Review: Rebound by Noelle August

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Rebound by Noelle AugustRebound by Noelle August
Series: Boomerang #2
Published by William Morrow on February 10, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 288
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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three-stars

At Boomerang, one night can change everything . . .

Adam Blackwood has it all. At twenty-three he's fabulously wealthy, Ryan Gosling-hot, and at the top of his game in the business world. His life is perfect until a scandal from his past resurfaces and threatens to knock the tech wunderkind down and throw his company, Boomerang--a hook-up site for millennials--into chaos.

Alison Quick, the twenty-one-year-old daughter of a business tycoon--and the ex-girlfriend of Boomerang's former intern, Ethan--has a problem of her own. After nearly flunking out in her senior year of college, she has one chance to redeem herself to her father by proving that she deserves a place in his corporate empire. That means spearheading her father's plan to sink big money into Adam's company and launch it into the stratosphere--provided Adam has no skeletons in his closet.

When the two meet, their sizzling chemistry makes it tough to keep things strictly professional. But when Alison discovers Adam's secret, she knows she should bring it right to her father, who'll leverage it for his own gain and use it to ruin Adam. The only problem: she's falling for Adam--hard.

Will earning her father's approval come at the price of losing her first real love? Or can Adam and Alison leave behind past mistakes and conquer the world--together?

Boomerang has been one of the most successful new adult novels with the YA blogger community. I read it and I liked it, particularly for the humor. That actually shined for me more than the romance did. Since I’m always up or another romance, or almost always anyway, I couldn’t resist requesting Rebound, despite some hesitation about this match. Rebound turned out to be another good read, and, in my opinion, better than Boomerang on some levels.

Most of all, I love the fact that Alison was picked for the heroine role in Rebound. She’s about as close as Boomerang came to a villain. She’s Ethan’s ex, and she cheated on him. As you guys know, I’m not a fan of infidelity as a plot line, but I love something like this that looks at how Alison recovers from her mistake. Alison gets to go from the ice queen love rival to the heroine. Though I don’t think her character ever quite coalesced for me, I do like seeing her softer side and her side of the story. Her connection with her horses is probably my favorite thing about Alison.

There’s also very little jealousy in Rebound. That was most definitely a thing in Boomerang, and it did make sense. I like that they’re past that now. Alison doesn’t precisely dislike Mia, but Mia makes her very uncomfortable, because it IS awkward. The fact that they become…not friends but friendly is awesome. Similarly, it’s great that Adam doesn’t become monstrously jealous of Ethan when he learns about his past relationship with Alison.

The narrative voices also have improved slightly from Boomerang. I cold almost never distinguish between Ethan and Mia’s voices, but I lost track of which character’s chapter I was in much less often in Rebound, though it definitely still happened. That said, I don’t think either of their voices had the vibrancy of Ethan and Mia’s voices.

The romance is…eh? I mean, I shipped it, I guess, but I wasn’t hugely invested. The time frame felt so rushed, though it probably was a longer period of time than I expect. They were just so sappy about each other in their heads so quickly. Adam goes from playboy to completely smitten in 0.2 seconds. They banter a little bit, but not enough to get the engines on my ship started. Also, a warning for those of you who like your romances full of sex: this one is not, and you’ll wait quite a while for it.

Where I feel Rebound falls short is the plotting. Yes, it’s predictable, which is a good thing in a romance novel. I did call the twist with Adam’s big secret, but even then I’m not sure how much you’re really supposed to be surprised. What bothered me was that the book is just too damn short. I feel like Adam and Alison get a lot less time to work through their issues than Mia and Ethan did, even though Boomerang was longer and those two had less baggage. The book’s plot hardly progresses for most of the book, and then wraps up all within the last chapter. It’s abrupt and unsatisfying. Aside from the larger plot about the potential merger, I wanted to know if Alison managed to rehabilitate the horses and how Philippe’s date went with Alison’s third boomerang date.

For a while it looked like Rebound would surpass Boomerang, but ultimately I felt like the spark was missing, the humor replaced with more sentiment and seriousness. I’m on board for more of these, though. A book about Grey, for example, could be really fun. Or maybe Cookie?

Favorite Quote:

“We’ve barely been on the water fifteen minutes.”

“I know, but I’m a land animal. A chair animal. Beds. Couches. I’m a comfortable stationary-place animal.”

Tl;dr – Review in a GIFfy:

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2 responses to “Review: Rebound by Noelle August”

  1. Hannah says:

    Yup, I also rated this one 3 stars. It was sweet, fluffy and enjoyable, but didn’t blow my mind.
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  2. Brigid says:

    1. THAT GIF IS SEXXXXY.

    That cover is kinda weird, but also kinda cool. I have the first book on my kindle, but I haven’t gotten to it yet. Isn’t this the pseudonym of Veronica Rossi? I think it is? I don’t like books with infidelity either, but this book intrigues me. I like it when authors deal with slut shaming and creating a character that tries to fix her past mistakes. I like to see whether they can become redeemed. Mostly, I prefer it in female characters. I’m not so forgiving on male characters, since it’s been done so much.

    HORSES. YESSSS. I grew up with horses. Looks like I have something to look forward to.
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