{Review & Giveaway} That One Summer by C.J. Duggan


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{Review & Giveaway} That One Summer by C.J. DugganThat One Summer by C.J. Duggan
Series: Summer #3
December 17, 2013
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (NA)
Pages: 305

Our Rating

5 Stars

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.

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

ReasonsToReadCounting down to the new millennium, Tammy Maskala is hitting the road with her group of friends, leaving their sleepy Australian town behind and heading for the ultimate New Year’s bash at Point Shank.  Maybe.

Feeling a little like an outsider among her friends, all cute couples and outgoing fun, she hesitates to join them, waiting so long to decide that they’ve already left without her.  Fortunately — or perhaps unfortunately — Chris planned on driving out later, so Tammy’s only choice if she plans on spending the holiday with her friends is to hitch a ride with the moody, always-serious bartender whose icy glares she usually scurries to avoid.

But the next few days in the van with Chris don’t turn out nearly like she thought they would.  Their silences are actually comfortable, their conversations playful, and when he smiles…  Neither being much for long-winded confessions or wearing their hearts on their sleeves, the trip quickly becomes one of growing attraction, second-guessing, and a New Years Eve that none of them will ever forget.


TheVerdictI can’t even begin to explain how much I loved every second of this book!  Remember what summer used to be like?  That time of year when everything was bright and filled with the promise of adventure, when little else mattered except friendships and secrets and whether your bikini would turn just the right boy’s head?  Put that magic into words, and you’ve got That One Summer.

Author C.J. Duggan perfectly captures that incredible time during young adulthood when life is simple and romance is as complicated as young hearts can make it.  The quiet, moody Chris hides a sensitive, considerate side, more romantic with his simple words than a trail of rose petals could ever be.

“You know that nice for me means ‘absolutely beautiful’, right?”

Tammy, like any girl her age, doesn’t quite know how to read him, her insecurities and over-analytical nature causing her to question everything.  But for all his mixed signals and apparent hesitation to push things too far, sometimes he says exactly the right thing.

I stared up at him, my mind whirring in maddening circles, fearing to hope.

“What are you saying?” I whispered.

He pulled me closer, circling his arms around my waist. “What I’m saying is I want to go to the ends of the Earth with you.”

If you’ve ever wanted to revisit summer, go back in time, return to that place in memory where life was simple and love was just a few breaths away, you absolutely must read this book.  A simple story of love and friendship, every detail is placed perfectly in That One Summer, and you’ll be swooning over Chris in no time at all.  He’s that quietly beautiful guy we all secretly stared at once upon a time.  That One Summer is a fun, simple romance you’re sure to fall in love with.




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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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  1. Aaah this tour is making me miss summer so hard! This is right up my alley for sure and I love how refreshing it sounds! Like an escape if you allow me to be cheesy LOL. Glad you liked it! 🙂

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  2. This book sounds like a great road trip book to read.

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