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December 16, 2013

Review: That One Summer by CJ Duggan - Road Trip Anyone? [Blog Tour]

About C.J

C.J Duggan is the number one bestselling Australian author of the Summer Series! C.J 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.
Novels in the Summer Series includes: The Boys of Summer (2012), An Endless Summer (2013) and the highly anticipated, soon to be released That One Summer (2013).
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That One Summer (Summer, #3)Title: That One Summer (Summer, #3)
Author: CJ. Duggan
Publication date: December 17, 2013
Genre(s): New Adult (Contemporary/Romance)
Source: Blog Tour
Format: eARC
Pages: 321
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
This series is one of my favorite fun NA contemporaries. I initially fell in love with CJ Duggan's series when I read The Boys of Summer.. set in the 1990s in the summer and in Australia.. it was the perfect relaxing and fun setting I've read. Now two books later, the spark hasn't left this series with That One Summer. Road trip contemporary fans, this book is for you. Set in the last days of 1999, we are transported back in time and witness the countdown to the new millennia. I was only 9 years old in 1999 so I can't remember all the excitement and buzz but I got to be a part of it in this book. 
All three books are companion novels so we still get to be a part of the older characters and I just loved seeing Tess and Toby again.. and the Onslow Boys in general. The characters are such great friends and their friendship and fun times make me a little bit envious at how simple the olden days were. In this one we finally focus on Chris, the brooding always serious bartender and now co-owner of the Onslow hotel. I was SO happy that he finally got a story since I've loved him ever since I read The Boys of Summer. 
A new character was introduced, Tammy, and I have to say that she's just as awesome as the previous two protagonists. Duggan knows how to write likable and enjoyable characters. I loved how the book didn't only center around their romance, but we also got a few back plot lines, one including Tess and Toby that gave me so much stress (better to read the book and know what I mean!) but when it comes down to it, Duggan's books are feel good HEA ones and I am so happy for that. The friendship between the Onslow boys is what makes me love these books so much. I definitely recommend this whole series to anyone in need of a good NA contemporary romance but I do not recommend it to younger teens. I can't wait for the next novel and I am so happy to know who the two main protagonists are! 


  1. This sounds like a wonderful companion novel! I mean, who wouldn't love likeable and enjoyable characters? ;)

  2. I have to read this book, but loved the first two books that Duggan gave us, that I'm sure that I will end up loving this book too. I'm happy to see that characters from previous books make a reappearance. But I am curious about the story line between Toby and Tess that gave you stress! Fab review Juhina!

  3. I didn't know these books were set in Australia. I've been obsessed with Australia since I was a kid. Must read immediately!!!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics