Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Review: An Endless Summer (Summer #2) by C.J. Duggan

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.

Kindle Edition, 311 pages
Published July 11th 2013
Terri's Thoughts

I was really excited for this installment in the Summer series by C.J Duggan because it features Sean.  I sort of fell in love with him in the first book The Boys of Summer and was hoping he would get his own story, and here it was.

I'm going to start with what I did not like first. I have come to know Duggan as being able to write relationships where romance is so intense and yet subtle (I can't even explain it) that you are drawn in to see if it will ever materialize.  This was the case for Toby and Tess in book one.  This was not the case with Sean and Amy.  Instead it was the in your face, ride each others nerves, until they have no choice but to admit they are attracted to each other.  On its own this is not such a bad thing other than the fact that it is overdone, it just is not the unexplainable attraction that I think Duggan excels at.

That being said, when I got past that I got to spend time with the Sean I love!  Cocky, fun loving, loyal and devastatingly attractive.  From the beginning of the book to the end he was putting others before himself while disguising his sensitive side with his sense of humour.  Ladies, look no further he is the perfect man!

Amy was at times annoying with her woe is me attitude and need to fight everything and everyone however Sean managed to let her see that and she had a period of growth throughout the book.  While I may not have been as much of a fan of Amy as Sean, I did enjoy the two of them together.  I liked that they were goofy with each other and it was all serious.

I could go on and discuss the plot but really this was all about Sean for me.  Duggan has created some great male characters with the Onslow boys and I cant wait to see who is featured in the next story (I refuse to look ahead)

About the Author
  C.J Duggan is an Internationally Number One Best Selling Author who lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales, Australia. When she isn't writing books about swoony boys and 90's pop culture you will find her renovating her hundred-year-old Victorian homestead or annoying her local travel agent for a quote to escape the chaos. The Boys of Summer is Book One in her highly successful New Adult Romance Series.     

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