Sweet, adorable, and just downright lovely. — Book Review: Rebound Remedy, by Christine d’Abo

dAbo-rebound-remedyRebound Remedy, by Christine d’Abo
Release Date: November 9, 2015

Rating: 4 out of 5

Buy Links: Riptide Publishing / Amazon

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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: twelve outings for the twelve days before Christmas. Even if he can’t quite think up twelve 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.

Twenty percent of the proceeds from this title will be donated to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) National Help Center.

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Review: The Dom Around the Corner, by Christine D’Abo (Rating: 3/5)

The Dom Around the Corner, by Christine D’Abo
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (June 15, 2015)
Page Count: 111 pages
Genre: Gay (M/M) Romance

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Cover Artist: L.C. Chase

Cover Artist: L.C. Chase

Short & Sweet: Simon is a Dom looking for an escape from the everyday troubles his bookstore is bringing him. He finds it at the aptly-named BDSM club, Escape, and there meets a submissive named Gavin who immediately catches his eye. It seems like they have mutual desires, and the scene is everything Simon could have hoped for, but Gavin vanishes immediately after without a word. Simon is left wondering why, until Gavin walks through the door of his bookstore as the consultant hired to help Simon save his shop.

My Thoughts: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… novellas usually don’t work for me. I want to read about a relationship, and establishing a solid romance in one hundred pages is really difficult to do.

D’Abo attempts to do this by showing the initial meeting of Gavin and Simon and their sexual compatibility, and then establishing a mystery for the reader: why won’t Gavin stay? When Gavin and Simon end up having to work together, there’s finally a possibility of a solid relationship forming.

It’s a good start, but it falls apart after that, because D’Abo quickly fast-forwards through weeks of possible relationship and character-building and assumes the reader will just go with it. Literally ten pages is devoted to Simon and Gavin working together in the bookstore, after which we are expected to believe that Gavin understands Simon’s motivations, and Simon is able to see through Gavin’s reluctance.

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