22 July 2014

Title: Boomerang (Boomerang #1)
Author: Noelle August
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks, 304 pages (June 10th 2014)
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NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+
Synopsis: Welcome to BOOMERANG, the hottest startup in the coolest city: Los Angeles, CA. Why? Because it’s about no-strings, no-fuss relationships for those on the rebound and those who crave connection without all the baggage of long-term promises. While it’s THE dating site for the millennial gen, their offices are even steamier than the hook-ups the website produces.

But that buzz is fading as Boomerang struggles to grow, the solution? Find two brilliant interns and give them a crack at turning this ship back to shore.

Enter MIA GALLIANO and ETHAN VANCE. These young strangers—Mia an aspiring filmmaker, and Ethan at the end of a collegiate sports career—are both bright and motivated. And for very different reasons, although they’re both hungry and way up for the challenge.

But things go wrong from day one. For one thing, Ethan and Mia aren’t strangers. The night before their stint at Boomerang begins, Ethan and Mia meet at a bar and fall into bed together. Or so they think. They’re both hazy on the details. They just know it’s aaaawkward when they share a post hookup taxi…to the same place.

Will the competition get to them, or do they have a future together?

Review: 4 Stars - Boomerang is the first title in a New Adult trilogy from author Noelle August – otherwise known as Veronica Rossi and Lorin Oberweger. Like stories filled with good old fashioned competition between two characters up for the same job… who try not to let their growing attraction get in the way? Then you’ve found the perfect book!

I have to say that this is one of those books that I picked up to read at the perfect time. I was looking for something fun, easy to read and light hearted. And while there’s more to the story for each of the characters we meet, it was just what I needed.

Mia the female lead character and her quirky family and friends were entertaining and heartwarming. She knew what she wanted and wasn’t about to let anything get in her way. Her mom is a famous artist and photographer and Mia wants to make a name for herself on her own, without her moms influence. When she lands the internship at Boomerang she knows her hard works paid off.

One of the great things about Mia is she’s so close to her family, their wackiness and all. Her grandmother means the world to her and it’s shown time and time again during Mia’s story. This was one of the great things about this title. It was a secondary plotline but became important to me while reading.

And then we have Ethan… oh Ethan. He’s the male lead and since this book is written in dual POV we have a chance to spend a lot of time in his head. Which was great because this guy has A LOT that’s going on in his life. He keeps his cards held close and is also after a permanent job at Boomerang once his internship is completed. He’s also close to his family and the back story from his life was sweet and enlightening to who he is at this stage of his life.

The thing about this title is that it’s a quick read because it’s well written. It does have a couple of heavy moments but it’s nothing too much that weighs things down and makes this title harder to read. It just adds another layer to these characters as they navigate their post college lives.

Watching these two fight their attraction due to company rules, all while being asked to try out the companies dating site were both cringe worthy and a bit comical. I couldn’t read these scenes while at the same time I could see a train wreck coming from a mile away.

This is one of those books that’ll have you smiling while reading and loving the characters as they fumble to come to terms with the competition for the “perfect” job and dealing with all the usual fresh out of college hurdles people find themselves in.

The only thing that put me off was the idea of this website. It’s really creepy… I mean it’s there for no commitment hookups, hence the name Boomerang. I’m an adult and I get that one night stands happen every day, maybe I’m a prude but… I’d think that people would end up having more “dates” like the few that happened within Mia and Ethan’s story or worse.

In the end this one came at the perfect time for me. I really liked reading this title and I can’t wait for the next book in the trilogy! If readers are looking for something fun and quick with two great characters, then look no further! It is a “New Adult” contemporary title and does include language, drinking and sex so younger readers should consider this.  I HIGHLY recommend this title! Go forth and read!

About the Authors:
NOELLE AUGUST is an anagram for Veronica Rossi and Lorin Oberweger. Just kidding, it's a pen name!

VERONICA ROSSI is the author of the New York Times Best-selling UNDER THE NEVER SKY trilogy for young adults. The books are available in more than thirty countries and the film rights have been optioned by Warner Bros. Veronica completed undergraduate studies at UCLA and lives in Northern California with her husband and two sons. She is fond of dresses with pockets, fluffy dogs, and cheese and chocolate -- but not together.

LORIN OBERWEGER began her storytelling career by captivating her first-grade class with tales of her summers on a kibbutz in Israel. Lorin had never been to Israel. While teacher/parent night put an end to her first experiments in fiction, she’d already caught the bug and eventually made a career of all things story. As a long-time independent editor and story development guru, Lorin's client successes range from small press publications to major bestselling novels. She's an award-winning author and has also worked behind the scenes as a ghostwriter on a variety of projects. Her work has received starred Kirkus reviews and glowing mentions in The New York Times. Oh, she did get to see a kibbutz, eventually, and found out she had it pretty much right all along.

Veronica and Lorin met at a writing workshop and just knew they were destined to create awesome things together.

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