ARC Review: BOOMERANG by Noelle August

Posted on 11/10/2014 in Book Review / 7 Comments

ARC Review: BOOMERANG by Noelle AugustBOOMERANG by Noelle August
Series: Boomerang #1
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks on 7/8/2014
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, New Adult
Pages: 325
Format: ARC
Source: Borrowed
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three-stars

The first book in a sensational New Adult trilogy from Noelle August\r\n\r\nWelcome 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\r\n\r\nMia 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.\r\n\r\nLast 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.\r\n\r\nWhat 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.\r\n\r\nAs 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?

BOOMERANG was a nice and quirky read, but it just didn’t wow me.\r\n

What I Liked

\r\nThe romance and the interplay between Mia and Ethan was cute and funny.  Girl hooks up with Guy, they figure out they are each other’s competition for a sweet post-grad office job.  I enjoyed reading them figure out how to navigate the waters of their relationship, as well as the hiccups they encountered.  It kind of reminded me of the first episode of Grey’s Anatomy, except cuter.\r\n\r\nIt’s definitely sexy, and Mia and Ethan’s sexual attraction to each other was well-done, although the actual sex was just…meh.\r\n

What I Disliked

\r\nTechnically, not much.  It didn’t feel like a compulsory story, especially considering the fact that it took me about 3 weeks to read a 300-ish page paperback.  I didn’t feel that invested in either character, later proven when I tried to write this review but couldn’t remember their names.  I’m not that bad with names, but neither Mia nor Ethan stood out to me after I put the book down.  And it was relatively easy to forget their story (a good reason to write reviews as soon as you finish the book, because I’m struggling with details here).\r\n\r\nI think the odds of Ethan going on a blind date with his ex while living in L.A. seemed far-fetched.\r\n

Verdict

\r\nNew Adult fans will probably really like it, despite it’s little flaws.  Genre fans should love it.

three-stars
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Jennifer became addicted to books when she randomly picked up a Sweet Valley High book in grade school. She never looked back. After blowing through the SVH and SVU series faster than her parents could put them in her hands, she began perusing her stepfather's bookshelves and reading fantasy like Piers Anthony's Incarnations of Immortality series, which she still maintains is some of the best fantasy ever. She collects books like the Duggar family collects kids and began waiting for her Hogwarts letter at the tender age of 33.

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