Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Boys of Summer (Review)

*Welcome to the Boys of Summer Blog Tour - below is my review of this fantastic Summer read!*

*Presented by: YA Bound*

(Summer, #1)

Release Date: December 17th, 2012
Genre(s): New Adult Contemporary Romance

My Review: (4.5/5 stars*)

The Boys of Summer is so much fun and made me feel like summer was already here! It's times like these that I wish I lived in the fictional town of Onslow, Australia living it up with Tess, Ellie, Adam and the Onslow boys. It's fantastic, utterly enjoyable, and satisfyingly absorbing with lovable characters, witty banter, and sexy boys. Tess is an amazing character and my favorite who goes from laughing stock in high school to living it up summer style with hot Aussies. It's a lovely escape and a great romantic story to get lost in. There's some extremely Australian slang tossed in but it still remained easy enough to understand and enjoy. The writing is well-done, the story is gripping, and it's a heck of a lot of fun! A contemporary romance that's worth reading!

Tess McGee is a seventeen-year-old girl whose school days are numbered but not before her ex-boyfriend spreads around the mortifying nickname he gave her. Tic Tac Tess is what's whispered around for her alleged lack of a chest, thankfully her two loyal best friends save her from more humiliation. Summer is right around the corner and Tess' best friend Adam has somehow convinced her to take a summer job at the Onslow hotel with him. He claims it'll be the best summer ever but when he ends up getting sent away she's forced to work her entire summer alone—save for her other bff Ellie. While summer looks almost as worse as high school things start to look up when she meets some hot older boys who are former graduates of her high school—one of which she's been crushing on since she was in middle school. Now work seems like play when the Onslow Boys come around to hang out at the hotel/pub, and she's got a chance to prove to them she's not just Tic Tac Tess but so much more.

I completely loved Tess McGee she's funny, at times awkward, but she's also courageous and straightforward. At first she's shy, not much for partying, but when she gets to live a little she comes alive and she's brilliant. Tess turns her life around in the course of one summer, bettering herself as well as stepping out of her comfort zone and from the shadow of her friends. Toby is 22, gorgeous, part of the Onslow boys, and off the market but when he meets Tess McGee their chemistry gets harder to resist. I liked that it took awhile for the characters to change; it didn't just happen overnight so it maintained realism. The secondary characters are great, Adam and Sean are really amusing and not-to-mention hot. From the moment I started reading I had this stupid grin on my face because it's literally that kind of a book - I hardly wanted to see it end! It was funny, charming, flirty, with a little drama and %100 entertaining! I haven't read a contemporary romance this good since the Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines! This is the book to read when you're looking for effortless fun, pure escapism, and a hot summer read. Highly appeals to any mature YA/New Adult Contemporary Romance fans. You won't regret buying this one; you'll totally fall in love with the story and all of the characters. C.J. Duggan knows how to write a book you'll just be drawn into! I'm already waiting for the next one—impatiently might I add!
The Boys of Summer is an Australian gem!


It seemed only natural to nickname them the ‘Onslow Boys’. 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 of working 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 coarse language.

1 comment:

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