That One Summer (Summer, #3)
by C.J. Duggan
Publication Date: December 17th 2013
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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 don't know how C.J. Duggan does it, but she did it again! That One Summer is once again a perfect read. At this point, I can honestly say that I'll read anything this author writes and love it, and for me that is rare thing with NA contemporary authors.
This book follows Chris Henderson, Amy's oldest cousin and her best friend Tammy Maskala. Everybody is set for a road trip to celebrate New Year's Eve away from Onslow and while this trip for some of them is just a time spent with friends and having fun, for Tammy and Chris it might have a little different meaning.
I was very excited to see how this book plays out. Tammy and Chris always seemed like they would be great together, and I wasn't wrong. They make a great couple. This book is different from the first two in many ways. All the characters are more matured but there is still that playful side of them that we learned to love in the previous books. Also Chris and Tammy are different than other characters. They are more closed off and serious. Chris is still the same brooding Chris we know from before, but we see a completely different side of him when he is around Tammy. He is more relaxed, even playful and flirty at the times. Tammy is still the shy one and I loved seeing how through the book she became bolder and more aware of herself. The chemisrty between Chris and Tamy was present from the beginning. I loved the way their friends were always teasing them and how slowly they both became aware of their feelings for each other. The romance itself was perfect.
But the thing I liked the most in this book is friendship between them all. Seeing how they are all very close, how connected and ready to help each other is its strongest part.
I can't wait for the fourth book to come out, more so because it will be Adam and Ellie's book and I always tought they are perfect for each other. If you still haven't started the Summer series by C.J. Duggan, I strongly recommend you to do so. You will end up loving them.
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 www.cjdugganbooks.com
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