Friday, December 20, 2013

Rebound by Chris Scully

Title: Rebound
Author: Chris Scully
My Rating: B-

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Dreamspinner Advent Calendar
Main Characters: Emmet and Sky
Release Date: December 2013
Publisher: Dreamspinner
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: mild

Story Overview:
Christmas is a time for peace, love, and goodwill toward mankind. Not! More like cheating exes and absentee friends. For Emmett Byrd, spending the holiday season with his old college friend Terry in San Diego is supposed to be about mending his broken heart. But when Terry deserts him at the last minute, leaving Emmett alone in his condo for Christmas, it's just the icing on the cake of a crappy year full of betrayal and lost love. The only Christmas spirit this Scrooge is feeling is the alcoholic kind. Then a slightly kooky, unsophisticated farm boy named Sky knocks on the door looking for Terry, and a case of mistaken identity reawakens Emmett's hope in happily ever after.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2013 Advent Calendar package "Heartwarming".

My Review:
A definite story of "opposites attract," although the attraction is certainly not obvious at first. Emmett is coming off a twelve year relationship where his partner cheated on him. His friend, who doesn't sound like much of a friend, invited him to come spend his first Christmas alone with him...and then abandoned him to get back together with his ex. Now Emmett is alone, bitter, and devoted to the idea of drinking the holiday away. For me, Emmett was almost too embittered. I had a really hard time liking him, especially with the way he was treating Sky, who was nothing but nice. 

Sky is a nice, wholesome guy from Iowa. He's also a little lonely and way too understanding when it comes to Emmett's attitude. But seriously, Sky is such a NICE guy...he can see past Emmett's attitude to the hurt underneath and wants to help soothe that hurt. 

The book is written well, has some truly sweet moments (dancing together...aww), but for me, I didn't quite feel the chemistry as much as I would have liked, but honestly think that was more my personal chemistry with the characters (I didn't really like Emmett) rather than an actual flaw in the book. 

It's a story where scrooge (Emmett) is convinced that not everything in the world is as bad as it seems especially with a positive tiny Tim character (Sky).

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