Blog Tour Stop: Review + Giveaway - The Boys of Summer by C.J. Duggan

Welcome to my stop on The Boys of Summer blog tour hosted by YA Bound. Click HERE to check out the full blog tour schedule!

The Boys of Summer (Summer #1) 
By C.J. Duggan                              
Release Date: December 17, 2012
Publisher: C.J. Duggan
Source: C.J. Duggan and YA Bound for Tour Stop
Reviewer: Daisel T.
Links: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Goodreads

Daisel's Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary: 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 to 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 Tees, 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 boys she has never been able to forget.

It will be a summer she will always remember.

Warning: sexual references, and occasional coarse language.

          When my friend told to read this book for her, I was like "sure, why not?" and I am glad to say that I loved this book. I swooned, I cried, I laughed and I swooned some more. I literally stopped everything that I was supped to be doing (including 8 hours of work and cooking at home) but it was well worth it.

Tess is tormented by her ex-boyfriend and so she tries to avoid any situation that would put her in the spotlight, so she lives her life in the shadow of her best friend, Ellie. She is looking forward to a summer full of plans with her friends, having fun and relaxing under the sun. When Adam, Tess male best friend, begs her to work with him at his uncle hotel, she never imagined that her life was going to take a completely different route than what she had originally planned.

As she begins working in the Onslow hotel as a waitress, she meets a group of older and hot guys known as the 'Onslow Boys' and her summer begins to change. She starts spending a lot of time with them and she becomes more confident and open. Tess gets the opportunity to spend time with Toby Morrison, aka the boy she has had a crush on since 7th grade. They find that they are both attracted to each other, however, becoming more than friends with him is not that easy.

This book had me laughing and smiling throughout its entirety. It was a fun read and I enjoyed the way it was written. The characters were unique and believable, there wasn't a lot of dram and it was an easy read. Perfect for summer! Everything about The Boys of Summer was fantastic. C.J. Duggan did an amazing job with this story; she was able to capture all the excitement of new adventures with new and old friends and the emotions of falling in love for the first time. The last chapter did leave me curious about what happens next and I can't wait to see what happens in the sequel.

I would recommend this book to anyone and to entice you, here are some of my favorite parts/quotes from the book. Enjoy and happy reading, Swooners!

"That's the thing. I've never met anyone like you, Tess. You think you're no one? You're so wrong. So wrong. You stand in a room with the Angelas, even the Ellies. None of them can compare to you. I remember when you started working at the Onslow, I couldn't keep my eyes off you. You were so terrified. You weren't full of yourself like other girls. Every time you walked into the bar, you were like a breath of fresh air. Even Angela was a bitch to you, you rose above it. You made me see the difference in people. You're not a nobody, Tess, you're a somebody." - Toby


"Did she really babysit you when you were young?" I whispered to Adam who was helping me frantically to polish cutlery.
"She sure did," he sighed.
"That is the scariest thing I have ever heard," I said. "I didn't know your parents hated you."
"I guess when you have three boys, you need the Terminator for the job." - Tess and Adam.


"The full-figured lady sported a grey bob that was immaculately kept in place. No, really, it didn't move; there must have been a full can of hairspray on there. She was clearly highly flammable." - Tess


I arched a brow."Rescue many damsels in distress?"
A crooked grin formed on his lips, but he didn't meet my eyes. "Every day! It's a tireless job." - Tess and Toby


"Like I said," Adam continued, "the male species isn't as complicated as you think, so just go with it and do your own thing." - Adam

About the author, C.J. Duggan:
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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