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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Review: Rebound Remedy by Christine d'Abo


26135366-1The 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. ~ Goodreads
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Twenty percent of the proceeds from this title will be donated to the
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) National Help Center.

Source: e-arc provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review



Rebound Remedy is a really sweet holiday romance novella. I didn't think the author could pull off a believable HEA in such a short story but she did.

Although Cole is initially the one with the issues – he gets dumped by his boyfriend right before the holidays - Owen's fears come out of nowhere and take center stage towards the end and weakened the story IMO.

Other than that I would still highly recommend this one for a quick holiday read with engaging characters that will get you into the romantic/holiday spirit in no time.

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  1. The OWen thing, yeah, I read one like that, it took focus from the first problem

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    1. His issues were there in the background but weren't too big a deal until near the end. It wasn't a deal breaker - I really enjoyed the book but you have to be careful with novellas. there's not enough time to delve into multiple issues.

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  2. This sounds like a sweet read and certainly one that has me thinking on what twelve outings I'd like to be taken to in the twelve days running up to Christmas.

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    1. It was cute and perfect for getting into the holiday spirit.

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  3. It's always neat when an author can pull off a novella or short story and really make it work :D

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  4. I just reviewed this one the other day! I liked it too, despite a few problems. :)

    -Lauren

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  5. you know, I might complain about novellas a lot, but I do enjoy the short holiday novellas here and there

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    1. I love them now. I think the quality has improved so much the past few years!

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  6. THIS SOUNDS ADORABLE (....Banff is a place?)

    I usually prefer my holiday reads to be shorter, so this one will make the pile for sure!

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    1. It is cute - especially the fun Christmasy things they do.

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  7. You can't go wrong with a nice holiday novella that provides a HEA. I am sure it helped get you in the spirit. I am starting my holiday reads today.

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    1. I have a few downloaded and ready to go!

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  8. No! Not yet (says the person who had a holiday blog tour on her blog). It's still Nov! :) Darn it. You are getting me thinking about this one. I like light romantic reads as well as my off, weird reads for the holiday. This one might make the list.

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    1. Ha! I'm saving the ones I bought for next month but this one (had to review) came out this week.

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  9. This sounds so sweet! I want to read Rebound Remedy, too! Especially because you were satisfied with the HEA even if the story was short. Great review :)
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. It had a few problems but overall a cute holiday read

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