Thursday, October 30, 2014

Review: Boomerang

By Noelle August
Published: July 8, 2014

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?

My review:

Boomerang is marketed as a "New Adult" novel and I have tried other novels from the genre that I didn't like because they were so filled with drama. Boomerang is much lighter novel and I would say it is more similar to the romance novels of Jill Shalvis and Kristan Higgins but without the small town setting or strong secondary characters. The one thing that gives it that "New Adult" vibe is that Ethan and Mia are both in their early 20s and just starting out in their careers.

I enjoyed Boomerang because I liked the humor and I liked Ethan and Mia. They do have major chemistry. They also have issues to work through before then can move forward as a couple as well as dealing with the internship and the "no dating" policy. Ethan seems like a decent guy. He loves to teach kids how to play soccer and to encourage them. Mia comes from a weird but artistically talented family. She herself has a dream of making a documentary film about her grandmother, whom she is close to and who has dementia. These moments with family and with the soccer kids give the reader a chance to see that there is more to Ethan and Mia than the internship and their mutual attraction.

However I thought the internship scenes were kind of unbelievable. The CEO does not come across as a good businessman or anything other than the guy who sometimes puts obstacles in the path of the hero and heroine (no dating between coworkers, etc.) and he happens to look like Ryan Gosling. Then there is evil Candy who is portrayed as a cardboard villain until the end where she suddenly seems a little nicer. The secondary characters are not well developed at all but thankfully the novel makes up for it by making Ethan and Mia more likable.

I think that readers who like steamy contemporary romance and humor will find much to like in Boomerang so if the whole "New Adult" label makes you pause, ignore it and give Boomerang a try.

Note: I received an ARC for review purposes courtesy of Amazon Vine

1 comment:

  1. Awesome review. I feel like this would be a good one for my beach bag next summer. I like that it's humorous and lighter, unlike a lot of the NA novels I've read. I'll be adding this one to my TBR list. Thanks for the great review!


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