Clean Break because so many readers have requested it.

Book review

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Review by Anniek

Lane used to have it all, a great apartment, enough money and a good life. Now she's completely broke and on her own in New York City. Lane thinks that she has found a new place to live, but it turns out that it's a scam. This makes her lose the money she already paid. When Lane is at the police station to file a report the police officer helps her out with finding another place to live. She ends up in a basement which barely qualifies as an apartment.

Viktor is the handyman of the building. He helps Lane on several occasions and they grow closer together very fast. Lane can't help but notice strange things about Viktor. Viktor isn't particularly open about his past and when he does confide in Lane his past experiences appear to be horrible and traumatizing. Viktor seems to be connected to the Russian mob. The police officer who was there for Lane tries to get more information out of her about Viktor and he makes her doubt him. Will Lane trust her own instincts of will she judge a book, in this case Viktor, by its cover?

Lane has a lot to deal with after a tragic event changed her life forever. Afterwards she finds a job as a personal assistant. Her new boss is a real nutcase and there are a lot of hilarious moments. This made me laugh out loud several times and I loved Abby Vegas's sense of humor. Lane knows what it's like to have money, but now she has to work hard to keep her head above water. She doesn't complain and takes full responsibility for getting herself into this position in the first place. Lane is caring, intelligent and she keeps her promises, she's a wonderful person and I liked her a lot.

Abby Vegas starts her writing career with a strong debut novel. Clean Break kept my mind working and even though I was paying close attention the ending still caught me off guard. Because of the writing style and the intriguing storyline I had no trouble connecting to the story at all. The book is filled with suspense, great main characters and unexpected surprises. I really enjoyed reading Clean Break and I look forward to reading more of Abby Vegas's stories.

Clean Break is free if you are a subscriber of Kindle Unlimited.

You can also read a free sample of Clean Break via this link:


One very lucky reader will win an Amazon Kindle copy of Clean Break by Abby Vegas.


  1. Thank you for the great reveiw! Hope u have a wonderful weekend �������� Dxx

  2. It makes me wonder if the cop is a little shady.

  3. great interview and interesting-looking book xx

  4. Great review, sounds like an interesting book.

  5. Love the sound of the book.

  6. love the sound of the book and thanks for the lovely competition x

  7. How did you come up with the title?

    1. Hi Mai -
      The title has a double meaning... at the beginning of the book, Lane (the heroine) has sort of forged out on her own, breaking all ties with her former life. Later in the book it comes up again but to say why would be a spoiler.
      Please note: September 28-30, Clean Break will be FREE on Amazon Kindle in all Amazon stores: - Hope you love it. :)

  8. I really enjoyed this book too. It was nice to read the above comment from Abby Vegas about the title, as that was something I mentioned in my review of Clean Break.
    I didn't know she was working on a sequel though, so that was nice to hear also.
    Amanda. x

  9. Intriguing indeed - can't wait to read!

  10. Your book sounds really inetersting, Abby. It's on my list now.