by C.J. Duggan
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 17, 2013
Format Acquired: eARC for review (thanks C.J. and The Three Bookateers!)
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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.
I had a rocky start with this series. I started from 3 stars then 4 and now I'm giving this book 5 stars. It's incredibly how the author just keeps improving the story as the series goes on. Not only does the story continue smoothly, the characters grow beautifully with it.
I thought I was madly in love with Sean Murphy and his gorgeous playboy self but hello CHRIS HENDERSON. I never thought I'd love him more than Sean but WOW. I like how Chris was mostly in the background in the previous books but didn't feel like a stranger at all in That One Summer. He's still the same old brooding, serious Chris but you'll see this entirely different side to him that the gang has never or rarely seen before. And it's all because of Tammy. Who would've thought Amy's bestfriend could actually be an interesting protagonist? To be honest, I had my doubts at first but as soon as I started the book I quickly learned to appreciate Tammy. I liked her voice, one that's totally different from the previous female leads, Tess and Amy. I think her being older in the series as compared to the other girls when their stories happened is a big factor. She's more of a grown up but she still has a playful side. I especially liked how freaked out and tensed she got whenever Chris was around. It was hilarious when she tried but failed to hide from Chris under the diner table. It was one of my favorite moments because it showed just how smitten Chris is with Tammy just by how light he was around her. There was never a moment where I felt like they weren't a perfect fit! From their friends teasing them to admitting their feelings for each other - the chemistry was all there.
Aside from the perfect romance that made me giggle a whole lot, I liked how present the whole group was. I love that I got to see what everyone was up to and how their stories continued. I mean, I fell in love with the gang in books 1 and 2, of course I'd want to see what else is up with them! Even if they were a big part of the story, they still didn't overshadow Chris and Tammy which was great.
If you've read the previous books, I highly recommend That One Summer to you. Continue the story of the Onslow Boys and fall in love once again. You'll keep turning the page and wish there were more pages once you get to the end. Definitely a swoon-worthy, perfect summer read!
About the author
C.J Duggan is the number one bestselling Australian author of the Summer Series! C.J lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales, Australia. When she isn’t writing books about swoony boys and 90’s pop culture you will find her renovating her hundred-year-old Victorian homestead or annoying her local travel agent for a quote to escape the chaos.
Novels in the Summer Series includes: The Boys of Summer (2012), An Endless Summer (2013) and the highly anticipated, soon to be released That One Summer (2013).
For more on C.J and ‘The Summer Series’, visit www.cjdugganbooks.com
ONE WINNER will receive a SIGNED PAPERBACK copy of the ENTIRE SUMMER SERIES
THREE WINNERS will receive EBOOK copies of the ENTIRE SUMMER SERIES
FOUR WINNERS will receive an EBOOK COPY of THAT ONE SUMMER