Rebound by Noelle August
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publish Date: February 10, 2015
Series: Boomerang (Book 2)
Genre: Fiction -New Adult, Contemporary Romance
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.
I am still trying to familiarize myself with the New Adult genre. For me, it’s like going on a blind date. I can get advice, hear praises, but in the end, it will just be the book and I. Luckily for me, I enjoy Noelle August and their male leads.
Rebound is the second tale of life at Boomerang. This time, we delve into the lives of Adam Blackwood, wealthy business man extraordinaire, and Alison Quick, former girlfriend of an ex-intern, and the daughter of a business man who is planning to invest.
Messy? Just a little bit.
It is different to get to know two characters that I was introduced to in a different story. It is also uncommon that I have seen one of the characters in a relationship with someone else. I wouldn’t have thought that Adam and Alison goes well together, especially given what I’ve seen from them previously, but it works. The romance was simple and organic. Adam fell in love with an unlikely person, and Alison opened her heart. Both have had a past they would love to forget, and both have learned from their own mistakes.
For myself, Adam was an unlikely character to fall in love with. I had my reservations about him when I was first introduced to him. And for Alison? Well, I wasn’t her biggest fan. But they both brought something to this story that allowed me to see things in a different perspective. I listed to what they had to say, I got to know them for who they really were, and I fell in love. Isn’t that always the case when it comes to enjoying a romance?
Told from an alternating point-of-view, it was easy to get to know both characters completely. Their inner monologues were entertaining, their dialogue with the other characters humorous and delightful. But most of all, I enjoyed the romantic chase.
It was enjoyable to witness two people fall in love and feel like they did not deserve it. The situation is common, and the duo of Noelle August wrote many scenes with brutal honesty. Heartaches, happiness, and happy endings are always involved when it comes to love, and I’m glad I saw that reflected in Rebound.