Monday, July 15, 2013

Blog Tour ~ An Endless Summer by C.J. Duggan ~ Review + Giveaway!

Welcome to my stop on the An Endless Summer blog tour hosted by YA Bound!
You can follow the full tour HERE!
I loved the first book, The Boys of Summer, and you can check out my review for that here

An Endless Summer (Summer, #2)
An Endless Summer (Summer #2)
by C.J. Duggan

Release Date: July 17, 2013
Publisher: Self-Published
Pages: 311
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Source: Author
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Sean looked out over the lake, squinting against the sunlight. He turned to me, his expression sobering as his eyes flicked over my face in a silent study. “Come on Amy, I saved you once, I’ll save you again.” I met his stare unflinchingly. “I don’t need saving.” A wicked grin formed slowly. “Don’t you?” After a rebellious summer night that almost claimed her life, Amy Henderson – the Onslow publican’s only daughter – is sent away to suffer a fate far worse than any other punishment: Boarding School. Three years on, a now nineteen-year-old Amy returns to Onslow for the summer. What once was a cauldron of activity with live bands, hot meals and cold beers, the Onslow Hotel now lies dark, deserted and depressing. All fond childhood memories of loitering on the hotel stairs and eavesdropping on customers’ colourful conversations are in the distant past. How had her dad let it come to this? With the new threat of putting the Onslow up for sale, Amy reluctantly turns to a local tradesman for help: Sean Murphy, the very same Onslow boy who saved her life all those years ago. With his help and that of some old friends, the task is clear: spend the summer building the hotel back up to its former glory or lose it for good. In an endless summer, Amy soon realises that sometimes in order to save your future, you have to face your past, even if it’s in the form of a smug, gorgeous Onslow boy.

Amy was fifteen in the first book and now she has returned to the Onslow at nineteen for the summer. She thought she would hang out like old times but her dad left the place to someone who has let it go downhill. It has many memories so she decides to work on fixing it up with the help of the Onslow boys. It is a special place for the town so everyone attempts to bring it back to it's glory days to prevent her dad from selling it.

I loved Sean Murphy in the first book! I think everyone loves Sean. ;-) He has a bit of a playboy reputation but he can't help that he is a rich, handsome, and also a nice guy. Sean goes to a lot of trouble to help Amy in any way he can. Amy is quite stubborn though. I like that she wants to work and not just let a man take care of her but after awhile it was a little frustrating. Sean wants to help her and help the Onslow, which holds lots of great memories for him, so if he wants to buy some paint let him buy you some paint! They do seem to play well of each other and I enjoyed their flirty interactions to the fullest. Although at times I was like why do you not have Sean naked yet?! LOL

The rest of the gang from the first book returns as well. Tess, Toby, Ellie, Stan, Adam, Chris, Ringer all were willing to help Amy. I love the group dynamic between all these friends and how supportive they are. They are so hilarious. I had many laugh out loud moments. Anyone would want to hang with the Onslow boys. A big part of the book was also just Amy figuring herself out and what she wanted to do. In the end I was happy with the way her attitude changed. I'm already excited for the next book and very curious who the main couple of the story will be! This is the perfect summer read!

"Mmm, I overheard some horny housewives in the supermarket, and apparently you, Mr. Murphy, can leave your drill piece under their pillow any day of the week."

"I can't exactly walk the publican's daughter home."
"You can always walk me to my bedroom."

"I understand why you're spoilt within an inch of your life." I frowned puzzled. "Who could help but want to give you the world."

Rating: 4/5 

The Boys of Summer (Summer Series, #1)
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.

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.

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  1. I am glad you are enjoying this series!

  2. Great to hear it is a perfect summer read, I like the sound of Amy and Sean

  3. Christy just has this on her blog last week as a series she wished more people would read. I am going to snatch it up while it is $.99! The second sounds just as good!

  4. I have been wanting to read the first book for a while. I'm glad that the second one is good too. I love great summer reads!

  5. Eek, I still need to read the first book...guess it's a good thing it's on sale! :D

  6. Every review I see for these books mention how much they love Sean so it's very cool that you get his story here. I am thinking that this is a series that I need to start because I want to swoon along with everyone else! Great review, Jennifer!

  7. Great review! I almost forgot about this book. I enjoyed the first one quite a bit and look forward to giving this a try soon. It's good to hear the old characters all make an appearance and that the humour is just as present this time around too. I can't wait to read it now! :)

  8. I've been meaning to read my copy of the first book! I like how this one has a time jump with old characters present!

  9. Sounds like a series that I really need to pick up. Great review. :)

  10. Everyone seems to be loving this book even more than the first. Sean sounds super yummy! Great review, Jennifer!

  11. I CAN'T WAIT TO READ THIS! And I am so freaking excited to hear there will be a 3rd book!

  12. I've heard nothing but praise for this series, Jennifer! I need a good summery book and I think I'll give these 2 books a shot! I'm so happy that you loved this as much as book 1! Sean sounds like a character that I would really enjoy! What attracts me more at the moment though is the friendship between the characters you mentioned!
    Lovely review, Jennifer!


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