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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