Thursday, January 2, 2014

Book Review: An Endless Summer by C.J Duggan

An Endless Summer
by C.J Duggan

Series: Summer #2
Genre: YA/NA, romance, contemporary
Published July 11th 2013
Source: Author via tour host

Blurb (Goodreads):
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.

My Thoughts:

I fell in love with the story of Tess and Toby in The Boys of Summer (Summer #1), and to the Onslow boys as well. So when I found out that there'll be a book two of this wonderful work by C.J Duggan, I am so ecstatic. Summer isn't really series, so you could read them standalone or not according to their number (either way, I suggest you start with The Boys of Summer then follow the numbers! ;). Each book tells the story of every lucky girl who captures the heart of one of the Onslow boys. That's huge, so Amy, the publican's daughter, is just as lucky, and this is her story.

Amy Henderson is the daughter of the owner of Onslow hotel, where all things happen. Like, party, friendship--even relationships--and exactly where the "Onslow boys" tag name came from. Sean Murphy is a a gorgeously hot dangerous type (or what he appeared to be) of Onslow boy. Amy's best friend, Tammy Maskala, is hopelessly in love obsessed with Sean back then so Amy happens to be around Sean a lot because as a good friend, she helps Tammy with this obsession. Sometimes in a matter of life-and-death event. Literally. Three years later, Amy's back in Onslow for the summer. She wants to relax for a change, she didn't expect to deal with the hotel. And Sean Murphy. Big-time. 

For me, the romance is unexpectedly rich. I love every minute when they're together, bickering. Slowly falling in love, without admitting it. That love-hate relationship is to die for. I nearly died reading their story. I'm just surprised the irony of falling to the guy her best friend liked years ago wasn't discussed in the later parts of this book. I'm just curious, is all.

Not just the love story, C.J Duggan also made a background story that somehow made my heart ache and cry for joy. The Onslow hotel is important and memorable for me as did with the characters of the book. I fell in love at the setting of the series that's why it did different kinds of emotions to me. This book proves that C.J Duggan doesn't only know how to tell a good knee-wobbling love story, she also knows how to write a heartwarming story about family and home. And I think I just found another home in Onslow.

An Endless Summer--no, this series--is a must-read love story. If you're looking for something to make your heart beat faster and smile out of the butterflies on your stomach, then this is the perfect book for you. A well-written novel for people who appreciates family, home and relationships.

* Thanks to C.J Duggan and to Giselle and Xpresso Book Tour for being a way to receive this book.


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