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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

That One Summer (Summer #3)
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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My Thoughts:
The author, CJ Duggan, never ceased to make me crave for more Onslow Boys. It was like you knew one’s story and you just wanted to know the others too! I was pretty stoked how it segued for what would be happening for Adam and Ellie. Yes, a spinoff that I was practically excited about (I still am). I read the series for three consecutive days, yes, I would definitely admit, I missed the boys and I would love to delve onto their stories continuously (which I did). To be honest, when I read that this was the conclusion, I almost cried. Drama queen. But I just loved the series; so to have a spin-off was just beyond. It was like letting go of something (and I have those letting go issues). I enjoyed the series and I just wanted it to be continuous. I wanted to even have my own Onslow Boy! Hot, killer winks, smirks, swoon-worthy boyish grins, tantalizing eyes, smart-arses, Aussie, rough-calloused hands, hard-working guys, sweet and knew how to celebrate fun? Those were just words to define the Onslow Boys. Shame fiction and how they set my standards in men… Can I have one Onslow Boy, please?

After my run-in with Tobias Ernest Morrison and Tess McGee, their unlabeled yet complicated romance; to Sean Murphy and Amy Henderson’s Romeo and Juliet (without the tragedy kicking-in) romance... it now lead to Chris Henderson and to Amy’s best friend, Tammy. I had fell in love with Tobias’s unexpected persona and how he was that typical guy (shaking my head with a smile on my face). But then Sean and Little Amy had been my favorite (yes, until That One Summer) because the loved they found, it was just as cherished and desire like Toby and Tess; Sean and Little Amy were just on the showy-side. I would say I was pretty biased with An Endless Summer because it showed the sides about interior designing, which has a special place in my heart; family problems and learning to let go of something important; choosing a life-path; the achievements of every Onslow boys… it was like a turn-around wherein I saw that when readers on the teen to early twenties side could relate from. When these teen where in the peak of indecision. I was one of those who had been able to relate from it. And it helped.

When I thought that Toby had made a high-standard for an Onslow boy, Sean proved me wrong by kicking off another notch, and then Chris came. Oh boy, this guy always made me clutch my heart every freaking time. I swear I mostly knew it was a squeal of delight. Oh my heart!

I was always amazed by how the author writes the friendship that never failed to warm and welcome me. The issues that were shown: getting out of your comfort zones, shadows of your parents, fighting for what you want and of course, discovering yourself. I loved how the characters unfold and how couples fell in love. The romance part were never forced, it also took its time to unravel – which I enjoyed the most. Then, the joy of how the author had told the story, it was like a wistful-nostalgic retelling; I felt how it precious the Onslow gang was. I had fallen utterly in love with the author’s writings. It felts so warm – the summer, just everything. Everything was authentic and it felt that, as a reader, I was part of them. If I was not on the Team Onslow Boys flailing and swooning; I would definitely be tagging along with the ladies. It was easy to go with the flow with the story. As much as the gang was fictional, it felt real in its sense; also the setting was just so serene that at times I wished I was there with them, literally!

So Tammy and Chris eh? Who would have thought? But then again at Book 2, Chris saw Tammy there and he stated something, sort of shock of her beauty? That aside, how the story started was enjoyable and the uncharacteristic personalities of the Onslow gang. Chris was already this Mr. Grumpy and serious-looking guy from Book 1 and I really felt there was something mysterious about him, I was waiting for his story to unravel why he was so serious and it was not as deep as it was. He was just the responsible one for the group yet like what Tammy mentioned: he was the glue that stuck the Onslow Boys together. Then, Tammy, she was the beautiful bestfriend of Amy – fit and intelligent but as usual, insecurity overwhelmed her; there were dilemmas on her part and the feeling of being outcast with the Onslow gang – I would not blame her, since she was shy and her closest friend there was Amy; take note she also had this ultimate crush on Sean back then. But what intrigued me about this book was how in the very start it showed the glimpses of something brewing and boy Chris did not fail to rise that up. I had enjoyed how the pacing was set for the both of the characters to unravel itself, as bleak, confusing then somehow clear they had been. I loved how they got to know more of each other, respected and appreciated each other’s company but mostly how they fell in love that was something that was lovely without being so cheesy.

The roadtrip, the camping, the matchmaking, the night-swimming, the touchy-feely? My goodness, could you say that this was a perfect depiction of blockbuster book?! I loved how the story was focused on Tammy and Chris but at the same time, it made the readers show the Onslow gang itself. The couples and everything! The story was not lost, the plot tightened every Onslow boy cravings I had and their antics; and of course, the friendly onslaught of girls with their squeals and girly over dramatics!

I could not for the life of me not share these quotes:
“Chris was like the sun appearing from behind the clouds.”
“Because if I’d had to choose perfect, I would have just chosen you.”
“Let him look, let him see, because, as far as I was concerned, tonight I belong to him.”

As unfortunate that I murdered my pillow from the constant screaming, swooning, pinching and clutching; it just made me realize more than anything that this book was just the right amount of every conclusion you could possibly ask for! From crushes to family to personal dramas – this was the perfect insight that I had fallen in love with the growth of the author. As the stories were continuous in it sequence, it related a concern every girl had or would face later on in life. It delved into these kinds of topics without being too deep yet tackling it alongside. The fun was never lessened and that was immense ecstasy!

Overall, I just could not get enough of the Onslow gang – the lads, the ladies and the ever-growing group, the fun just never stopped. Summer in December? I wondered the Aussie territory about the lakes and seas they have that just made it a wonderful backdrop for this series. Kudos, to the author, you made me want to hop on a trip to Australia, swoon with the accents, find and fall in love with a hot Aussie and just be enthralled with the water that could be still, ripped or crashing – all of which a breathe of a new beginning and a journey. To have let myself enjoy the incredible vivid descriptions and overwhelmed with the warmth every setting and character gave off, I was utterly pleased. The Onslow gang would be missed and reminisced about. Yet Chris and his subtle and mysterious adventure-type would win ladies hearts – words he unexpectedly uttered; Tammy who showed that girls needed that extra-positive outlook in life and learnt how to confront. Yes, like any story that has its twists, dramas… this series just had the joy in it that was unmistakably made it a feel-good and summery book feel!

I end this with:
Their love takes awhile:
Avoidance. Roadtrip. Awkwardness.
They must overcome it.

Coincidences or fate through the hands of friends?
In the depths of the solitary company of each other,
They questioned their feelings, weigh what they should do.
Yet with those stolen glances,
Those hidden smiles,
Those unwavering concern,
And those eyes, lips and touches that were unbearable to control.

They just found that they were already struck by love.
Touched nothing but with its remarkable romance,
They were completely and entirely consumed.

Rating: 4.75 – 5 out of 5.

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Author Bio:
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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-     Jassie

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