Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Blog Tour: That One Summer (Summer #3) by C.J. Duggan

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That One Summer
Summer #3
By:  C.J. Duggan
Published:  Dec. 17, 2013
Source:  Author
Organized By:  Xpresso Book Tours

GR's Summary:

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.

Welcome to our stop of the That One Summer Tour by C.J. Duggan.  To follow the rest of the tour, click here!

Summer Series:

My Take on this Journey

Well Ladies, hold onto your seats, because you are in for the summer road trip of your lives!  That One Summer, by C. J. Duggan, is the third segment in the Summer Series, and very well may be the best!  This segment is laid out in the backdrop of Australia. 

Tammy Mascala, the girl who use to play, "Murder in the Dark" with the Onslow gang, has grown up and come back to town to reunite with her best friend from her childhood, Amy.  Amy will bring some of the old friends and a slew of new ones into Tammy's  life that will change her forever.

Tammy is thinking back to her childhood, and ending up under a bed with Chris Henderson, the boy with a frown for every occasion, while hiding during a game of Murder in the Dark.  Though she couldn't see who she was hiding with, she knew immediately who he was when she felt his face, and the frown lines were there.

Now, 4 years later, in the continuation from the second segment in the Summer Series, they are reunited, along with Amy, Sean, Tess, Toby, Ellie, Adam, Ringer, and Stan.  All together again, for a road trip out of Onslow to seek fun, romance, camaraderie, and the friendships that will last a lifetime. They want to ring in the New Year 2,000, anywhere but Onslow.

Ms. Duggan, has brought into play the feelings that everyone was going through that year.  People thinking it was the end of the world, and all the lights going out at the time.  I remember that year, and it was quite scary.  Everyone wanted to make the most of their time in case it was the last New Year they lived!

Chris Henderson is a co-owner of the Onslow Hotel, bartender there now.  He is not very friendly, is moody, bossy, quiet, but responsible.  He also has had a thing for Tammy since they were stuck under that bed as kids!  Tammy Mascala is a pretty girl, but doesn't realize it.  She suffers migraines when she gets stressed, cares deeply for her friends, is witty, sassy, and hilarious, and clueless about Chris and his feelings.  Like Chris, she is always on the outside looking in.

Together, this unlikely couple, who start off on the wrong foot, understand each other more than they could ever realize possible. Especially when they both get tongue tied in each others presence.  Chris becomes the most likeable, swoon worthy, caring, nurturing, boyfriend material, and most kissable, mesmerizing, man candy ever!

Ms. Duggan has given us a throw back story that is filled with sub plots, laughter, tears, mishaps, assumptions, along with a beautiful backdrop worth seeing someday. Days in the sun, with friends, swimming, fun, being carefree and wild.  The characters are all great, well rounded, and have major growth.  Ms. Duggan leads the reader through the maze of trials and tribulations and makes the reader feel as though they are on the trip.  

I loved this story, and the fact that it was very relatable.  Everyone has that one special summer that they look back on, and this was definitely one to remember!  

I give, That One Summer, by C. J. Duggan, 5 Breathtakingly Beautiful, Memorable, Romantic, Self Discovery, Feel the Magic, Road Trip Stars!!!    

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About C.J. Duggan:

C.J Duggan is a Number One Best Selling Australian Author who 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.
The Boys of Summer is Book One in her highly successful Mature Young Adult Romance Series.


eBook Copies of Summer Series #1 & #2 by C.J. Duggan 


  1. I haven't started this series, but your review has me excited. The words "road trip" and "Austrailia" have me sold.
    Great review, Lindy!

    1. Thank You Andrea!
      It was a great road trip that will have you laughing out loud at times. I really enjoyed this book. I appreciate you stopping by.


  2. Great review, Ro! I love the sounds of this series it's def right up my alley! I love that it's set in Australia, too! Glad you enjoyed it! :)

    1. Thank You Giselle! I really appreciate you giving me an opportunity to be a part of your tour. Always great working with you. The descriptions have me wanting to take a trip myself.


  3. Ro! I'm so glad you liked this one! I think Sean's is still my favorite, but I did enjoy this one! I am glad Chris and Tammy found their HEA with each other! I love this series so much! I can't wait for Adam and Ellie next!!!!

    1. Thank You so much Jessica! It's hard to choose which is the best because C. J. Duggen is so intriguing and pulls the reader right in. I can't wait for Adam and Ellie either!!!

      Thank You so much for taking time to stop by. I appreciate it.



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