Series: Boomerang #1
Published by William Morrow on July 8th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
The first book in a sensational New Adult trilogy from Noelle August
Welcome to Boomerang.com, the dating site for the millennial gen with its no-fuss, no-commitments matchups, and where work is steamier than any random hook-up
Mia Galliano is an aspiring filmmaker. Ethan Vance has just played his last game as a collegiate soccer star. They’re sharp, hungry for success, and they share a secret.
Last night, Ethan and Mia met at a bar, and, well . . . one thing led to another, which led to them waking up the next morning—together. Things turned awkward in a hurry when they found themselves sharing a post hookup taxi . . . to the same place: Boomerang headquarters.
What began as a powerful connection between them is treated to a cold shower courtesy of two major complications. First, Boomerang has a strict policy against co-worker dating. And second, they’re now competitors for only one job at the end of summer.
As their internships come to an end, will they manage to keep their eyes on the future and their hands off each other, or will the pull of attraction put them right back where they started?
By now, if you follow my blog, you may have realized that I’m really discovering – and loving – the New Adult genre this year. That’s because FINALLY (*stands up and cheers*) NA books like Boomerang are coming out: books that are sexy, fun, flirty, personally relevant with new adult situations/feelings, and not bogged down in drama or trauma.
First up is the personal relevance – Boomerang has it a shit ton for me. That’s not to say that I engage in one-night stands, but for the past year, I was a marketing intern! I loved seeing that – in fact, I haven’t really read other books about college/post-college internships before, so that was refreshing for one. But the fact that Mia and Ethan are doing marketing internships just made it so much better for me – though they don’t get into the nitty gritty of marketing and all that entails, I could relate to tasks they had to do, manners of thinking, etc. It was spot on and just made me want to giggle and hug the book to my chest. I mean, it was also a digital media company, which I’m super interested in. Can we say match made in heaven? For the Boomerang dating site, they have to even create profiles for each other and go on dates to test the service, so obviously hilarity (and some well-placed jealousy) ensues.
That’s another thing: this was so light and enjoyable that I read it all in one relaxing day. I was in desperate need of some fluff, so this came at just the right time. I absolutely love how this relationship developed: they (almost) hooked up, found out they were working together, were told office romance was forbidden, and had to find a way to work together. Forbidden romances always work for me, haha, because often, and certainly in Boomerang‘s case, they come with this palpable chemistry that just makes you root for the couple so hard. Their dynamic was just so great, and it was wonderful to see them growing closer together and learning to support on each other in spite of being competitors. The added bonus that this was an office romance made me a little giddy because of, well, personal relevance.
But I liked that it also wasn’t only about the romance – because both Mia and Ethan were fiercely ambitious and determined to get that job at the end of the internship. They both have goals for the future and are at that stage of really deciding where they want to go with their lives now that their education is finally (almost) completed. It’s the same kind of position I’m in now, and it’s a real new adult issue, so I really loved seeing how both of them developed in that. And I felt like their POVs were great and very distinctive in portraying those struggles.
And Mia and Ethan (who as a bonus also is a soccer player, and we all know I have something for soccer players *cough*) aren’t the only characters involved in the story. I felt like the rest of the cast was brilliant and made it a fun and well-rounded story: from the office dragon lady Cookie, the wanna-relive-the-glory-days co-worker Rhett, and the mysterious and wealthy boss Adam, to especially Mia’s parents and grandmother who is fighting with dementia, and both Ethan and Mia’s close friends… it was definitely beautiful as a whole. All the relationship dynamics were so different but so realistic and enjoyable to read about. Indeed, I could see myself rereading this quite often.