Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Boys of Summer by C.J. Duggan
(Summer #1)

The Boys of Summer

ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
This is the story of Tess and Toby.

Tess is seventeen and she has loved Toby Morrison from afar for many years.  She has always been shy and her ex-boyfriend making her life miserable has not helped with her confidence.
Tess has two great friends, one is Ellie who is a party girl, extrovert and happy.  Her other best friend is Adam who is very supportive of both girls.
Adam convinces both girls to work at the Onslow Hotel during the summer.  At the beginning, Tess is not sure about it but in the end, she caves in.
Tess is working when Toby and his friends walk in. Toby is twenty-two.  He and his friends are known as the Onslow Boys.  Tess can't keep herself away from the group for too long and it seems that Toby can't keep his eyes away either.
There is only one problem, Toby already has a gorgeous girlfriend.
How can Tess compete with her?

This was a perfectly sweet book to read. It's set in the '90s in Australia.
It was refreshing, a fast read without major drama or love triangle.  Toby and Tess made me happy. Their love felt natural and honest.
It was nice to see how Tess was able to mature through the book and I was happily surprised with all the Onslow Boys. Especially with Sean.
I have recently stayed away from YA but I was happy to read this one.
I'm in love with the Onslow Boys and I can't wait to read Sean's story.

“Can we get out of here?" 
"Your chariot awaits." 
"In the form of a blue Ford ute?" I curved my brow. 
"But of course," he said in an over-the-top French accent. 
"Sacre blur, bad accent alert!"
 "Wow," he said, "Le rude?"
"Le sorry?" 
"Le hurt." Toby clutched his heart. 
"What can I do to soothe your shattered ego?" 
Toby drummed his chin thoughtfully, pacing around me. He stopped just near enough to whisper in my ear. 
"Le kiss?” 

 4/5 Fangs

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