Rebound by Noelle August
Series: Boomerang #2
Published: February 10th, 2015
Publisher: William Morrow
288 pages (eARC)
Genre: Contemporary romance
Acquired this book: From the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review
Warning: May contain spoilers
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.
Boomerang was one of my favourite books of 2014, so I’ve been eagerly awaiting Rebound since the minute I finished Ethan and Mia’s story. I didn’t know who the second book would feature, but since so many of the side characters piqued my interest, I didn’t really care, I just knew I wanted to read it. Rebound had everything I loved about Boomerang - characters who were well fleshed out, snappy dialogue, a unique storyline, sexytimes, and a swoony romance.
Adam Blackwood is a smart, savvy businessman who knows how to get things done. He’s driven and knows what he wants. He seems to have it all, but instead of being happy and reveling in his success, he’s haunted by memories of his wife and the mistakes he made in the past. He’s closed off to love and won’t let anyone get too close. Alison Quick has a lot to prove to her father, a powerful man who likes to keep up appearances. Her cool exterior hides a young woman who wants love and approval, and who wants to succeed.
Adam and Ali intrigued me from the beginning. It was clear there was more to them than met the eye, and I enjoyed seeing the parts of them they kept hidden from other people. They had great chemistry, and I loved that even when they were slightly wary of each other, they couldn’t help but drop their guards around each other. There was a strong emphasis on Adam and Ali building a foundation for what could turn into something more, and I loved that. They clearly wanted each other, but they didn’t jump right into bed (despite trying to have sex during their first encounter at Halloween, a scene I loved). They got to know each other and had genuine feelings for each other.
Rebound had a great mixture of light and serious moments. It was funny, sweet, and sexy; it made me laugh, and it also tugged on my heartstrings. The secondary characters were fantastic, and I enjoyed seeing familiar faces from Boomerang. I’d love to work at a place like Boomerang, with a boss like Adam who creates such a fun work environment with an emphasis on teamwork. Overall, Rebound was another winner from Noelle August.
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