ARC Book Review: Rebound by Noelle August

Posted February 9, 2015 by Debby in Book Reviews

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

ARC Book Review: Rebound by Noelle AugustRebound by Noelle August
Series: Boomerang #2
Published by William Morrow on February 10th, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 288
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

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?

3.5 Stars

After falling head over heels in love with Boomerang last year, it was a given that I would read the next book in the series, Rebound. In fact, when I heard it would be about Adam and Alison, I was SUPER excited. The glimpses we got of the two in Boomerang already promised great shipping potential. Rebound was an entertaining, sexy, refreshing read, but not quite as good as its predecessor.

I came into Rebound after only reading fantasy so far this year, so it was an extremely exciting breath of fresh air to me. Right off the bat, I was in love. I loved Adam, the wealthy CEO of Boomerang gearing up to start his media empire, and I was instantly intrigued by Alison, the daughter of the potential investor. I mean, they meet at a Halloween party, dressed up as Catwoman and Zorro. Yeah, I was shipping it already. Their first meeting was hot hot hot, off the charts hot, and I was completely on board, ready to binge read the rest.

Rebound is pretty tropey, but for the most part, it uses the tropes I love and it executes them rather well. First off there’s the masked costume thing. HOT. Then there’s the hint of forbiddenness to their romance. I mean, it’s not so much forbidden as just not smart – you shouldn’t get involved with your investor’s daughter. But the way that that influences their desire and leads to all these repressed feelings – that can easily get me to ship it like burning, especially when its written as well as it is in Rebound. Then there’s even a “stuck together due to inclement weather” scene, and oh gosh, that is just the way to my heart, man.

But I also loved Rebound for the secondary characters. I already kind of loved the employees at Boomerang, but I felt like we got to know them so much better in Rebound, as Alison analyzes every detail and dynamic within the company. Her gay best friend, whose name I am completely blanking on, is absolutely fabulous – and the side ship there is stronggggg. Cookie is such a quirky, interesting character, and I totally love her and her friendship with Adam. More than anything, I loved the interactions between all the characters – as a young professional myself, I just loved the teambuilding scenes and everything that truly shows the relaxed and familial corporate culture. I would give anything to work at a company like Boomerang!

The problem I have with Rebound is that my shipping feelings seriously waned as the story turned to the dramatics. I’m not a big fan of the “hidden traumatic pasts” kind of thing, and though I understand that it’s meant well – to give the ship some legitimacy as they help each other through their shit – it gets seriously tiring to me. It’s cliché as hell. I didn’t feel like the character growth was really significant or relatable. And since there had been so little reward ahead of time as far as the sexytimes goes, I grew rather impassive. I mean, they’re still cute. The romance is still hot. But. Yeah. Drama and sap is not the way to my heart.

Summing Up:

Rebound isn’t quite as dear to my heart as Boomerang, but I definitely enjoyed it. I do think that with its touches of melodrama and sap, particularly in the second half of the book, it’s leaning more towards the typical New Adult that I don’t always like. But when there’s romance, it is hot hot hot. Tropey for sure, but I liked it. With its excellent office romance elements and great cast of characters, this is a series I will follow till the end of time.

GIF it to me straight!


Recommended To:

New Adult / office romance fans.

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2 responses to “ARC Book Review: Rebound by Noelle August

  1. I am very with you. Until the last third or something, I was liking this one more than the first I think, but then I ended up three starring, because holy crap that stuff with her dad. What even?

    Yessss, stuck together is such a great trope, not to be confused with Stockholm Syndrome. But like trapped in the snow, or hurricane, or on an elevator. LET THE SHIPPERY BEGIN.

    • That first chapter was such a trap man. ZORRO AND CATWOMAN. It all kind of went downhill from there. WHY MELODRAMA? NEVER MELODRAMA. STAHP.

      OOOOH I want a book where they’re stuck on an elevator. (Not The Geography of Us.) I need more of that trope. Moooooooore.