Friday, January 10, 2014

That One Summer Blog Tour: Review of That One Summer (Summer #3) by C.J. Duggan + GIVEAWAY!

I'm so excited to be a part of this blog tour! This is a series of companion books that I've absolutely fallen in love with. Check out the rest of the tour HERE!


Goodreads rating: 4.29
Published December 17th 2013
Series: Summer #3
Genre: YA/NA Contemporary Romance

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.
Spoilers from the first two books!
There is so much to love about this series, and I think I may have loved this one the most. It's very hard these days to find a truly brooding, unpredictable boy in a market flooded with boys trying to be that and failing. Especially these days with authors writing scenes from the brooding boy's POV, which kind of defeats the purpose of their brooding. But there's more than just the boy and the romance, although it does play a huge role. Like all the other books in this series, it's also about personal growth and the bond between friends. There were a lot of things about Tammy that I connected with personality-wise. I'm often unsure of myself in public situations. I don't get migraines like her luckily (but I know people that do and they're not fun!) and I don't run as much as she does and don't do it for fun, but I really felt like I connected with Tammy on a basic level. I don't feel like I fit in sometimes, but I understood what Tammy was feeling. It's not easy when you reconnect with old friends from high school but you've grown up apart from each other and so some things don't always click. But with Amy there (who we got to know in the second book of the series), kept things from being too awkward.

Ugh the romance! Like I said above, it's hard these days to find a truly perfect brooding, moody boy, but Duggan has well and truly done it! Chris was constantly brooding, always seemingly annoyed by something (especially when it comes to Tammy), and had crazy mood swings. He was so hard to put my thumb on, and Tammy was having the same problem, even near the end when it was obvious how he felt about her. Unlike the other two, this one started out with Tammy pretty much completely disliking Chris in every way. Then she gets stuck with him in a car (more like a rapist van by the sound of it since it was painted black and had a mattress in the back) and realizes that there's much more to Chris than everyone else in the group sees. Tammy even sticks up for Chris a lot when the others start to give him crap at the camp site and in town. This was truly about Tammy getting to know Chris's identity as well as her own. And I think getting to know Chris helped her understand herself more, and made her realize that it's better to be herself than what people want her to be. But she also learned how to branch out and be more social. Chris also takes away her migraines, which was a wonderful realization.

Old characters appear in this one. Toby and Tess were an interesting pair in this one. They're on the rocks for the nearly the entire book and then Tammy sees something that Toby does with another one of the girls on the trip and thinks she knows what must be going on. And of course there's Amy and Sean, who I adored in the second book! They were so cute in this one and so obviously in love, but also joked around and were obviously best friends. Meanwhile, Ellie is being extremely quiet, Tess is depressed, Toby is being weird, Stan has a new girlfriend that's actually pretty awesome, and Tammy is just trying to figure out how Chris feels about her. The New Millennium holds surprises for everyone, and I'm so excited to see Ellie and Adam's story, one that I admit I hadn't been waiting for until reading this book. Loved this story, and I am totally in love with this entire series!


 Those who have read the other books (although I suppose it's not necessary), and who love summer romances in the middle of winter!

 


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. For more on C.J and ‘The Summer Series’, visit www.cjdugganbooks.com

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One ebook copy of book 1 + 2 of the Summer series - 1 winner gets both. Open internationally.

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1 comment:

  1. I only skimmed your review bc I want to avoid spoilers (this series sounds right up my alley so I may just have to read it ;)) but it sounds like such a fun book! I also love it when old characters make appearances in companion series like these!

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