{Review+Giveaway} An Endless Summer by CJ Duggan

July 19, 2013 Giveaways, Reviews 1 ★★★★½

Welcome to my stop on the An Endless Summer blog tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours

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And be sure to check out my review of the first book in the summer series, The Boys of Summer HERE and guess what??!

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An Endless Summer by C.J. Duggan
Release Date: 07/11/13
Age Group: YA/NA
Series: Summer #2
Source: eARC from Author


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.

Note: this is the second book in the Summer Series so it may contain spoilers of the first (though I tried to leave them out) If you would like to know my thoughts on the first book check out my review HERE!

I loved, loved loved the first book in the series, The Boys of Summer so much. The intensity of the romance in it totally took me by surprise. So I was super excited to read the sequel. And when I found out the sequel would be about Sean, I was even more excited. There were times in the first book that I liked Sean even more than Toby. (I still loved Toby though)

An Endless Summer takes place three years after the first book left off and Amy is back from boarding school. I decided to try and have a clean slate for Amy and not let any of my feelings about her from the first book bleed into my reading of the second book and boy was I glad that I did that. I really liked Amy right off the bat as a new character. She is strong, super independent and she gets things done. This girl is NOT  lazy. But holy cow, is she stubborn! I don’t think I have ever seen someone have a harder time accepting help from others. Especially such cute and nice others like Sean. Let me tell you, if Sean wanted to help me, I certainly would not put up nearly as big of a fuss as Amy initially did. 

Sean is great. Like I said, I liked him so much from the first book that really what I was looking for in this book was chemistry between him and Amy. I was kind of already on his side and I wanted to see if Amy would be a good match for him. Right away, you could see sparks between the two of them but it took forever for anything to actually happen! I wish something would have happened a little sooner because CJ Duggan writes romance AMAZINGLY! I can’t get enough of it. The one hang up I had was Amy’s age. I thought Tess was a bit young for the Onslow boys in the first book and Amy is a few years younger than Tess. So I thought she was a bit young for the upper 20s Sean. But she is so mature and independent that you can very easily set aside her actual age. 

If you liked the Boys of Summer, you need to get your hands on a copy of An Endless Summer as well. You will not be disappointed! I am officially a fan of CJ Duggans writing. She can write a compelling story with a sizzling and very realistic romance. You will get sucked into the world that she created in minutes. This is an author to check out for sure. 

4.5/5 Gavels

C.J Duggan is an Australian author who lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales, Australia.
The Boys of Summer is Book One in her Mature Young Adult Romance Series.
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One Response to “{Review+Giveaway} An Endless Summer by CJ Duggan”

  1. SweetMarie83

    Great review, Michelle! I LOVED The Boys of Summer and really enjoyed An Endless Summer (I was on the blog tour too). I tried to go in with a clean slate for Amy too since she drove me nuts in the first book. And I loved Sean! “Let me tell you, if Sean wanted to help me, I certainly would not put up nearly as big of a fuss as Amy initially did.” <—Totally agree! He could help me out ANY time lol. I can’t wait to read the next book and catch up with these amazing characters again.

    ~Marie @ Ramblings of a Daydreamer

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