ARC Review: BOUNCE (Boomerang #3) by Noelle August plus Giveaway


BOUNCE (Boomerang #3)
by Noelle August

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This final chapter in the fun and steamy New Adult trilogy by Noelle August (authors Veronica Rossi and Lorin Oberweger) features two aspiring musicians who must choose between their careers…and their sizzling attraction for each other.

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.

Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I have been a big follower of this series. I really enjoyed Boomerang and I love Rebound. And I thought that this one would be the best. Unfortunately, eventhough I had a great time reading Bounce, it turned out that this is my least favorite of the three.

Skyler and Grey are amazing characters. They are both dealing with family issues and are doing their best to do what they love and succeed in it. I have been wanting to meet Grey since I've read about him in Rebound. He seems like a really interesting character and I know I'm going to love him. And I did. He's quite young and still full of this rebellious streak. But he's very passionate and he puts his all in everything he does. Honestly I enjoyed reading from his pov more than I did with Skyler's. Don't get me wrong Skyler is a wonderful heroine. She's independent and quite sassy. I like her relationship with Mia and Beth. I think their friendship proved to be based on actually caring for each other and not on whether or not they would benefit from each other. I thought that there was going to be a big drama between Beth and Skyler. Thankfully I was wrong. I like that they (Beth especially) acted and responded maturely in the situation. It was the very definition of girl power and I freakin' love it!

What I didn't like however was the romance. It felt like Grey and Skyler fell for each other too soon too fast. Grey had serious jealousy issues eventhough they're not together and Skyler feels guilty for hanging out with Brooks. And Skyler just can't seem to make up her mind. If she wants to be with Brooks might as well tell Grey loud and clear so she wouldn't string him along. Poor Grey. I was actually hoping he find another girl. He just loves so wholly (which reminded me of Will Herondale).
But while I didn't like that aspect of the romance. I do like the slow build up. I love seeing Skyler and Grey go from being friends to finally admitting that they love each other. (I was kinda getting annoyed with Skyler for pushing Grey away knowing that she feels something for him too.)

I love the cameos of Ethan, Mia, Adam and Alison. That was actually one of the things I was looking forward to in Bounce. It's great to see them happy and together.
Lastly, I LOVE Garrett's character. He's hilarious and endearingly adorable. I would love to read a book starring him.

Bounce may not be as good as its predecessors but I I love the engaging writing, the cameos, and the slow burn romance. If ever Noelle August decided to continue the series (Maybe Brooks would get his hea? Although I wouldn't mind if he won't. He's quite annoying) I would be ecstatic!
Haven't started the series yet? I highly recommend that you do!

I received an e-arc to read and review.

Skyler's Point-of-View, Chapter 20 

Good lord in a basket, it’s him all right. Grey. Illuminated by the golden lights coming on along Venice Boulevard. With suds and water sluicing off his ridiculously ripped body, cascading from his massive tattooed biceps, running down his taut muscled abdomen. His swimsuit sags dangerously low, clinging to his sturdy thighs, making, um, everything, pretty evident. 

And evidently pretty impressive. 

Probably, this would be a good time to actually speak some words, but even in a town full of hot, hot people, this is kind of stratospheric. 

“Yep, it’s me.” Grey reaches back to turn off the shower, which breaks the spell, so I can at least avert my gaze like a decent person. Then he rubs a towel vigorously over his gleaming body and tucks it around his waist. 

He has a strange look on his face—peevish, embarrassed, and it feels suddenly like we’re intruding on something. Or maybe it’s just me. I think about that moment in my trailer. His fingers on my skin. My wanting and not knowing what to want. 

“Uh, so, what are you up to?” I ask in an effort to win the prize for most obvious question ever. “I mean, I can see what you were up to.” Seriously, Sky? “But, uh, were you just in the water? What brings you out here?” 

“I’m crashing nearby. At the garage where my band rehearses.” 

“Really?” asks Mia. “Why?” 

Grey looks from me to Mia and then back to me, weighing something. Maybe whether or not he can trust us. He’s got this hot, coiled energy all the time, like he’s always holding back. Like he’s an animal caged inside a human body. 

“Just staying there for a few weeks.” 

“Because of your mom?” I ask. It was obvious from their interaction on set that there’s some bad blood there, though compared to my mom, she seems kind and thoughtful, whip-smart and curious without being overbearing. Which makes sense, given her offspring. 

Then I remember that Grey’s not really her offspring. He said “stepmother,” and the way he said it really answers my question. 

Which is good, because he doesn’t actually answer it. Instead, he gathers up his stuff—surfboard, wetsuit—and gives us a grin. “I gotta head out,” he says, as though nothing’s hanging there between us. He looks away for a second, following the path of a guy in an Obama mask as he weaves his way up the boardwalk on a ribbon-festooned unicycle. “Told some friends I’d hook up with them tonight.”

“Wait,” says Mia. “So, you’re just sleeping in a garage? Like on an air-mattress or something?” 

Grey shrugs. “A couch. It’s okay.” 

“And taking freezing cold showers out on the beach? That doesn’t sound great, does it, Sky?” 

“No, it doesn’t,” I say, but I’m afraid of where she’s going with this. 

“Can’t you stay at a hotel or something?” 

He shakes his head. “Money’s a little tight right now. I’m giving Adam almost every penny to pay him back for the house, and I don’t really have…” Again, he goes silent, and I can feel, literally, the tension of him wanting to talk, wanting to say more to someone. Needing it. 

“Why don’t you come stay at our place?” Mia blurts. We have that in common. The blurting thing. “I mean, I’m just about all moved out, so there’s room.” 

Ay, dios. No. No. 

But I can’t say anything. I can’t tell my best friend, who knows I’m talking to Brooks, starting to maybe, sort of, think about where that could go, that having Grey in my apartment, so close all the time, is a very dangerous, very bad idea. 

Grey shakes his head. “Nah, I appreciate it, but I’m cool here. I promise. Thanks, though.” He takes a few steps toward a squat gray building with weather-beaten shutters and a tiny, shed-like garage in the back. “I’ll see you guys tomorrow.” 

“Hang on,” says Mia, pulling me along. She gives me a look, tipping her head in his direction, like she’s tapping me in for the debate. “You’re cool with it, right, Sky?” 

“Of course.” Not. In no way. “But it seems like he’s got it under control here. So, if—” 

My words disappear, though, because Grey’s pulled up the garage door, the muscles of his broad back and shoulders shifting smoothly as he thrusts the door up along its rusting track.

“See?” he says, pointing to a lumpy white couch sporting what looks like a half-century’s worth of mystery stains—a perfect complement to the funk of beer and weed and sweat potent enough to make my eyes water. “Perfectly fine, right?” 

But, like me, he’s lousy at hiding his feelings. Even turned away to shove some empty beer cans into a garbage bag, his body language tells me everything. 

He doesn’t want to be here in this musty space, crowded with furniture and audio equipment, the only natural light coming in from the tiny half-moon windows set into the garage door, which faces a dim alleyway. 

“You should come stay with us,” I say, surprising the hell out of us both. “I mean, this is…” 

“It’s fine,” Grey insists. I don’t need much, and I’m hardly ever here.” 

I think how different he is from Brooks, who says what he means, tells you—without hesitation—what he wants. 

“Come on,” says Mia. 

“Seriously,” he tells us. “It’s really nice of you to ask, but I’m fine. I can’t afford—” 

“I paid up on the place through the end of the lease,” Mia says. “You can just chip in on food and utilities. I’m sure you can manage that, right? It’s only for a few weeks. And you’d be rooming with two awesome, super hot girls. How can you say no to that?” 

He looks at me, and I can see he’s worried about the same things I am. Rooming together. Being too close, constantly one second away from making a really dumb choice. He’s young and too reckless for me. And a musician, on top of it all. He’s everything I don’t need sharing my space. 

But something tugs at me, makes me put all of those concerns aside. I see it in his smoke-gray eyes, which are so alive, so deep and full of thoughts. Some pain or fear lives there. Something that makes it so hard for him to accept. To take a simple kindness. It’s not just about me but about trusting. Anything. 

Seeing that, I can’t let him spend another night in this crappy place. Just…alone. 

"You should come home with us,” I say. 'It will be…a lot better than this, I promise.'"
-- Noelle August, Bounce

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Question: What do you get when friends pen a story with heart, plenty of laughs, and toe-curling kissing scenes? 
Answer: Noelle August, the pseudonym for renowned editor and award-winning writer Lorin Oberweger and New York Times bestselling YA author Veronica Rossi, the masterminds behind the Boomerang series. 
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Blog Tour: HER SEALeD FATE by Lori Ryan

by Lori Ryan
Publisher: Cara Shannon
Publication Date: 09.14.2015.

He thought he left the battlefield behind.

Logan Stone should be happy. More than happy, in fact. He’s Sutton Capital’s newest executive, working side-by-side with Samantha Page, the sexy, brilliant woman of his dreams. He’s no longer overseas in the line of fire, fighting alongside his brothers-in-arms as a Navy SEAL, but Logan is fighting a different kind of battle. One no one realizes he’s in. While he was focused on managing his PTSD, something much more sinister enters his world and he must battle to save Samantha’s life and their growing love.


With all the heart stopping action and heartwarming romance NY Times bestselling author Lori Ryan has come to be known for, this stand-alone installment to the Sutton Capital Series won’t disappoint romantic suspense readers and fans!

Lori will donate 100% of her proceeds from eBook sales of this book for two weeks to the Semper Fi Fund and to Patriot Paws. Purchase this book from August 17-28, 2015 to help support these incredible organizations helping veterans and military service members.

They fought for us overseas. Let’s support them when they come home.

“You know I like you, right?”

Okaaaaay. Not exactly what Logan expected to hear from Chad Thompson, head of Sutton Capital Security and Jack’s best friend and cousin. Logan glanced over at the big man standing next to him and frowned. They’d gotten to know each other over the past few months, since Chad and Zach were friends, but he had no interest in talking about Chad’s feelings. And, Chad hadn’t really struck him as the touchy feely type. The man had been an Army Ranger and he was built like a tank. He didn’t scream big giant teddy-bear.

“Uh, sure.” Logan took a step to the side, inching away from Chad. There was an odd glint to the man’s eyes.

“I’m just saying, I like you,” Chad said and then let his gaze move to where Logan’s had been moments before. Across the room, Sam stood talking to some of the other women who worked at Sutton. “But, it needs to be said, if you mess with Sam, I won’t hesitate to implement a few of the more interesting techniques for dismembering bodies I’ve got tucked away.”
Andrew Weston, Sutton Capital’s Chief Financial Officer, and the third in the trio of best friends who ran Sutton and owned the majority of its shares, sidled up on the other side of Logan. He sipped what looked to be whiskey or bourbon of some kind from a glass.

“Here, here,” he said quietly, raising his glass in a toast.

Logan rolled his eyes. “It’s not that I don’t appreciate the sentiment, gentlemen, and let me assure you, I have no intention of messing with her, but please. Don’t delude yourselves into thinking you can take me. Need I remind you of the fact that you’ve been out of the action for, what, ten years Chad?”

Logan had to admit, the conversation might have turned a tad juvenile after that, with he and Chad throwing insults at one another under their breath. Andrew cheered one side or the other on as the mood seemed to strike him.  It didn’t have to be said that Logan had heard the warning and respected it. They loved Sam like a kid sister. Logan might be unreasonably attracted to her, but he was very well aware that his head was in the wrong damn place to be starting anything with a woman. Especially a woman like Sam. One who mattered. Given the fact that he wasn’t even sure he should be walking around civilized people instead of locked up in a hospital somewhere talking about his feelings, he wasn’t relationship material.

Jack joined the men where they stood still debating the training and prowess of the SEALs teams versus that of the Army Rangers. All three men laughed when Jack opened with: “So, Logan, you know I like you right?” as his eyes cut across the room to Sam.

Logan shook his head. “Yeah, yeah. I got it. You’ll kill me in new and interesting ways. We’ve covered it. Chad’s most recent plan includes fileting me from head to toe and Andrew has promised to bring salt to the party.”

“Hey, I said salt and margaritas,” Andrew said with a grin.

Jack laughed. “I thought we’d take you out on the boat, chum the waters, and see if a SEAL could swim faster than a shark.”

Logan had to grin at the creativity of the men who stood laughing around him. He saw Sam glance toward their group and his smile stilled. What the hell. He might as well be honest with these guys and let them know they had nothing to worry about.

“Listen, Samantha Page may very well be one of the sexiest creatures to walk the earth, but I’m not planning on dating her. You guys don’t have to—” And, that’s where he broke off, because he’d just watched Sam’s eyes go wide and round with surprise, as though she’d understood every word he’d said. Every damn word.

“Jack. Would Samantha by any chance happen to read lips?” Logan didn’t take his eyes off Sam as he asked the question, and she seemed to choke on her drink as he asked the question.
Jack could hardly speak and Andrew and Chad seemed to be completely useless as they laughed at his blunder.

“Sure does,” Jack finally said as Logan continued to stare at a now red Sam across the room. “Why do you think she sits in on every negotiation I go to? Real handy trick.”

Of course it is.


Lori Ryan is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author who writes contemporary romance with a twist of suspense. Her books range from sweetheart to steamy in heat level. Lori published her first novel in April of 2013 and has fallen in love with writing. She is the author of the Sutton Capital Series; the Evers, Texas Series; and the Triple Play Curse Novellas, a set of novellas with sexy baseball players at their core as part of Bella Andre's Game For Love Kindle World.

She lives with an extremely understanding husband, two wonderful children (with another on the way!), two mostly well-behaved dogs, and a lone little cat in Austin, Texas. It's a bit of a zoo, but she wouldn't change a thing. She loves to connect with her readers. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or subscribe to her blog.

ARC Review plus Giveaway: BLONDE HAIR, BLUE EYES by Karin Slaughter

by Karin Slaughter
Witness Impulse
On sale: 08/18/2015

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A beautiful young girl was walking down the street―when suddenly… 

Julia Carroll knows that too many stories start that way. Beautiful, intelligent, a nineteen-year-old college freshman, she should be carefree. But instead she is frightened. Because girls are disappearing. 

A fellow student, Beatrice Oliver, is missing. A homeless woman called Mona-No-Name is missing. Both taken off the street. Both gone without a trace. 

Julia is determined to find out the reasons behind their disappearances. And she doesn't want to be next… Add it on Goodreads.

Michael Connelly calls Karin Slaughter "unrivaled among thriller writers." This gripping, unforgettable short story proves why. And be sure to order Karin's new novel, Pretty Girls, on sale September 29, 2015.

Rating: 3 of 5 stars

I've mentioned before that I hate reading novellas. I hate it. How can anyone expect me to be satisfied if all you're giving me is a book with less than a hundred pages only? Where's the justice in that?

I've never read anything by Karin Slaughter but Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes is a good ya fiction thriller. I would have preferred a full-length novel than the novella though. It felt like the first few pages dragged and the ending was rushed. The book focused more on Julia's everyday life (her bitchy roommate and supposed bff, her boyfriend, her jerk co-staff on the newspaper... all the boring stuff of any college student's life) and it made the book feel more contemporary-ish than thriller-ish. 
Julia didn't make much of an impression as a heroine to me too. But I'm hoping that would change in Pretty Girls.

I absolutely loved the ending! How can I not when most of the action that happened was in the last few pages of the book. If the story started with the ending and unraveled from there, I would have given the book a four (maybe five) star rating. 
The ending just begs you to read the next book so yes I would definitely check that out.

I received an e-arc to read and review.


Karin Slaughter is the #1 internationally bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including the Will Trent and Grant County series and the instant New York Times bestseller Cop TownThere are more than 30 million copies of her books in print around the world.


Cover Reveal and Giveaway: MISSING DIXIE by Caisey Quinn

by Caisey Quinn
William Morrow Paperbacks

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Fighting for redemption… 

I’ve lived most of my life in darkness, beneath the shadows of secrets and addictions. The last thing I ever wanted to do was hurt the only girl I’d ever loved—the one who brought me into the light. In my entire life I’d made one promise—a promise I’d intended to keep. I’ve broken that promise and now I have to live with the fallout. Dixie Lark hates me, and I have to tell her that I love her. I also have to tell her a truth that might destroy us forever. 

Can she love me even if she can’t forgive me? 

Learning to move on… 

Gavin Garrison broke his promise to my brother and he broke my heart in the process. I may never love anyone the way I’ve loved him, but at least I won’t spend my life wondering what if. We had our one night and he walked away. I’m finally beginning to move on when my brother’s wedding and a battle of the bands brings us back together. 

Our band is getting a second chance, but I don’t know if I can give him one. How do you hand your heart back to the person who set it on fire once already?



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Caisey Quinn lives in Birmingham, Alabama. She is the bestselling author of the Kylie Ryans series as well as several New Adult and Contemporary Romance novels featuring southern girls finding love in unexpected places.

Cover Reveal plus Giveaway: AMERICA'S FIRST DAUGHTER by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie
Releasing March 1st, 2016
William Morrow
Historical Fiction 

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In a compelling, richly researched novel that draws from thousands of letters and original sources, bestselling authors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie tell the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson’s eldest daughter, Martha “Patsy” Jefferson Randolph—a woman who kept the secrets of our most enigmatic founding father and shaped an American legacy.

From her earliest days, Martha “Patsy” Jefferson knows that though her father loves his family dearly, his devotion to his country runs deeper still. As Thomas Jefferson’s oldest daughter, she becomes his helpmate in the wake of her mother’s death, traveling with him when he becomes American minister to France. And it is in Paris, at the glittering court and among the first tumultuous days of revolution, that she learns of her father’s liaison with Sally Hemings, a slave girl her own age.

Patsy too has fallen in love—with her father’s protégé, William Short, a staunch abolitionist intent on a career in Europe. Heartbroken at having to decide between being William’s wife or a devoted daughter, she returns to Virginia with her father and marries a man of his choosing, raising eleven children of her own.

Yet as family secrets come to light during her father’s presidency, Patsy must again decide how much she will sacrifice to protect his reputation, in the process defining not just Jefferson’s political legacy, but that of the nation he founded.


Laura Kamoie has always been fascinated by the people, stories, and physical presence of the past, which led her to a lifetime of historical and archaeological study and training. She holds a doctoral degree in early American history from The College of William and Mary, published two non-fiction books on early America, and most recently held the position of Associate Professor of History at the U.S. Naval Academy before transitioning to a full-time career writing genre fiction as the New York Times bestselling author of over twenty books, Laura Kaye. Her debut historical novel, America's First Daughter, co-authored with Stephanie Dray, allowed her the exciting opportunity to combine her love of history with her passion for storytelling. Laura lives among the colonial charm of Annapolis, Maryland with her husband and two daughters.

STEPHANIE DRAY is a bestselling and award-nominated author of historical women’s fiction. Her series about Cleopatra’s daughter has been translated into six different languages, was nominated for a RITA Award and won the Golden Leaf. As STEPHANIE DRAVEN, she is a national bestselling author of paranormal romance, contemporary romance, and American-set historical women’s fiction. She is a frequent panelist and presenter at national writing conventions and lives near the nation’s capital. Before she became a novelist, she was a lawyer, a game designer, and a teacher. Now she uses the stories of women in history to inspire the young women of today.


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