Review: The Boys of Summer – C. J. Duggan
Determined to make the most of the coming summer, Tess promises herself that she’ll do her best to set aside her worries. She knows doing so will be difficult, most especially with her ex-boyfriend causing her so many problems, but she’s willing to do so, none-the-less. Detesting the fact that Scott has given her so much grief, Tess does her best to put everything behind her. There’s no way she’s going to let him ruin her summer. Granted, he’s doing his best to do just that. If she can get the upper hand, anything he’ll try to do won’t be as bad. After all, she’s got one more year of high school to go. Surely, it won’t be that bad, right?
Her life takes an unexpected turn when Toby Morrison, the one boy she never expected to see again, suddenly reappears in her life. After all this time, she’s never forgotten him. Nor has her heart let go of the way he makes her feel. Though she’s not sure if he remembers her the way she remembers him, she’s happy to see him, none-the-less. The fact that she’ll get to see every time she goes to work makes things even better.
Immersing herself in her summer job, Tess soon realizes just how difficult balancing responsibility and life can be. Determined to hold her own, she gives things all she’s got. Her life becomes a tad chaotic as she grows closer to Toby. The feelings he evokes in her are unexpected, and she wants nothing more than spend as much time as she can with him. Though she knows she shouldn’t. Still, when the heart wants something, it’s hard to ignore it. The question is, will she be able to survive the onslaught of her emotions once the summer is over?
An awesome start to a wonderful series, The Boys of Summer is a heartwarming story that will capture your heart. We meet Tess and her band of merry friends who are determined in having a wonderful summer. Together, they find themselves in a slew of situations that test the boundaries of their friendship. C. J. has crafted a very believable world whose characters and emotions pour off every page. Looking forward to what comes next for the series!
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It seemed only natural to nickname them the ‘Onslow Boys’. Every time they swaggered in the front door of the Onslow Hotel after a hard week’s work, their laughter was loud and genuine as they settled onto their bar stools. I peeked through the restaurant partition, a flimsy divider between my world and theirs. I couldn’t help but smile whenever I saw them, saw him … Toby Morrison.
Quiet seventeen-year-old Tess doesn’t relish the thought of a summertime job. She wants nothing more than to forget the past haunts of high school and have fun with her best friends before the dreaded Year Twelve begins.
To Tess, summer is when everything happens: riding bikes down to the lake, watching the fireworks at the Onslow Show and water bomb fights at the sweltering Sunday markets.
How did she let her friends talk her into working?
After first-shift disasters, rude, wealthy tourists and a taunting ex-boyfriend, Tess is convinced nothing good can come of working her summer away. However, Tess finds unlikely allies in a group of locals dubbed ‘The Onslow Boys’, who are old enough to drive cars, drink beer and not worry about curfews. Tess’s summer of working expands her world with a series of first times with new friends, forbidden love and heartbreaking chaos.
All with the one boy she has never been able to forget.
It will be a summer she will always remember.
Warning: sexual references, and occasional coarse language.
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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