Friday, 10 January 2014

That One Summer Blog Tour - Review & Giveaway

Title:That One Summer
Series: The Summer #3
Author: C.J Duggan
Release Date: December 17, 2013
Review Copy: From author in exchange of honest review
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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 purchased the first book in the series ‘The Boys of Summer’ way back when, and as most of my books I purchase, I haven’t actually gotten to reading it. Oops. So when I found out about this tour, I immediately was like “YES, another book I can inadvertently check off the TBR list.” A list that never ends.

I absolutely loved this book. I felt like I was reading a romantic comedy. Tammy was great, and Chris was just yummy. Two things threw me off when I started this book.

1) It was summer and they were celebrating New Years. Then I was like “DERP Kristie, its set in Australia. Not America.” Good one on my part.

2) When I think road trip, I don’t count camping trips as one. I guess in a way it is, especially if you have to camp before getting to your destination. On that note, I really need to read more books about road trips.

This book takes the idea of ‘what happens when you fall in love while faking it’. Chris and Tammy have been set up by their best friends. Which, warning to my friends who are reading this, don’t you dare get any ideas! Their chemistry is so believable it isn’t even funny. At the beginning of their solo adventure seemed a little too believable, but it works out in the end.

This book is just so fun and I am dipstick for not reading these books sooner. I loved that it wasn’t a quick 200 page book, because hypothetically, it should be with the fact it just takes place over a short amount of time. C.J. writes an awesome romance and if Chris is anything like the guy on the cover, then I think I’d go a little stir crazy myself, especially if I was stuck alone with him in a van.

One last note, don’t ever ask where you can get a ‘budgie smuggler’ if you ever go down under. Don’t know what it is? Well then you’ll just have to check this book out and see for yourself ;)

Check out the rest of the tour click the banner at the top

Check out books 1 and 2 below

Book 1
Link to Goodreads
 Book 2
Link to Goodreads

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
Links: Website - Twitter - Facebook - Goodreads

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