Saturday, January 11, 2014

Blog Tour: That One Summer by C.J. Duggan - Review, Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for That One Summer (Summer #3) by C.J. Duggan.  The tour is hosted by Xpresso Book Tours.  You can see the entire tour schedule here.  My stop today features a review and a giveaway, which you can enter below.  Thanks so much for stopping by!
That One Summer (Summer #3)
by C.J. Duggan
Published:  December 17, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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 Thoughts:  This series has been one of the most delightful series I've read in the past year or so.  I have just adored every installment.  That One Summer is book three in the Summer Series by C.J. Duggan and it is Chris Henderson and Tammy Maskala's story.  The Onslow boys and all their girls are once again together plotting and planning about New Years Eve.  Tammy Maskala's has found herself to now be part of the group since she and Amy have rekindled their childhood friendship.  In this installment, the whole crew, after much persuasion from the girls, go on a road trip complete with camping and everything, and oh what a delightful road trip it turns out to be.

Tammy is very shy and has a lot of self-esteem issues, stemming back from her teenage years.  She doesn't really realize how truly beautiful she is.  Chris is totally hot, but he is also broody, sullen, and serious, and is the master of "the look," be it the I'm bored, I'm ready to go, or I'm going to kill you look.  When Tammy and Chris wind up in Chris' van traveling together, and they begin to discover or I guess I should say "give into" the feelings they have for each other.  No only do we get the pleasure of reading Chris and Tammy's story, but we also get to see the whole Onslow gang together again, which was truly awesome.  There are some things going on with Tess and Toby, that have you wondering and concerned about them and their relationship, and I loved where C.J. Duggan took them in this novel.  Then there is Sean and Amy, who are still going strong and are very much in love.  Stan and his new girlfriend Bell are on the trip, as well as Ringer, and then of course, last but definitely not least are Ellie and Adam.  I thoroughly enjoyed connecting with all of these characters again.

The book is set in Australia, and I love the Australian banter that is part of the dialogue.  C.J. Duggan has done an excellent job in writing the book, and the entire series, interjecting the right mix of seriousness, romance, love, and humor, which makes this such a fun story.  I seriously did not want to put the book down.

The ending was perfect and I just loved it.  I also enjoyed the epilogue that was included very much.  I can't wait to read the next book in the series, Forever Summer, which will be Adam and Ellie's story.  That One Summer is a wonderful and enjoyable installment is a really great new adult contemporary romance series, one that I would most definitely encourage that you put on your TBR soon list.

"Okay, so I didn’t know what to say to that exactly. It wasn’t every night of my life that I found myself pressed up intimately against an Onslow Boy, in the dark, in his bedroom, in his bed. Well, okay … under his bed. Still, it did make for interesting conversation." 

I knew this tender side to him was not always front and present, that it was often overshadowed by the equally brooding, bossy, moody part of him. But I couldn't help but be completely and utterly in awe of all that was Chris. To me, he was bloody near-on perfect. 

No biggie.  He's done this before; it's the same as before.  Except the zipper is going down instead of up, and he's half dressed, and in the dark, in the back of the Shaggin Wagon with a condom floating around somewhere.  Yep!  No big deal whatsoever.  

The Boys of Summer (Summer #1)
by C.J. Duggan
Published:  December 17, 2012
Synopsis book 1 (The Boys of Summer):
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.

You can see my review here.  

An Endless Summer (Boys of Summer #2)
by C.J. Duggan
Published:  July 11, 2013
Synopsis book 2 (An Endless Summer):
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.

You can see my review here

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

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  1. I have been wanting to read these books for a while now! They sound like such good summer reads. Those covers are gorgeous!

  2. Great review! I love it when a book is set overseas and Australian slang is so interesting I've read a few set in Australia before. And it sounds like a great summer read, too! Or one to read in winter and live vicariously though the characters >.<

  3. Love the sounds of this series. I need to read them. :) Great review!

  4. I promised myself I would start this series this year and I plan on doing it, I have heard too many glowing reviews not to!

  5. I usually stay away from NA because most of the stories are "heavy" and designed to tear me to pieces. This however sounds fun & that first book I will dig coz I love books set in Australia too!

  6. I have wanted to read this series. Everyone raves about it. I need to get my act together so I can read it too!!

  7. New author to add to my tbr. thx for sharing

  8. This is such a fun, light-hearted series & as an Aussie I love the setting :) I'm glad you enjoyed this as well Ellen, I can't wait for Adam and Ellie's story.

    A wonderful review.

  9. "My Thoughts: This series has been one of the most delightful series I've read in the past year or so." <---- This makes me SO happy to see, Ellen! Books that give you that sort of feeling are invaluable.

  10. I like this series too. I really want to read Chris's book, but I couldn't do the tour. Glad you liked it.

  11. These books sound right up my alley. Thanks for introducing them to me & for the wonderful giveaway!

  12. I have been wanting to read these! Thanks for the chance!

  13. Thanks for hosting this giveaway. Sounds like a fun book.


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