Thursday, August 14, 2014

Review: The Boys of Summer (Summer Series #1) by C.J. Duggan

Since this week was the cover reveal for Stan (Summer Series #1.5) and Max (Summer Series #2.5) by C.J. Duggan, I will be posting my reviews on the first three books in the series. I really enjoyed them so I hope you'll pick them up if you're interested too :)

The Boys of Summer cover
The Boys of Summer (Summer Series #1)
by C.J. Duggan
December, 19, 2012
320 pages

Goodreads Summary:
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.


The world of the Onslow is fascinating! I was drawn in quickly because the writing flowed easily. I loved learning about this new place and the Australian vocabs that popped up here and there were so neat!

The story progressed nice and slow with Tess and Toby getting to know each other first. Even though Tess had a crush on Toby when she was younger, she doesn't let it go over her head when he starts paying attention to her. The build up was just perfect for me and when things heated up, I loved every moment of it!

All the characters were just adorable!! I love that they made mistakes. It made them all the more real to me. I also loved that they learned to forgive. Toby forgiving Tess and Sean shows that some relationships are worth saving and fighting for!!

Even though I wasn't the biggest fan of Angela's, it did bothered me a tinsy tiny bit that Toby just dumped her for Tess. However, I do know that that's reality and it's better than lying to yourself and making everyone around you miserable. So I guess it was fine ;)

This book and I'm going to say this series is definitely worth picking up. Be warned that you will become addicted to the Onslow Boys!!


  1. I really enjoyed the first book and I know I have most of the rest somewhere in my TBR pile. I really should pick them all back up.

    1. I would love to hear your thoughts if you do read them!

  2. This sounds fun…though little worried about those blocked words. :)

    1. Haha don't worry, they're not that bad and I just didn't want to accidentally spoil anything no matter how minor they may be :)

  3. I have the first book! I just need more time to read. I've been meaning to read Boys of Summer for a couple years now. Thanks for the reminder!

    1. You're welcome :) When you're done, let's discuss!

  4. Love this series. Toby and Tess were cute but I did feel Toby moved onto Tess rather easily but I guess his relationship had been over for awhile before he moved on. I felt the mistakes they made were honest. I remember being really nervous about where I stood in relationships when I was younger and about having to bring up the whole talk about where we stood. I didn't want to be pushy and assume things but it does cause lots of heartache and misunderstandings so I'm much better now.

    1. I totally agree with you! I think everything that happened, all the questioning and doubting were realistic so it didn't bother me too much :) Sorry you went through that but thanks for sharing your experience!


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