Author: C.J. Duggan
Series: Summer #1.5
Publication Date: October 26, 2014
I had plans, big plans, but all that changed the night Bel Evans darkened my doorstep.
Stan Remington is the go-to man. What he doesn’t know about Onslow means one of two things: it doesn’t exist or it hasn’t happened yet.
And when it comes to Onslow, for Stan, being an only child means a guilt-riddled sense of duty to help out at his parents’ caravan park every summer of his life: same old town, same old story.
Until Belinda Evans.
The wild and insipid doctor’s daughter who spends summer holidays with her family at Remington’s Caravan Park, but she’s not Stan’s problem; that is, until she sabotages his planned weekend escape. Now Stan finds himself not only caretaking the caravan park on his own, but responsible for Bel as well. Just the two of them. Under the one roof. For one long, long weekend.
I adore the Summer series so much! I have to read each book as soon as they’re released, and Stan is no exception. I love me some Onslow boys!
I love that Duggan is giving each Onslow boy his own book, even if a few of them are novellas. Don’t discount the novellas in this series, because they’re done very well. Yes, they’re shorter, but Duggan still gives us a wonderful story in each one.
It’s been awhile since Belinda has been back to Onslow. She’s there vacationing with her family, but when an innocent joke backfires, Bel gets stuck with Stan for the weekend. Let the shenanigans begin!
It was so much fun seeing how Stan and Belinda got together. They’ve known each other for many years, but Stan has always been more friends with Bel’s older brothers. Their relationship has mostly involved teasing and smartass remarks. All in good fun, though. With their new situation, it gets a bit more intense, as they try to annoy each other and exact a little revenge. I was actually hoping for more banter and teasing from them, but there’s still a good amount.
Other characters make appearances too, which is always a delight! Ringer never fails to make me laugh, so I get extra excited when he comes around in any of the books. We’re also introduced to another character that we’ll get to know more of later.
The Summer series falls in the NA category, since the guys are in their 20’s and the girls’ ages vary throughout the books. The Boys of Summer is the “youngest” of the series. But these are not your typical NA books; they’re more on the light and fun side, and I love that.
The only thing that bothers me is the timeline and placement of Stan, since it’s placed between the 1st and 2nd book. The story doesn’t mesh very well with the exclusion of Belinda in the 2nd book and her inclusion as Stan’s “new girlfriend” in the 3rd, and certain characterizations. I think it might be even more apparent to people who only now start the series and read them in order. It’s not too bad, but I kind of obsess over details like that.
Overall, Stan is another gratifying installment in the series. I can’t get enough of this small Australian town and its inhabitants. Now I’m patiently waiting for the next books.
If you haven’t started reading them yet, the first book is FREE. So no excuses!