- File Size: 3137 KB
- Print Length: 196 pages
- Publisher: NineStar Press (September 18, 2017)
- Publication Date: September 18, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0756KWGH2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
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It started with a very dramatic courtroom scene. The entire book, I kept waiting for the courtroom scene to tie in, but it didn’t really impact the story as I thought it would. There was such potential but it wasn’t realized here as there was no real foundation laid for this romance nor real chemistry between the characters.
The main characters met when Police Officer Ben Griers saw his best friend and fellow officer Jason being overly aggressive with a suspect. Ben stepped in and insisted that Jason release the suspect Donnie Saunders since Jason had no evidence connecting Donnie to an alleged hit-and-run accident. Donnie was grateful and went on his way. It seemed that something passed between them although it felt like sympathy, a bit of pity and gratitude.
Later at an AA meeting, Ben ran into Donnie and there was a recognition of sorts. Two struggling people trying to find their way out of their predicaments. Ben was having problems in his marriage so the reader was supposed to understand why and how Donnie evoked feelings that seemed dead in Ben. Other than having substance abuse issues that they were working through, I don’t see anything these two had in common. The author didn’t really set a foundation of loneliness for Ben, though it was clear that Donnie had a very troubled past and no real support system. Ben quickly stepped into Donnie’s life and started helping him with his illness with no hesitation. Considering he has a daughter and a wife, it was unbelievable that he didn’t even give a second thought to how this would affect their lives. Ben's wife seemed like a reasonable person. I am not entirely sure what was the real problems in their marriage and why it couldn't be addressed via counseling and effort.
There was a very heavy subject with serious issues all around, but they weren’t worked in carefully. The subjects of bisexuality, addiction and severe health condition should have made for a great hurt-comfort read but unfortunately, it didn’t deliver. Ben’s wife, daughter and even best friend Jason were all relationships that I didn't really comprehend because there was no real depth to the dialogue nor real expression of emotion among these characters. They all seemed to be good people at heart, but something just wasn't right so they were glossed over. The writing was so uneven that it felt like I was holding on for dear life through this rather shallow journey of the character's lives.
This author is new to me but I had high hopes for the book based on the enticing blurb. I was disappointed with this one.
Our two main characters are Ben and Donnie. Ben is a well respected police sergeant, who married his college sweetheart and now lives in a nice house with his wife and daughter. For many years now the focus of his life has been progressing his career and though he had an idea that his marriage had about run its course, his wife’s demand for a divorce was also unexpected.
Donnie is just a hot mess. It would take me too long to go through all of Donnie’s issues, but needless to say, the men meet at a time when they both could use the support of another person. Despite coming from absolutely opposite worlds, Ben and Donnie quickly fall in love and dedicate themselves to building a new life together.
The story is told from Ben’s point of view, but every now and again the author would begin a new chapter with a glimpse from Donnie’s perspective. I actually liked the way that the author handled this aspect. Ben was the character who was dealing with the most changes to his life so I appreciated the story focusing mostly on him. But you do always wish you had some idea of what was going on in the other character’s head, so here we get that – the best of both worlds. And just to be clear, the switches from Ben to Donnie were clear and didn’t cause any confusion.
This book was strong on the hurt/comfort themes. Actually, I think that side of the story was spotlighted more than the romance. In that way, the story had a realistic feel to it. The first time the men fall into bed together there’s no earth shattering sex. Instead they experience the somewhat awkward excitement of learning a new lover. There’s absolutely nothing pretty about this story, nothing perfect about these characters. Even Ben, the king of patience and understanding has his moments of what-the-heck. I really liked the way the author wrote Ben, the “hero” of the story who is falling in love with Donnie while struggling to let go of his wife. And in case that made anyone hesitant to read this – there’s no cheating involved. Ben and his wife are separated before Ben starts seeing Donnie.
Speaking of Ben’s wife. I loved her involvement in this book. She was awesome, yet once again, flawed and believable. I think the author did a great job with her character, not resorting to the crazy bitch who deserves to be left by her husband, but not making her so perfectly sweet that she caused tooth decay. She was perhaps my favourite character of the story.
As much as I enjoyed this story, I did have a few issues that I just couldn’t look past. As much as I loved the idea of Ben and Donnie together at times I struggled to believe that their relationship could survive long term. Donnie is ill for the majority of the book and sometimes Ben seemed more like a carer than a boyfriend. The fact that Ben called Donnie “buddy” constantly – CONSTANTLY – made the inequality between them seem even greater. And by inequality, I mean that Ben seems like the mature adult and Donnie the pseudo child who needs looking after. To some extent this worked because of Donnie’s health problems, but I think I really needed to see an epilogue with Donnie healthy and contributing to the relationship more.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am happy to recommend it to other readers.
Original review posted at Love Bytes GLBTQ Book Reviews
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