I just read The Boys of Summer and I loved it! I’m so glad I get to be a part of this blitz because I get to share an excerpt, give away an ebook copy right here and also have the tour-wide entry form for a signed copy. I’ve always wanted to visit Australia (not only to stalk a certain someone!) and books like this, by authors like this, make me feel like I’ve had just a tiny taste. If you don’t win it, go buy it!!
The Boys of Summer (Summer #1)
By C.J. Duggan
Publication Date: December 17, 2012
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
It seemed only natural to nickname them the ‘Onslow Boys’. Every time they swaggered in the front door of the Onslow Hotel after a hard week’s work, their laughter was loud and genuine as they settled onto their bar stools. I peeked through the restaurant partition, a flimsy divider between my world and theirs. I couldn’t help but smile whenever I saw them, saw him … Toby Morrison.
Quiet seventeen-year-old Tess doesn’t relish the thought of a summertime job. She wants nothing more than to forget the past haunts of high school and have fun with her best friends before the dreaded Year Twelve begins.
To Tess, summer is when everything happens: riding bikes down to the lake, watching the fireworks at the Onslow Show and water bomb fights at the sweltering Sunday markets.
How did she let her friends talk her into working?
After first-shift disasters, rude, wealthy tourists and a taunting ex-boyfriend, Tess is convinced nothing good can come of working her summer away. However, Tess finds unlikely allies in a group of locals dubbed ‘The Onslow Boys’, who are old enough to drive cars, drink beer and not worry about curfews. Tess’s summer of working expands her world with a series of first times with new friends, forbidden love and heartbreaking chaos.
All with the one boy she has never been able to forget.
It will be a summer she will always remember.
Warning: sexual references, and occasional course language.
I’m even going to give you a setup to the excerpt this time…
Tess has just won a bet, ensuring Toby has to do a couple of things that will keep him around her from time to time over the summer, at least until he gets her bike fixed (he’s a mechanic and it’s a minor problem). It’s still very early in the book and Tess is normally a very shy, reserved girl who’s had a crush on Toby for years. Let’s just say this excerpt will be very important for something later on in the story (it’s not the obvious thing – ha, you’ll have to read it).
Moon rays filtered through the windshield, giving the cabin an otherworldly glow.
Toby’s perfect teeth were illuminated when he smiled. “You know, you are the worst winner!” He shook his head. “Ever since you won the bet, you’ve been apologising. Just go with it, enjoy it, because I assure you, next time …” – he leaned closer – “… you will not be the winner.” He pulled back, smug.
I curved a brow. “Next time?”
He nodded. “I fully intend to redeem myself.”
“Want a chance to rebuild your shattered ego, do you? I bet you’re itching to fix my bike so you can be rid of me once and for all.” I shouldered him gently, teasing him as I would Adam. And then I realised what I had done; I had treated him like my friends. He looked down at his shoulder, then up at me. His eyes shadowed with untold meanings that I couldn’t read.
“What if I didn’t want to fix your bike?” he said in all seriousness.
“Why, is my company so stimulating that you can’t bear the thought of being without me?” I teased nervously.
I was aiming for light and airy, but something must have gone wrong with my delivery because Toby’s face went blank. He looked out into the lights of Onslow, ran his tongue over his bottom lip and sighed.
Oooh shiver, shiver. Toby is a very complicated guy and poor Tess – Tess can be out of her league with him sometimes.
If you’d like to win an ebook of The Summer Boys, I have one to give away (open to Int’l entries) and tour-wide, there’s a giveaway for one signed paperback copy and for five winners of five signed bookmarks. Click on the “Read More” to find out more about the author, C.J. Duggan, and for the two Rafflecopter forms.
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.
For more about C.J. and the Summer series, check out her website.