3 Stars, Christine D'Abo, Holiday Romance, Reviewed by Jules, Riptide Publishing

Review: Rebound Remedy by Christine d’Abo

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Title: Rebound Remedy

Author: Christine d’Abo

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 155 Pages

At a GlanceDespite the few misgivings I had about it, Rebound Remedy is a sweet holiday story that I think many will enjoy.

Reviewed By: Jules

Blurb: 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.

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Review: Cole is having a shitty start to his holidays. Suddenly finding himself single two weeks before Christmas, he heads down to his neighborhood pub – McGregor’s – to drown his sorrows a bit. But, things quickly start looking up when he ends up unexpectedly flirting with the attractive bartender/owner, Owen. The two guys connect over helping a drunk into a cab, and after getting together for breakfast the next morning, form a fast bond.

There are some sweet moments between Cole and Owen. I liked them each individually – Owen especially…he had a very interesting story, that I wish could have been explored more – and, for the most part, their chemistry with each other was pretty hot as well. I had an issue with the pacing of the story, however, which took away from the overall enjoyment for me.

There is a place in romance for insta-love; I’ve read several books where it absolutely worked. In Rebound Remedy it alllllllmost works – I did find myself rooting for them, in spite of the fact that their relationship wasn’t entirely believable – but, unfortunately, it’s just not enough. Though the book wasn’t really all that short at 155 pages, it simply didn’t give us enough of their story. It felt like a novella that needed much more fleshing out in order to get us to fall in love with the guys, and fully buy their romance. It had promise…and there were definitely bits that were good, but, for me, it did miss the mark, mainly due to all the relationship stuff just moving too darn fast.

Despite the few misgivings I had about it, Rebound Remedy is a sweet holiday story that I think many will enjoy. Especially those who love the love-at-first-sight or insta-love tropes. I liked the backdrop of Toronto, and all of the Christmas-y stuff, especially the scene where they get Cole’s tree! And, I’ll be saying my little Christmas prayers that Christine d’Abo decides to write a book for Xander (one of Owen’s friends), because he sounds ridiculously hot. I would definitely be all ‘grabby hands’ for that book! Ha!

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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Rebound Remedy Blog Tour with Christine d’Abo

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Today we’re pleased to welcome author Christine d’Abo to TNA, on the Rebound Remedy blog tour. Enjoy Christine’s guest post and then be sure to check out the giveaway details below.

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Hello! I’m very excited to be here on the blog today. My name is Christine d’Abo and I write erotic romance, both m/f and m/m. I’m super excited to be here today to talk to you about my holiday novella, Rebound Remedy.

When Cole gets dumped before Christmas, Owen decides he wants to take him out to cheer him up by doing a number of different holiday activities. Between skating, Christmas tree hunting, hot chocolate drinking…and some sexy fun times, Owen keeps him busy.

This is the time of year when a lot of us get out there and do things that are out of the norm. We have fun, go outside, spend time with family and friends and generally enjoy the season. There are things that I do with my family on an annual basis, some of which made their way into Cole and Owen’s story.

Christmas Tree Hunting. This was the highlight of the year for me when I was a kid. There were a group of families who would get together and make this a big day. We’d find the trees and then go back to someone’s house to have hot chocolate and cookies. We’d then make wreaths out of the bows that we found on the ground. It was awesome and made me look forward to that weekend every year.

Outside Skating. Cole and Owen live in Toronto. The city is just one where you can skate outside in a public venue. There’s something special about being out in the cold in the middle of a city or town skating. The lights and sometimes music are fun to experience. Growing up, my small town only had an arena, but that didn’t stop us from having a good time. The hours I spent skating with friends and family were some of the best.

Holiday Lights. Though not in the novella, a tradition that my family still has a lot of fun with is something called the Festival of Lights. Every year our local park decorates the trees with an amazing array of Christmas lights and opens the park at night for trolley tours. Walking through in the dark with my husband is an amazing experience that I love. Funny how the cold bugs me every day, except when I’m out with him.

These are just a few of the things we enjoy. What are some of the things you and your family do over the holidays?

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If you would like to learn more about me, please pay a visit to my website www.christinedabo.com. I’m also very active on Twitter as @Christine_dAbo and have a monthly newsletter. If you’d like to sign up, simply click here to fill out the form.

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ReboundRemedy_500x750About Rebound Remedy: 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.

Purchase Link: Riptide Publishing

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Rebound Remedy is one of Riptide’s 2015 charity titles. 

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

Founded in 1996, the GLBT National Help Center is a non-profit organization that provides vital peer-support, community connections and resource information to people with questions regarding sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Utilizing a diverse group of GLBT volunteers, they operate two national hotlines, the GLBT National Hotline and the GLBT National Youth Talkline, as well as private, volunteer one-to-one online chat, that help both youth and adults with coming-out issues, safer-sex information, school bullying, family concerns, relationship problems and a lot more.

To learn more about this charity or to donate directly, please visit their website: glbthotline.org

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Author BioAbout Christine: A romance novelist and short story writer, Christine has over thirty publications to her name. She loves to exercise and stops writing just long enough to keep her body in motion too. When she’s not pretending to be a ninja in her basement, she’s most likely spending time with her family and two dogs.

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Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Rebound Remedy, Christine is giving away a tin of tea from David’s Teas! Your first comment at each stop on this tour enters you in the drawing. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on November 14, 2015. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. Entries. Follow the tour for more opportunities to enter the giveaway! Don’t forget to leave your email or method of contact so Riptide can reach you if you win!

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4 Stars, BDSM/Kink/Erotica, Christine D'Abo, Reviewed by Jennifer, Riptide Publishing

Review: The Dom Around the Corner by Christine D’Abo

Title: The Dom Around the Corner (Escape #1)

Author: Christine d’Abo

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 111 Pages

At a Glance: For such a short book, one thing it’s not short on is angst and two hot men.

Reviewed By: Jennifer

Blurb: Simon is jaded. His bookstore is failing, his personal life is nonexistent, and he’s tired of the local scene. He’s desperate for a change, and hopes to find it at Escape, the hot new BDSM club in town.

What he finds there is Gavin. One look at the sexy submissive is all he needs to know that his trip to Escape was the right decision. And their night of no-holds-barred kinky sex feels like only the beginning . . . until his promising new sub vanishes with the dawn.

Then Gavin walks through the door of Simon’s bookstore—for business, not pleasure. To both of their surprise, he’s the consultant Simon hired to help save the store. As they work together, Simon realizes that he might have another shot at happiness, if only he can convince Gavin that he’s worth sticking around for.

Publisher’s note: This title is a heavily revised re-issue of a prior story, Commanding Acquisitions, originally released in 2010.

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Review: I’m a sucker for books about bookstore owners. Maybe it’s the part in me that hopes and dreams of someday owning a bookstore and café, but whenever I see a book where one of the characters is an owner? Well, count me in! Add to that a delicious helping of BDSM? Yes, please!

I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this story, from Simon’s gruff attitude at the store and his clear sexual frustration, to Gavin’s expertise in handling business and his sweetly submissive nature. When the two of them connect, it’s great. But Gavin disappears and leaves Simon wondering, until he shows up to save Simon’s business.

Of course, try as they might, they can’t resist each other, and Gavin flees yet again, but he does start to grow. Even as he maintains his submissive side, he becomes surer of himself, which is great. Too often I’ve read books where the submissive is meek in every aspect of his life, and that’s not always the case. Sometimes a submissive is a strong person who needs to let off steam. That’s Gavin.

Perhaps the most intriguing part of this book was that it’s the first in a series called Escape. The club where Gavin and Simon meet is called Escape, and it made me wonder a few things. I know future stories will somehow involve this club and the characters either meeting there or working there. But will Christine d’Abo write the future installments? Or is this a sort of open world setting where other authors will step in and add characters based on the location? I’m sure it’s the former, but the latter would also be really fun to read. It’s been awhile since I’ve read a series that did that!

If you’re looking for a quick read with BDSM elements, I recommend this book. Not only will it satisfy that craving, but if you want more, there will be at some point in the (hopefully) near future.

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