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They say your first love leaves a mark. For Calliope James it didn't only leave a mark, it tore out her heart and left it bleeding on the ground. He was her best friend. Her first kiss. Her everything. Until one day, he wasn't. Zachary Messiah will never forget the girl with eyes the color of whiskey. But he's not that boy anymore. Cold. Cruel. He's devoid of emotion. Their pa They say your first love leaves a mark. For Calliope James it didn't only leave a mark, it tore out her heart and left it bleeding on the ground. He was her best friend. Her first kiss. Her everything. Until one day, he wasn't. Zachary Messiah will never forget the girl with eyes the color of whiskey. But he's not that boy anymore. Cold. Cruel. He's devoid of emotion. Their paths were never supposed to cross again. But love doesn't always play by the rules. Now he's the King of Steinbeck University and she's the new girl on campus ... and the pasts they have fought so hard to bury are about to collide. Only this time, they might not survive the fallout.


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They say your first love leaves a mark. For Calliope James it didn't only leave a mark, it tore out her heart and left it bleeding on the ground. He was her best friend. Her first kiss. Her everything. Until one day, he wasn't. Zachary Messiah will never forget the girl with eyes the color of whiskey. But he's not that boy anymore. Cold. Cruel. He's devoid of emotion. Their pa They say your first love leaves a mark. For Calliope James it didn't only leave a mark, it tore out her heart and left it bleeding on the ground. He was her best friend. Her first kiss. Her everything. Until one day, he wasn't. Zachary Messiah will never forget the girl with eyes the color of whiskey. But he's not that boy anymore. Cold. Cruel. He's devoid of emotion. Their paths were never supposed to cross again. But love doesn't always play by the rules. Now he's the King of Steinbeck University and she's the new girl on campus ... and the pasts they have fought so hard to bury are about to collide. Only this time, they might not survive the fallout.

30 review for On The Rebound

  1. 4 out of 5

    ❥ KAT ❥ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books

    MY REVIEW AND OTHERS: can also be found on my blog: ➽ KITTY KATS CRAZY ABOUT BOOKS 'ON THE REBOUND' Is a full length college sports romance novel by L.A. Cotton. Told in dual perspectives. Get ready to meet our hero Zach and our heroine Calli. This was everything I was hoping for and more, all the stars, all the angst, all the feels! These are the types of books I chase, where my emotions get all scrambled up and I go from feeling the highest high to the lowest low, this was such MY REVIEW AND OTHERS: can also be found on my blog: ➽ KITTY KATS CRAZY ABOUT BOOKS 'ON THE REBOUND' Is a full length college sports romance novel by L.A. Cotton. Told in dual perspectives. Get ready to meet our hero Zach and our heroine Calli. This was everything I was hoping for and more, all the stars, all the angst, all the feels! These are the types of books I chase, where my emotions get all scrambled up and I go from feeling the highest high to the lowest low, this was such an emotional angsty story, I felt every little emotion these characters went through. Sadness, happiness, hate, love, passion this author did such an amazing job bringing life to these characters. I was pulled in straight away, loving every second, minute, hours I spent inhaling, devouring every single word this author wrote. Zachary Messiah used to be Calliope James everything, her best friend, her first love, her first kiss, the first boy she gave herself to freely. One could also go so far as to say that these two were soul mates. But that was then, and this is now. Calliope James is now seeking a new start, leaving her old town and life behind her. She'd spent the last right months living in a permanent state of darkness and depression, she'd lost the only person she'd loved unconditionally and its taken its toll on her. Now she's fulfilling a promise. A whole new start, close to whats left of a family which turned their backs on her, and starting at Steinbeck a basketball school. So imagine her surprise when she sees Zach on campus, with hate in his eyes and accusations on his tongue, he's out to make her pay for something she has no recollection of. Calliope was Zach's everything, until she betrayed him and broke everything they had shared. Now he's going to make her life a living hell. Highly recommend!! 👍👍👍👍👍

  2. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    Wow... I really needed this !! I was hoping this one would push all the right buttons and I am so glad that it did. I don't know what it is about ya books, especially with a "sports" setting, that makes me devour them. Must be that I am trying to relive my youth :P We've also got a "second chance love" trope going on right here. You see, Calliope and Zachery used to be the best of friends, and after some growing up together, they became so much more than that. That is until something happens that Wow... I really needed this !! I was hoping this one would push all the right buttons and I am so glad that it did. I don't know what it is about ya books, especially with a "sports" setting, that makes me devour them. Must be that I am trying to relive my youth :P We've also got a "second chance love" trope going on right here. You see, Calliope and Zachery used to be the best of friends, and after some growing up together, they became so much more than that. That is until something happens that tears the two apart for years to come... Now Calliope, after going through some tragedy that would break the most of us, is attending the same college her estranged brother goes to, which is pretty nerve-racking for her in the first plays. Throw in the fact that she comes face to face with her first love, while she didn't even know he was attending the same college... yeah, she is a nervous heartbroken wreck. But she tries and puts on a smile and a brave face. In the beginning, I just wanted her to stand her ground a bit more. I know he was the love of her life, but still.... that whole body over mind thing tends to annoy the crap out of me. If someone is mean to you and tells you all kinds of awful things... would you still care that he smells so good? But hey, that is just me, and it annoys me in every book where these situations pop up... and trust me, there are a whole lot of them. Of course with these two being soul mates and all, they can't stay clear of each other. Pretty soon bitterness is trying to eat Zach up, and no matter how hard he tries... he just can't let go of his Calliope. But the past is never far away, and there are still some secrets that need to be shared. I had an awesome time reading this one and I really really hope there will be more. I could do with a book about all Zach's friends, but I would also love to read one about Calliope's brother!! Let's all hope I get what I want oke!!?? Highly recommended!!!! An ARC was provided to in exchange for an honest review Follow Me On: Facebook  | Twitter | Instagram | Blog

  3. 5 out of 5

    Beeg Panda

    SPOILERY . . . . . . . readers love this kinda thing authors will not write this trope if people didn't buy it or sign up to review it then there are readers like me who don't enjoy Romances driven by ONLY misunderstandings, lack of communication and evasion there are some tropes I can read over and over again but not where the ONLY cause of conflict are misunderstandings, lack of communication and evasion it doesn't add a sense of mystery to my reading experience I don't find it entertaining it’s not intri SPOILERY . . . . . . . readers love this kinda thing authors will not write this trope if people didn't buy it or sign up to review it then there are readers like me who don't enjoy Romances driven by ONLY misunderstandings, lack of communication and evasion there are some tropes I can read over and over again but not where the ONLY cause of conflict are misunderstandings, lack of communication and evasion it doesn't add a sense of mystery to my reading experience I don't find it entertaining it’s not intriguing I find it irritating, the plot doesn't move, it's been overdone in this genre and it makes for skimming and once I find myself skimming it's practically over for me the blurb says it all except that the reason for his hatred of her is that he MISUNDERSTOOD a conversation he eavesdropped on the issue she has with her family stems from NOT COMMUNICATING the issues she has on campus is because of EVASION his issues are dealt with by not dealing with it 3 years ago, in high school: the Hxh adore each other he thinks she betrays him he betrays her now in college: he's hates her she has no idea why he treats her like shite she accepts it he's been in stacks of girls during their 3 years apart she's only been in therapy he's attracted to more than one girl now she's...tentatively...attracted to one guy now they both see the other kissing someone else he is a liar he nearly allows himself to be seduced by his brother's gf he bonds with her in their shared grief (his brother is in a coma) he's gentle and kind to her despite knowing she's conniving trash he tells the h he was never attracted to ow - lies he's not so much clueless as stupid: he's surprised EVERY TIME his friends tell him it looks like he and the ow are too close he's not so much clueless as stupid: when he finally tells the ow to back off, he makes HER out to be the only baddie when he knows he messed up there too that's when I liked her for one second because she smacks him across the face for his trouble LOL when the Hxh finally communicate, he "needs space" and is in no hurry to make amends he assfarts around campus instead of putting his weak words into action he shows much more passion for his basketball protege then they all live happily ever after

  4. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    I was fourteen the first time I’d fallen in love with Zachary Messiah. A naïve girl with nothing but stars in her eyes and love in her heart. I wasn’t that girl anymore. Misunderstandings, missed chances, and miscommunication abound... 4.5 stars! I discovered LA Cotton earlier this year through her Verona Legacy series, and she has quickly become one of my go-to authors when I want an angsty and emotional read. And even though I love angst, I feel ON THE REBOUND let the angst carry on a little I was fourteen the first time I’d fallen in love with Zachary Messiah. A naïve girl with nothing but stars in her eyes and love in her heart. I wasn’t that girl anymore. Misunderstandings, missed chances, and miscommunication abound... 4.5 stars! I discovered LA Cotton earlier this year through her Verona Legacy series, and she has quickly become one of my go-to authors when I want an angsty and emotional read. And even though I love angst, I feel ON THE REBOUND let the angst carry on a little too long until we finally figured out why Zach hated Calli so much. It was a little anticlimactic after how much he bullied her to discover the reason was a simple misunderstanding, but considering what both Zach and Calli have been through, I can understand why he was so unsure of the people around him and their intentions. That being said however, I really enjoyed the drama and angst that came after their reconciliation. I felt like both Zach and Calli had a lot of pain, guilt, and anger to wade through separately before they could finally come together fully, and seeing them make that transition was so amazing. I loved seeing both characters heal throughout the story, and surprisingly Callum ended up being one of my favorite characters! I hope we get Josie's story next as I feel like she needs her own HEA ♡ *ARC provided by Candi Kane PR, and I voluntarily reviewed it*

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ria | Abstract ♥ Books

    ALL MY REVIEWS CAN BE FOUND ON MY BLOG: ABSTRACT BOOKS “On the Rebound” is a standalone by the author L.A. Cotton. Told in dual perspectives , get ready to meet Zach and Calli!! I still remember the first time I read a prologue or bonus scene of this book in the Halloween Anthology. I went absolutely nuts to get my hands on this masterpiece!! I marked it there and then on my calendar , and added it to my TBR!! The amount of anticipation I had for this one was immeasurable! Zach and Calli were ever ALL MY REVIEWS CAN BE FOUND ON MY BLOG: ABSTRACT BOOKS “On the Rebound” is a standalone by the author L.A. Cotton. Told in dual perspectives , get ready to meet Zach and Calli!! I still remember the first time I read a prologue or bonus scene of this book in the Halloween Anthology. I went absolutely nuts to get my hands on this masterpiece!! I marked it there and then on my calendar , and added it to my TBR!! The amount of anticipation I had for this one was immeasurable! Zach and Calli were everything my soul hoped for and so much more! The book had an edge to it that only Laine can provide and it was absolutely mindblowing! The starting was perfect , the ending was fabulous and don’t even get me started on that angst!!! Calliope is excited to be away from her town. From a family who never cared for her and the only person who cared for her is now dead , she is the loneliest person in the world. Her plans of a fresh start go into the gutter when she meets the eyes of her first love and heartbreak in her first college party. Zach was everything to Calli. He was her best friend and her first love. The boy who she had fallen in love with and been with was now a man who hated her with every fiber of his being. And was hell bent on making her pay for something that she has no idea she did. His words cut like knives and his actions shred her heart. That does not mean he is stopping , the boy who once cherished her so much was now hell bent on destroying her soul. Calliope was everything to Zach. The one girl he would have died for. That is until she betrayed him. Now he knows that no matter how tempting she is from the outside , from the inside she will always be a snake. And this time , he is not stopping until she pays for her betrayal. She can stay here in the college with him but that does not mean he is going to make it easy for her. The whole story was perfect and I dived into this one as soon as it landed on my kindle!! A definite recommendation to all the contemporary romance lovers out there! If you are into themes like second chase , bully romance and enemies-lovers romance then there is no chance that you should miss this masterpiece! It is my suggestion that you read the Bonus scene of Halloween night before reading this book , so you’ll understand how everything turns out. 🏀𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗗 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗙𝗥𝗘𝗘 𝗣𝗥𝗘𝗤𝗨𝗘𝗟: 𝑅𝑒𝑎𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑝𝑟𝑒𝑞𝑢𝑒𝑙 𝑡𝑜 𝑍𝑎𝑐ℎ 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝐶𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑖'𝑠 𝑠𝑡𝑜𝑟𝑦, 𝑇𝑟𝑖𝑐𝑘 𝑜𝑟 𝑇𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑡, ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒! https://www.amazon.in/gp/product/B08L... Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Bookbub | My Blog

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mahima

    *** 3.5 stars *** So it took me way too long to finish it (ughh...exams). But when I'm done with it. Let me put some facts here. Things I liked : ◾Hero Heroine had their problems. It seemed too relatable and real. No doubt some points/twists were repeated and already heard of in one book or another but atleast the situations seemed very real. ◾The writing style of the author is good. I think I'm reading this author for the first time but the way of expression is good. ◾The story/plot was cathcy. It w *** 3.5 stars *** So it took me way too long to finish it (ughh...exams). But when I'm done with it. Let me put some facts here. Things I liked : ◾Hero Heroine had their problems. It seemed too relatable and real. No doubt some points/twists were repeated and already heard of in one book or another but atleast the situations seemed very real. ◾The writing style of the author is good. I think I'm reading this author for the first time but the way of expression is good. ◾The story/plot was cathcy. It was a good combination of sports and teenage-becoming-adult thing. So the negatives are : ◾The repeatative plot... ugghhh it was really frustrating!! I mean I get that they have really GOOD chemistry doesn't mean they're gonna have random hate sex after every chapter. ◾The whole book was way too much stretched than it should be. I mean I got the plot, predicted the end and literally wanted it to end but no...there had to be extra 100 pages. ◾The misunderstanding was the main culprit behind the whole mystery stuff, which shouldn't have been. I mean I know that misunderstandings are real but when the whole story revolves around it then it becomes kinda boring, predictable and not even interesting.

  7. 4 out of 5

    ♡tanaz♡

    4.5 stars for Zach and his "sweet pea" Calliope! THIS BOOK WAS EVERYTHING!!! Childhood friends turned lovers turned scorned exes? CHECK. Asshole athletes? CHECK. Heartbreak and angst? DOUBLE CHECK. So much sexual tension that it made my goddamn ovaries burst? TRIPLE CHECK. "Calliope James was woven into my soul. A dark stain that no matter what I did, who I fucked, I couldn’t get rid of.” This follows the story of Zach, who we got a glimpse of in the last book of the Wicked Bay series. Zach first met 4.5 stars for Zach and his "sweet pea" Calliope! THIS BOOK WAS EVERYTHING!!! Childhood friends turned lovers turned scorned exes? CHECK. Asshole athletes? CHECK. Heartbreak and angst? DOUBLE CHECK. So much sexual tension that it made my goddamn ovaries burst? TRIPLE CHECK. "Calliope James was woven into my soul. A dark stain that no matter what I did, who I fucked, I couldn’t get rid of.” This follows the story of Zach, who we got a glimpse of in the last book of the Wicked Bay series. Zach first met Calliope James when they were just 14/15 years old and they instantly bonded through their roles of being the black sheep and overlooked member of their family. They both definitely had daddy/brother issues, and thus they formed a friendship that allowed them to express themselves freely. Coming from a basketball family both of them vowed they wanted nothing to do with it in the future. Soon their friendship turned into something more and they were each other's first everything. But then call it what you want (in my humble opinion a colossal fucking mistake from Zach) causes their relationship to break down and turn into something ugly. Zach believes he's been betrayed, whilst Callie is left hurt and abandoned. They should have never crossed paths again until fate intervened. Zach's basketball god of a brother gets into an accident and falls into a coma, which means Zach has to transfer colleges and take his place on the team. Callie's mother passes away from cancer and her last dying wish is for Callie to mend her relationship with her father and estranged brother so she goes to the same college as him. Enter the scene - you're attending your first college party and who do you run into? Of course, it's the ex that broke your heart into tiny little pieces. Zach was an absolute dickhead to Callie (okay I sorta understand but dude, anyone with eyes can tell you STILL love the girl). Callie stayed strong despite Zach's assholery and matched his ire right back. The book explored not just their broken and scarred relationship but also the one between their families. This book made me angry, smile, cry, and want to pop out Zachary Messiah's babies lmao. If you have a thing for asshole male characters like me then deffo give this a go! The only reason it's not a full 5 stars is that I wish there was a little bit more groveling. I'm a whore for men who take responsibility for their behavior and in this case I just wanted a tiny bit more from Zach.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dora Koutsoukou

    I am proud of myself that I managed to read 60% of the book. After that I dnf it. The characters were lacking of depth and were not that likeable. Too much push and pull, Callie was pathetic, Zach was an arsehole and they had a lot of baggage that it was suffocating. Trying to find out why Zach broke up with Callie, became tiring and exhausting! I was so fed up that I didn’t even read any more as to get the answer of their breakup! No, thank you!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Meredith Wilson

    On The Rebound is the first book in L.A. Cotton's new college sports romance series, Steinbeck U. Told in dual perspectives, this is Calliope James and Zach Messiah's story. A story that is jam packed with all of the feels. It's intense, angsty, passionate, juicy, addictive and heart-wrenching. I simply could not get enough of these characters that consumed me heart and soul. Back in high school, Zach meant the world to Calli. He was her best friend, her first kiss, her first love, her first ever On The Rebound is the first book in L.A. Cotton's new college sports romance series, Steinbeck U. Told in dual perspectives, this is Calliope James and Zach Messiah's story. A story that is jam packed with all of the feels. It's intense, angsty, passionate, juicy, addictive and heart-wrenching. I simply could not get enough of these characters that consumed me heart and soul. Back in high school, Zach meant the world to Calli. He was her best friend, her first kiss, her first love, her first everything. She was convinced that he was the one. But then one day, without an explanation, he walked away from her leaving her confused and heartbroken. Then to make matters worse, she loses the one family member who was her rock. The one who was always there when the others had turned their backs on her. Fast forward to college. With a promise to fulfill, Callie enrolls at Steinbeck University. A college far away from the town that caused her so much pain and sorrow. Here she's hoping for a fresh start, and things are going well until she crosses paths with Zach. He is filled with so much rage and is determined to make her life hell. To make her pay for something that she has no memory of. So much for that fresh start she wanted. Overall, I don't know what more I can say other than I absolutely loved this book. I hope that all fans of second chance romance, bully romance and enemies-to-lovers romance will take a chance on this one. The realness, the rawness, the heart, the love... It's amazing! It's a top read for me that I can't possibly recommend enough. All of the stars and more for Calli, Zach and On The Rebound!

  10. 4 out of 5

    nikita

    this wasn't bad but could be better. coming straight to what bothered me 1. the reason why they hated each other. it was stupid because they could have clarified this but oh well 2. the hero in the beginning, idk I didn't connect with his character and his want to fuck his brother's girlfriend. 3. victoria, a very predictable character. honestly, it could have done much better because the element of angst in this book was good. had very promising potential. this wasn't bad but could be better. coming straight to what bothered me 1. the reason why they hated each other. it was stupid because they could have clarified this but oh well 2. the hero in the beginning, idk I didn't connect with his character and his want to fuck his brother's girlfriend. 3. victoria, a very predictable character. honestly, it could have done much better because the element of angst in this book was good. had very promising potential.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dali

    With On the Rebound, L.A. Cotton has composed an angsty, sexy and heartfelt story about love and second chances. When Calliope James decided to go to Steinbeck University to honor her deceased mother’s wishes, the last person she expected to run into was her ex-best friend. The first guy she ever kissed, the only guy she’d ever loved and had tried so hard to forget. In the years since Calli betrayed him, Zach Messiah has erected a harsh and cold barrier around him. Because of a family tra With On the Rebound, L.A. Cotton has composed an angsty, sexy and heartfelt story about love and second chances. When Calliope James decided to go to Steinbeck University to honor her deceased mother’s wishes, the last person she expected to run into was her ex-best friend. The first guy she ever kissed, the only guy she’d ever loved and had tried so hard to forget. In the years since Calli betrayed him, Zach Messiah has erected a harsh and cold barrier around him. Because of a family tragedy, he’s transferred to SU to fill a void. More upset than before because he’s wanted for his last name and not himself, Zach rues the moment he locks eyes with Calli again. Angry that he still craves her, that he can’t get over her, Zach tries hard to avoid her, to dissuade from hanging out with this teammates, he’s even cruel. But as much as they try fight their attraction, they chemistry is undeniable and a love like theirs is hard to cannot be denied. Cotton knows how to write complex characters; Zach is one of them. His and Calli’s story kept me hooked and turning pages until the very end wanting to know how their love hate relationship would unfold. Their miscommunication was predictable but I loved Zach’s change from harsh and detached to a loving and caring boyfriend, not to mention their sizzling hot chemistry that overwhelmed them no matter what their heart dictated. On the Rebound is a standalone college basketball romance by L.A. Cotton. It’s book #1 of the Steinbeck U series. It is told from both points of view, and has a happy ending. Sub-genres: Enemies to lovers | College Basketball| Second chance * I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via Candi Kane PR. The excerpts are from that copy. I am voluntarily reviewing this title. * Amazon -> https://amzn.to/33OIl68 Stalk me on FaceBook * Instagram * More reviews

  12. 4 out of 5

    The Magical World of Reading

    Every time I read a book by an author who is new to me I try to keep my expectations low so that the thrill is greater. And L. A Cotton has managed to leave me breathless this time. Her writing high jacked my thoughts from the very beginning, giving me everything I love in a book and more. Surely, I’ve read lots of amazing YA angsty romance, but this one here left me gasping for air and on the edge of my seat till the end, lifting this genre to a whole new level. Trying to survive and start a new Every time I read a book by an author who is new to me I try to keep my expectations low so that the thrill is greater. And L. A Cotton has managed to leave me breathless this time. Her writing high jacked my thoughts from the very beginning, giving me everything I love in a book and more. Surely, I’ve read lots of amazing YA angsty romance, but this one here left me gasping for air and on the edge of my seat till the end, lifting this genre to a whole new level. Trying to survive and start a new life after a tragedy that can break even the strongest among us. Calli ends up at the same college that hew estranged brother attends. The last thing she needs is to come face-to-face with the boy who once was her everything. Her best friend, her first kiss, her first true love, and first heartbreak. And now that boy is a man dark as hell, and twice as hot. A man whose words cut like blades and whose actions crush her heart…. Is she strong enough to survive all that? What hurts the most is being tortured without knowing why. Will she ever discover the truth? For the better part of the book, I was struggling to figure out what was going on. Where all that hatred came from? Can they tame that insane attraction? Trying to make the puzzle pieces fit together and believe me this author didn’t make it easy and I loved that. I also loved Calli, this amazing young woman who doesn’t give up because of heavy weather. And Zach… OMG…he’s a hero you love to hate and hate to love. He had me questioning my sanity and my morals as I was slowly falling in love with this jerk that no father would like around their daughters. I literally wanted to get in the book and punch him, then I wanted to cuddle with him…. And those two together, the agonizing push and pull, the hysterical bantering, heartbreaking truths, and off-charts chemistry are absolute perfection and amazing gift of this incredible author. To say I was nailed to the pages from the very beginning is such an understatement. I literally couldn’t put the book down, I loved every single moment of this emotionally charged and unpredictable journey, full of twists, misdirection, and half-truths. The plot is so sharp and unique with the perfect amount of angst, drama, and heartbreak. And the epic love story in the middle of all that drama is more than perfect. If you’re looking for a book that will leave you unable to step away from the story and more than willing to return to the pages one more time, then this is it. It is the perfect choice for you.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sentranced Jem

    I was really enjoying it OH-SO-MUCH until the end. That 'reason' for the hate kinda made me go "really?! that's it! All this for THAT?!" I was really enjoying it OH-SO-MUCH until the end. That 'reason' for the hate kinda made me go "really?! that's it! All this for THAT?!"

  14. 5 out of 5

    Danielle's

    I hate to love you. Rebound was heated and of angsty. It was everything I expected from a LA Cotton novel. The freebie Halloween sequel is worth reading before this. Zach hates everything. The basketball team is the gift he didn’t want. The step in lifestyle wasn’t where he expected to be. The girls he used to love wasn’t out of his mind. Cali is used to secrets. They are wants made her strong. When she arrives at college she doesn’t expect the secrets to run so deep. Her ex, Zach is king of the I hate to love you. Rebound was heated and of angsty. It was everything I expected from a LA Cotton novel. The freebie Halloween sequel is worth reading before this. Zach hates everything. The basketball team is the gift he didn’t want. The step in lifestyle wasn’t where he expected to be. The girls he used to love wasn’t out of his mind. Cali is used to secrets. They are wants made her strong. When she arrives at college she doesn’t expect the secrets to run so deep. Her ex, Zach is king of the campus and she tries to get on with her own life but he seems to be everywhere she is. Cali and Zach are familiar with pain in their hearts. They both hate hard but can they get something from each other nobody else can offer. This is intended for an adult audience. It’s a dark romance with a tug at the heart. I very much enjoyed this college romance.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Keri Loves Books

    There Is No Rainbow Without The Rain An emotionally charged and deliciously seductive sports romance! And the angst!!! His hold on her never waned. You’re going to love and hate him in equal measure. Young love that turned to hate, but in the end their connection could not be denied. Hold onto your heart, it’s going to get taken on a roller coaster ride of emotion. Zach is angry. He has so many reasons for it, but it’s slowly destroying him. He’s just transferred in to SU to take over and lead the There Is No Rainbow Without The Rain An emotionally charged and deliciously seductive sports romance! And the angst!!! His hold on her never waned. You’re going to love and hate him in equal measure. Young love that turned to hate, but in the end their connection could not be denied. Hold onto your heart, it’s going to get taken on a roller coaster ride of emotion. Zach is angry. He has so many reasons for it, but it’s slowly destroying him. He’s just transferred in to SU to take over and lead the school’s basketball team to victory. He’s filling in for his brother since a tragic accident left Declan in a coma. A place he never wanted to be, living someone else’s life. The last thing Zach expects to find at his new school is her. Calli is just starting her freshman year. She made a promise to her mother that she would try and embrace the college experience. She’s carrying a lot of pain and emotional baggage, so she’s struggling. Finding Zach at her new school makes her new life even more complicated. They share a past. He was her first love in every way, until he callously cast her aside and embraced a new life. She never understood why the love they shared transformed so quickly to hate. Zach has his own story to tell that led them down this path. This is an angsty, heart-wrenching journey to an incredibly deserving happily ever after. Both of them will have to confront their ghosts to move forward. It’s going to get ugly before they find their way, but even then their chemistry just sizzles. Their mutual hate makes for some explosive love scenes, because even when they hated each other, the love was still lying in wait. This is an unforgettably emotional enemies to lovers romance and easily my favorite read by this author.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Snow

    Oh my...I0m on a roll here... *sigh* and *sigh, again* Anyhow, I expected something different to tell you the truth... This was the most awkward book I have ever encountered LOL Damn, first of all, the time span is weird, like the characters fisr hooked up when she was 15 and he was 17, so...gah, and everything went downhill from there....a lot of things happened, loss, grief, resentment, anger, and "misunderstanding"... after that, we jump into the "three years after", they are in college, she's 18, Oh my...I0m on a roll here... *sigh* and *sigh, again* Anyhow, I expected something different to tell you the truth... This was the most awkward book I have ever encountered LOL Damn, first of all, the time span is weird, like the characters fisr hooked up when she was 15 and he was 17, so...gah, and everything went downhill from there....a lot of things happened, loss, grief, resentment, anger, and "misunderstanding"... after that, we jump into the "three years after", they are in college, she's 18, and he's 20 (if my calculus still works correctly) and these two lovebirds are on a binge...they hate each other but they want each other...and so it goes on and on and on and on....and I got tired of freaking drama... First of all, I realized I am too old to read about this...it doesn't really interest me anymore, I am way pass that kind of teen, juvenile sex-ploration with the undeveloped little humans... damn, the best thing about the whole story was the background prop...the heavy stuff added for the deep emphasis of why the characters act like they do... I just couldn't get into it... And since the book contains some seriously heavy smoking hawt experiences BUT they are pretty much too young to realize what they are doing without involving some over the top drama, it's plain to see, that it could be annoying for the readers over 30...and it would be too bold for those till 20...does it really focus on the readers of the age span of 20 - 30? maybe? I dunno...most likely But this one, didn't work for me...

  17. 4 out of 5

    niteskycs

    just read the free prequel on ibooks and sports romance with exes angst and a dark edge? i’m sold!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Alcazar

    Okay, so I've read the book, I have thoughts, but they are not all that positive so I have to think! Standby for full review! Okay, so I've read the book, I have thoughts, but they are not all that positive so I have to think! Standby for full review!

  19. 4 out of 5

    NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}

    ***4,5 "BHS (Basketball Haters Society)" stars*** AVAILABLE NOW "Love wasn't real. It was a lie people told themselves to feel better. Love didn't make a person strong, it made them weak. It made them vulnerable. If you weren't careful, love had the power to ruin you." I have read so many genres by L. A. Cotton and seriously, this woman excels in each one of them, but for a reason, I love her sports romances the most!!! This was a very beautiful story, full of pain, heartache, friendship, an ***4,5 "BHS (Basketball Haters Society)" stars*** AVAILABLE NOW "Love wasn't real. It was a lie people told themselves to feel better. Love didn't make a person strong, it made them weak. It made them vulnerable. If you weren't careful, love had the power to ruin you." I have read so many genres by L. A. Cotton and seriously, this woman excels in each one of them, but for a reason, I love her sports romances the most!!! This was a very beautiful story, full of pain, heartache, friendship, and second chances!!! It was an amazing story leading to recovery cause both of our heroes souls were damaged and maybe they just needed each other to pull them out of their despair!!! "Didn't anyone tell you, love and hate are just the same emotions experienced in different ways?" Back then, Calliope and Zach were best friends... They had found something strong that was connecting them... The hatred for the game. A game that was bringing too many problems to both of their lives in the form of resentment from their own family... Zach and Calli had something beautiful that was breeding between them... They were friends, but they become something more and they witnessed something unique to growing up between them. But then one day, everything that they built together wrecked down and that left Calli heartbroken and Zach full of hatred... "Zachary Messiah. My first best friend. My first love. My first everything. Including the worst heartache I'd ever experienced." Now, Calli's life is changing for once again. She just felt the biggest loss on her life and still, she is trying to fullfill a promise... Now, a new chapter is starting for her on Steinbeck U and even though she knows that in there there would be so much basketball and a person of her past, she has no other choice... The only thing that she wasn't expecting was for a second person of her past to be there as well... Zach is here. Zach whom Calli still couldn't get over. But this man doesn't resemble the boy with hearts in his eyes... Now, he has flames burning his stare. "One thing was for certain though, Zach -my Zach- was gone. It was easier to think of my Zach and this Zach, the cold cruel boy with arrogance in his eyes and hatred in his heart, as two completely different people." Zachary Messiah has his own cross to bare, even though someone could characterize him like the King of SU. The captain of the basketball team. The guy that everyone would love to be him. The girls are falling on his feet, but he is cold and detached. He just wants to fullfill his promise and to get over with it. His heart and soul is bleeding and when Calliope is appearing on his turf, he is starting to lose his mind. He hates her, but still... She is getting under her skin and he doesn't really knows what to do... "I wanted to hurt her. To punish her and ruin her. I wanted to break her. It wasn't healthy, the feelings she invoked in me. Feelings that had once been pure and good, now tainted with pain and darkness and betrayal." The sure thing is that this story was a giant mess in every aspect, not only in the romance part... There was so much angst and wild heartbeating in each encounter between Zach and Calli and I was anticipating like crazy to find out the reasons that lead them to be apart... Of course, there were people in here that were causing unnecessary drama and that was making the plot even more interesting!!! "You can't let me go, just like I can't let you go. So the question is... what are we going to do about it?" Zach and Calli were meant to be, but there have happened too many things between them. It's hard to find their way back to each other. They have too many work to do, especially from Zach's part, since he was out for blood. The guy that Calli once knew didn't exist anymore and it was sad to witnesss what he had become, but i totally understand him... There was a heavy load upon his shoulders. The expectations of others were killing him slowly, and he was feeling helpless, but that doesn't justify the way he was treating Calli in the beginning. But hell, his slips out from time to time were so wonderful to see. "The harsh reality was, Calliope James was under my skin. She'd never left. But all the love I'd once felt for her was now something else entirely. Something darker and volatile. An unpredictable storm brewing beneath the surface. If she kept pushing me, I'd snap. And if I snapped nothing good would happen... For either of us." As for Calliope??? She was an amazing creature who was kind of lost.... She just needed some peace after everything that had happened to her life. And she might needed Zach, in all his twisted and mean glory to pull her out of her funk. Yes!!! These two were fitting perfectly and I really enjoyed their story. "My chest squeezed at his name. It always did. It probably always would. I fugured first love was supposed to leave that kind of mark. An everlasting stain on your soul. But I'd underestimated just how much it would affect me still every time I heard his name." Hell! There were so many other people that i loved in here and I would love to read their stories one day... Josie and Brad were amazing persons and honestly, I would love to read more of them... I liked Joel, even though he was very narrowminded in some matters. And I liked Callum, even though he was a big duchebag to Calli, but at the end, he was really trying and I loved him for that!!! Also, Maverick Prince!!! OMG!!! I need to read this story!!! He was the best!!! "We were two lost souls, vying for attention, desperate to feel worthy and wanted. And we'd found that in each other." **I received an ARC for the exchange of an honest review**

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bec

    I have read a few of this authors books. Mostly sports high school college romances. I think I’ve outgrown them especially high school. It’s become a little uncomfortable since my kids became high schoolers 🤪 This one is a second chance romance which I’ve read a lot of. Not involving secret kids though so there’s that. These guys were best friends, shared firsts, understood each other etc but all of a sudden Zach treats her badly and they’re not friends anymore. She battles on being left by her d I have read a few of this authors books. Mostly sports high school college romances. I think I’ve outgrown them especially high school. It’s become a little uncomfortable since my kids became high schoolers 🤪 This one is a second chance romance which I’ve read a lot of. Not involving secret kids though so there’s that. These guys were best friends, shared firsts, understood each other etc but all of a sudden Zach treats her badly and they’re not friends anymore. She battles on being left by her dad, brother and boyfriend only to have her mum get the big C and pass away which is the saddest part of her life. Reconnecting with the ex is mortifying. I don’t understanding authors can’t or won’t give their heroines more of a backbone. It astounds me to read a scene where they are on the Ferris wheel and she repeatedly says no but he forces himself on her. Yes, she eventually gets onboard but really? It was uncomfortable for me to read because it was assault pure and simple. She mentions this again later in the book and him being mean says she was gagging for it. Yuck! She said no arsehole and the author let you get away with it. Wrong. So assault is ok once a guy wears her down? Wrong. Luckily I’ve had more robust talks with my two boys about when a girl says no. She can say no at any point and they have to respect that. Apparently not in contemporary romance, how disappointing. When the reason for their friendship breakdown is revealed it s pathetic. The hero pathetic, the heroine basically the same. No grovel. No rehashing of bad things he did that independently need apologies just OK let’s get back to where we were. I mean these things need discussion. That’s why YA and NA are not my genre anymore.🙃

  21. 4 out of 5

    Elsa Gomes (BookishAurora)

    ➳ Rate: 5 / 5 stars This was one of my most anticipated books for December ever since I read the Halloween prequel novella, Trick or Treat. I had been dying to read these two's story since then and omg was it worth the wait. Zach and Calli's story was an angst-filled one. Their second chance romance was filled with some pretty explosive moments, their chemistry was out of this world and the hate/love they had for each other just made it that much more amazing. It made the story so entertaining but ➳ Rate: 5 / 5 stars This was one of my most anticipated books for December ever since I read the Halloween prequel novella, Trick or Treat. I had been dying to read these two's story since then and omg was it worth the wait. Zach and Calli's story was an angst-filled one. Their second chance romance was filled with some pretty explosive moments, their chemistry was out of this world and the hate/love they had for each other just made it that much more amazing. It made the story so entertaining but it was also pretty frustrating waiting for the moment they had the talk they never got to have all those years ago. I'm always on the edge of my seat waiting for that moment in second chance romances. I swear I will not put the book down until I read that scene and the one in this book was so good! The moment Zach realized the truth both broke my heart and put it back together. But all the years lost gave them the chance to grow up and to know what they really needed in their lives (each other). Their story wasn't just heart wrenching because of their past, both these characters were facing messy and emotional family situations that really made my heart ache. It all added to the build-up of who they were and what they wanted for their future and, in some way, made them even more afraid of each other and how they still felt towards one another. Lianne really knows how to write an amazing New Adult romance. On the Rebound is filled with angst, sexiness, amazing friendships, all kinds of drama and second chances, but most importantly, a beautiful love story that will, without a doubt, touch your heart. Callie and Zach don't have it easy but once they find their way back to each other, everything else becomes easier to deal with and somehow falls into place. When it comes to the side characters, I'm already dying for so many of their stories. I hope Lianne will write some of them someday because they would be amazing. I loved some of the secondary characters just as much I loved Callie and Zach. ➳ARC kindly provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review. ➳ Trick or Treat, the prequel is available on Amazon for free. Pre- Order On the Rebound at: Amazon UK ⁕ Amazon US ➳ Follow me on: Blog ⁕ Instagram ⁕ Facebook ⁕ Twitter

  22. 4 out of 5

    *•.¸✽ Damjana ✽¸.•*

    ✽ 2.5 STARS ✽ When I was looking for my next read I chose this book because of: ⇨ enemy to lovers ⇨ second chance ⇨ college sports romance But here are some things you need to know if you plan to read this book: ✔ Up to 45% I loved this book, it was everything I mentioned above. Very fast paced with right angst increasing. ✘ After 45% everything went south. H and h were wallowing in endless misery, this was caused by author repeating same facts thousand times through the story. Thousand times same th ✽ 2.5 STARS ✽ When I was looking for my next read I chose this book because of: ⇨ enemy to lovers ⇨ second chance ⇨ college sports romance But here are some things you need to know if you plan to read this book: ✔ Up to 45% I loved this book, it was everything I mentioned above. Very fast paced with right angst increasing. ✘ After 45% everything went south. H and h were wallowing in endless misery, this was caused by author repeating same facts thousand times through the story. Thousand times same things over again and again - very tiring and boring, so story lost all it's magic. ✘ From the beginning we are waiting bomb to drop - what is the reason they broke up in the first place. All angst was built on this question. At 75% we found out this reason and it is just MEH, WTF this is it???!!! It's pointless to increase this strong tension through whole book and than the reason is some tiny miscommunication / misunderstanding. The reason always must be strong, so we readers don't lose interest and we are strongly motivated to read until the end. I just wanted to DNF it at this point. ✘ Last 25% was just plain torture and unneccessary drama.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Athena D.

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 STARS Holy smokes was this book beyond amazing. I love enemies to lovers stories, then throw in a second chance romance and you've got PERFECTION!!! Zach and Calli's book is filled to the brim with so much of... EVERYTHING! You'll get it all to the extreme—the love, the hate, the ups, the downs and so much more! I am eagerly anticipating the rest of the Steinbeck U series! I could not put this book down. On The Rebound by L.A. Cotton is an EPIC read that will join the ranks of the BIBLIO- ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 STARS Holy smokes was this book beyond amazing. I love enemies to lovers stories, then throw in a second chance romance and you've got PERFECTION!!! Zach and Calli's book is filled to the brim with so much of... EVERYTHING! You'll get it all to the extreme—the love, the hate, the ups, the downs and so much more! I am eagerly anticipating the rest of the Steinbeck U series! I could not put this book down. On The Rebound by L.A. Cotton is an EPIC read that will join the ranks of the BIBLIO-ARISTOCRACY!!!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Anna Valsa

    To much high school drama. And they weren't in high school. I wish I dnf it! To much high school drama. And they weren't in high school. I wish I dnf it!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rachel K

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. DNF but past the half way mark so it gets rated. I got to the reason why they broke up...and stopped reading. What a stupid, weak-arsed reason! I don’t have time for stupid...and to make it worse, he tells her he loves her and she forgets how he’s treated her since the beginning of the book 🙄🙄🙄

  26. 4 out of 5

    Larissa Rye

    4-1/2 Stars! Sometimes boys can be so very dumb & vindictive. Zach was the bad boy you love to hate. He was so angry & I couldn’t understand why. He definitely had the right to be so angry & feel trapped. I spent most of this book trying to put the pieces together. I kept wanting scream communication is key everything Zach & Callie were anywhere close together. It all makes sense in the end though. Callie, god she was so freaking strong. She didn’t deserve to be treated like she was by so many pe 4-1/2 Stars! Sometimes boys can be so very dumb & vindictive. Zach was the bad boy you love to hate. He was so angry & I couldn’t understand why. He definitely had the right to be so angry & feel trapped. I spent most of this book trying to put the pieces together. I kept wanting scream communication is key everything Zach & Callie were anywhere close together. It all makes sense in the end though. Callie, god she was so freaking strong. She didn’t deserve to be treated like she was by so many people in her life. I loved her friendship with Josie (I hope she gets a book), she needed a friend like her. As much I disliked Callum I do hope he gets a book too because I’d like to understand him a bit more. Honestly they both had such destructive families & so much grief, it was a lot to overcome. This was another really great book by L.A. Cotton that makes me yearn for more of this Steinbeck University world. Also I absolutely love college bball so the fact that there was a lot of ball in the book made it so much more awesome for me.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jenny - TotallybookedBlog

    Review to Come

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alexa

    Review : On The Rebound by LA Cotton ⭐️ : DNF This is my first DNF of December, and it wasn’t all bad. I read to 75% and honestly couldn’t get through it anymore. I really loved LA Cotton’s Rixon Raiders series, so when I heard she was writing another series I was stoked! This book is a second chance romance with an ex. I like the overall idea of the story, Calli is going to college with her brother who hates her and realizes her ex who is a basketball star transferred to the same school. They h Review : On The Rebound by LA Cotton ⭐️ : DNF This is my first DNF of December, and it wasn’t all bad. I read to 75% and honestly couldn’t get through it anymore. I really loved LA Cotton’s Rixon Raiders series, so when I heard she was writing another series I was stoked! This book is a second chance romance with an ex. I like the overall idea of the story, Calli is going to college with her brother who hates her and realizes her ex who is a basketball star transferred to the same school. They have an undeniable connection, but Calli doesn’t understand why they broke up. Zach her ex never explained anything to her and just dumped her. So the entire time she is trying to figure out what went wrong and he’s trying to avoid her but can’t. Also there’s this weird animosity her brother has towards her that doesn’t make any sense. That being said....the book was so repetitive, I felt like I was reading the same thing over and over again. Then to find out that the reason why they broke up wasn’t worth the 75% I put into reading this one.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Anne Milne

    The author has only gone and done it again, she made me fall for the broken bad boy. Zach personifies everything I love, the irresistible broken bad boy from the past who's angry at the world especially Calliope even though she has no idea why. Sweet Calli broken after a tragedy and let down by the ones who are supposed to be there for her. I loved all the angst, you have Zach fighting expectations and obligations and Calli fighting memories and mean girls and both of them fighting their feeling The author has only gone and done it again, she made me fall for the broken bad boy. Zach personifies everything I love, the irresistible broken bad boy from the past who's angry at the world especially Calliope even though she has no idea why. Sweet Calli broken after a tragedy and let down by the ones who are supposed to be there for her. I loved all the angst, you have Zach fighting expectations and obligations and Calli fighting memories and mean girls and both of them fighting their feelings for each other. I don't know how she does it maybe LA is some kind of witch who hypnotises me with her words but once I start one of her books I can't stop. The storyline flows from chapter to chapter and the charcters become your friends and in some cases your enemies. The cast of secondary characters is large but each one has a purpose in the story and there are some clues to the next book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Weronika - Little Steamy Reads

    „I can’t believe I was stupid enough to ever let you go.” Leave it to L.A. Cotton to rip your heart out of your chest and then beautifully put it back together. On the Rebound was one of my most anticipated December reads, especially after the Trick or Treat prequel, and I just knew that it’s gonna be one angsty ride. But I didn’t know that Zach and Calli’s story will be such a sucker punch straight in the feels! Broken, tortured and misunderstood heroes are my weakness and Zach fits that desc „I can’t believe I was stupid enough to ever let you go.” Leave it to L.A. Cotton to rip your heart out of your chest and then beautifully put it back together. On the Rebound was one of my most anticipated December reads, especially after the Trick or Treat prequel, and I just knew that it’s gonna be one angsty ride. But I didn’t know that Zach and Calli’s story will be such a sucker punch straight in the feels! Broken, tortured and misunderstood heroes are my weakness and Zach fits that description perfectly. Rude and cold on the outside, damaged on the inside, this boy wears thick armor to protect himself from subsequent disappointments, and masks a broken heart with hatred, anger and feigned indifference. My heart ached for the injustices he suffered, but I was also angry with him for not fighting for himself or the person who understood him best. But when he came to his senses, Zach turned out to be a great guy- loving, caring and attentive. Calli’s story literally tore my heart. The suffering this girl endured was unimaginable and I really admired her for not breaking down. My admiration for her strength and determination is huge and I adore her for keeping her heart pure and gold. These two were like a real roller coaster. Their chemistry was palpable, but the understatements and past disappointments made them still resentful. The push and pull between them was so intense that I was constantly biting my lip, not knowing how the situation would evolve. Calli and Zach's love story is turbulent and angsty, but at the same time so heartfelt and touching that it fills your heart to the brim! On the Rebound is an emotional second chance romance that pulls at the heartstrings. L.A. Cotton writes phenomenal new adult stories that are filled with delicious angst, steam and heartwarming feels, and this one right here ticks all the boxes! I hope that we're gonna get more stories from Steinbeck University, beacuse the secondary characters were just as amazing as Calli and Zach!

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