Monday, August 4, 2014

Boomerang by Noelle August

Boomerang (Boomerang, #1) by Noelle August
Published: July 8, 2014 by William Morrow Paperbacks
Source: Purchased eBook
The first book in a sensational New Adult trilogy from Noelle August

Welcome to, 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? [goodreads]

New Adult novels seem to be inundated with stories that are heavy on the drama, angst, and issues; centered around a sexual relationship of some sort.  While some times this type of story, when written well, works for me, it's not always what I'm after in this "New Adult" category of reading.  BOOMERANG is a refreshing addition for reluctant readers who may be seeking an alternative plot.  I thoroughly enjoyed the witty banter, the playful scenario, and the emotion behind these characters.  The next time someone is seeking a New Adult novel, but a little less on the drama and angst, BOOMERANG will be the first to recommend!

The story begins just as Mia is waking up in Ethan's bed, clouded by fuzzy memories from the night before.  She remembers meeting him at the bar, just after she accepted an internship for a job that will jump start her career.  There may have been a few celebratory drinks and fooling around, but the details remain hazy.  I love the way this story begins, already on high alert as these two awkwardly wake up and figure out a way to get to work, without the embarrassing morning after walk of shame.  Little do they know, that walk of shame leads them both to the same company, where they'll both be interning for the summer, competing for the same job. 

Mia and Ethan share an obvious attraction.  It's evident in the way they look at one another, and how they skirt around the physical connection that's slowly building between them.  But there's one problem, besides the whole competition at work thing, there's a no-dating policy in the office too.  They can look all they want, but strictly no touching.  The chapters rotate between Mia and Ethan's voice, so as the reader you see the story from multiple angles.  The dynamic between these two was so much fun to read, I couldn't get enough of their witty banter and playful appetites.

Since neither can remember the details of the night they met, they each try to convince themselves that it meant nothing and will lead to nothing.  But as time goes on, and they're forced to work closely with one another at their job, the inevitable dangles between them.  The tension in this book was so great.  It kept building and building, giving a small reprieve only to flare up the tension and leave the pages burning hot.

There were moments in the story that literally left me laughing out loud, reading much more like an adult romantic comedy to me, than your typical New Adult book.  It was a lot of fun to follow the story along, slowing down just a bit in parts, allowing the emotion to give way to more than just laughter and fun.  For a well-rounded, playful, honest approach at New Adult, I highly recommend this book and can't wait to visit more in its series.

1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad you loved this as much as I did. The lighter side of NA is definitely more my thing; I couldn't stop smiling as I was reading this. I also like the fact that it's set after college - right on the verge of adulthood. This was a nice cross between NA and romantic comedy. So excited for the next book, even though I don't like Alison (at this point) at all. Great review, lady!


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