Thursday, July 3, 2014

Boomerang by Noelle August

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The first book in a sensational New Adult trilogy from Noelle August

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?


The cover for Boomerang was one of the many sexy book covers we saw while at the Romantic Times convention.  It was sexy AND cute.  It was so bright and happy and so successfully screamed “READ ME” that all three of us noticed it and commented on it all week.  Then the chaos that is the Avon party happened.  After focusing on the big authors I was dying to meet (I met Lisa Kleypas, y’all!!!) I started to make my way through the crowd.  I almost gave up because it was like swimming up stream.  But I wanted to check out the YA authors attending the event so I gathered the liquid courage by quickly downing two glasses of wine (THANK YOU, AVON!) and thrust myself into the chaos.

As I was perusing the YA section I saw the very funny and talented Veronica Rossi.  She had a stack of Under the Never Sky.  While standing in line to acquire a copy for a future giveaway (because we love to share our favorite series with all of you) I noticed she also had advanced reader copies of Boomerang.  Wait?  What?  Veronica Rossi is Noelle August (well, one half of Noelle August - the other half being the lovely Lorin Oberweger)?  Boomerang just got seriously more appealing.   So yeah, I somehow was lucky enough to get a copy of Boomerang and it is now making the rounds between Bel, Shel and me.

I have to tell you, after reading so many New Adult titles that are full of angst and broken characters; it was refreshing to read a story about two highly functional people that are likable to the extreme.

Mia Galliano wakes up the first day of her internship in a stranger’s bed.  The events of the previous night are more than a little murky.  That’s kind of what happens when you see too much of a bottle of Patron Silver.  Normally, this would be an embarrassing scenario in a book.  But Mia is kind of amazing.  She is fiercely independent, highly intelligent, ambitious and so comfortable in her own skin that I was almost jealous.  She seems more amused than bemused by the whole situation.  Her only concerns are the fact that she isn’t sure of this hottie’s name (is it Evan or Ethan?) and that she is going to be late for her new internship.  That second concern being the most important because for Mia, her internship at Boomerang is the perfect opportunity to pursue her career.

Ethan is regretting that he can’t remember the night before.  Because the girl in his apartment (unlike Mia, he remembers her name) is a beautiful force of nature.  After giving Mia a shirt to wear over her dress (because it’s stained with booze) and helping her find her under wear (in the toaster oven) they leave his apartment and end up sharing a cab.  Just when Ethan has decided that he really wants to see Mia again, the cabbie drops them off.  At the same address.

The blurb tells you the rest.  They are both interns for Boomerang and are told they will be competing for one open position.  Oh, and there is a no fraternization policy.  This isn’t a story about two ambitious people doing anything to win a job.  This is a story about two ambitious MATURE adults that put in 110%  and work together so that one of them can win a job.  It is also a story about a young man and woman that are doing their damnedest to fight a growing connection that could ruin the financial jump start they both desperately need for their future.

If you are looking for angst and pain, you aren’t going to find it here.  But if you are looking for an amazingly well adjusted hero and heroine and a story that contains a healthy dose of humor and romance, then Boomerang is for you.  It’s definitely one I will be re-reading by the pool this summer.  Assuming I can pry it out of Shel or Bel’s fingers.


*Thank you to everyone (Avon, William Morrow, RT, etc.) for giving us the opportunity to read Boomerang and review it.  Boomerang will be released on July 8, 2014.

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