Friday, March 22, 2013

The Boys of Summer Blog Tour

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)
Release Date: 12/17/12
294 pages
Summary from Goodreads: 
It seemed only natural to nickname them the ‘OnslowBoys’. 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 ofworking 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.
Warning: sexual references, and occasional course language.

My Thoughts:

I found The Boys of Summer to be a fun and enjoyable way to spend a quiet, chilly afternoon.

Against her better judgement Tess has allowed herself  to be talked into a summer job. While she had envisioned swimming, sleeping in and just being generally lazy she ends up washing dishes, waiting tables and much to her surprise, falling in love. 

While it did take me a little while to get caught up in Tess's story, once I did I was in for the long haul. Duggan writes a very character driven novel and she did a great job of bringing everyone to life. From Tess's occasional whining, Toby's inability to make a move, Alex's pool table dancing and Ellie's promiscuity everyone had very real, very believable flaws. The Onslow Boys were definitely swoon worthy and I can't wait to read Endless Summer to find out what happens with all of them. I hoping for a lot of happy endings. This is definitely a book that should be added to your summer romance reading list. 

This is definitely written for older young adults that don't mind a little hot, sexy time in their books. 

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About the Author
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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