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I Belong

Review: Bounce by Noelle August

BounceTitle: Bounce

Author: Noelle August

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Series: Boomerang (Book #3)

Publication Date: August 25, 2015

Format: Paperback, 304 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062331108 (HarperCollins)

ISBN-13: 978-0062331106 (HarperCollins)

Reviewed by: Bridget


Playing the occasional club gig just isn’t cutting it for twenty-two-year-old cellist Skyler Canby, who’s trying to support herself and her mother back home in Kentucky. Persuaded by her best friend Beth to accompany her on an audition for the first feature film launched by Blackwood Entertainment, she figures why not? Beth’s a shoe-in for the lead, but maybe Skyler’s newly dyed pink hair will help her stand out enough to score a small speaking part.

Never in her wildest dreams does Skyler imagine she’ll land the lead role or that she’ll have her shoes knocked off her feet by the kiss her audition partner, Grey Blackwood, plants on her—a kiss that feels very real and not at all “acted. ”

After throwing a party that causes thousands of dollars of damage to his older brother’s home, reckless musician Grey Blackwood gets roped into working off his debt on the set of his CEO brother’s newest project. Grey spends his days fetching coffee and doing odd jobs around the studio, but he lives for nights when he performs with his band. He knows if he can stay focused, success as a singer is just around the corner. But that’s tough with a distracting pink-haired girl occupying his every waking thought.

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.

Quick & Dirty: Cute story that had some problems, but overall I enjoyed it!

Opening Sentence: “Grey, wake up.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Skyler Canby is twenty one years old and she needs a good paying job. As of right now she is pretty much broke and she has a needy mother back home that she’s trying support as well. Her good friend Beth convinces her to audition for a part in the first film launched by Blackwood Entertainment. She is just trying to get a minor role but instead she ends up landing the lead. She is thrown into the acting world and she’s not really quite sure how to handle everything. On top of all crazy acting stuff she also has to fight this crazy attraction she has for the young Grey Blackwood! He is only eighteen and totally not right for Sky at this point in her life. She needs someone put together and successful, but no matter how much she tries she just can’t seem to stop thinking about Grey.

Grey Blackwood just threw an epic party that completely trashed his brothers house and costs thousand of dollars in damages. To help pay for the debt he agrees to work for his brother. the CEO of Blackwood Entertainment. On his first day he ends up having to participate in the auditions they have for a new film. The lead male couldn’t make it and Grey has to fill his shoes so they can find a leading lady. It’s fun at first but as the day drags on it becomes a tedious job until he meets the gorgeous pink haired Skylar! They have an instant connection and the amazing kiss they shared during one of the scenes felt like it was way more than just acting. But Grey has nothing to offer to a girl like Sky. His life has been a mess for the last few months, but he might have finally found his place in life with his new band!

Neither Skylar nor Grey have time for distractions, but they can’t seem to resist the pull they feel between them!

Sky started out as this put together independent women that I really loved, but she quickly transformed into a wishy washy insecure girl that drove me nuts! It was like her character did a complete 180 and I really wasn’t a fan of it. First off, she gets all self cautious about how she looks, which I can understand to a point but she went way over board on how much she let it affect her. Then there was how she treated the guys in her life. She basically lead them both on because she couldn’t make up her mind and that really bothered me. Towards the end of the book she did get a little better, but overall I really didn’t like her.

For how much I disliked Sky, my feelings toward Grey were the exact opposite. He was also really insecure and not responsible at all, but it worked for his character. He is a young guy that’s been through some pretty dramatic things and throughout the story he shows so much growth. Grey was broken from the very beginning, where Sky broke herself for dumb reasons. Personally, I felt that Grey’s character felt way more realistic and he was way easier for me to connect with. His relationship with Skylar was electric and they had a great connection. But I felt like Grey deserved to be treated way better, and unfortunately, I ended up not really loving them as a couple either.

I feel like this review has been pretty negative and while there were obliviously some things I really didn’t like, I did actually enjoy the story overall. It is a super quick read and a cute story. I loved how you got to see what some of the previous characters in the series were up to. Like all the books in the series there was some great humor. I didn’t really like the ending since I believe this is the final book in the series. It was way to open ended for me and I really wish there had been an epilogue that wrapped things up a little bit better. Overall, this was an entertaining read even though it had some pretty big flaws. If you are a fan of the series or you are looking for a light contemporary book, I would recommend you give this one a try!

Notable Scene:

We’re braver this time around, the energy between us more intense. When Skylar puts her hands on my chest, I grip her wrists, pulling her close.

When she says, “Kiss me, George, I want to be happy,” I kiss her.

But happiness isn’t exactly what I’m going for. I told her I would bring the heat, and I do. I crush her soft curves against me and sweep my tongue against hers. I kiss her like I would if I were inter her. Like I would if she were my girl.

Skylar makes a little sound and rises up onto her toes, angling her head. She tugs me down, tugs me closer, and lust spears through me.

Maybe I brought the heat, but she’s giving it right back.

I take her face in my hands. She arches her back, presses against me. We make a few more adjustments to compensate for the height differential, and we’re legitimately, seriously, very hotly kissing.

Boomerang Series:

1. Boomerang

2. Rebound

3. Bounce


FTC Advisory:  William Morrow/HarperCollins provided me with a copy of Bounce.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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