Review: That One Summer – C. J. Duggan
Tammy Maskala’s life has never been boring. She’s lived her life surrounded by the Onslow boys, enjoying every minute. Yet never once did she imagine that one of them would capture her heart in more ways than one. Nor did she know that said heart would never let him go.
Unsure as to what to make of her new feelings for Chris, Tammy does her best to come to terms with them. Granted, she’s not exactly sure as to what he feels for her. After all, he does his best to shrug her off every chance he has. There’s something about him that piques her interest, though she can’t put her fingers on what it is.
When she unexpectedly finds herself alone with Chris, she begins to wonder as to what it would be like if things between them had taken a different start. Would things have gone more smoothly if they had? As her insecurities take over, Tammy finds herself at a loss when it comes to Chris himself. The mixed signals he gives her don’t make things any easier.
Determined to make things work out between them, Tammy decides to stop feeling sorry for herself. There’s nothing more that she desires than getting to know Chris a little more. At times, he’s clearly willing. She just needs to break the ice in order to get him to be more down-to-earth with her. The question is, how can she do that when her fears keep her from being who she really is around those she’s loves?
I found That One Summer to be a tad bittersweet. The emotions flowing through Tammy and Chris are certainly palpable. I think C. J. did a wonderful job in drawing out her vulnerabilities and insecurities. We’re able to feel Tammy’s every emotion as she strives to make the most of the situations she finds herself in. Perhaps some day there will more to the Summer series. I definitely look forward to what’s to come. I’ve enjoyed this series so very much!
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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.
About The Author:
C.J Duggan is an Australian author who lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales, Australia.
The Boys of Summer is Book One in her Mature Young Adult Romance Series.
For more on C.J and ‘The Summer Series’, visit www.cjdugganbooks.com
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