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Series: Boomerang #1
Author: Noelle August
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: 8 July 2014
Synopsis 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 a really cute romance with heart warming characters. The narrative also touches upon the effect of a degenerative mental disease has on a family as a whole.
I’ve got to say that the idea of a dating website purely for hooking-up did make me shudder. To my mind it would be little more than a high class escort service. However, I think that perhaps this is how dating websites are viewed in reality. I would like to think that people as a whole have higher expectations where dating is concerned (it’s probably the romantic in me)
Both Mia and Ethan have gained an internship for the highly sort after position within Boomerang. They meet randomly in a bar after their interviews, the idea of fate throwing them together immediately comes to mind. Although neither realizes until the morning after, events that transpired between them on the previous evening are lost in a haze of alcohol. The non-fraternization policy of their new positions puts a spanner in the works of their fledgling relationship, adding an element of forbidden romance to the narrative.
While Mia and Ethan have had a completely different upbringing their core values are the same. They are extremely family orientated and a wonderful, loyal friend. they both have a fantastic support system available to them. Something that really shines through the narrative and warms your heart. The support characters are extremely well developed and unique (quirky) bringing an additional dynamic to the plot.
The chemistry between Mia and Ethan is undeniable. However, it is the banter between the two that really makes their connection stand out. They are very comfortable, natural and relaxed with each other. They make a brilliant team, a point that is continually re-enforced throughout the story.
Having personal experience with Alzheimer’s made that part of the plot stick out for me. The depiction was brilliant and completely realistic. The feeling that you lose the person with the disease that diminishes them not once but twice. Firstly when they forget who you are and lastly when it causes their deaths. The constant fear of them forgetting you or placing themselves in danger is something that is well portrayed in Boomerang.
Ultimately, it is the romance that is the main focus of the story. Mia and Ethan definitely have a deep connection that allows them to bloom. They are the embodiment of ‘stronger together’ SWOON