by Noelle August
Series: Boomerang, #1
Released on: July 8th, 2014
Published by: William Morrow
Rating: 5 stars
Word rating: More, please. Right now, please.
Reviewed by: Ellis
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?
Because I am an incredibly prudent reading genius at all times I made absolutely no notes when I read Boomerang weeks ago. In my defence, actually pausing to jot down some words that in a way could be interpreted as approximating reading notes would have been a waste of time. Time I could have spent on the adorable magnificence that is Boomerang. Because I do want to give some idea of what my immediate reaction to this delightful contemporary was, you will now get an exclusive look at a conversation I had with my dear sister-in-fangirl-flails Meg. Full disclosure: calling it a conversation is a bit of a stretch. For privacy reasons, you'll only see my part of the shouting match.
Me: So, the first chapter is her waking up in his bed and trying to find her underwear. Their clothes are ALL OVER THE APARTMENT and they both blacked out because DRUNK TO THE NTH DEGREE. Then he wakes up and it's a little awkward but they banter. It's awkward banter and it's my new favourite thing.
Me: They're seated at a giant desk across from each other and his legs are so long they accidentally cross over into her space (OO-ER). She does not mind. Not at all.
Me: Much lusting.
Me: It's so adorable I just can't stop reading.
Me: Her parents are into PDA it's hilarious.
Me: Omg I totally forgot to tell you. At one point they're at their shared desk and flirting so hard he gets a spontaneous boner and is like FUCK NOT NOW.
Me: JUST PASSED THE SECOND SPONTANEOUS BONER THIS IS HILARIOUS
To say this in traditional review style, Boomerang is the NA contemporary romance I've wanted to read ever since New Adult became a category in its own right. I've heard people calling it a romantic comedy and that is exactly what it is. It's the absolute best manifestation of the romcom genre. It's charming, funny, adorable, realistic, and very relatable. Sure, there's romance and it gets pretty hot for a while there, but both Mia and Ethan are dealing with what it means to be a new adult with full-on adult responsibilities. They're very focused on finding a job, and keeping said job, and while they are immensely attracted to each other, the main focus of this story is that both main characters are trying to carve out a fulfilling life for themselves.
What I loved so much is that both of them have this entire life of their own. After tearing his ACL (I feel you, bro), Ethan has become a soccer coach. He coaches nine-year-olds a few times a week, while also working as an intern at Boomerang to get money together for law school. Mia's life is much more focused on her family. Her mother is a famous photographer who often uses Mia as her muse. Her grandmother, who lives with Mia's parents, has Alzheimer's. It's Mia's number one priority to record her grandmother's memories before they're all gone. She loves photography and film as well, but she struggles with finding her own, signature style, and especially one that is distinctive enough from her mother's work.
The fact that all this is wrapped in a fast-moving, adorable and hilarious story fills me with so much joy. It's shown that these characters are struggling with the transition from student life to adulthood, on top of their individual responsibilities. They don't have heaps of money available at all times. Sure, Mia's family is well-off, but Mia doesn't want to live off her parents and their accomplishments. She wants a life and accomplishments of her own and she absolutely doesn't mind that she has to work for it. What's more, she even prefers it that way.
The other amazing thing is that Mia and Ethan both come from wonderful, supportive families. Their parents are present in their lives, and are often there to offer guidance without forcing their own ideals and goals on their children. This is made even better by the fact that they also have awesome friends, all of whom have very distinctive personalities. The best thing is that these friends have a deep and profound love for shenanigans, which leads to Mia's friends asking her to Facetime them when she ends up in the same cab with Ethan - show us the handsome!! -, and Ethan's roommates taking bets on how long he'll be able to obey the no-dating rule at work. Spoiler: they want him to fail because they love Mia, and they especially love Mia for Ethan. His roomies are my people.
As for Mia and Ethan, I shipped it the moment she turned over his entire apartment in search of her panties and eventually found them in the oven. Then the awkward banter (NEW FAVOURITE THING!!!) in the taxi happened. Then the forbidden office romance happened. Then Mia's mother's studio happened. Then slightly predictable but ridiculously entertaining obstacles and fuck-ups happened. Then remembering the night before the morning after happened. Then all the emotions happened, on both sides of the book. Me, I'm talking about me. As you can see, a lot happened and I was all-in. The language was at times a bit too predictable and cheesy for me, and, frankly, the same goes for the ending but do not care because if I ever wanted a HEA it was here. It was physically impossible to stop reading.
Not that there is much more convincing to do in addition to the extremely entertaining story, wonderful ship, and amazing family and friendship dynamics, but one thing I absolutely adored was the Mia/Ethan sexy times. Hear me out. In my reading experience, it so often happens that sex is treated as a Very Serious Thing. It's going to be mind-blowing, and the female lead will have the best time of her life and it will obviously be an expression of true love even when the characters have known each other for a month and oh baby you're so tight you're so wet BOOM CLIMAX.
Not here. Mia and Ethan just have fun with it. They take their time with each other. They keep flirting and laughing, and even when they had only known the other for a few hours, they felt very comfortable with each other. There was insta-attraction but it never translated to insta-love. They took their time to get the know each other, and the more they discovered, the more they appreciated the person they were falling in love with. It's incredibly charming, and the only thing I can say is that I want more. A five-star read all the way.