I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Rebound by Catherine Walsh
Published by Bookouture on February 14, 2022
Format: ARC, eBook
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A newly single girl. A tall dark handsome stranger. What could go wrong?
It’s 7 a.m. on a Monday morning and Abby Reynolds isn’t where she wants to be. She wants to be in her beautiful loft apartment in Manhattan, drinking a coffee with her fiancé.
Instead, she’s heading back to the childhood home in rural Ireland she swore she’d never return to, with some big old secrets. Namely that she’s suddenly found herself unemployed, homeless, and absolutely 100% single.
She’s feeling all out of luck. Until the first person she meets after she touches down is an absurdly hot guy called Luke, who offers her a lift home. Gazing deep into his sparkling emerald-green eyes, Abby knows instantly that he’s exactly what she needs to take her mind off everything. The perfect rebound.
It’s a flawless plan. Until the next day, when Abby realizes who he actually is. Not just a stranger. He is, in fact, Luke Bailey, aka the boy next door. Luke Bailey who—so help her God—she’s pretty sure she once shared baths with, back when they were kids. Not that she can allow herself to imagine him in a bath now, not without blushing from head to foot.
And judging by the smirk on his face, the same Luke Bailey who’s known exactly who she was the whole time… And who, like everyone in the village, still thinks she’s a high-flying New Yorker… who’s getting married next year.
Abby is certain getting under Luke will help her get over her ex. But the truth is stopping her. Can she admit to everyone back home that she’s single and has lost everything? Because, if she wants the boy next door, she may just have to…
Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for an ARC of this book.
This book was not at all what I was expecting from the synopsis. I was 60% through the book before any sort of real relationship started between Abby and Luke. I just don’t understand the whole “rebound” thing. This was more of a slow burn. A rebound should be something that is jumped into quickly and that was not what was portrayed in this book. Luke was also extremely unlikable. Bratty, even. Abby was so busy getting close with her sister or forming a friendship with Beth and Rory that there was little to no room for an actual relationship to develop between Abby and Luke.
Now don’t get me wrong, this is a good book. I liked the character driven storylines, world building and plot but this could hardly be called a romance book, which is what I was expecting when I read the synopsis. I’m disappointed that there wasn’t as much romance as I was expecting, but this was a good, easy read. If you’re looking for that, then this is a good book for you. But if you’re looking for a full on romance, you won’t find it here.
I really liked Louise and Tomasz, they were probably my favorite aspect of the book and I found that I was more interested in their relationship and fertility issues than I was interested in Abby and her barely there romance with Luke. I’d love to read a book about them, actually.
Overall, this is a good book with a very misleading synopsis but I enjoyed it nonetheless.