Review+Giveaway: That One Summer

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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That One Summer (Summer #3)
by C.J. Duggan
Release Date: 12/17/13

Summary from Goodreads:
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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Ohmygosh, ohmygosh.  I really liked this series!  I fell in love with the Onslow people when I read the first book, The Boys of Summer.  I especially loved the relationship between Tess and Toby and all that. (Imma write my review on this sometime soon!)  I skipped the second book (yes, I suck. I just went straight to That One Summer so that I’ll be on time for tour stop HAHA) This is why there are some things that I don’t really quite understand like who Amy is or who Tammy is and all those things.  But still, it didn’t lower down my reading feels. Ohmygoooosh. Chris and Tammy <3 (Fangirling moment!) I love their moments together and I can really feel their chemistry together. Oh, the feels! They help each other grow, and break out of each other’s shell, which is really fantastic.

I love how Tammy is just naturally hilarious, which makes reading this book even more fun.  She’s genuine and cares for the people she loves.  The way she thinks she won’t be able to fit in the group, but in the end she really felt like she belonged was really amazing. It’s really admirable to see someone ready to step up to something and wanting to make a change in themselves. It’s that inner strength that makes me really admire them, and I think Tammy has this.
I love how Chris is all-so-serious and moody but he’s actually a responsible, caring and sweet person. At first I didn’t like him because he was so serious and all that, but Tammy going on a road trip with him changed my views.  It taught me on how to really stop being judgemental on people because we never know who they really are until we get to know them better.  He was so adorable! (insert fangirl moment! *squeals*)

It was also awesome that the characters from previous books were also given the spotlight and still a part of the story.  Duggan wrote amazingly well and I was kept on my toes through all the things that were happening. I don’t know if I should be mad or what with all the false accusations that was going through my mind when I was reading it.  But anyhow, I really loved the ending! It just fits, and it was amazing.

A breathtaking story about friendship and love with that laid-back summer Aussie vibe and funny road trip adventures that is surely enjoyable to read! That One Summer can be read as a stand-alone, but it’s better to read the prequels to have a better connection with the characters.


About the Author

C.J Duggan is a Number One Best Selling Australian Author who 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.

The Boys of Summer is Book One in her highly successful Mature Young Adult Romance Series.

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1 winner will get ebooks of Book 1-3 of the Summer series (INT)


Contest is void where prohibited. Entrants must be 13 or else have parent or guardian’s permission to enter. Winners will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner’s name will be selected. Winning entries will be verified for authenticity.

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