Monday 14 February 2022

Book Review: The Rebound by Catherine Walsh

The Rebound by Catherine Walsh book cover

AD* | 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 fiancĂ©.

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...

Fun and flirty, The Rebound is the perfect 'will they, won't they' love story.

Main character Abby suddenly finds herself with no job, no fiancĂ©, and no money. She has no choice but to leave the luxuries of New York for the sleepy Irish village where she grew up. Sharing a home with her sister is daunting enough, but faced with the prospect of rebuilding her life again from scratch? It's clear that Abby needs a lucky break - and fast. 

Enter Luke Bailey. Handsome, charming, and hard-working; Abby can easily see that Luke is the complete package. There's just one problem - Luke and Abby were once best friends. With the memory of a shared childhood and the space left by years apart hanging between them, can Abby risk giving her heart away again so quickly?

Although she evidently has her faults, Abby is a likeable character and you can't help willing her to succeed. This is a romance novel but at its heart, all Abby wants is to find her place in the world. She's learned the hard way that all the money and career success in the world mean nothing when the chips are down. With a heart battered and bruised by her ex, she can only hope that her childhood home might just hold the answers.

A sweet and slow-burning romance story, The Rebound is an enjoyable read.

Rating: 3 stars 

The Rebound is available to buy now.

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* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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