Blog Tour Mini-Review: That One Summer by C.J. Duggan

Posted 28 February, 2014 by Gabbie in Blog Tour, Review / 0 Comments

Blog Tour Mini-Review: That One Summer by C.J. Duggan

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blog Tour Mini-Review: That One Summer by C.J. DugganThat One Summer by C.J. Duggan
Series: Summer #3
Publisher: Self Published on December 17, 2013
Source: Author
Pages: 349
Reading Challenges: 2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge, 2014 Rewind Challenge
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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.

Here Are My Thoughts

Check out my review of Boys of Summer (Summer #1)
Check out my review of An Endless Summer (Summer #2)

That One Summer was a great companion novel to the Boys of Summer series. This installment followed Amy’s friend Tammy and Chris Henderson. It was different from the other novels, as we had characters that weren’t as outgoing and bold as the other characters. Their story and romance was a lot more subtle, evolving over a road trip down the coast. It moved at a pace that was just right for the characters, which was a bit slow with some steamy moments. But it wasn’t boring at all–it fit their characters. Tammy falls in as my second favorite Onslow girl. She was the character that I related most to. She was shy and don’t quite fit in with the pack. I could totally understand her feelings of loneliness. Chris was just as serious as ever, although we got to see him lighten up a tiny bit. It was actually kind I weird at first, since it’s always been the serious side of him portrayed in the novels. But it was refreshing to see. In this installment, we also get to see our other favorite couples, and one of them even has an OMG moment that totally killed me! That One Summer was a cute and lighthearted read that is perfect for a nice, warm day. I can’t wait to see anything else that CJ Duggan brings.

4 Stars

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