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That One Summer (The Summer Series Book 3) by [Duggan, C.J]
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Loving Chris Henderson would be wrong. Diabolically disastrous. I mean, what is there about him to love? He’s moody, bossy, brooding, a control freak, and that’s on a good day … but there was one achingly obvious fact that haunted my every thought, every minute of every day …

He sure could kiss.

As the countdown to the new millennium begins, there is one thing everyone agrees on: no one wants to be in Onslow for New Year’s Eve.

So that can only mean one thing: road trip!

No longer the mousey, invisible, shy girl from years ago, Tammy Maskala is finally making up for all those lost summers. A new year with new friends, which astoundingly includes the bossy boy behind the bar, Chris Henderson.

She likes her new friends (at least most of them), so why does she secretly feel so out of place?

After chickening out on the trip, a last-minute change of heart sees Tammy racing to the Onslow Hotel, fearing she’s missed her chance for a ride. The last thing she expected to meet was a less-than-happy Onslow Boy leaning against his black panel van.

Now the countdown begins to reach the others at Point Shank before the party is over and the new year has begun. Alone in a car with only the infuriating Chris Henderson, Tammy can’t help but feel this is a disastrous start to what could have been a great adventure. But when the awkward road trip takes an unexpected turn, Tammy soon discovers that the way her traitorous heart feels about Chris is the biggest disaster of all.

Fogged up windows, moonlight swimming, bad karaoke and unearthed secrets; after this one summer nothing will ever be the same again.

The Summer Series:
Book 1: The Boys of Summer
Book 2: An Endless Summer
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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I hadn't read any of the Summer series yet, but had them on my TBR list. I am a big fan of Australian authors and when the tour invite came through I just had to be involved. I read book three in the series, That One Summer without reading books one or two. I don't think it mattered in the least, although I didn't know the other characters, the story was surrounding Tammy and Chris. I loved Ms Duggan's writing style and all the characters are fabulous, varied, funny and typical Australian teenagers.

That One Summer is set during the summer of 1999-2000 with the big unknown of the new millennium. The summer that everything changes for Tammy Maskala and Chris Henderson. The story begins with Tammy hanging out with her friends at the Onslow Hotel one night and they decide to play MURDER IN THE DARK. Ringer has to do the searching and Tammy takes off, she opens the first door she finds. Someone grabs her and they both hide in the closet, using her hands she has to discover which Henderson boy she is hiding out with and it's Chris.

Chris is known for his moody irritable attitude and serious behaviour, running the local pub is stressful and busy, but it does have its benefits. There seems to be an electrical charge between Tammy and Chris whenever they accidentally touch, what is that about?

Down by Sean's lake house, the boys decide so go camping for New Years and the girls invite themselves along. Tammy isn't sure she really wants to go, but Amy (her BFF) is pushing for her to go.

At the last minute Tammy goes, but the others have already left. Chris offered to drive Tammy to catch up with everyone and it gives them a chance to get to know each other. Slowly they relax and start to enjoy themselves.
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This book was my favourite one! It somehow has the most meaning to me. It brings out your inner feelings as well as emotion. I think out of all the books that I have read this has to be the best one! xx
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If you love the quiet moody guys then Chris is the guy for you this book is full of unexpected turns and romance galore hot guys beautiful girls who wear the pants and a New Year's Eve trip that will never be forgotten full of love surprises and a few fights. Join the Onslow boys today in book 3
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best new adult series I've ever read. 11 January 2014
By Michelle@Book Briefs - Published on
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I have no idea how C.J. Duggan does it. This is the third book in the Boys of Summer series, and I am head over heels in love with the Onslow boys! When I read the first book, I thought this is the cutest couple ever. There is no way I am going to like any other couple as much as this one. And then I read the second book, and it took awhile, but I ended up thinking the same thing. And then I read That One Summer. This book is Tammy and Chris' story. They captured my heart right from the start. I think they ended up being my favorite couple, but I think I still have Onslow boys stars in my eyes, so I might be a bit biased.

Tammy is interesting because she doesn't really feel like a true part of the group. Her best friend is Amy, and Amy is the one that dragged her into the group, and I understand that it was hard for Tammy to be kind of on the outskirts because she is shy and hates confrontation. But I do have to say, she always seemed like a part of the group to me. Everyone always included her and seemed very nice to her. So I never felt like she was an outcast, but she did. Tammy is a such a nice and sweet girl that it was easy to like her. And I did, and then what pushed me up for like to love was seeing her go out and push the edges of her comfort zone. She wasn't always the most comfortable trying new things, but she did it, and that is what matters. Its what made me love her. Plus she is hilarious.

Chris was an easier sell for me. I am a little in love with him myself. He is so smart, and determined, and the responsible one. But he never complains about it, he just quietly takes care of everyone else. And it was so easy to see that he had feelings for Tammy, but holy cow! Sometimes he had a very strange way of showing it. He runs very hot and stoic. I don't want to say cold because he was never really mean. He was either fun loving and sweet or very reserved and void of emotion. And it was super hard to read him when he was holding back. I think that's why Tammy couldn't see that he liked her.

I loved that That One Summer took place on a new years camping road trip. They stopped in a bunch of different places in Australia before reaching their final destination for new years eve. That One Summer is like a romantic comedy adventure. I can't say enough good things about this series. I want to recommend it to everyone. The group of friends is so great. They guys are rambunctious and hot and a riot and the romances are beyond adorable. C.J. Duggan keeps upping the bar with each book. I have no idea which is even my favorite- maybe this one.

*disclaimer- I got a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated for my thoughts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love love love Chris!! 17 December 2013
By MrsLeif - Published on
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This is another Osnlow Boy romance.

We all know about Chris Henderson. He is the one that behave as an adult since the first Summer book. He is the responsible one. He also likes to be in charge.
Tammy Maskala is Amy's best friend. Now, that she is back in Onslow she is invited to every outing the gang does.

"Okay, so I didn't know what to say to that exactly. It wasn't every night of my life that I found myself pressed up intimately against an Onslow Boy, in the dark, in his bedroom, in his bed. Well, okay ... under his bed. Still, it did make for interesting conversation."

She gets included in every game, every drinking night but she doesn't feel like part of the group. She is an outsider of sorts.
All of them will be leaving Onslow to spend New Year's some where else. At first she decides she doesn't want to go but she has a change of heart. By the time she gets to the hotel her friends are gone. Well, not all of them. Chris stayed behind to take her. Tammy can't believe what's happening. Soon she finds herself falling for him during this road trip. All preconceptions disappear in the van.

I believe Chris is my favorite Onslow boy. I like that he is broody, and that he is the serious one. He also is the one who has melted my heart with the beautiful things he told Tammy.

"Because if I'd had to choose perfect, I would have just chosen you."

"I would choose your legs even when they're jigging and driving me to distraction. I'd choose your face because it creases into something so amazing when you find something funny (which, incidentally, isn't often enough for my liking).
"I'd choose the way your cheeks go red whenever you're embarrassed, just like they are now.
"I'd choose the fact that you're smart, kind and funny and you don't even know it." His eyes ticked over my face in a long, silent study. "It's a pretty big list, but yeah. I'd choose everything about you."

Tammy was insecure and I'm sure that she has reasons for being that way, but Chris told her how he felt with actions and a word or two.

"You know that nice for me means `absolutely beautiful', right?"

I'm really in love with Chris. I love the Summer series.
Next is Adam and Ellie. I wonder if the kiss will come into play in the next book.

"I was barely able to gather my thoughts as Chris pressed me against the back of the door and claimed my mouth in a hot, mind-bending kiss. His lips were demanding, firm, slow, coaxing mine to open for him. I was unable to move, enticingly ensnared by him as his scorching kiss robbed me of all thought, all breath."

5/5 Fangs
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4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars 8 September 2014
By Jennifer Bielman @ Bad Bird Reads - Published on
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At A Glance
The story was fun, but the male love interest was not my cup of tea.

The Good
I love this series. It is so addicting. I love the characters (Well, most of them) and I love the summery feel to all the books. It’s just a whole bunch of new adults getting together and having fun. This is very much a relaxing and breezy read, though there is drama. We can’t forget the glorious drama.

Tammy is very awkward. She isn’t very social and often rather bypass a good time with friends if she feels she might be uncomfortable. I didn’t like that about her at first, but then I realized I liked how she was so different from the other girls in this series. She is quiet, shy, and often stressed out but she is also caring and endearing. Her friends have to work at bringing out her wild side, but it’s so worth it when they do. Just ask Chris. Chris has always seen the hidden gem that Tammy is, but neither of them are forward enough to reveal their feelings. Which makes for an awkward but silly road trip.

Chris is a lot like Tammy. He is the responsible one, which often means no fun time for him. He takes care of the group. He is also very quite and brooding. He is in a perpetual bad mood, which was annoying, but we do see glimpses of his sweet and caring side that made my heart melt. Really, there is no one better for Chris than Tammy. They are kind of the outsiders of the group but they like it that way.

It was fun seeing all the other characters. We got an exciting update on all their relationships and they provided awesome comedic relief since Chris and Tammy are a more serious couple. The writing was great and the dialogue was cute. Can’t wait for the next book.

The Bad
I love this series but each book never makes it past 3.5 stars. Which isn’t bad but I realized every book has something missing. This time around, it was the male love interest. Chris was such a Debbie Downer. Now, to be fair, Tammy was also often a kill-joy, but Chris just didn’t seem like great boyfriend material. Many of his actions made me cringe, even if he was sweet in the end. Too little, too late.

I got bored in many places. I wanted some action. Any action! And the side story with Tess and Toby was just stupid. If Toby was that stressed out about his decision that he had to act like such a meanie, then maybe he shouldn’t have done what he did.

The Snuggly
Both Tammy and Chris threw many pity parties which left little room for their relationship to grow in the book. Mostly it was them being silent next to each other and then Tammy doubting Chris’s feelings. So very little romance for a romance book. So frustrating.

There are sexual situations but every time Chris and Tammy were going to get it on, it got interrupted. Every. Freaking. Time. So annoying.

Final Thoughts
If Chris was a little nicer and there was more romance, this would had been an amazing book. But even with how it turned out, I really enjoyed the story and most of the characters. Very recommended.

“You made it!” she squealed, dragging me around in circles as though we were playing Ring a Ring o’ Roses.
Sean stood next to Chris, watching.
“How come you never act like that when we reunite?” Chris asked Sean in blank-faced seriousness.
Sean slapped Chris on his shoulder. “Don’t worry, mate, I assure you there’s a song in my heart.”

“You know more than anyone that I am never one to love for the sake of being in love, but I love because of you.”

“I desperately wanted to reach out to him, to bring my shaking hands up and slide them over his shoulders, to press skin to skin, drawing him near and crushing against him, like the stirrings of wave slamming into rocks.”

“Because if I’d had to choose perfect, I would have just chosen you.”
“I would choose your legs even when they’re jigging and driving me to distraction. I’d choose your face because it creases into something so amazing when you find something funny (which, incidentally, isn’t often enough for my liking).
“I’d choose the way your cheeks go red whenever you’re embarrassed, just like they are now.
“I’d choose the fact that you’re smart, kind and funny and you don’t even know it.” His eyes ticked over my face in a long, silent study. “It’s a pretty big list, but yeah. I’d choose everything about you.”
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hitch a ride with Chris and Tammy 23 February 2014
By Vox Libris - Published on
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I am an unrepentant, unabashed fan of YA and NA lit.

Being a fan, however, does not equate to being an apologist. I am tired of the glut of paranormal YA found these days, and there is a trend in NA to have an older guy sexually into (no pun intended) a younger woman.

So when something like C.J. Duggan's Summer Series comes along, I all but do jumpy claps.

The third in the series, That One Summer focuses on Chris Henderson, one of the Onslow Boys we first met in The Boys of Summer and somewhat reconnected with in An Endless Summer. I say "somewhat" because Chris was presented as a very tightly controlled, inscrutable character. Could we connect with him? At all?

I should have known, given how well Duggan told the stories of fellow Onslow Boys Toby and Sean, that connecting with Chris Henderson would be no problem whatsoever.

The female part of the equation is Tammy, best friend of Amy, the heroine of An Endless Summer. (Don't get confused - I promise you it all fits and makes sense). Amy is with Sean now, which leaves Tammy happy for her bestie but feeling a little out of sorts. When a celebratory camping trip is proposed to ring in the millennium, Tammy reluctantly agrees to go.

The only reason she says yes is because she is intrigued by Chris.

The two are thrown together for the trek, and the more she gets to know him, the more Tammy realizes that she is falling for Chris. But what does he think? He's appears very difficult to read, although Tammy soon realizes that Chris is a "what you see is what you get" kind of man. As she points out, he is a good guy.

Of course, there will be roadblocks, and in this case, they tend to be caused by Tammy's self-doubt. She thinks she is unexceptional and unmemorable, totally forgettable and easily overlooked. But Chris is drawn to her. He likes her quiet intelligence, her mystery. She is a part of the Onslow group, but she's also apart from it.

I enjoyed the characters immensely. I admit that Tess and Toby (from Book #1, The Boys of Summer) are my favorite couple so far, but Chris and Tammy are a close second. These are not people who lived charmed lives; they have struggles that feel real and realistic. They are people you know, people you went to school with, people with whom you work.

Their romantic situations aren't drummed up for cheesy payoff, either. Chris knows that Tammy needs to break out of her comfort zone, so he presents her with opportunities to do so, also realizing that he will break out of his rather closed off life as well. Chris is someone who needs control; although he works in the restaurant and hospitality industry - or perhaps because of it - he requires his life to move at a pace that he can predict and keep orderly. He is a man, after all, whose idea of a good time is to refurbish an old van.

Yet he is also a man of fire and passion, and he sees those qualities in Tammy. In fact, he sees them before she does, just as she sees in him a man whose strength and compassion makes him their group's ballast. They see themselves reflected in each other, and that sense of having found something true and solid is a powerful feeling for them.

As unforced as Chris and Tammy's relationship develops, there is, unfortunately, a subplot that feels extremely manipulative and artificial. Worse, it involves my Toby. Nothing about it feels genuine or true to the characters involved, and that blights an otherwise fine outing.

There are some sexy times, but nothing terribly explicit. Duggan imposes a "fade to black" direction before the headboard rockin' begins, but you do get to enjoy some pretty hot foreplay.

You don't need to have read the first two books, but it helps to know the characters involved. If this is the first one you pick up, don't let that stop you from checking out its predecessors, if for no other reason than to get to know Tess and Toby, and Amy and Sean. And Ellie and Adam and Stan and Ringer.

One side note: it was entertaining, as an American reader, to see what summer break is like for Australians. It made me wonder what celebrating Christmas over summer vacation would be like, and I think I might enjoy it!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish I had an Onslow boy of my own! TOS is a MUST in the Summer series. Aussie YA at its best 17 December 2013
By Jaz - Published on
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Firstly, thank to CJ Duggan for a review copy of this book. This is an honest review and no compensation was given whatsoever to alter my personal opinion.

“And there was nothing more frustrating than a smug Onslow boy”

CJ Duggan’s 2012 Aussie YA contemporary debut, The Boys of Summer, completely blew me away with its ‘90s Aussie setting. A year later and she’s onto her third book in the Summer series – she set the bar high with The Boys of Summer, but That One Summer does not disappoint at all.

I’ll be honest, I was scared to read the sequels in the Summer series because I’m such a Tess/Toby fan and I didn’t think any other Onslow couple would beat the one from The Boys of Summer. But reading TOS I found I absolutely adored Tammy and Chris. They’re very different to Tess and Toby and that’s what made their story so enjoyable.
Set approximately 4 years after we’re first introduced to the Onslow Boys and directly after the events of An Endless Summer, the new millennium is approaching and nobody wants to spend New Year’s Eve in Onslow. The result is a camping road trip organised by the boys. Stuck with the brooding Chris Henderson for the road trip, Tammy Maskala as the newest addition to the gang has insecurities about fitting in with the rest. Her sarcastic voice had me in stitches countless times and her wit made her a very likeable protagonist. Being inside Tammy’s head, I could really relate to her. She over analysed a lot of things which might be annoying in some characters, but when one is stuck in a very long car ride with Chris Henderson, who wouldn’t over analyse every word the man manages to speak? I guess the only thing that annoyed me about Tammy was how easily she cried. I’m a pretty emotional person but even I thought Tammy was a tad too sensitive… Almost on the cry-baby side. Nearly everything set her off; don’t get me wrong, she’s a strong person but I think she may have needed a bit more mettle where the crying was concerned.

“In other words, I had gone from the usual third wheel to spare tyre.”

Chris Henderson. Or as I sometimes to referred as, “50 Shades of Frowns”. This guy had a different unpleasant expression for absolutely everything. Constantly brooding, he barely strung together complete sentences but what he did have to say was either extremely hilarious or very meaningful. Chris Henderson is my kind of guy. At first it seems the only trait that makes Chris an “Onslow boy” are his good looks. On the surface, it seems the defining characteristic of the Onslow boys is aesthetics, charm and their outgoing, confident nature. But look beyond that and what the Onslow boys really do have in common is the way they treat girls fairly, never looking down on them; they don’t say demeaning things; they’re good natured, sweet and the type of guy every girl should be looking for. What I love about the Onslow boys is their ability to love, and to love unconditionally no questions asked. They give their whole heart, they’re faithful and Chris Henderson is no different. Deep down, there’s a funny side to him, and more importantly, a truly caring guy that looks after those around him. Just like I fell in love with Toby in The Boys of Summer, I fell in love with Chris in That One Summer.

“Do you ever feel like you have so much to say, but you just don’t know how to say it?”

The romance was sexy as! I loved the build-up that Duggan created with the glances, flirting and light touches. She also writes steamy scenes like no other, filled with longing, desire and passion. Duggan teases, taunts and hints at what could be, all the while leaving the reader reeling from the possibilities.

“I desperately wanted to reach out to him, to bring my shaking hands up and slide them over his shoulders, to press skin to skin, drawing him near and crushing against him, like the stirrings of wave slamming into rocks.”

Duggan knows just what everybody wants: to see all our favourite characters from previous books again! The whole ensemble from the previous books make their way to 2000 and seeing everyone again just made me really happy. Each of the characters/couples had their own subplot; whether it was the addition of new characters, couples continuing in their bliss, or the trials they had to overcome, That One Summer had it all. The subplots made it a great way to see more into the lives of the crew, and of course, made headway for future books!

“You know more than anyone that I am never one to love for the sake of being in love, but I love because of you.”

There’s nothing overly complicated or angsty about the plot, but it’s a road trip of self-discovery, love and friendship. Duggan intertwines the various subplots with Chris and Tammy’s story, set against the gorgeous back drop of Australian scenery – from highway, through the bush, to beaches and resorts. And as the clock strikes ever closer to January 1, 2000, will everybody get their happily-ever-after? And will Chris and Tammy find it in each other to see their feelings? This is that one summer you won’t want to miss – sweet, sexy and topped off with that serene laidback vibe that only comes with an Aussie YA.

“… We hoped for our lives to change in some way from this night on.”

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