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Rebound Remedy

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  425 ratings  ·  120 reviews
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 ...more
ebook, 155 pages
Published November 9th 2015 by Riptide Publishing
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
4 Fun Feel Good Stars

"I hate to see you unhappy." Owen spoke the words softly, but they penetrated hard. "I've watched you many nights at the bar. You smile, but you've never seemed....right. Happy."-Owen

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"While you've been coming into the bar for a while now, it's not like I know you. It's wrong and messed up that I want nothing more than to strip you naked and fuck you into next week."- Owen

Rebound Remedy by Christine d'Abo was a sweet, light hearted, and feel good read, about Cole and Owen fi
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Sweet, easy, and low angst, this was a nice holiday read.

Cole and Owen were a good couple, and for most of the story, their romance was slow-burn. There was a lot of getting to know you kind of dates/hangouts, and I enjoyed seeing these two men develop something organically. I think the heat factor was a little lacking, but I'm a pervy girl, so don't go by me.

I think the strengths of this book lie in the details. If you are into cold-weather, atmospheric holiday books, this will fit the bill.
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was ok

1.5 stars


If I was the type of reader to DNF books, this one would’ve been in the can early on. But since I’m not, I suffered through the entire thing and was annoyed by the end. I will try to restrain myself from being too ranty in this review. I want to at least like all holiday books I read. And I want to never dislike anything for charity.


This story was…rough. To get through.

Cole is dumped. And then goes through a crisis about how he’s always the rebound guy. Only to walk into a bar
3.5 stars

Rebound Remedy is the story of down-on-his-luck Cole, who has just witnessed his boyfriend being swept off his feet by an ex-boyfriend in a grand gesture of love and romance. And its almost Christmas. Cole is now in a terrible mood and feeling sorry for himself and shuts out his friends and family.

Enter beautiful restaurant owner/bartender straight Owen, who sees Cole as his Christmas project and makes it his personal mission to get Cole out of his doldrums. Cole agrees to 12 outings wi
*P*u*r*p*l*e* Masochist
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This review is posted on Way Too Hot Books.

3-3.5 stars

"It had to be the rebound effect. Because, really, who fell in love with someone else that quickly?"

To get dumped by your boyfriend and at the same time witness his ex proposing just a couple of days before Christmas while you are there, standing like a fool surrounded by strangers and trying to give him his early Christmas present would suck the holiday spirit out of me too. Tha
Tanja ~ T's Book ~ KT Book Reviews
Absolutely adorable! The good guy has finally had it! Cole is standing in an airport watching his boyfriend of six months being proposed to. The worst part of all is It’s nothing new. Oh and did I mention its almost Christmas?

Bartender Owen sees people drowning their miseries in booze all the time, but when he sees one of his regulars looking so unhappy, he takes it upon himself to try and remedy it.

What happens next is that two people really connect. Become friends and, albeit it unsure, combus
3.5 holiday stars rounded up to 4 because still no 1/2 stars here on GR and Owen's voice made me melty.

This one made me happy!

It's another win for the audible holiday stories.

Holidays are probably the worst time ever to have a relationship end and it's even worse when it happens because you're watching your boyfriend accept a marriage proposal from someone else while waiting to board the plane that's suppose to take you and said boyfriend away for a romantic holiday vacation to Banff. Honestly
R * A Reader Obsessed *
3.5 Stars

What happens when near strangers make a gentlemen’s agreement to have some fun with no strings attached? Plenty of goodness, that is.

It all starts with a terrible break up. Cole has certainly been unlucky in love, and when he goes to his local watering hole to drown his sorrows, he catches the eye of bar owner Owen, who notices immediately that something is amiss. Being the personable guy Owen is, he seizes the opportunity to cheer Cole up, but also to provide his own self some much nee
If there’s anyone out there more unlucky in romance than Cole Todd, I challenge you to find them.

When the story begins, Cole is standing in the middle of a crowded Toronto airport, watching a man he’s never met before declare his undying love and propose to his boyfriend. No, not the man’s boyfriend, Cole’s boyfriend. As in the man he’s currently in the process of whisking away to Banff for the most romantic Christmas vacation ever.


People are undoubtedly filming this real life movie momen
Cole has had bad luck with romance. He's always the rebound guy, and gets ditched after a few months. His latest failed romance came at the worst time, right before Christmas. Owen has taken over his father's bar after his father suffered a stroke. He spends most of his time working, and doesn't date much. When he sees Cole, a regular at his bar, looking sad and defeated, Owen suggests hanging out as friends. So the two have a series of not-dates that eventually turn in to something more.

I reall
4 Stars

I liked this a lot.

This story used a favourite trope of mine - the whole 'let's have fun together and get naked; it won't mean anything' set-up... and you just know it's going to mean something! It was explored well here and I didn't feel like it was rushed or unbelievable, which is impressive considering the story only spanned two weeks.

The characters were likeable, too. Owen is the bartender with family troubles and Cole is the unlucky in love guy on the rebound after an extremely rec
Fernanda Parente
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Such a delicious story. I would like to read a sequel. Loved it
Nov 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Easy read and low on the angst, Rebound Remedy was a fair festive romance. Cole hasn't had much luck on the romance stakes and when his boyfriend publicly declares his love for another man in front of him at a busy airport, he's understandably a bit low and goes off to drown his sorrows in a bar. Where he meets Owen, the sexy, thoughtful owner of the bar.

"This wasn't something that could last long-term."

To be completely honest, whilst there were some nice moments between the pair, I thought th
Oct 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, christmas
What a lovely Christmas story.

When Cole is dumped by his boyfriend of six months, right before Christmas, he feels sad and alone. He goes out to his regular bar to get a drink and strikes up a conversation with the bar owner, Owen.

When Owen sees one of his regulars feeling sad, he wants to cheer Cole up. He tells Cole they will do something fun together every day before Christmas.

Of course these fun events lead to something more, but both Cole and Owen don’t think it’s a good idea for Owen to b
Ula'ndi Hart
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great little short read. I liked both the MC’s and I think it was done really well. I really liked it, It was a great little feel good present.
Sep 02, 2015 rated it liked it
It started good and heart breaking when Cole saw his boyfriend at the airport, accepting his ex's proposal.
Should be one hell of a rebound and full of sadness, right?
But I didn't feel it. For me, Cole is too acceptance for what Steven did to him. And it's included self embarrassment to him.
This should be one romantic holiday rebound getaway from heartbreak, and finding a new love.
But there's lack of chemistry between Cole and Owen except sexual interest.

I should compare it to A Fortunate Blizza
Chris Kottner-Kirschner
Kurz vor Weihnachten wird Cole von seinem Freund abserviert. Und das auch noch in der Öffentlichkeit und wenig sensibel. Da ist die Stimmung aber im Keller und das ist ja wohl verständlich. Also tritt Cole den romantisch geplanten Vorweihnachtsurlaub eben nicht an und kehrt lieber in seiner Stammkneipe ein. Diese wird von dem charismatischen und gutaussehenden Owen geführt. Man kenn sich schon länger – aber eben nur oberflächlich. Owen hat ein Gespür für die Menschen und seine Gäste. Cole ist am ...more
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3.5 stars

No one likes being dumped and having it happen right at the holidays is tough, but sometimes things work out for the best and that’s exactly what happens in Rebound Remedy by Christine D’Ado. Sexy and funny I enjoyed the strange and complicated story between two men who find each other when they least expect it.

On his way with his current partner for a romantic two week holiday Cole is stunned to watch his boyfriend’s ex propose to h
Ije the Devourer of Books
Cocoa and duvet needed for this one.

This is a lovely curl-up-and-read story for Winter and Christmas. It is one of those feel good stories that lift your spirits and make you feel nice and happy on the inside despite the howling gale, freezing rain and snow on the outside.

Poor Cole is unceremoniously and quite callously dumped by his naf boyfriend in the airport (of all places). Once again he is on the 'dumped' end of a relationship. Once again he has done something wrong. Once again his heart i
Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
Feb 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
Review to come
Sweet, and easy to listen to when read by Nick J. Russo.

A cute story (kinda insta-lovey but hey, it's for the holidays, right?).
Chris, the Dalek King
It’s Christmas Story Season!!!

*breaks out into a drunken rendition of Frosty the Snowman*

Yes, yes, I know. It is barely even the beginning of November–-but unlike decorations and annoying sales ads, I don’t think it is ever too soon for a bit of holiday romance. I’ll read them anytime to be honest, but they are always the best fun around this time of year. So grab a cup of tea, position your cat for optimal cuddling, and let us begin!

Do you ever wonder about The Other Guy, in all those romantic
Oct 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, holiday, romance

Cole finds himself being dumped by his boyfriend at the airport. Not only is this a break up, but also his boyfriend accepts a marriage proposal from another man. He decides to just stay home instead of the holiday travel. Although the opening sounds quite dramatic, most of the story is pretty low-key.

Owen owns a bar near where Cole lives. He notices Cole seems to be struggling a bit this holiday so he sets about to cheer Cole over whatever bump he's having in his
3.5 Stars

This was a sweet holiday novella between two guys that I really liked. I felt really bad for Cole at the beginning so it was great to see his happiness return when he interacted with Owen. They both have issues to overcome with Cole getting over a break-up and Owen dealing with family problems, but they learn to work together to ease their pain. I loved the idea of the mini-adventures which allowed them to have fun and interact outside of the bedroom. The only reason I am not giving it
Denise H.
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sweetie Cole gets dumped, publically at Christmas time, sad, sad, sad... His savior turns out to be good looking Bar owner, Owen, who sees him and wants him for himself. In the beginning it's just friends helping each other get through the holidays, but grows to more. Owen didn't tell Cole right away the troubles he's having with his ill father, and Cole slowly unloads his feelings about ex Steven. They have never felt this deep emotion for anyone else before, and the guys need to be open, hones ...more
Liz (Bugetta)
3.5★s rounded up because I'm feeling generous. :) This was a sweet low angst story with likeable characters. I think it's my first Christine d'Abo book and I'll definitely check out more of her books. The reason it didn't get a higher score was because the end felt really rushed and the "I love yous" came way too soon. I think it could have used an epilogue too, but it was still enjoyable. I listened to the audio version and Nick J. Russo was great as usual!
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What can I say about this book?

It was sweet, touching, and full of love even if the main characters didn't know it at first. We're introduced to Cole while his life is taking a turn for the worse. Right as he and boyfriend Steven are leaving for a much deserved vacation holiday, Steven's ex-boyfriend Adam shows up at the airport and sweeps Steven off his feet with a proposal. Cole, not so much heartbroken but just kind of resigned, to it heads back home lamenting on the fact that the past few t
Aug 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: holidays
2.5 stars

It was okay, a decent enough Christmas story, even if I felt that it was lacking Christmassy vibes, actually the whole thing could have taken place any time of the year. I wish there'd been more chemistry between Owen and Cole, the whole falling in love, dealing with getting dumped and so on happened way too fast. Throw in the backstory with (view spoiler) which we do not get really a solution for, it didn't really work for me. The
Oct 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, kindle, jingle-bells
I HATED Cole. I thought he was a selfish bastard. It's not like he was together with his ex long, stop acting like a baby! So much so that Owen couldn't even trouble Cole with what was going on with his life and it was an actual REAL problem. My heart hurt for Owen and I thought he could do better.

3 Stars for Owen!
Dec 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Reasons to like this book:

*no cheating
*no broken people
*no overwhelming angst
*Christmas trees
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