Thursday, January 9, 2014

Blog Tour Review + Giveaway: That One Summer by CJ Duggan

Visit all the stops on the That One Summer Blog Tour for reviews of the book, the whole series, as well as giveaways!

That One Summer by CJ Duggan 
Series: Summer #3 (this is a series of companions and can be read as standalones)
Published: December 17th, 2013
Publisher: Self-published
348 pages (ebook)
Genre: Contemporary new adult
Acquired this book: From the author as part of the blog, in exchange for an honest review
Warning: May contain spoilers
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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.

It’s official: I want to marry an Onslow boy. I discovered the Summer series this past summer and fell instantly in love with Tess and Toby. I was as fascinated with the Onslow boys as Tess and Ellie were, and I enjoyed watching their story continue in Amy and Sean’s book, and now Tammy and Chris’s book.

It was easy to love Toby and Sean - they were pretty much the epitome of swoonworthy. I was intrigued with Chris from the beginning and hoped he’d get his own story so we’d learn more about him, so I was psyched when I found out That One Summer was his story. He’s an example of ‘still waters run deep’ - he’s bossy, sullen, broody, and seems like a buzzkill, but there’s so much more to him than that. He’s a loyal friend, a dedicated and hardworking businessman, and he has this unexpected side to him that’s sweet, tender, and funny. CJ Duggan has a knack for writing boys that are easy to fall in love with, and Chris was no exception.

My only issue with this book was, funnily enough, Tammy. There were times when she drove me absolutely batty. She let her insecurities get the better of her time and time again, and it caused her to jump to conclusions, overreact, feel sorry for herself, and get mad over little things. I wanted to wring her neck so many times, but I appreciated that she finally started to grow and open up her eyes and her heart, and not just to Chris, but to the others as well. At the beginning she didn’t feel like she fit in - the others were ‘Amy’s friends’ - but when she stopped feeling sorry for herself, she saw that the others cared about her and wanted her to be part of their group.

I loved the road trip aspect of the book. It was nice to get away from Onslow and see something completely different, plus I love a good road trip story. Let's just say I wouldn’t mind being stuck in a car with Chris for a few days! As with any good road trip story, it was as much an emotional journey as a physical one, and I enjoyed watching Tammy and Chris get to know each other, and the lessons Tammy learned. There were some really sweet moments between the two, and there were also moments that were so sexy I practically needed a cold shower. Besides having a knack for writing swoonworthy boys, Duggan also has a knack for writing scorching sexytimes!

As much as I love the romance in CJ’s books - and I do love the romance - I also love the friendship aspect of the book. I’d love to be part of the Onslow gang. They have a really special friendship, and unlike a lot of close-knit groups, they’re willing to open their arms and hearts to new people. 

That One Summer is sweet, funny, sexy, and romantic. The Summer series is incredibly addictive, and a definite favourite of mine. It’s one of the series I recommend most, and I’m going to do it again - if you enjoy contemporary upper YA/NA with great friendships, swoonworthy and memorable romances, and fun storylines, the Summer series is a must read. I can’t wait for Forever Summer to be reunited with these wonderful characters!

 {Read my review of The Boys of Summer || Read my review of An Endless Summer}

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. 

One lucky winner will get an e-copy of The Boys of Summer AND An Endless Summer! This is open internationally.

Have you read That One Summer or any of the other Summer series books? What did you think? If you haven't read them, are they on your TBR?


  1. It seems like Tammy is a hit or miss with a love of readers. I like the sounds of all the yummy boys, though! Anyways this sounds like a very character driven story and this is what I look for in a contemporary series like this. Glad you liked it, doll!

  2. I sure can use some summer with snow up to my knees. The book looks like a fun read, can't wait.

    Anna from Shout with Emaginette


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