{Blog Tour} Review + Giveaway: Rebound by Noelle August

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Title: Rebound (Boomerang #2)
Author: Noelle August
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Date of Publication: February 10, 2015

At Boomerang, one night can change everything…

Noelle August has taken the New Adult genre by storm, and readers can’t wait to see what chaos, confusion, and connections arise at the Boomerang offices next.

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 very 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?

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Review

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Thank you to William Morrow Paperbacks and Edelweiss for the review copy! Having received one did not affect my views of the novel.

I'll be straight to you: it's hard not to compare Rebound with Boomerang. So for those who haven't read Boomerang, there are going to be minor spoilers and I'm sorry.

Noelle August (Lorin Oberweger and Veronica Rossi) already proved that they can write a fun, flirty romance with Boomerang. So I was expecting something like it with Rebound but boy, was I never more wrong. Noelle August now proved that they can infuse more drama into the mix without making it overdramatic and over-the-top angsty.

Rebound is told in the alternating POVs of Alison Quick, Boomerang's Ethan's ex-girlfriend who cheated on him, and Adam Blackwood, Boomerang's CEO. I didn't know that this novel is Alison's story and I immediately cringed when I saw the chapter title/name of the first chapter. Uh-oh. I was so sure I'd hate her. Then I went to Goodreads and felt ashamed of myself with all these people loving Rebound and that Alison is just a person and that we shouldn't be quick to judge. That of course, since we loved Ethan, we hate Alison even though we don't know her story. I admit, I really find it hard to read books featuring cheaters and cheating because I just dislike, nope, hate seems the right word, cheaters. But a lot of people loved this book and I thought, maybe Noelle August will shine Alison in a different light. By the way, YES THEY DID.

Rebound starts with a Halloween party at Mia's parents' house for Boomerang employees. Alison came as Catwoman and Adam came as Zorro. They get touchy and they even share some personal secrets (it is really easier to open up to a stranger) and right at that moment they're going to do it, Cookie comes and reveals that Catwoman is Alison Quick, daughter of Graham Quick, potential investor. Let's just say everything cools down after that.

The next Monday, Alison, along with her team, goes to the Boomerang office and takes up shop. They're here to assess and look into Adam and his company, if it's worth investing in. This puts Alison and Adam together at all times and GLEE. Plus, the Boomerang gang! Mia, as a secondary character, is clumsier than I remember and it's so fun to see her in the ~eyes~ of other people who are not Ethan. I really enjoyed how Mia is just a normal person in here and that you really shine through in the eyes of the one you love. We have Paolo, Cookie, Sadie, Rhett, Pippa, and everyone. GOOD TIMES.

We get deeper into Alison's character and yes, she made a mistake with Ethan before. We also get the story behind it as Ethan never let her explain herself. But she's a nice girl and very gentle and compassionate. She's the kind of person who rescues horses and who loves underdogs. Her father is a manipulative asshole and Alison wants nothing but his validation and approval after she disappointed him big time by flunking school (with which he paid off the school to let her graduate) and getting drunk all the time. You can say Alison didn't just make a mistake with Ethan, she made a lot of mistakes but she's determined to change and move on. While I didn't end up loving Alison, I definitely sympathize with her and understand her now.

Who do I love? ADAM BLACKWOOD. Oh yes, our elusive and mysterious CEO is now all emotions and feelings and it is WONDERFUL. Adam has been nothing but professional when we met him in Boomerang but Alison just breaks down his walls. He wants her, after God-knows-how-long, and not just physically but he wants to be with her, in a relationship. He saw the person behind the put-together persona Alison projects at work, the one who patiently cares for horses and restores them back to health and the one who loves diving and swimming. Sure, Adam sounded like he's way older (he's only twenty-three) but I wouldn't take that against him because at his young age, he's gone through a lot. Grief and guilt have been his motivation in starting Boomerang, to distract himself. We discover his past and boy, do I love every single thing about it. It was juicily angsty and I gobbled up the ~drama~ because it was delivered in a great way and Adam was not playing the pity card. I connected more with Adam than Alison (Alison made some unwise choices along the way still and she's on shaky ground to begin with) but Adam's carefully constructed barrier was so satisfying to break down. When Adam started opening up, that was the moment I got riveted to Rebound.

However, because I was not that into Alison, I didn't really ship the couple in here as much as I did with Boomerang. I did enjoy their "dates" and them getting to know each other and the whole journey of their love story mostly because ADAM BLACKWOOD LET ME LOVE YOU. (Let me love you and I will love you until you learn to love yourself~)

Bonus? Adam's younger brother, Grey. I love how confident and even, arrogant, he is. He's so smug but in the end, he's Adam's brother and they're each other's family. Love their sibling dynamics and how it was Grey who picked up Adam when he was down and he also pushed him out of his rut. Siblings are generally headaches but sibling love is so beautifully nuanced.

Fans of the Boomerang series should get right to Rebound! Noelle August will surprise you with how deft they are at making you understand and care and root for characters you don't initially like. The authors sure know how to make you like something you never thought you would. I'm actually fed up with family drama in NA but it seems like I like Noelle August's brand of drama. Or anything in general.

About Noelle August

Question: What do you get when friends pen a story with heart, plenty of laughs, and toe-curling kissing scenes?

Answer: Noelle August, the pseudonym for renowned editor and award-winning writer Lorin Oberweger and New York Times bestselling YA author Veronica Rossi, the masterminds behind the Boomerang series.

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2 comments:

  1. I am totally Team Blackwood! Adam and Gray are so swoon worthy! I loved Rebound, I did really miss Mia's humor though :D

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    1. Yes, I miss all the humor and fun! Rebound was definitely drama-infused but even though Alison wasn't really for me, ADAM AND GREY. Gah! Thanks for checking out my review, Becca! <3

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