Rebound Remedy, by Christine d’Abo
Release Date: November 9, 2015
Rating: 4 out of 5
The last thing Cole expects to get for the holidays is dumped. But there he is, in the airport on his way to Banff for a romantic getaway, helplessly watching as his boyfriend’s ex declares undying love, proposes—and is accepted. With a few weeks to go until Christmas, Cole’s mood dives from jolly to jaded. But instead of sitting at home alone and feeling sorry for himself, he goes to his favorite bar, McGregor’s, for a pint and some company.
The moment Owen McGregor sets eyes on Cole, he knows there’s something wrong. So he takes it upon himself to ensure that Cole has a happy holiday: twelve outings for the twelve days before Christmas. Even if he can’t quite think up twelve activities that don’t involve getting the forlorn hunk into his bed.
With each outing they take together, Cole realizes that the love he thought he’d shared with his ex was less than perfect. And that Owen might prove to be more than just his rebound remedy.
Twenty percent of the proceeds from this title will be donated to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) National Help Center.
The holiday season is supposed to be about family and the people you love… so what happens when you have two men whose family and love lives aren’t quite holiday-worthy? Christine d’Abo has the answer: throw them together for twelve outings in the twelve days before Christmas, and watch the romance unfold!
This novel was sweet, adorable, and just downright lovely. Cole is reeling from being dumped, and Owen is a bartender who can’t stand to see one of his patrons look so upset around the holiday. And when Owen’s family situation starts to look rough, Cole is there to cheer him up. They have a pact: whatever happens, happens, but it’s not a relationship… just two men looking for comfort.
I love friends-to-lovers stories, and this novel does that very well! Cole and Owen start out as new friend with a lot in common, but emotions quickly come into play as they grow closer together. I think Christine did a good job of pacing the relationship, and showing both men’s evolving feelings.
I do think there were a couple of issues with the characterizations, especially once feelings start to get revealed, but they were easy enough to overlook, and didn’t seriously detract from the overall enjoyment.
A short novel, but a really sweet holiday read!