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Blog Tour: Bounce by Noelle August (+Giveaway)

Posted August 31, 2015 by Rowena in Giveaways, Promotions | 1 Comment

Published by Avon, Harper Collins

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Synopsis:

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.

Excerpt:

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

About the Authors:
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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Review: Bounce by Noelle August

Posted August 31, 2015 by Rowena in Reviews | 2 Comments

Review: Bounce by Noelle AugustReviewer: Rowena
Bounce by Noelle August
Series: Boomerang #3
Published by Avon, Harper Collins
Publication Date: August 25th 2015
Genres: New Adult
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four-stars

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

This book is available from William Morrow Paperbacks. You can purchase it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Cover Reveal: Bounce by Noelle August

Posted April 16, 2015 by Rowena in Promotions | 0 Comments

Published by Avon, Harper Collins

Book Three in the Boomerang series is coming out soon and we’ve got the brand spankin’ new cover to share with you guys. Check it out!

BOUNCE: A BOOMERANG NOVEL
By Noelle August
Coming to you August 25th, 2015!

William Morrow Trade Paperback; August 25, 2015; $13.99; ISBN: 9780062331106

Following in the bestselling tradition of Molly McAdams and J. Lynn, 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.

BUY LINKS: Barnes & Noble / Amazon / IndieBound / Books-a-Million
William Morrow Trade Paperback; August 25, 2015; $13.99; ISBN: 9780062331106

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 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. You can visit them at NoelleAugust.com, @Noelle_August, and facebook.com/NoelleAugustBooks.


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Review: Boomerang by Noelle August

Posted September 17, 2014 by Rowena in Reviews | 1 Comment

Published by Avon, Harper Collins

Rowena’s review of Boomerang (Boomerang #1) by Noelle August.

The first book in a sensational New Adult trilogy from Noelle August

Welcome to Boomerang.com, the dating site for the millennial gen with its no-fuss, no-commitments matchups, and where work is steamier than any random hook-up

Mia Galliano is an aspiring filmmaker. Ethan Vance has just played his last game as a collegiate soccer star. They’re sharp, hungry for success, and they share a secret.

Last night, Ethan and Mia met at a bar, and, well . . . one thing led to another, which led to them waking up the next morning—together. Things turned awkward in a hurry when they found themselves sharing a post hookup taxi . . . to the same place: Boomerang headquarters.

What began as a powerful connection between them is treated to a cold shower courtesy of two major complications. First, Boomerang has a strict policy against co-worker dating. And second, they’re now competitors for only one job at the end of summer.

As their internships come to an end, will they manage to keep their eyes on the future and their hands off each other, or will the pull of attraction put them right back where they started?

I liked this book. It was such a different take on the NA books that I’m used to reading. There wasn’t a tattoo or an abusive childhood going down in this book. This book was about two normal people who are dealing with being grown ups.

Mia just landed an internship that she’s excited about so she heads to the bar to celebrate her good fortune and one things leads to another and next thing she knows, Mia is waking up to a very sexy guy named Ethan who she just had an explosive night with. Mia would have preferred to wake up on her first day at her new job in her own bed, with her own clothes and not in the same clothes she was in yesterday but she can’t really complain about the fun she had the night before so she makes the best of things and gets ready to start her day…at a random guy’s place.

Her one night stand needs to get ready for work so they do that…together.  And then they share a cab to work, only to find out that they work..together.  To make matters even more embarrassing, they find out that they’ll be battling it out for a job. There is only one job at the end of this internship and the job is going to one of them.

What a cute book this one turned out to be. I enjoyed getting to know both Mia and Ethan. They were such enjoyable characters both together and a part. I liked that Mia was all over the place, so unsure of her future but completely sure of herself.  She was such a likable character that it made the story that much more easier to fall into.

Ethan was a good hero. I want my own Ethan. I liked that he was a good guy who was struggling to start his life and completely out of his element but fumbling around anyway. I liked his roommates and his family and especially his soccer team. They were too cute for words.

I liked the romance between Ethan and Mia too. It was hot and steamy and so full of cute. I thought they tackled their problems in a realistic way that was still fun.  This book wasn’t perfect but it was still enjoyable. There were times when both Mia and Ethan did something that made me want to poke them in their eye but nothing they did ruined the book for me.

I’m so glad that I read this book and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next one.  I will definitely be reading it.

Grade: 4 out of 5

This book is available from William Morrow Paperbacks. You can purchase it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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