Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Rebound Remedy by Christine D'Abo

Rebound Remedy by Christine D'Abo

Review by Lauren

Source: copy from Netgalley; all opinions are my own

Official Summary: The last thing Cole expects to get for the holidays is dumped. But there he is, in the airport on his way to Banff for a romantic getaway, helplessly watching as his boyfriend’s ex declares undying love, proposes—and is accepted. With a few weeks to go until Christmas, Cole’s mood dives from jolly to jaded. But instead of sitting at home alone and feeling sorry for himself, he goes to his favorite bar, McGregor’s, for a pint and some company.
The moment Owen McGregor sets eyes on Cole, he knows there’s something wrong. So he takes it upon himself to ensure that Cole has a happy holiday: twelve outings for the twelve days before Christmas. Even if he can’t quite think up twelve activities that don’t involve getting the forlorn hunk into his bed.
With each outing they take together, Cole realizes that the love he thought he’d shared with his ex was less than perfect. And that Owen might prove to be more than just his rebound remedy.
Review: The official summary for this one states that Owen wants to take Cole out on 12 dates leading up to Christmas. However, this isn't quite the case. Yes, Owen uses "non-dates" where they go out and do different things in order to help Cole take his mind off his breakup, but there aren't that many described. I would have liked more details about some of the dates but honestly, the two men don't really go out that often in the book. Despite that, I still enjoyed this one!

There is definitely a physical connection between these two and it doesn't take long before they are giving in to it. You worry about Cole and how he might end up with a broken heart (again), but at the same time, you know that Owen is a good guy. There is a lot of physical details so if you're wary about that, I'd suggest skipping this one. It's written well and it goes along with the story nicely, but I do wish there was a bit more substance, if you will, to the overall plot.

Regardless, there are some other aspects of the story that were interesting. You do have Cole and and his ex-boyfriend. You also have Owen and his family. Owen is running his dad's bar now that his dad is unable to, but there is some disagreements and anger there that is shown throughout the book. I wish some of this was resolved a bit more, but it's not too bad. It felt realistic.

This is a nice book for the holiday season as that's the time it takes place - so if you want a steamy, passionate romance that may or may not be more than a rebound, check this one out!


Medeia Sharif said...

I love the cover. I need to get on NetGalley more often. I haven't been on there perusing the shelves.

Marianne @ The Book Belles said...

This actually sounds really interesting! I like the sound of this book; and it's so Christmasy! Great review!

Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms

Tracy Terry said...

Sounds like a nice change from a lot of the other festive books doing the rounds and thus definitely one I'd consider for this years Christmas Spirit reading Challenge.

Brandi Kosiner said...

Steamy passionate and holiday feels soudns good for this one

Kindlemom said...

Way for those feel good holiday reads. ;)

Alise said...

Ooh, I do this this one would be a great read for the holidays, I'm liking the sound of the romance and all the character dynamics.

The Bibliophile Babe said...

Sounds perfect for this time of year!

Diva Booknerd said...

Ooh, a saucy Christmas read! I'm a bit disappointed about all the dates or non dates as part of the storyline. I think that would have added a real cuteness and adventure to the storyline. Glad you really enjoyed it Lauren, fabulous review! <3

Gingi Freeman said...

Okay, I have to ask.. how many pages do you read in a day?? haha.. -

Joyous Reads said...

Definitely need to stalk NG for this book. Hopefully, it's still available. Great review, hun!

Karen Alderman said...

I really liked this one but the Owen stuff was underdeveloped IMO and I wish it wasn't included in such a short novella.

But they were good together so I still enjoyed it overall.

Karen @For What It's Worth