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Series: Summer #2
July 11, 2013
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (NA)
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 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 on his face. “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:
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.
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
After spending the last few years in the city, Amy’s excited to go back home — to the hotel her family has owned for generations, to the friends she left behind, to the sleepy town of Onslow where life was always better. But nothing’s quite like she remembers.
The hotel is falling apart, literally, and the staff that kept it going have somehow dwindled to one lazy bartender who doesn’t bother opening the doors until after noon. Her best friend from before has gone and grown up, all long legs, bright smiles, and beautiful eyes that have heads turning. And the Onslow Boys who were always too old for her to hang with, always too cool and grown up for the awkward teen she once was… Well, they’ve only gotten hotter, and she’s no little girl anymore.
Amy loves her childhood home; it’s a part of her she can’t give up. With a lot of elbow grease and the help of the Onslow Boys, she works to restore it to its former glory — and falls in love along the way. Sean is older than her, having already built his own business and created his own path in life, but he’s every bit as fun and mischievous as he always was. He’s driving her crazy, and while she knows better than to fall for the guy that could have any woman he wants, she can’t help but think that maybe, with all his flirting and all her blushing, he wants her.
C.J. Duggan has done it again. An Endless Summer perfectly captures that incredible time when you’re no longer a child but not quite an independent adult, when having fun and dreaming of that perfect unattainable guy takes up every spare thought. I was convinced that after reading The Boys of Summer, there was no way I could love this book as much. But just a couple of chapters in, and I was already in Amy’s shoes, already falling for Sean, and thrilled to see the rest of the Onslow Boys coming home. I want to go back in time, move to Onslow, or maybe just pack up and live inside Duggan’s imagination. There’s something amazing there.