Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Blog Tour/Review/Giveaway: The Boys of Summer by C.J. Duggan

Title: The Boys of Summer
Author: C.J. Duggan
Series: Summer #1
Release Date: December 17, 2012
ASIN: B00AOA4VMO
Format: eBook, 291 pages
Genre: YA, romance, contemporary, chick lit
Source: blog tour
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It seemed only natural to nickname them the ‘Onslow Boys’. Every time they swaggered in the front door of the Onslow Hotel after a hard week’s work, their laughter was loud and genuine as they settled onto their bar stools. I peeked through the restaurant partition, a flimsy divider between my world and theirs. I couldn’t help but smile whenever I saw them, saw him ... Toby Morrison.

Quiet seventeen-year-old Tess doesn’t relish the thought of a summertime job. She wants nothing more than to forget the past haunts of high school and have fun with her best friends before the dreaded Year Twelve begins.

To Tess, summer is when everything happens: riding bikes down to the lake, watching the fireworks at the Onslow Show and water bomb fights at the sweltering Sunday markets.

How did she let her friends talk her into working?

After first-shift disasters, rude, wealthy tourists and a taunting ex-boyfriend, Tess is convinced nothing good can come of working her summer away. However, Tess finds unlikely allies in a group of locals dubbed ‘The Onslow Boys’, who are old enough to drive cars, drink beer and not worry about curfews. Tess’s summer of working expands her world with a series of first times with new friends, forbidden love and heartbreaking chaos.

All with the one boy she has never been able to forget.

It will be a summer she will always remember.

Warning: sexual references, and occasional coarse language.
Title: An Endless Summer
Author: C.J. Duggan
Series: Summer #2
Release Date: July 17, 2013
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.
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C.J. Duggan
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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Tess has a crappy life. Especially when her ex, Scott, makes it his goal in life to humiliate her every chance he gets. Which is pretty easy seeing how he's at the summit of the ladder of popularity, and Tess is . . . just Tess. Then her two besties, Adam and Ellie, talk her into a summer job. But there's a group of local boys that seem to make the restaurant job a teensy bit brighter, especially one boy in particular . . .

I can get really picky about romances, but there's a million things that C.J. Duggan did right with Tess and xxx. (I have to put down xxx or it could get a tad spoilery.) They have a perfect sizzling chemistry, and it didn't immediately start that way. I like it when the romance has time to nurture itself as a friendship before stepping the threshold into full-blown dating. And if you get to see the two banter, it's just so adorable! (Please note that I rarely get fangirly like this about a romance, showing how incredible of a writer C.J. Duggan is.)

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