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?
Paperback, 304 pages
Four Stars: Fun, flirty and full of romantic tension.
Mia opens her eyes, blinking into the sun. It is morning, but where is she? She gasps when she realizes she is naked, sleeping next to a gorgeous stranger. Did she just have a one night stand? She can’t remember much from last night, other than there was plenty of alcohol involved. Even worse, today is supposed to be the first day of her new summer internship. Frantically, she searches for her clothes while the clock ticks. Where on earth is her underwear and why can’t she recall the name of the young man she just spent the night with? Things get even more interesting when she ends up sharing a cab with her one night stand, Ethan, and they end up arriving at the same destination. Ethan and Mia learn that they are both interning for Boomerang, competing for the same job. Can they put aside their sizzling sexual chemistry in order to focus on their internships?
What I Liked:
- It is wonderful to come across a NA book that delivers a fun and entertaining story line with terrific characters, heaping amounts of sexual tension and chemistry without all the drama and angst that has become synonymous with the NA genre. If you want a NA that is fun and flirty without drama, this is the one to pick up.
- The romance is top notch. It starts out the morning after a one night stand where neither Ethan or Mia can recall much from the previous night. There is lots of attraction, which they both try and deny once they find out they will be competing for the same job and work relationships are prohibited. The romance is slow burning with plenty of tension as the two try and squelch their desires and fail. Be prepared for lots of sizzle and some fun antics until they learn to be friends and then take that final step. I loved everything about the romance. It is realistic and intense with lots of buildup to the big finale. For those of you sick and tired of the NA dramatic romance, pick up this light, sizzling romance.
- Mia and Ethan are outstanding protagonists. Mia is beautiful, confident and caring. I like how she goes for what she wants. Even though she is on the rebound from a long term failed romance, she isn’t dragging around a lot of baggage. I loved that she wasn’t broken. Ethan is beyond adorable. He is charming, sweet, hardworking and big hearted. In his spare time he coaches a youth soccer team. I like seeing him interact with a group of nine year boys, and I especially loved how he helped a young boy going through a tough time. On their own, Mia and Ethan are outstanding but together they are exceptional. Loved this couple!
- One of my favorite parts of the book was seeing Mia interact with her grandmother who is suffering from dementia. Many of these scenes were so touching and poignant. I thought this relationship was so tender and realistic. I would recommend reading the book just for this portion.
- The writing was top notch. I am already a fan of Ms. Rossi who co wrote this book. Who knew she could write fun and flirty? The writing is detailed, realistic and packed with humor. I thought many of the metaphors were just lovely.
- The sex scenes were tasteful, to the point and the didn’t go on and on or overtake the story.
- I liked that after all the buildup and tension, things settle out and you get a pleasant ending. No cliffhangers are lots of unanswered questions, even though this is the first in a planned trilogy. I will be interested to see if the next book is a continuation of Ethan and Mia’s story or if it takes the companion novel route. Either way, I plan on reading it.
And The Not So Much:
- The relationship starts out when both parties wake up with foggy memories after a one night stand. I loved the humor in the whole situation as the two strangers faced each other naked and frantically looked for a missing pair of panties. However as fun as it was, I struggled a bit with the believability of both parties waking up with morning after amnesia only to both recall the details of their night practically at the same time weeks down the road.
- Both Ethan and Mia recently ended long term relationships. Ethan’s relationship is exposed and we learned the how and why of his breakup. Mia’s on the other hand is only briefly mentioned. I wanted to know a bit more about her relationship with her ex through her eyes, and not from her mother and friends. I thought this was an important element of the story that was left out.
Boomerang is the type of NA novel we need lots more of. This is a fast paced, funny, slow building romance that will leave you smiling at the end. I appreciated that this romance left behind the well worn NA tropes and moved into fresh, flirty and fun new territory. I am a fan, and I can’t wait to see what will happen next.
“I know we’re both just making words. Prolonging this small moment where we’re close and focused on each other. I can see her every eyelash. Her lipstick is peach, like her dress, and if I were to bend forward just a little, I could kiss her.”
“You have to find the thing that makes it worth it. That turns that life you didn’t want into something you do.”
"Sometimes, it feels like Nana's on a boat, and I'm on the shore, waving goodbye and watching her grow smaller and smaller in the distance. I can't swim out after her, and I can't bring her back. I can only capture the parts of her that remain in sight."
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.