Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Blog Tour - That One Summer (Summer #3) by C.J Duggan - Review + Teaser + Giveaway

That One Summer is Book #3 in the mature young adult SUMMER SERIES, a series filled with intoxicatingly sweet romances and addictive, swoon worthy characters. The Summer Series is set in Onslow and it is here where you will meet the ruggedly handsome Onslow Boys - a group of men SO HOT in appearance and so likable in personality that’ll leave you craving MORE. Now imagine that, set it against a sizzling hot Australian background, fill it with good old Australian humour and there you have the Summer Series! 

That One Summer
by C.J Duggan

(Summer #3)

December 17th 2013

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.

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(Read our review of An Endless Summer HERE)
§  An Endless Summer (#3) - December 17 2013
§  Forever Summer  - Coming soon

About C.J

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).

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My Review

5 out of 5 !!!

A hilarious, enticing love story that had me captivated from the very first sentence! I started reading TOS at midnight, so imagine my surprise when C.J started off the story in a setting of pitch blackness. I was definitely worried about having nightmares especially when this sentence popped up “One, two, Freddie’s coming for you… Three, four, better lock your door.” Yep visions of Freddie Kruger popped into my mind at that point. But anyway, what I found the most enjoyable about this novel was that it kept getting better and intriguing throughout each chapter, until I had no choice but to be a hundred percent captivated and in love with everything Duggan threw at us.

The story starts off with the Onslow gang not wanting to spend the New Year’s in town as the welcoming of a new millennia.  So the girls invite themselves to go with the boys camping at Point Shank. But our main girl Tammy’s not so sure if she wants to go. What with feeling like she doesn’t belong in the group. But when she changes her mind at the last minute, she heads to the Onslow Hotel in a rush with her mum driving like crazy (which is normal apparently) and there she finds…. That they left without her. But little did she know that someone’s been there waiting for her… Mr Chris Henderson himself,  blackmailed by his little cuz into taking Miss Maskala to catch up with the gang. And in turn starts a hilarious, swoon-worthy romantic, outrageous road trip to the perfect NYE destination with a group of friends like no other. And when the clock strikes twelve, be prepared for an unexpected surprise, you’ll never see coming ;-].

Tammy Maskala’s this beautiful, sometimes shy, sometimes confident, college personal trainer, who feels as if she doesn’t belong with the Onslow gang and so she distances herself… or at least she tries to distance herself. But with best friend Amy’s interference, she has no choice but to get involved and have fun with a group of people who enjoy her company. And with moody Chris showing more emotions towards her than anybody else, she’s about to be bombarded with friends trying to pair her up with a hottie (which isn’t that bad if you ask me ;-]).

“ But if I had to choose perfect, I would have just chosen you” – Chris 

In the other Summer novel, I felt like we barely got a good idea as to who exactly is Chris Henderson, so I was super excited to find out he was getting his own novel. Now if you suddenly forgot who Chris is for some reason or that you were overloaded with too many Onslow hotties and totally spaced as to who was who. Well, Chris is the moody bartender who now runs Onslow along with Sean. The hottie with a scowl who I feel always had a helping hand in whatever problems arised within the gang. Chris kind of took me by surprise, I always enjoyed his scenes in the previous books, but I’ve always seen him as this cool, collected bartender and in TOS we see a whole new side to him that I just adore. He's usually anti-social towards the girls, but with Tammy, we see a whole new side to him… a yummy side ;-P. He's cheeky, devious and charming and he seems to be giving out those rare sunshine smiles to only one girl. But his also sweet in a quiet, comforting way and add in the fact his a dedicatedly responsible guy with a tempting bod... and we have the perfect guy!

“Watching Chris’s body slowly appear out of the water. It was as if a movie was playing out in slow motion before my eyes – he ran his hands back through his hair as the excess water dribbled down his tanned skin.”

As always, I love the Aussie references in the series, it was definitely a breath of fresh air and just made me so at home with the setting as it’s similar to my own lifestyle. It was also amazing to see the gang all together once again! As unlike the first two novels, I feel like in TOS we got to know the other characters (mainly the rest of the Onslow boys) on a deeper level as they are seen all out together crackin’ up jokes and just having a good time. It also added to the atmosphere of summer, to get to see their unique bonds and how comfortable they all are individually or together, even though Tammy feels like she’s out of place, we get to see her interaction with the others and how they value her as one of their own. It was also great to see the dynamics of Tammy and Amy’s friendship, it reminds me of my conversations with my girls every time we hang out together. And oh C.J! You still manage to have me cracking up like a hyena at all your comedic situations and expressions!

I also love the unexpected twists Duggan throws our way, they definitely keep things in suspense and makes it that much more interesting, while making it a far cry from knowing what to expect. Also, every Chris and Tammy moments had me smiling like a lunatic. And as much as I love the Onslow Hotel, it was nice to see the gang on a road trip and have some new scenery. After reading book two, I feel like it was a nice change of direction as the follow up. As An Endless Summer mostly concentrated on the Onslow hotel, it was nice, to take a break and have a whole new scenery and adventures for book three.

Overall, That One Summer is a hilarious, captivating and an enticing read full of friendship, romance, and hilarious adventures that will keep you enchanted even after you’ve finished reading. Worth a read, especially if you’ve read the first two novels. Also it’s a perfect summer read in the countdown for the New Year! Definitely gets you thinking about what your plans are for NYE 2014.

*I received an ARC in exchange for my honest and genuine opinion/review*


As part of the tour, there will be an international tour wide giveaway. Prizes include:

*  THREE WINNERS will receive EBOOK copies of the ENTIRE SUMMER SERIES

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