Skyler and Grey have every reason to resist each other. But, like a song neither of them can get out of their minds, they have no choice but to go where the music takes them.
Bounce is the third book to the wonderful Boomerang New Adult series by Noelle August (which is a pen name for Veronica Rossi and Lorin Oberweger). I am a huge fan of Boomerang (book #1) and Rebound (book #2) because they’re fun, sexy and have characters that feel real.
There are many great things about this series in general.
1. Realistic Dialogue: Many books I’ve read this year have unfortunately made me cringe because the characters are saying things you know people in real life would never say. This is not a problem whatsoever in these books.
2. Well developed main and secondary characters: Another aspect about this series are all the characters are unique and well written. They all have been thought out and feel real.
3. The character’s voices: Since Veronica and Lorin each take a main character, this is extremely helpful in both point of views sounding like different people. In some books this is problematic.
4. Humor: One of my favorite things about the Boomerang series is the humor. Not only is this fun but so many characters are charming and become endearing.
Bounce is book 3 of this series and I was looking so forward to knowing more about Grey, Adam Blackwood’s younger, edgier, brother. Adam was the main male character in the second book Rebound. Grey is a musician, 19, a party-er, sexy, but also extremely irresponsible.
Adam, his “business entrepreneurial” brother wants to help Grey to make some sort of life for himself. But, Grey just wants to make his band into the next big thing. Grey becomes indebted to his brother because of some reckless behavior so he has Grey work off this debt by doing whatever he needs for his film.
Adam is also is looking for the perfect actress to play opposite a famous actor named Garrett . This is where Skylar comes into the picture. She and her best friend Beth go and audition for this Jane Austen’s Emma retelling.
Skyler meets Grey at the audition and is attracted to him but not necessarily insta-love like many books can be. This is one thing that I think many people will appreciate is the lack of insta-love. There definitely is an attraction, especially on Grey’s side, but Skylar finds Grey a bit young and immature at first. In fact she really tries to put him aside and move on.
Skyler comes from a co-dependency background with her mother. Her dad is traveling musician who isn’t around very much and a lot of the weight of helping her mother falls on her.
Through various circumstances Skyler and Grey end up spending more time together and their own adventure begins. It’s full of up and downs.
My favorite things:
- The actor Garrett, who plays the lead actor in the film, is HILARIOUS! He’s actually my favorite diva, fun loving guy who is instantly lovable. LOVED him!
- The music. Both Grey and Skyler are musicians and I always am fascinated by authors who can write sound and music through only using words.
- The chemistry between Skyler and Grey. It is undeniable, there is definitely chemistry there. However, because of the story-line they don’t spend as much time together as I would have liked. They take a long time to tentative their potential relationship.
My personal issues:
Grey – Sadly, I found Grey’s character to be very selfish, short tempered and a bit too much for me to become attached to. However, after some reflection I believe that Veronica did a fantastic job writing him because Grey comes from an early childhood neglect and abuse situation. His easily offended, quick tempered, and irresponsible. These are all attributes that can be attributed to someone who has come from this situation. My real problem with this is I have a close family member who grew up in a very similar way. And all the “having to walk on egg shells” because the person will blow up at you is something I’ve had to deal with many times. Because of this, I felt more like the mom wanting to disciple Grey for his behavior and I had a hard time seeing him as the “love interest” of the story. Being annoyed at the character because of personality flaws and feeling the need to set them straight as a parent would doesn’t work very well when I’m supposed to find him attractive. So, unfortunately for me, I had a hard time liking Grey. He does experience growth throughout the book, which is good because I couldn’t handle it if he didn’t.
Bounce was my least favorite book in this series. I loved Boomerang and Rebound much more. But as always, I highly recommend this series to everyone. It’s fun, sexy, and has wonderful characters. I gave Bounce a 3 out of 5 stars.