adult - 18+ Angst Level Bi-Sexual Christmas Contemporary Exploration Friends to lovers Gay Heat Index Holiday m/m Mid level angst Mid level steam/heat NetGalley Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Riptide Publishing second chance at love

Rebound Remedy by Christine D’Abo

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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.


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Owen is a bartender who notices how sweet Cole is night after night. When Cole gets dumped right before Christmas, Owen offers to help cheer him up with some outings – one a day – in the 12 days before Christmas.

Over these outings these two guys embark on what could be a lovely romance – if they’d ever talk to each other about it!

There is a lot of sexual tension and tender moments. Cole has to decide if it’s too soon to have a boyfriend and Owen has to decide if he wants to settle down at all, especially with a man (He’s bi, but mostly been with women.)

In the end we are given a lovey HFN/HEA and a hope for their future together.


This was a sweet, wintery, Holiday read. Perfect for the season. Low angst, high sexual tension, sweet ending.

There wasn’t anything dramatic or exciting but a nice, mostly believable forward movement of two men falling in love.

I recommend this to fans of the season and low angst reads and cute bartenders!

(Don’t forget the proceeds go to LGBT charity!)

3.75 of 5 stars


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