Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Release Date: August 25, 2015
Source of my copy: publisher
Series: Boomerang #3 (can be read as a standalone)
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.
I thought the love triangle was completely unnecessary and it just added to Skyler's indecisiveness. It didn't add anything to move or contribute to the plot. After the really great scene between Skyler and Grey at the auditions when they kissed, Brooks (the movie's director and Adam's friend) kind of took over and they went on dates, rode on his motorcycle, he took her to San Francisco... With Brooks taking up half Skyler's time and with her doing the movie and Grey's band, there wasn't enough time for them to really develop their relationship. They had some really nice moments, but I didn't really feel as strong a connection between them as I did with Mia and Ethan in Boomerang, and even Ali and Adam in Rebound. I wasn't quite convinced of their strong feelings and that they were in love by the end of the story.
While I didn't love Bounce, I thought it was still an entertaining read. There was a lot going on so you're never bored. If you're thinking of picking up this series, I do recommend you start with Boomerang or at least on Rebound, so you'll have some background on Grey and his family already. All three books in the series can be read as a standalone, but the main characters kind of build on each other and previous characters become important secondary characters in the next book so it's more enjoyable if you read the series chronologically. You'll enjoy Bounce and the other two Boomerang books if you're more into the fluffier, lighter kind of new adult.
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 Boomerang. You can visit them at NoelleAugust.com, @Noelle_August, and facebook.com/NoelleAugustBooks.