Author: C.J. Duggan
Series: Summer #3.5
Publication Date: March 31, 2014
They say it’s the quiet ones you have to worry about, and she was quiet,
very quiet – when she wasn’t busy despising me with a burning passion.
Ringo ‘Ringer’ James has a no-strings-attached policy.
Love them, leave them, and remain the eternal bachelor.
After a summer in which every one of his mates has succumbed to settling down, or so it seemed, Ringer is on the lookout for a quick exit. Having had enough of the stomach-turning love fest witnessed over the past three months, Ringer jumps at the opportunity to help out his mate, Max, by heading to Max’s dad’s property for a working holiday.
It’s just what he’s looking for. A remote, dusty homestead in Ballan, with only hard work, a cold beer and a comfy bed to worry about – no women.
Until Miranda Henry.
The privately educated daughter of his boss has returned home from overseas and things are about to get very complicated, very fast. As summer draws to its end, Ringer is about to learn that sometimes attraction defies all logic, and that there really is such a thing as ‘enemies with benefits’.
Warning: sexual references, and occasional coarse language.
Ringer, Ringer, Ringer … I’ve been waiting for this since I read The Boys of Summer. This series is one of my favorites! All those Onslow Boys are positively delicious! They all have great personalities, but I always got a kick out of Ringer. I hoped he would get his own book, so I may have squealed a little when I saw that he would in fact, get one. I was a little bummed that it was a novella, but I’ll take what I can get. I’m appreciative of anything from C.J. Duggan, especially when it involves these guys. Besides, it isn’t that short, I just didn’t want it to end.
Poor Ringer is stuck in Onslow surrounded by his mates who are all in love. It’s nauseating. So when he has the chance to go work on a ranch for a few weeks in the middle of nowhere, he jumps at it. Miranda is back home after spending four years at school abroad, though she doesn’t want to be. These two start out on the wrong foot, and that is a major understatement. They loath each other. Oh, how I loved the banter and their trying to one-up each other! Loathing to love is my favorite romance trope, and Duggan played these two perfectly. Ringer + Miranda = Delicious.
This is actually the first time we get a POV from one of the Onslow Boys. The first three books are all from the girls’ perspective. So it was a real treat to get inside Ringer’s head. We also get Miranda’s POV, though. I am so very glad we got both, because if it had been just from Ringer’s, the chances of me even liking Miranda were slim – she was pretty awful in the beginning. But getting both POV’s, and getting a front row seat to their train of thought was a whole lot of fun.
I would say The Boys of Summer is Mature YA, even though the male characters are 19/20. The second and third book takes place four years later, so all of the characters range from 18-24. I have a very hard time labeling these as New Adult, because I don’t think they are in that typical NA category. There are steamier moments with sexual content, especially in Ringer, but they aren’t … overly explicit. They are hot, though. I don’t know, I just wish people would read this series without considering what genre it falls under and see for themselves how good it is.
So this shouldn’t come as a shock when I say that I love Ringer. I do, I do, I do! I try to make people read this series any chance I get, so I’m sure you know what I’m going to say, right? Read it!
The Boys of Summer Series