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.
Rebound, aka #RichKidProblems2014 (kidding) was another fun instalment in the Boomerang trilogy. Let it be said that contemporary romance, particularly in the new adult genre, is not really my thing, but I adored Veronica Rossi’s previous work and wanted to continue checking out her new series offering.
The protagonists in this edition include Adam, the Boomerang boss from book 1, and Alison, Ethan’s ex-girlfriend. While there were some overdramatic moments in the book, what I really enjoyed was the personal development of the characters – they grow, they learn to trust, they let go of things from the past holding them back.
New Adult has a fairly terrible and well-deserved rap, but Rebound manages to steer wonderfully away from too many cliches – the bad boy, the overly aggressive alpha male, the bitchy female competition, etc. In fact, I really liked how Mia and Alison got on in this book. There was no cattiness or mean spiritedness – just some awkwardness and acceptance and respect.
For those who have read the first book, you’ll know that Alison cheated on Ethan back in the day, which is what ended the relationship. And cheating is generally an unforgivable issue, but I’m more lenient towards those who make mistakes when they’re young and learn from it, as opposed to being in their thirties and still doing it.
For those of you who love contemporary romance books, then give this series a go – it’s fun, bright and glamorous, without becoming overly emotional or too insipid.