Tour Stop + Review: That One Summer by C.J. Duggan

ThatOneSummerTourBannerWelcome to my tour stop for That One Summer. Boy did I love reading this one. Stick around for more info on the series and a pretty cool giveaway.

BOSSynopsis for Boys of Summer (Book 1):

It seemed only natural to nickname them the ‘Onslow Boys’. Every time they swaggered in the front door of the Onslow Hotel after a hard week’s work, their laughter was loud and genuine as they settled onto their bar stools. I peeked through the restaurant partition, a flimsy divider between my world and theirs. I couldn’t help but smile whenever I saw them, saw him … Toby Morrison.

Quiet seventeen-year-old Tess doesn’t relish the thought of a summertime job. She wants nothing more than to forget the past haunts of high school and have fun with her best friends before the dreaded Year Twelve begins.

To Tess, summer is when everything happens: riding bikes down to the lake, watching the fireworks at the Onslow Show and water bomb fights at the sweltering Sunday markets.

How did she let her friends talk her into working?

After first-shift disasters, rude, wealthy tourists and a taunting ex-boyfriend, Tess is convinced nothing good can come of working her summer away. However, Tess finds unlikely allies in a group of locals dubbed ‘The Onslow Boys’, who are old enough to drive cars, drink beer and not worry about curfews. Tess’s summer of working expands her world with a series of first times with new friends, forbidden love and heartbreaking chaos.

All with the one boy she has never been able to forget. 

It will be a summer she will always remember

AESSynopsis for An Endless Summer (Book 2):

Sean looked out over the lake, squinting against the sunlight. He turned to me, his expression sobering as his eyes flicked over my face in a silent study.
“Come on Amy, I saved you once, I’ll save you again.” I met his stare unflinchingly. “I don’t need saving.” A wicked grin formed slowly. “Don’t you?”
After a rebellious summer night that almost claimed her life, Amy Henderson – the Onslow publican’s only daughter – is sent away to suffer a fate far worse than any other punishment:
Boarding School.
Three years on, a now nineteen-year-old Amy returns to Onslow for the summer. What once was a cauldron of activity with live bands, hot meals and cold beers, the Onslow Hotel now lies dark, deserted and depressing. All fond childhood memories of loitering on the hotel stairs and eavesdropping on customers’ colourful conversations are in the distant past.
How had her dad let it come to this?
With the new threat of putting the Onslow up for sale, Amy reluctantly turns to a local tradesman for help: Sean Murphy, the very same Onslow boy who saved her life all those years ago. With his help and that of some old friends, the task is clear: spend the summer building the hotel back up to its former glory or lose it for good.
In an endless summer, Amy soon realises that sometimes in order to save your future, you have to face your past, even if it’s in the form of a smug, gorgeous Onslow boy.
TOSSynopsis for That One Summer (Book 3 – Cover links to goodreads):
Loving Chris Henderson would be wrong. Diabolically disastrous. I mean, what is there about him to love? He’s moody, bossy, brooding, a control freak, and that’s on a good day … but there was one achingly obvious fact that haunted my every thought, every minute of every day …
He sure could kiss.
As the countdown to the new millennium begins, there is one thing everyone agrees on: no one wants to be in Onslow for New Year’s Eve.
So that can only mean one thing: road trip!
No longer the mousey, invisible, shy girl from years ago, Tammy Maskala is finally making up for all those lost summers. A new year with new friends, which astoundingly includes the bossy boy behind the bar, Chris Henderson.
She likes her new friends (at least most of them), so why does she secretly feel so out of place?
After chickening out on the trip, a last-minute change of heart sees Tammy racing to the Onslow Hotel, fearing she’s missed her chance for a ride. The last thing she expected to meet was a less-than-happy Onslow Boy leaning against his black panel van.
Now the countdown begins to reach the others at Point Shank before the party is over and the new year has begun. Alone in a car with only the infuriating Chris Henderson, Tammy can’t help but feel this is a disastrous start to what could have been a great adventure. But when the awkward road trip takes an unexpected turn, Tammy soon discovers that the way her traitorous heart feels about Chris is the biggest disaster of all.
Fogged up windows, moonlight swimming, bad karaoke and unearthed secrets; after this one summer nothing will ever be the same again.
My Rating: 5 Bookworms
My Review:
Okay – So I jumped into this series with this book. Really not a problem (Other than I REALLY wanna read the first two now). So heads up. Not an issue if you haven’t read the first two books. It’s a stand alone. But be warned – you are gonna end up getting the first two anyway.
Tammy is SUPER shy. She doesn’t do all that well with confrontation and she most definitely does not thrive in a hostile environment. Which is why she really does not like Chris, one of the surliest Onslow Boys. No – she really doesn’t like him. She does not imagine kissing him, and she definitely doesn’t worry about what he thinks of her and if he finds her attractive. No Sirree. Not her.
I would have loved to read this from Chris’ point of view also but it was such a blast. Tammy has kind of a neurotic mind that over thinks absolutely everything. She gets stressed up easily and as a result draws back into her shell at the slightest hint of confrontation. I loved how Chris got this out of her. On their road trip he drew her out of her shell and helped her join in a bit more. Al though at times he did enable her bad habit of avoiding confrontation but this was all the more sweeter cos it was obvious how much he cared for her (even if she couldn’t see it herself).
The chemistry between the two of them was literally tangible. I could feel it in the air around me while reading the book and it was so HOT to read.
The entire story was a lovely read with fantastic views (yes, yes and yes), fun times (pAaArtY!), cat fights (kinda) and lots and lots of tension (of the normal kind of of course of the sexual kind). The supporting characters were fantastic (which is why I want to read the rest of the series), and they made it such a well rounded story. I loved the idea of a road trip.
Okay I am just carrying on now so will stop.
All I am going to say is – READ IT.
That’s all.
I’m done.
Purchase:
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AUTHOR BIO
C.J Duggan is an Australian author who lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales, Australia. The Boys of Summer is Book One in her Mature Young Adult Romance Series. For more on C.J and ‘The Summer Series’, visit www.cjdugganbooks.com
Author Links: Website: http://www.cjdugganbooks.com/ Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5779034.C_J_Duggan Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cj.duggan.1 Twitter: https://twitter.com/CJ_Duggan
Now for the giveaway. All you have to do is follow me here and leave a comment here with your email. I will then use a random number generator to choose the winner.
Up for grabs is the first two books in the series!!
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