Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Endless Summer Blog Tour: Review of Endless Summer (Summer #1) by C.J. Duggan + GIVEAWAY

I'm super excited to be a part of this blog tour. I loved the first book (and was part of the tour for that as well), so I couldn't wait to be a part of the tour for this second installment. Go HERE for the rest of the stops on the tour!

Goodreads rating: 4.42
ebook, 311 pages
Published July 11th 2013
Series: Summer #2
Genre: Mature YA contemporary

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.


This is a book for mature young adults. It has bad language and some sex.

I absolutely fell in love with the first book of this series. There's something about it not taking place in America that gives this series great appeal. I love the Aussie slang, but really that's the only thing that makes this at all exotic. Humanity is the same everywhere, especially when it comes to matters of the heart. The first book made me never want to put the book down because I couldn't wait to find out what happened with the relationships. Which is what made this book so great too. I think these books are some of the best summer reads! We open up to Amy, our main character, three years ago in a rebellious act where she nearly drowns. But she's saved by Sean, one of the Onslow boys. But she doesn't even come back to Onslow until three years later. Not only did Amy get in huge trouble for what she did so she was sent to boarding school, but her mom gave her dad (the owner of the Onslow hotel) an ultimatum and long story short, she ends up in the city with her sickeningly intimate parents with stuck-up city folks. I haven't even been to the Onslow hotel and I know I'd miss it, especially if my parents owned it. But when she's nineteen, she goes back to the hotel and it's not anything she's expecting in more ways than one.

Ugh I LOVE Sean! I loved him in the first book and was so glad he was the Onslow boy that Amy was meant to end up with. This book is all kinds of awkward, especially when it comes to Sean and Amy. Sean Murphy is just... sexy. And it's not just his looks. It's so obvious that he comes to care about Amy because of all the time they spend together, and they have this connection from before. They also shared a lot of the same qualities. They're both stubborn, but their hearts are in the right place. It was good to see that the author wrote a male role that seemed to have it all figured out in every aspect of his life except love. He owns a sort of construction business and he decides to fix things for Amy that she gets mad about. That was kind of annoying because Sean was just trying to do the right thing and Amy was too stubborn to accept his help. That definitely made the book interesting because they kept going back and forth with each other. It's lucky Amy had Sean though because she would have never been able to make the Onslow look so good. It was sad that it had gotten so bad though. Especially because of the idiot asshat that's supposed to be running the place.

I loved the fact that a lot of the characters from the first book came back. But it was weird because, as soon as they showed up in this book (besides Sean that is), I felt like they didn't belong. They really added to the story and it wouldn't have been as amazing as it was without them, but this is Amy's story. I loved seeing them again, but I wasn't pining for it. I also loved the fact that everyone was so willing to help Amy save the Onslow, but I was really annoyed that her own parents weren't. I get needing to reevaluate your life, but you'd think something you'd put a bunch of blood, sweat and tears into would mean more than just some building they needed to sell. Amy was a very fleshed out character. She had a few debilitating fears, but she also had a lot of drive and a stubbornness that she shared with Sean. But I think it helped that they were equals in nearly every way, because it made their age difference not matter. The other thing I love about these books is that the girls end up with older boys, because most older boys are more mature than the guys that are the same age as the girl. In any case, I LOVED this book! It was heartwarming, and while it hurt at times, I knew everything would turn out okay. I can't wait to see what happens in the final companion book!

You don't have to have read the first book, but I definitely recommend it to those who enjoyed the first book in the series and if you love a great, sizzling summer read with hot Australian guys.



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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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