Bounce by Noelle August
Series: Boomerang #3
Publisher: Avon, Harper Collins
Publication Date: August 25th 2015
Genres: New Adult
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When you have one chance to become a star, you can't let love get in the way . . .
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. When she accompanies her best friend Beth 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 socks knocked off by the kiss her audition partner, Grey Blackwood, plants on her—a kiss that feels very real and not at all like acting.
Reckless musician Grey Blackwood spends his days fetching coffee and doing odd jobs on the set of his CEO brother's newest project, but he lives for nights when he performs with his band. He knows that 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.
What a treat this book turned out to be. I was a little wary going into this one because I had such high hopes for the last book in this series and it didn’t live up to the hype that I had going for it in my head but Noelle August bounced back because I really liked this one.
Bounce follows Grey Blackwood (younger brother to the hero of the last book, Rebound) and Skyler Camby (best friend to heroine from book 1, Boomerang) as they make that journey toward true love. The story starts off with Adam and Ali (hero and heroine from Book 2) coming home to find Adam’s house trashed and the responsible party? Adam’s younger brother, Grey. We’re introduced to Grey in the last book and I’m going to be honest and say that I was not impressed with Grey upon first meeting him in Rebound. I thought he was immature and didn’t know if I’d even be interested in reading his redemption story. Going into this book, Grey had some strikes against him. The irresponsible party that caused his brother’s house to be trashed? Did absolutely nothing for me and for his case.
I’m glad that I continued this story because boy did things turn around.
Skyler had issues of her own to work through and I thought that Noelle August handled her story well. She had family issues with her father disappearing for weeks and months on end, leaving her mother to deal with their money issues at home and that took its toll on Skyler because her mother leaned heavily on Sky for extra money and the guilt trips she threw at Skyler weren’t easy to read through as well. On top of that, Skyler lands the lead role in Blackwood Entertainment’s new movie, Bounce and wanting to please everyone really takes its toll on her.
Grey and Skyler know a lot of the same people so they know about each other but they don’t know each other. They’re thrown together when Grey starts working for Adam, to repay him for the trashed house and one of his first jobs is to read lines for the girls coming in to audition. One of the girls that he has to read lines with is Skyler and their audition together ends with a kiss that makes them both sit up and take notice.
I really liked the way that this story played out. I loved seeing Grey come into his own and I loved seeing him come into his feelings for Sky. He had a lot of growing up to do but boy does he do it. He wants to do right by Sky so he signs his grown up papers and then Sky becomes the one that I want to strangle because I thought she dangled maybes with Brooks for far too long but alls well that ends well. This story had me happy sighing all over the place and I really enjoyed seeing everyone come together from the previous books but more importantly, I really liked the romance between Grey and Sky.
I enjoyed this story from beginning to end and I thought this book ended the series on a high note. I definitely recommend.
Grade: 4 out of 5