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Tour Stop: That One Summer (Summer #3) by C.J. Duggan (Review+Giveaway INT.)

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That One Summer (Summer, #3)

That One Summer (Summer #3) 
by C.J. Duggan
Publication: December 17th, 2013 
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.

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*A copy was received for review purposes*

C.J. Duggan’s The Boys of Summer series has been one of my best go to contemporary series’ ever. Her writing isn’t fluffy but flows smoothly and retains a light-hearted and flirty feel to it. I never grow tired of reading the different adventures that each of the characters experience. I think that revolving a series around the same group of people but having the focus on each of the different characters is very interesting and gives the reader more insight. Even when finishing the first or second book in the series, the readers still get to see the old characters in the books to come and that’s always exciting.

That One Summer continues off with where An Endless Summer left off but with the focus on different characters. The focus this time is on Tammy Maskala, Amy’s childhood best friend. Tammy has always been the quiet and reserved type with a passion for nutrition and exercise. Whereas as Amy was loud and exuberant, Tammy preferred keeping the attention off herself. When Amy comes back to town and drags Tammy into hanging out with a completely new set of people, Tammy doesn’t feel like she fits in. So when asked to go on a long and adventurous journey to Point Shack for the New Years, she thinks of all possible ways to get out of it. In the end, she ends up being roped in anyway, just not the way she expected. Now Tammy has to deal with Chris Henderson, an infuriating and stubborn person, who is the only person that will be able to get her to their destination. Her time with him consists of bantering, awkward silences, and awful accidents. However, these conversations and memories created between them only bring them closer together than further apart.

I adored Tammy Maskala. This is probably because I related with her in almost every aspect, not the whole loving running and exercising part of course. I liked that she was shy and had a hard time accepting a new group of people. In my eyes, it’s completely realistic. I would have a hard time adjusting to a group of people who were so familiar with each other as well. However, I liked that in time she adjusted pretty well with the group so far as to giving advice to several of them. Sure she was a little insecure and shy, but her loyalty, honesty and kindness were the most endearing parts. And she wasn’t completely boring. When she wasn’t freaking out over the consequences and her OCDmess (ha ha, you see what I did there?), the girl actually had some spunk in her. Two words for you: Skinny-Dipping (not sure if that’s two words or one). So as a character, I thought Tammy had a bit of everything: Sugar, spice, and everything nice (as they say).

Our next Onslow Boy conquest: Chris Henderson. I thought Chris was definitely a charmer (*scoffs*). Just kidding. In the beginning I often wondered what the hell was wrong with the guy and it made sense considered he was practically the exact opposite of me. He was the serious one, the sarcastic one, the realistic one. Basically the one who thought things out before taking a risk and the glue of the group. I honestly don’t know what Tammy saw in him…ha ha, I kid. When he wasn’t being a pissy-pants, the guy wasn’t all bad. He actually came out as a very loyal and sincere character. Although Tammy and him have trouble kicking it off, they eventually end up seeking each other. While Tammy sees Chris’ true character and helps him understand he means more than he thinks he’s worth, Chris helps Tammy come out more and become more confident. He’s like the yin to her yang. The peanut butter to her jelly. The sail of her love boat. You know what I mean: they were made for each other.

Overall, I loved the book. Although it had a simple plotline, the characters and writing definitely made up for it. Duggan definitely invests a lot of time in her characters to make them relatable and lovable and I appreciate that as a reader. There is little to no times that I have ever been disappointed with any of the Onslow group. Her writing is also another aspect that I love about her books. Like I said before, it flows very well and isn’t complicated making for a fun and easy read. She includes a bit of everything in her books: romance, drama, humor, and the plain old reality. I would definitely recommend this as a light summer/beach read.

Side Note: I thought it was pretty cool I read this going into the New Year and the characters in the book were going into a new year as well…SEE??? Another relatable aspect. Ha ha.

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*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.

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  1. Sometimes simple plot lines still make for a fun escape especially with the type of novel this seems to be. Character development definitely make the big difference though and it sounds like the characters it this are very easy to connect to and see as real people. Glad you liked it! :)

  2. HHmm,...don't have any, except when i going to not usually place in my city, and then i get lost, on my city where i am born. LOL!


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