Sunday, January 18, 2015

BOOK REVIEW | BOOMERANG (Boomerang #1) by Noelle August


Title: BOOMERANG
Author: Noelle August (Website | Twitter
Publication Date: July 8, 2014

SYNOPSIS 


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?





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These past few weeks I have been torturing myself and my feels with books that are under the “cry me a river” genre. I dunno what came up to me and made me decide to do that. Maybe I’m such a masochist already. So when I started reading Boomerang, I immediately asked myself “Why haven’t I read this novel last year?” Boomerang turned out to be a quick, very fun, romantic and refreshing read. Books like Boomerang needs to exist to balance everything out in the New Adult genre. We need more books with this kind of vibe.  Fun. Fun. Fun. Fun.

Boomerang follows through the characters and point of views of Mia Galliano and Ethan Vance. We meet them the morning after – hung over and pretty much had no clue as to what really happened to them the night before. Yep, they had a one night stand. Right from that point, I know that Noelle August has fully set her claws in my skin and attention. Despite the zoning out moment they experienced the previous night, you will really feel that there’s an insta-attraction and connection between the two. We see these two characters turn from awkward to real comfortable with each other. They are just so cute having these teasing and light-hearted moments as they prepare for the day ahead.

Only for Noelle August to throw a curveball at them because … well, she just won’t make it that easy for them to be together. Aha!

This is rich, right here. It turns out that both Mia and Ethan are the new interns of Boomerang (company of an online dating site) and they need to battle it out to nab the coveted spot of being an employee of the said company. It only means that they need to step up to the plate if they really want to have that position. It gets more interesting from that point. Boomerang has this specific policy in their company which is “no relationships, tangled or entangled, or in any form at all. Ever.”  And just like that, whatever good thing going on for these two was shut down. Oh you know, it’s not completely shut down. If you think that’s the end of the surprising and shocking events that happened in this book, well you thought wrong. There are still a number of those scenes and you just might want to ­­know about it when you read the book. All great things and not too much drama in it.

Both of Mia and Ethan’s character are very realistic and relatable, especially if you’re a fresh graduate and trying to make a name for yourself out there. Looking for jobs, the struggle to step out of high-profiled parents’ shadows, paying off student loans and just basically thinking of what you could possibly want to do with your life in terms of profession. It’s all here in this book and we see Mia and Ethan go through those things.

The internship is very important to both of them, for different personal reasons. Thanks to the alternating POVs for making me feel for the both of them. It may not be the very thing that they truly wanted in their lives but I love how they showed dedication to it. You will witness that they didn’t treat that internship as something that could just possibly solve their problems (well, at first that’s what they thought) but they excelled and completely put their hearts into their work.

Mia is a great and driven character. She knows what she wants but there were moments wherein she tends to get to be side-tracked and over-powered with her emotions. In which led her to do some stupid things in the book. But I just have this issue with the story line for Mia’s character, though. There’s this specific thing that she really wanted to do but it wasn’t properly resolved in this story. What happened with that? Are we going to see that in the next novel? That part felt kind of rushed, for me.

Well, I love Ethan. He’s a great guy. Heh! Just imagine him coaching soccer to nine year-old kids, enough said. There’s a tremendous character development that happened with his character in this book. We were introduced to him as someone who desperately needs a job and quite unsure of his future. But as the story progresses, we see him go through some huge decisions that would affect his entire future and I love that he stood up for it. He ended up to be a character who had the guts to make a decision and own it.

Oh how I love the way they handled the whole no dating policy situation. It was really a breath of fresh air in this genre. Because, I think the common thing that happens in NA books is that the characters will still date and have this make out session here and there behind their boss and company’s back. But here we see that no matter the attraction they felt for each other, they’ve showed maturity and tried to set their priorities straight. Though, it definitely added up to the heat of the story. It ended up having this forbidden-ess brought up by that office policy and that slow-burnt passion that tends to get explosive once acted upon. And Boomerang is also refreshing in a way that the passionate *fans myself scenes* are creatively written and not graphically done. Even though the scenes weren’t expounded, there’s still heat to it.

But behind that romance between them, there’s this camaraderie that was already built starting from that moment they woke up the morning after. They may be battling it out for the position in Boomerang but you’ll sense that they’ve got each other’s back. It’s such a sight to see the progress of Mia and Ethan’s relationship. They just get into these little cute banters, weird conversations and teasing each other here and there. It’s just so much fun to read.

Gahhh, I also love the side characters of this novel! There were just lots of moments wherein I laughed really hard – Oh Rhett and Jason! I want to be working in their company too and be friends with them. Cookie scares me, though. But it’s quite interesting if her character gets a novel of her own in this series because, come on! How can someone melt that very icy heart of hers? Plus, the families of Mia and Ethan even made an appearance and made the story better!

I'm guessing that Alison and Adam will star in the companion novel. Am I right? I kind of caught that vibe when Alison brought up that she's now working for his father and she should be checking up on Adam and on Boomerang. That’s an interesting plot and conflict already. Ha! Lucky me, I’ll be able to read Rebound already!

If you want to read something that is fun, light, got some *fans myself scenes* and realistic, then you better pick this one up. I definitely recommend this!

And wohoops, I’m off to that reading…

PS: I know that Noelle August is just an anagram for the two lovely authors who wrote this. 

RATING
More like leaning towards 4.5 stars







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