{Review} Max by C.J. Duggan

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{Review} Max by C.J. DugganMax by C.J. Duggan
Series: Summer #2.5
Publisher: Self-Published on February 15, 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction (NA)
Pages: 168

Our Rating

4 Stars

Melanie Sheehan didn’t set out to be a liar, but her last lie landed her in big trouble. Now Mel must suffer a harsh consequence – she’s not allowed out of her father’s sight.

No friends, no parties, no life.

Since impeccably good behaviour is now all she’s about, her dad, renowned Ballan local ‘Bluey’ Sheehan, is about to finally cut Mel some slack. The catch? While he heads out of town on business, she has to stay at the Onslow Hotel, and he’s entrusting Max Henry, the eldest son of Bluey’s best mate, to look out for her.

He just doesn’t know it yet.

Max, the new head barman at the Onslow Hotel, is the one boy Mel has been crushing on since forever. At a time when Mel plans to go on the straight and narrow, she is about to tell the biggest lie of all. Will Max be able to handle the fiery farm girl or should he be considered the last boy in Onslow to trust?



This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.

TheVerdictWell, I’d been curious about Max for a while now, since we really only got a glimpse or two of him in previous books, so of course I grabbed his book when I got the chance.

Melanie’s at that age where she’s too old to be a kid and too young to be an adult, that impossible time in our lives where we want so badly to make our own decisions, even though we haven’t quite proved we can handle that responsibility.  In Melanie’s case, she’s already done the opposite of that, proving to her father that she’s not as grown up as she’d like to be, and he’s had her under lock and key since her last mishap.  Now he’s going out of town for a bit, though, and since he obviously can’t leave her to her own devices, he leaves her in the care of his best friend’s son — the young man that Melanie’s had a crush on since forever.

Max has no idea what he’s supposed to do with Melanie, though a lot of things he shouldn’t do keep running through his mind.  But she says she has a boyfriend, and she’s driving him crazy.  Plus, her dad trusted him with her, and to cross any lines would just be wrong.  Except the more he’s around her, the more he realizes she’s not being entirely honest with him.

I’m not really a fan of those stories in which characters pile lies on top of lies to make themselves look better or cooler or whatever.  Especially when the other party finds out and starts messing with them for it.  And that’s exactly what happened in Max.  However, Duggan’s characters are so much fun, and I love the way she spins stories, so as much as I didn’t want to fall for it, I liked it quite a bit.  Granted, it wasn’t the full length novel I’ve been dying for, but it was a nice taste of the Onslow boys in the interim and a very enjoyable read.  I’ve said it before, but if you haven’t read her Summer series, it’s an absolute must!

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About C.J. Duggan

C.J Duggan 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.

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