Received from Publisher
Series: Boomerang #2
Author: Noelle August
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: 10 Feb 2015
Source: Review Copy
—a Boomerang novel—
By Noelle August
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, 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?
REBOUND will be available wherever books and e-books are sold on February 10th, 2015 (ISBN: 9780062331083 | $13.99 | e-ISBN: 9780062331090 | $11.99).
Excerpt One – Alison POV REBOUND
Excerpt TWO – Adam POV REBOUND
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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 NoelleAugust.com, @Noelle_August, and facebook.com/NoelleAugustBooks.
In all honesty, I entered Rebound with a lot of preconceived ideas about the main characters based on the limited information provided about them in Boomerang. I was fully prepared to hate Alison for what she did to Ethan, as well as feeling a little antagonistic toward Adam for creating a dating site purely for hook-ups (where is the romance in that). However, I am happy to report n this occasion I admit, I was wrong. Although I still rant and rave over any form of cheating, there is far more going on under the surface to explain certain actions.
Both Adam and Alison have led privileged lives, yet it hasn’t spoiled them and turned them into shallow people. In fact, they both have a depth of compassion not easily seen behind their public personas. Something I think they subconsciously recognise in each other, an underlying vulnerability, that draws them together.
Their physical attraction and chemistry is off the charts but more than that they fit together perfectly. Both have emotional barriers in place due to incidents in both of their past. Adam is initially emotionally unavailable and happy with it. Although, the more time he spends with Alison, he can’t help but crack his defences.
Both Adam and Alison have deep levels of insight into human nature. Their insight provides them with a deeper connection to each other; something neither of then expected or particularly wanted but desperately needed. I really liked how mistakes were viewed with both regret and as a learning process (the positive within the negative).
Outside pressures, secrets from the past alongside work and family pressure create problems between Adam and Alison forming a relationship. There is far more depth to both main characters than I would have given them credit for. Misunderstandings, anger and hurt lead to an emotionally charged plot; leading to both Adam and Alison facing their personal demons. Their self-reflection and developing self-awareness added depth to the narrative as well as their characterizations.
I really liked the use of team building and trusts exercises within the story and how their themes paralleled interactions within relationships.
Rebound is a slow build with a quick ending, personally I would have liked to have seen more of the relationship and less of the angst but you know me, IT’s ALL ABOUT THE ROMANCE
I just have to get this out there – I still hate COOKIE. However, I am really, really liking Adam’s younger brother, Grey I am so happy he is getting his own book, Bounce, coming August 25th.
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