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Max (The Summer Series) by [Duggan, CJ]
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Length: 186 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Max Henry thought he’d left the dusty flats of Ballan behind, but when the past slams into his present, suddenly there is no escaping – even if he wanted to.

Melanie Sheehan didn’t set out to be a liar, but her last lie landed her in big trouble. Now Mel must suffer a harsh consequence – she’s not allowed out of her father’s sight.

No friends, no parties, no life.

Since impeccably good behaviour is now all she’s about, her dad, renowned Ballan local ‘Bluey’ Sheehan, is about to finally cut Mel some slack. The catch? While he heads out of town on business, she has to stay at the Onslow Hotel, and he’s entrusting Max Henry, the eldest son of Bluey’s best mate, to look out for her.

He just doesn’t know it yet.

Max, the new head barman at the Onslow Hotel, is the one boy Mel has been crushing on since forever. At a time when Mel plans to go on the straight and narrow, she is about to tell the biggest lie of all. Will Max be able to handle the fiery farm girl or should he be considered the last boy in Onslow to trust?

Warning: sexual references, and occasional coarse language.

The Summer Series:
Book 1: The Boys of Summer
Book 1.5: Stan (Novella)
Book 2: An Endless Summer
Book 2.5: Max (Novella)
Book 3: That One Summer
Book 3.5: Ringer (Novella)
Book 4: Forever Summer

Authors Note: While each title can be read as a stand-alone story, you will likely enjoy taking the journey with these characters from the beginning.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 581 KB
  • Print Length: 186 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00TM9V52W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #168,303 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Of two things I am not ashamed to admit: 1) that CJ Duggan has become one of my favourite go-to authors (and why would I be ashamed of that anyway, she is the bomb diggity!), and 2) I dream of making my way to Onslow in an attempt to hopefully win the heart of one of the boys. So when I hear CJ has a new book coming out, I'm in absolute excitement overload until I get to devour every single morsel, and Max certainly did not disappoint!

Being the newest and least known of all the Onslow Boys, I wasn't sure what to expect of mystery man Max, but reading this felt like he had been there from day one. The comradery between the boys and Max, and even the way Mel was taken in, almost made me want to pack up and move to a small town. Almost!

Like all of CJ's books, I was transported back to the late 90s, when I too was a teenager, with simple mentions of songs or pop culture that left me feeling a little nostalgic. And there is nothing like reading a fantastic slow burn story to remind you of the incredible feeling of butterflies in your stomach, awkward moments and sheer embarrassment at the hands of your friends that go hand in hand with having a crush, no matter what age you are. CJ is my slow burn queen.

What I love so much about this novella, as with Ringer and Stan before it, is that it's on the longer side. There is more than enough time for scenes to be set, characters to be introduced and make us fall in love with them, fun to be had, drama to occur and everything to be wrapped up in a sexy Onslow Boy bow to leave us all feeling more than satisfied yet still craving more...oh look, I can continue with That One Summer ;-)

Now, can anyone give me the directions to Onslow? I have a pub to get to.
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Wow C.J Duggan Max I loved as much as the rest of my Summer boys well done on another amazing book I can't wait to get my hands on the last summer book a dim dying to get Paradise City waiting is killing me for your books :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another fun look at the Onslow Boys 5 July 2015
By ysar - Published on
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Well, I'd been curious about Max for a while now, since we really only got a glimpse or two of him in previous books, so of course I grabbed his book when I got the chance.

Melanie's at that age where she's too old to be a kid and too young to be an adult, that impossible time in our lives where we want so badly to make our own decisions, even though we haven't quite proved we can handle that responsibility. In Melanie's case, she's already done the opposite of that, proving to her father that she's not as grown up as she'd like to be, and he's had her under lock and key since her last mishap. Now he's going out of town for a bit, though, and since he obviously can't leave her to her own devices, he leaves her in the care of his best friend's son — the young man that Melanie's had a crush on since forever.

Max has no idea what he's supposed to do with Melanie, though a lot of things he shouldn't do keep running through his mind. But she says she has a boyfriend, and she's driving him crazy. Plus, her dad trusted him with her, and to cross any lines would just be wrong. Except the more he's around her, the more he realizes she's not being entirely honest with him.

I'm not really a fan of those stories in which characters pile lies on top of lies to make themselves look better or cooler or whatever. Especially when the other party finds out and starts messing with them for it. And that's exactly what happened in Max. However, Duggan's characters are so much fun, and I love the way she spins stories, so as much as I didn't want to fall for it, I liked it quite a bit. Granted, it wasn't the full length novel I've been dying for, but it was a nice taste of the Onslow boys in the interim and a very enjoyable read. I've said it before, but if you haven't read her Summer series, it's an absolute must!
4.0 out of 5 stars Melanie and Max 24 November 2015
By KaKaKaren - Published on
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I'm not sure if I would have read this novella if I knew what the ending was going to be like. I truly feel the author made a huge mistake. The least she could have done was give us an epilogue. More on this later...

Melanie was in a bad car accident last year. The accident caused her dad so much worry that he wasn't allowing her out of his sight. She'd been grounded for life. On one of his business trips he stopped in Onslow to leave his daughter in Max's care for a week while he finished his journey. A week of freedom that Mel could only dream about. Mel had always had a crush on Max now all she needed to do was get him.

I really enjoyed the novella up until the abrupt ending. It still left me wondering if there was more. I needed more. Not to mention, will I ever read about what happened to them since there was no epilogue like the other Onslow Boys stories? WTF? I am VERY disappointed. I doubt we will be graced with a Ballan book. So so disappointed...

Other things... This book was essentially about Amy's games. It was super annoying in that it was unrealistic. A normal person would not go to such lengths. A psychotic person would. Mel didn't seem psychotic to me. I think Amy might have a few loose screws.

The editing is good. It's nicely in dual POV. I still can't figure out what RSL stands for or is. I looked it up and got no where. It's been mentioned in the other books too. Stupid American problems. ;)

I don't know if I've ever been this mad about the ending of a book. I'm just so pissed I can't stand it. Argh.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love! Every time I start a new book by ... 15 February 2015
By April R. Lindsay - Published on
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Love! Every time I start a new book by C J Duggan I think it can't get better than the last and I have built up such high praise for her books that I think maybe I just imagined it but then I read the book and without a doubt I can say I love every single thing she writes. I never laugh and swoon as much as I do when I read one of her books and this book was no exception. The characters are so real and relatable that its so easy to fall in love with them. I was sitting there smiling like a dork all the while reading it and now I'm just in this happy little bubble with a goofy grin on my face. I'm so in love with this series, it makes me way too happy and I love it. Of course my only complaint when it comes to the summer series novellas is that they are too short! Even though they are bigger than any other novellas I have read before, I swear I could read a 500 page book on these characters and not get bored. I'm so in love with this series and as with every book in the series, it leaves me wanting an Onslow boy of my own..
5.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful Onslow Boy story. 28 April 2015
By Carol Boutin - Published on
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Again CJ Duggan knocks it out of the park. Max and Mel's story is truly great. I don't know how many more Onslow Boys there are but, I think Max has become my favorite. Wait, I think they all are. I hope there are more stories. Chris deserves a book as does Adam. Well, thanks CJ Duggan for letting me visit Australia from so far away. This may not help with the story but I want you all to read the book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 31 December 2016
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Good summer read.

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