Author: Noelle August
Genre: Contemporary Romance
My Copy: ARC courtesy of William Morrow
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Synopsis: Adam Blackwood has it all. At twenty-two, he’s fabulously wealthy, Ryan Gosling-hot and at the top of the heap in the business world. His life is perfect, until a scandal from his past resurfaces and knocks the tech wunderkind down, throwing his company, Boomerang, a hook-up site for millennials, into chaos.
Three years ago, Adam married his high school love—and then lost her in a tragic accident. Now, the heartbreak and guilt he’s tried to bury with work and women begins to take over his life.
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. She’s got one chance to prove to her father that she deserves a place in his empire by grabbing control of Boomerang and taking Adam down.
But as Alison moves in on him, armed with a cadre of lawyers and accountants, she discovers there’s much more to Adam and Boomerang than meets the eye. Will earning her father’s approval come at the price of losing her first real love? It appears so, unless Adam can forgive her for wrecking his life and trying to steal his livelihood. But Alison hopes that old adage is right. Maybe love can conquer all.
Noelle August’s Rebound is the second book in the Boomerang series and if you haven’t read the first book, Boomerang, it’s not necessary to enjoy Rebound. August doesn’t touch up events from Boomerang though I admit, had I read it, I would have perhaps had a better understanding of Alison and the whole concept of Boomerang as a company.
We have good character development despite the fact it’s a bit weak in some areas. Our heroine is Alison Quick and if you’ve read Boomerang, you probably hate her for what she did to Ethan. I can honestly say, give her a chance because you’ll get to know her and realize why she does what she did. I liked her and she has this tough girl attitude but it’s an illusion in some ways. She loves horses and it’s easy to know where her heart belongs and hopefully she’ll pursue that line of work in the future. Then we have Adam Blackwood, who’s tortured over the death of his wife. I really liked Adam and you’ll love his ambitious side and how he’s willing to go the extra mile to take care of his own employees. We have a wide range of secondary characters that play a role including Mia, who happens to be Ethan’s current girlfriend. I personally thought, Adam’s brother, stole the show!
Narration is first person via both Alison and Adam and each chapter alternates between their points of view. It’s pretty easy to determine who’s who and each chapter is clearly identified so you aren’t confused. While I enjoyed the dual perspectives, I admit I would have liked a solid point of view and perhaps fallen in love with Adam via Alison’s narrative. In the end, I feel both narratives give us a solid story and it’s pretty fulfilling because we get to know exactly what’s going in Adam and Alison’s lives.
What I really enjoyed about Rebound is how refreshingly grown up it is! Despite the fact the characters are in their early twenties and have suffered a tragic event, they both see past it and live life to their fullest. Both Mia and Ethan from the first book make an appearance and it would have been easy route for August to give us conflict involving them, but she didn’t. There’s a particular scene involving Mia and Alison and sure there’s awkwardness, but it’s a such a tender scene that you can’t help but love the way August writes. I didn’t read Boomerang so I came in pretty blind to what Alison did (though it’s easy to imagine and fill in the holes) and yet even when she tells Adam what she did to Ethan, you can’t help but feel sorry for her. It’s rare for an author to make a hated character become worthy of a reader’s love.
I debated with the rating between a three and four and in the end, decided on a four for two particular reasons. First has to do with the quality of writing. Rebound is written by two authors, Veronica Rossi and Lorin Oberweger and throughout the novel you don’t notice a difference in the writing. Often times, I find two author novels are missing something whether it be a plot hole or there’s an overall tone difference. Rebound flows perfectly and the fact it is written by two people doesn’t even cross your mind until the ever end. The second reason for the four rating has to do with the resolution of the conflict. I loved the fact it wasn’t drawn out and over the top. We have two young adults meeting and having a discussion and the resolution will make you give a virtual fist bump.
If you’re a fan of New Adult novels, I highly recommend Noelle August’s Rebound. I haven’t read Boomerang and can’t wait to go back and see how it all started. Hopefully, a few our secondary characters will get a book of their own in the future.
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