Contemporary New Adult
Source: ARC from publisher for review
THE STORY (from Goodreads)
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?
Boomerang is one of those reads that brings a smile to our faces and gets a laugh out of us with every chapter, the sheer cuteness of Ethan and Mia together ensuring the desire to start the book over again as soon as we finish is uniquely high. While romance is certainly the focus as things with Ethan and Mia progress–and hit a snag or two thanks to corporate policy and past relationship issues–everything about the two of them together feels utterly genuine, the well-known dramatics of the New Adult genre gloriously absent, and in their place we find humor, sexual tension, and maturity when it comes to communication.
Mia is as adorable as they come, her ability to adapt to a one night stand morning after situation impressive and her handling of both Ethan and her foggy memory absolutely delightful. She admits to not remembering certain things even as it pains her to do so, and with one notable (and understandable) exception, she lets Ethan know what's on her mind no matter how personal or slightly embarrassing it may be. When Boomerang's required “research” is put into effect, sending both Mia and Ethan out on separate dates at the same time, her jealousy mirrors our own and we can't help but smile as she gets increasingly irritated at being relegated to the sidelines when she wants nothing more than to be the one sitting opposite Ethan.
Ethan, for his part, is as personable as Mia, meeting her toe to toe in terms of wit and playing it charmingly cool through what could have been a miserably awkward situation. He banters with her easily, their humor well-matched to the benefit of all of us readers, finding his way into our hearts with little trouble despite a distinct lack of brooding, tattoos, or any other bad-boy staples to help him along. He's sweet and smart, and when things with Mia reach their breaking point, he allows his hurt to show without saying or doing anything exceedingly reckless that would only make their road back together that much longer and more painful.
Overall, Boomerang is pure fun, engaging from first page to last with a cast of characters who are driven yet don't take themselves so seriously that they can't poke fun at their own mistakes or inadequacies. It looks as though a companion novel is underway, and it simply cannot release fast enough for me.
This book was sent to me by the publisher free of charge for the purpose of a review.
I received no other compensation and the above is my honest opinion.
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