Book Review – Rebound by Nikki Mathis Thompson

Rebound

 

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Synopsis

Katrine MacNamara was defined by two roles–wife and mother. 
When one of those roles is suddenly stripped from her, she is forced to re-evaluate her place in the world. She needs to get her life back on track, a life of her own. 
What are the next logical steps, as a newly single 35 year old woman? 
1. Put the kibosh on crying sessions in the fetal position. 
2. Start using maiden name. 
3. Jump start her non-existent career.
The last item is the tricky one. She is determined to stand on her own two feet without her ex’s money. But since she has spent the last decade at home raising her son, her moth eaten resume has been collecting dust. 
When Katrine lands a high profile assignment for the summer. Although short term, the experience would add some much needed prestige to her anemic resume. 
She is eager to rise to challenge. Little does she know that part of the challenge would be her new boss.
During a night full of laughs and margaritas, her friends urge her to get back out into the dating scene. A rebound fling is just what she needs to get her feet wet. 
Katrine is leery to say the least and is not sure is she is ready. She wonders if a man even fits into her new life. Not to mention the fact that being naked in front of someone new was beyond petrifying. 
But when a man from the past enters her life and as she grows closer to her new boss, she is forced to re-evaluate the whole fling concept.
Does she go for casual or does she commit? Can she even do casual? She always listens to her heart, maybe it was time to start listening to other parts of her anatomy. 
As she navigates her new single life she has to decide what defines her. And with help from her nutty sister, hilarious friends and plethora of fermented grapes— she just might find that she is willing to forgo lust and even love, if it means compromising her new found identity.

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4 Stars

4 Stars, it would be more but I really hated the end of the book, however I’m looking forward to the next one. The story was one I’ve lived through before and one that I felt the author did a great job in conveying how Katrine felt. I like that while she’s now a single mom, the author gave her a chance to be a woman as well, but made it realistic at the same time. This book was like reading a story about one of my best friends. It was hard to like Xander at first, he just seemed a little shallow and a huge asshole, but before the end of the book I was a little in-love with him myself. The secondary characters were just as vivid as the main characters and added quite a bit of depth to the story, you could tell that they were just as much Katrine’s family as her sister was.The author did an amazing job of bring them to life in a very substantial method. I loved that the characters acted their ages as well, I didn’t feel like I was reading a story about adults from the high school perspective. I will say that I didn’t think I was going to like the book as much as I did when I first started reading it. I thought the plot was a little contrived, however the author quickly took what could have been a been there done that plot line and shook it up to make it her own. Nothing is more annoying then reading the same book by different authors over and over again. Definitely not the case here! Something I’d definitely recommend to a friend.