Thursday, February 26, 2015

Blog Tour-Review, Excerpt and Giveaway: Rebound by Noelle August

—a Boomerang novel—
By Noelle August

At Boomerang, one night can change everything…

Noelle August has taken the New Adult genre by storm, and readers can’t wait to see what chaos, confusion, and connections arise at the Boomerang offices next.

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 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? 

Excerpt - Adam POV

Ali laughs. Her gaze feels like sunshine on my back, but I don’t turn around. I pull my wetsuit up to my waist, adjusting myself so I’m comfortable. The cool Neoprene layer feels familiar and my body responds, my heart thumping hard, anticipation rushing through my veins. The prospect of the ocean always does this to me. This has nothing to do with the girl behind me. 


Ali’s voice is close. Turning, I almost bump into her.

Her wetsuit is all the way on, which is good. And terrible.

“What’s up?” I ask. 

She smells like suntan oil and peaches. This close, I see that her cheeks are turning slightly pink from the sun. With her hair pulled back, no makeup, and the wetsuit covering her completely, she looks better than she has all week at the office. Better than she did in the Catwoman costume. There’s something powerful about her now. The way her slender legs are planted firmly on the swaying boat, like she’s not trying at all. She’s at home on the water. This from an admitted equestrian. I can only imagine what she’s like with her horses.

“Sorry, but . . .” She smiles and points at her back. “My zipper’s jammed.” She turns around and pulls her ponytail up. “Can you help me out?”

“Sure. You want this on, right? Just want to be sure.”

I can’t see her face, but I know she’s smiling. “Yes. On please.”

I allow myself a moment to enjoy the way she looks right in front of me. Then I take the zipper leash, letting my knuckles drift over her back, just above the knot of her bikini.

If I weren’t completely focused on her, I’d have missed the way she curls slightly toward me.

Focus, Blackwood. Zip the wetsuit up.

My Review

I'll start off by saying that I have not read the first book in this series-but that didn't stop me from enjoying Rebound at all as it easily stands alone.  And it shines on its own too.  I found Rebound to be a good, easy read that was entertaining with good, dependable characters and a storyline that is strong and keeps you interested throughout the book.

There's a great set of characters, both lead and secondary.  Both Alison and Adam are strong, smart and they work well together with excellent chemistry between them.  The supporting characters are fully developed and do add depth to the story.  I would have to say of all the characters, Adam is definitely my favorite and a no-brainer to add to the book boyfriend list.  Even though he knows he's a catch, his demeanor, words and actions still peg him as a down-to-earth, easy to like guy.

A clearly outlined plot that is well executed and writing that has a smooth flow had me zooming right through the story, and enjoying every minute.  I was involved enough with the story that when Alison's dad plays his hand with Adam toward the end that it provoked a reaction from me (can't tell you what, don't want to spoil anything for you!)...I wasn't expecting him to make the "offer" he made, and that in turn had me flipping pages like crazy to find out how everything would end up.

Mostly lighthearted, wholly enjoyable, and an overall good read, I give Rebound 4.5 stars...and can't wait to read more in this series.

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, @Noelle_Augustand

BOUNCE, the last installment in the BOOMERANG series, will be on sale in August 2015!


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