Author: C.J. Duggan
Series: Summer #2
Publication Date: July 11, 2013
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:
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.
I felt like clutching my Kindle to my chest and twirling around in pure joy after I finished An Endless Summer. That sounds so unlike me, but that goes to show just how much I loved it. I just wanted to bask in the sweet, glorious book high for as long as possible. I absolutely loved The Boys of Summer, but this was even better!
An Endless Summer takes place four years after The Boys of Summer left off, but this time it’s Amy and Sean’s story. I loved Toby and Tess, but Sean is so much more my kind of guy, so I was ecstatic that he was going to be the love interest to none other than Amy, the publican’s daughter. She can be such a stubborn smart-ass, but I adore that about her… apparently Sean does too. Oh, what a pair these two make! The chemistry between them is wonderful. Sometimes their interactions had that Rhett and Scarlett vibe that I love so much.
I was happy that all the characters from the first book made an appearance, because this is probably one of my favorite groups of characters ever. The Onslow Boys are exactly the type of guys I like: respectful and good-natured, but can be total smart-asses and a bit rowdy at times. I love all the girls, especially Amy. And Adam … the guy constantly cracks me up! But the great thing is, they aren’t just amazing characters individually, their personalities mesh perfectly. Nothing about this group feels forced or awkward. I seriously want to hang out with them all!
The story itself was a lot of fun. Trying to save the Onslow Hotel was a wonderful way to bring everyone back together. I knew fairly early how it was going to play out, but that didn’t take away from it in the least. I was pleased with how it all came together and left me grinning like a fool.
I think I’ve been very clear that I love this book to pieces, so imagine how unbelievably giddy I was to discover there will be a third book! Ohhhh yeahhhh … give me That One Summer now! I want to force everyone to read this series, so get on it!