Thursday, February 26, 2015

When You Are Smiling and Astride Me - Blog Tour - Nikki's Review of REBOUND by Noelle August

Title: Rebound
Author: Noelle August
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: 2/10/2015
Source: ARC from the Publisher

At Boomerang, one night can change everything…

Adam Blackwood has it all. At twenty-two, 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, 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? 

REBOUND will be available wherever books and e-books are sold on February 10th, 2015 (ISBN: 9780062331083 | $13.99 | e-ISBN: 9780062331090 | $11.99). 

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. 

You can visit them at, @Noelle_August, and

I confess, I hurried through ¾ of Boomerang (the first book in this series) so I could read and review Rebound quickly (Ill finish Boomerang!) I’m confident my reading it so fast didn’t hinder my opinion or comprehension of Rebound at all though. On the contrary, I think it might have erased some of the preconceived notions that a lot of reviewers seemed to have had about Ali, the protagonista in this story. The bottom line here is that I really liked this book. So, chill out and let me tell you guys why.

Ding ding ding! In the male corner, we have Adam. He is a rich, gorgeous, self-made man with a past shadier than a used car sales lot. NO, HE IS NOT A CHRISTIAN GREY TYPE, STAWWWP IT YOU GUYS. And, in this corner, fighting for the laaaaaadies, weighing in at 100 pounds soaking wet, we have Ali. She is broken emotionally, has a rich daddy and is super pretty and smart with a heart of gold. Will these two like each other? You bet your fat ass they will. Will it be all champagne and roses? Nope. Is it ever? No it really never is and that would not be good romance, my friends. You know this, and I know this. Noelle August and Lorin Oberweger know this and they’ve done it really well with Rebound.

I loved these characters, just as human beings. I can nitpick and be a real bitch about characters usually, particularly women. But, I thought Ali was relatable and flawed and real, not in spite of but because she owned her past and her issues. Adam is a bit more typical really, being that he is a broken bad boy. But he is also quite likeable and really a much deeper character than you assume once he opens up. The great thing about these two together is that they are not dysfunctional, they are actually better together, they complement each other, and they grow up a little bit together. This is the beauty of real life romance and I loved seeing it in Rebound. It wasn’t until I finished this book and had a day to reflect, that I realized how many dysfunctional romances I’ve been reading recently. Rebound was a real refreshing change.

I did think the plot was a bit formulaic. I find that New Adult, as a genre is unoriginal in general and that is why I don’t read much of it. I tried this book out because I love Veronica Rossi and I do not regret it. The one sex scene in the book was awkward. But, that is likely a matter of opinion and it wasn’t necessarily bad, just like it was written by someone that doesn’t generally write sex scenes. Which makes sense, considering Veronica Rossi is a YA author. It seems to me that Lorin and Veronica write very well together and seem to complement each other nicely. I’m sure it’s really fun writing with your friend!

Rebound is among the best New Adult books that I’ve read. I will definitely read the next in the series and I’m excited to see that the third book will be about Grey, Adam’s baby brother. I recommend this series to fans of quirky, smart romances, especially fans of authors like Daisy Prescott and Colleen Hoover.

4 out of 5 Stars

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