Author: C.J. Duggan
Series: Summer #3
Published by: Self-Pub
Publication Date: December 17, 2013
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!
C.J. Duggan, I love you! *ahem* Now that that’s out of the way. I had That One Summer marked on my calendar and counted down the days until its release. When the wondrous day finally arrived, I immediately downloaded and read that baby. Ooooh, I loved it! I loved the first two books more, but this one was still up there. This is without a doubt one of my top favorite series.
This book picks up not long after Forever Summer left off. The entire gang is hanging around Onslow preparing for the New Year. That is until they decide to take a three day drive to the coast and campout. So the majority of the book is set in road trip style – always fun! Especially when the Onslow boys are involved.
That One Summer is Tammy and Chris’s story, told from Tammy’s perspective. Since Tammy is Amy’s best friend, she has become part of the group. Except, she still feels like an outsider. I wasn’t too sure how I felt about Tammy at first. I understood her OCD tendencies and over-analytical thinking, but I wasn’t sure if it was something that I could fully enjoy for the entire book. Thankfully, I ended up loving her. Not like I love Amy, but Tammy did grow on me more and more as she evolved through the book. Plus, some of her avoidance antics were just plain funny.
As for Chris, I loved how he was the brooding serious one of the group in the previous books. So I was very curious and excited to see more of him in a different environment. And with a girl! Could Chris Henderson be romantic and … dare I say, funny? It appears so, ladies and gents. It was so much fun getting to know him! When he reads the newspaper – too funny!
When it comes to Chris and Tammy together, though … it works. It really does. She was intimidated by him in the beginning and found him to be such an enigma, but her quest to figure him out was the best. Then once the heat between them was turned up, oh boy. Of course I enjoyed the entire group and their dynamic too; always have and always will. A good romance is a great thing, but I love amazing friendships just as much, if not more sometimes.
“You made it!” she squealed, dragging me around in circles as though we were playing Ring a Ring o’ Roses.
Sean stood next to Chris, watching.
“How come you never act like that when we reunite?” Chris asked Sean in blank-faced seriousness.
Sean slapped Chris on his shoulder. “Don’t worry, mate, I assure you there’s a song in my heart.”
Since the book is set in 1999, soon to be 2000, it was fun reading some of the references from then. I totally remember getting my first Nokia cell phone around the same time, so that made me laugh. I also enjoy the Australian setting and all of the lingo. I mean, really, everything about this and the previous two books is made of major awesomeness.
Everyone needs to read The Summer Series. I am not above begging people to read it. So please, please read them. If that doesn’t work, I will move on to force. You have been warned. 😉