REVIEWED by Alexander
AUTHOR: Christine d’Abo
PUBLISHER: Riptide Publishing
LENGTH: 3 hours 43 minutes
NARRATOR: Nick J Russo
RELEASE DATE: November 23, 2016
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: 12 outings for the 12 days before Christmas. Even if he can’t quite think up 12 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.
I really enjoyed the story from the second chapter on, seeing how Cole and Owen went from a business relationship to friends, to lovers (a word I normally loathe, but that works in this context). Owen’s mom coming up with the 12 ideas was inspired, especially since Owen didn’t seem like the creative type.
The “friend dates” made the transition from rebound to real very smooth and believable, and allowed us to get to know the guys on a deeper level, and to see that despite Cole’s reticence, they were in fact a good match, connecting in so many ways.
So, I have to wonder how Cole’s ex’s ex, Adam knew that Cole and Steven were going to be at the airport at that particular time. Also, one cannot just give a plane ticket away with the apparent ease that was being implied by Adam, not a big thing, but something that bugged me.
As expected, Russo had a solid performance and his characterization were consistent and age appropriate, but lacked individual definition. I noticed a few oddly pronounced words, but overall found that the story lent itself well to audio. I think that either in print or audio, Rebound Remedy works, but the audio did bring something a little extra that makes me glad that I selected it for review.