Author: C.J. Duggan
Series: Book One in the Summer Series
Published: December 17, 2012
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
My Rating: 4 Stars!
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.
I have had this book in my TBR pile for way too long, which (sadly) seems to be happening more and more lately with so many great books being released each year. Which really, is a shame because this one came highly recommended to me by a few trusted bloggers and friends and when that happens I always know that they will be ones that I will like as well, which totally was the case.
Where to begin? First off I think it is fair to say that even though I really liked this, this won't be for everyone. Why you ask? Simply because this is a book involving teenagers, ones that make a lot of mistakes, have some angst and where things could be so easily resolved if only they would communicate with one another, but then again, isn't that really how it is in the world of the young? We make rash sometimes impulse decisions and we always jump to conclusions. What fun would it be if we were all level headed, mature and calm at that age?
Having said all of that, I hope I didn't discourage you from picking this up because, it is, in fact, a really great read. Toby and Tess, the Onslow Boys, Adam, and Ellie are all fabulous characters in their own right. And even though they aren't always mature and level headed they are all there for one another and they are loyal and best of all, they learn from their mistakes.
I think overall, this was a pretty realistic look into a story about two (okay really, a whole gang of people) people learning to be adults, what being friends is all about and most of all, learning about first love.
I am so glad there are more books in this series because I want a closer look into all of those hot Onslow boys, who wouldn't after reading this? And I am going to do my best to get to them, way sooner than I did this one because these are the type of reads you need to just sit back and relax and have a good time with just the right amount of sass, fun, romance and hotness.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by an outside source. I was not compensated for this review.*