Rebound Remedy by Christine D’Abo, Narrated by Nick J. Russo #AfternoonDelight

Rebound Remedy by Christine D’Abo, Narrated by Nick J. Russo #AfternoonDelightRebound Remedy by Christine d'Abo

Narrator: Nick J. Russo
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Holiday Romance
Published by Riptide on November 23, 2016
Length: 3 hours 43 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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Be wary of Rebound Romances, right?  Hot and heartwarming holiday romance novella by a new to me author left me convinced that adages prove true until…they don’t.

The story opens with Cole all set to get on the plane with his boyfriend Stephen to enjoy a holiday is gorgeous Banff, but then it all falls apart when he stands witness to Stephen’s ex hunting him down and proposing on the spot and the pair headed off into the blue leaving Cole alone and dumped as a casualty of a rebound romance.

Owen spots one of his regulars enter his bar and notices Cole is dreary and down.  Owen cares for people and wants them happy so he soon discovers that poor Cole was dumped right before the holidays.  Owen deserves a bit of stress-free fun and he likes Cole so he proposes that the pair of them spend the days leading up to Christmas taking turns doing a list of activities that both like.

Cole is cautious especially since he has been secretly crushing on Owen for ages.  Learning Owen is bi and that Owen wants to spend time together has Cole agreeing, but only as long as they both know this is strictly friends and it can go no where- no more rebound relationships for Cole especially when he is still getting over Stephen.

But between the holiday fun, unexpected ease of connection between them, and their own personal need for each other, the two are confronted with either taking a chance that they can have something that works or to walk away.

Alright, this one was not very long, but it was a strong and well-developed story.  It was an interesting scenario for a romance with one coming off a bad break-up and the other too busy to ever have a relationship.  The holiday setting was fun, but understated as the pair enjoyed many scenes of friendship and hot sexy time.

Whew, yeah, the sexy times were something.  I appreciated how the author used every scene to advance the relationship and the romance including when this pair were driving each other crazy with want and passion in the bedroom.

This could have gotten angsty, but it didn’t.  Both shied away from commitment, but their reasons made sense and both made mistakes, but they handled it all like adults.  I really enjoyed both characters and thought the closure and moment of truths for both was well handled.

I enjoyed an audio version of the book and particularly Nick J. Russo’s narration.  I’m already very familiar with his work and he’s a favorite narrator.  I wasn’t paying attention when I picked this one up for a listen so got a warm fuzzy to hear a familiar and talented voice who took both points of view and the elements of the story and worked his magic.

All in all, I enjoyed this short well-developed, but hotly passionate romance set against the holidays in Toronto.  I can easily recommend it to those who enjoy m/m contemporary romance.

Holiday Extra:

There was a funny moment in this story when Owen and Cole go to the Christmas tree lot to pick out a tree for Cole’s apartment.  At first, all they saw were Charlie Brown trees.  There isn’t much left, but then Owen spots THE TREE for Cole.  He is injured and requires stitches in an attempt to keep someone else from claiming the tree first.

I had to chuckle because Owen’s head injury and trip to the hospital reminded me of a similar injury I got during the holiday season, but mine was not due to saving my friend’s Christmas tree.  No, I was injured running for my life from a bully.

It went down like this:  My mom’s good friend invited us over for dinner on Christmas Eve.  Our families did kid’s birthdays and occasional meet-ups.  I had learned to dread my visits to their house because the oldest son liked to pick on me and was sly about it so his parents never saw him- and it HURT.  I was no weanie, in fact, I was a tomboy so I never told on him.

But in this instance, I didn’t have to.  I was playing Lincoln Logs (younger people just appreciate that this is a cool toy from the past) with the middle brother when the bully came into the room to pick on us.  First our log cabin was kicked over and then he started kicking us.  I threw a larger Lincoln Log that clocked him in the side of the head.  He picked up a baseball bat.  I ran screaming for the living room and the safety of parents.  I was in socks on linoleum tile flooring.  I lost my traction and slid right into their TV stand slamming my face into the sharp corner of the stand.  Head injury.  Lots of bleeding.  Freaked out kid and people.  Bully standing over me with bat and attempt to look innocent.

I went to the emergency room.  Bully was revealed though his mom called me a liar so my mom made that our last visit.  And I have a cool scar just at the corner of my eye as my lasting gift from our last Christmas Eve dinner at the bully’s house.

So?  Anyone else have any holiday emergency room visits?  Haha!  Okay or do you have any fun Christmas tree hunting stories?  Do tell!

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • This one sounds good. I don’t read too much contemporary romance but I seem to be able to enjoy a sweet m/m romance.

    • It took me a while to get into contemporary romance, but I am partial to m/m contemporary for sure. Hope you get the chance to snag this one, Melissa!

  • Braine Supie

    Holiday romances are always fun. It gives you that warm fuzzies right off the bat when the setting is painted and add romance to that and it becomes magic.

    • That is very true. They have a tone all of their own and really enhance the romance element.

  • I am glad that was the last visit to the bully’s house. Sorry you have a scar from the experience.

    This book sounds like something I would enjoy. I like that it is short so it would be a great chance to sample the author’s writing. Great review!

    • Yeah, as a kid I was just glad I didn’t have to be scared of seeing the kid again.

      This was a sweet story to see two guys find love at an unexpected time and just have fun for the holidays. Yes, good point about the shorter story making it even more worth it to try a new to me author.

  • I really, really love it when a novella can be a full story that has well developed characters and a real storyline, Sophia! I think I’d enjoy Cole and Owen, too!
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    • Me, too. I get a little nervous about shorter one even by author’s I love already, but this one really did well with filling in the story and giving me some good depth. Hope you like it when you get the chance, Lexxie!

  • I have to say, this book has an adorable cover! It made me smile, when I saw it. It sounds like there is a good mix of romance and good relationship development. Your bully story makes me a little sad. 🙁

    Great review, Sophia! Have a fantastic day. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Yes, they look so comfortable and loving together. This was a friends to lovers story so it fits.

      Yeah, that kid wasn’t my favorite person and it was no fun being in the emergency room on Christmas Eve, but now it feels so long ago that its just a cool story to explain a scar when people ask. 🙂

      Thanks! Have a fab Thursday, Alyssa!

  • Oh wow! So sorry to hear about your bully story. Glad your mom didn’t make you visit any more after that. Kids can be so mean.

    I really loved this book too. I thought the two of them were so sweet together.

    • Thank you, Julie! I’m glad my ‘bully’ story was a short-lived situation b/c yes, kids can be so mean and I’ve heard some tragic stories from others.

      Ahh, they really were a great pair together. Glad you loved it, too.

  • This sounds hot, tender and steamy. Glad it was low angst 🙂

    • Yep, that about describes it. I was pleased it stayed on the right side of the emotions, too, considering it was just after a bad break up for one of them.

  • I hate rebound, but I have to admit that this one sounds really intriguing. And I’m sure I’ll be stalking this one in a few minutes. Great review as always Sophia 🙂

    • Yes, those rebound romances are chancy for sure, Vanessa. I was pleasantly surprised by this one and loved this pair together.

  • Those rebound romances can be tricky, but sounds like it worked out well here. And it sounds nice how they end spending some time together before Christmas. It’s great when you pick up a novella were you get a strong story even with the shorter length.

    I am sorry to hear about your bully story and accident. Although it does sound good how your mom made that your last visit to them.

    • Agreed. The rebound aspect had me a little nervous until I started reading and realized that it was handled just right. Fun to see them have their holiday outings.

      Yeah, that was many years ago for me, but it is one of my favorite stories about my mom because of the way she handled it all.