Author: Noelle August
Series: Boomerang #1
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: July 8, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
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 competing for the same job opening in the fall.
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?
First Sentence: On the single most important day of my life, I wake with the thought: Oh crap, where are my panties?
After reading I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre, the New Adult book I hoped would get me into New Adult and being disappointed by it, I was desperately hoping that Boomerang would be the New Adult book that will finally impress me and get me into New Adult. The first three pages I read on Amazon appeared very promising and as the positive reviews rolled in, I felt more and more hopeful that Boomerang would indeed be the book that will get me into New Adult. That is, until I sat down and finally read the actual book.
I was really happy to discover that Boomerang is told from both Ethan and Mia’s point of views. In fact, if Boomerang wasn’t told from both their point of views, I highly doubt I would have read Boomerang the first place because I always wonder what the male character is currently thinking in New Adult books and hate it when I don’t have answers.
This girl showed up in my life less than twenty-four hours ago. I’ve slept with her. I’ve shared a cab with her and given her my dress shirt to wear. But this new situation is a game-changer.
Officially, Mia is now my competition. (33)
Boomerang is mainly a romance book, but I sadly didn’t feel Ethan and Mia’s chemistry. The only reason they liked each other the first place is because the other person was hot. You do not want to know how many times I read about Mia’s gorgeous green eyes (or her fantastic body) and how perfect Ethan’s athletic body was. A relationship based on how hot your love interest looks is not a relationship I can cheer for.
Boomerang has a huge case of the frustrating GET TOGETHER ALREADY plot as you can tell from the book’s synopsis. Ethan and Mia both obviously want each other and I get that, but the pattern of how their relationship developed just bored and annoyed me a little. Both Ethan and Mia get determined to focus on getting the internship, gave in to their attraction for a moment, something will remind them about the internship, they’ll focus on the competition again, give in to their attraction, and repeat. Add a few scenes where they make each other jealous (intentionally and unintentionally) into the mix and you’ll easily get bored of all the angst. This pattern dragged on for so long that I just got tired of it all and wanted to give up 30% into the book.
Maybe I’ve been looking at these Boomerang dates wrong. If I met another girl, someone cool, maybe that would push her out of my thoughts. I know the odds of that working are slim to none, but I’ve got nothing else. (165)
Even though I was bored for a huge majority of the book, Boomerang did make me laugh a bit. Boomerang definitely had its funny moments – before you know it, you’ll be completely caught off guard, chuckling at something that has happened. To be honest, the humor and the fact that everyone else enjoyed Boomerang so there was a chance I might still enjoy it too were the only reasons that kept me reading.
Overall, Boomerang was an okay read, but it just wasn’t the book for me. I’m now thinking that maybe I won’t ever love a single New Adult book when I didn’t enjoy a New Adult book that everyone else enjoyed and loved.