Tuesday, July 16, 2013

An Endless Summer (Review)


*Hey everyone! Today is my stop on this amazing blog tour of An Endless Summer!! Below you'll find my thoughts on this incredible Summer read.*

*Presented by: YA Bound

(Summer, #2)

Release Date: July 11th, 2013
Genre(s): New Adult Contemporary/Romance

My Review: (4.5/5 stars*)

If you were as blown away with the first novel as I was then you have to pick up An Endless Summer! An Endless Summer is irrefutably fun, sexy, summery and has exceptionally written characters. Smiling, laughing, and sighing—these are all things you'll be doing while reading. After Tess McGee I didn't think any other character would be as funny or as entertaining but I was SO wrong. Amy is hilarious, snarky, and indomitable. She meets every challenge head-on. It's invigorating to read about characters with brains, good-looks, and fight in them. Every page is littered with witticisms, and I loved each scene with Amy and Sean because they are an absolute riot together. C.J. Duggan captures Australia's beauty, and creates a town full of wondrously outstanding characters. Also the story is excellently written and you'll be flying right through it!

After an incident that nearly cost Amy Henderson her life her parents decide to send her off to an all-girls boarding school. Three years later and she's ready to come back to Onslow and her safe haven
The Onslow Hotel. What she doesn't expect to come home to is the place in horrific disrepair. Amy is determined to get the pub/restaurant up and running again, and patrons swarming in like the good-old days. There's only one problem with her picture and that's Sean Murphy. The incredibly attractive, women magnet, and plague to her teen years thanks to her old best friend's obsession with him. It's Summer and the Onslow Boys are back together again and they're ready to stir up the town. Sean once saved Amy and now it appears he has come back to do it again, but it's not Amy's life she's worried about—it's her heart.

The Onslow Boys are the guys to hang with and seeing them reunited again was epic. Stan, Ringer, Tess, Toby, Adam, and Ellie all make appearances and I enjoyed seeing what they were up to. Amy's cousin Adam who was also Tess' BFF is also back with his winning personality—he was one of my favorite secondary characters. Amy surprised me the most because in The Boys of Summer I didn't see her redeeming herself but she most certainly did. The relationship between Sean and Amy is a red-hot roller-coaster. Amy has a stubborn outlook on everything, and Sean shifts her focus to what really matters. Although there was some predictability my amusement never faltered. I can say with ease that I'll be rereading An Endless Summer again and again!

All in all I'm dreading the end of this trilogy because every Onslow character has etched a place in my heart. They are unpredictably fascinating, gorgeous, depth-filled, unforgettable, and so much fun to read about. I can't wait to see who C.J. Duggan will write about next! Those who loved Sean in the first installment will be swooning over him tenfold in this one. An Endless Summer is a blazing hot sequel, and it will not disappoint!


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:

Boarding School.

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.

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