Monday, January 6, 2014

Blog Tour: That One Summer Review

Today I am lucky enough to be able to share with you That One Summer, a book that I fell absolutely in love with while reading!  

Title:  That One Summer
Series:  Summer #3
Author:  C.J. Duggan
Published:  December 17, 2013 by Author
Source:  The author via Xpresso Book Tours.  Thank you!
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.

Find That One Summer online!

My Review:  Holy cow, I love this book.  Everything about it made me fall harder and harder in love with it.  I opened the book and was greeted by a fun, warm world and story that brought me back to my favorite aspects of summer! 

My favorite part of this book was, of course, the relationship between our main characters Chris and Tammy.  From the very beginning, I was in love with their interactions and the way they complimented each other.  It was as lovely as it was funny.  All of their time spent together made me truly want to root for them and see them become everything I knew they would be able to be!  I liked seeing their confidence and depth grow as they began to appreciate themselves and each other.  Their relationship had my heart fluttering and myself jumping up and down as I read, though it definitely wasn't without its tearful moments!  Another huge aspect of the story and the series as a whole was the relationship between the Onslow boys.  The bond between all of these guys was heart warming and utterly awesome.  The way they trusted each other and had each others backs had me smiling from ear to ear as I read.

The plot was exciting and fun.  I loved the road trip they went on and I liked seeing the way Tammy and Chris interacted trapped in a car for hours at a time.  It really forced gave them a chance to get to know each other in depth and led to some laugh out loud moments!  While these times were the most enjoyable for me, I also really liked getting to know all of the other characters in the story.  Some of the supporting characters have previously been main characters in C.J. Duggan's other novels and it has made me very interested in reading those as well and seeing how their stories played out!

This book was a fun and heartwarming read that I will definitely be rereading during the winter so I can revisit the fun times of summer!  The characters were all likeable and I loved seeing the growing relationship between Chris and Tammy!  I can't wait to get my hands on the other books in the series!

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Check out the first books in the series! 

About the author!
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.

Find C.J Duggan online!

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like it has a fantastic romance! I love these kinds of compelling relationships in books. I also love how summery it feels! Wonderful review, Ashtyn!


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