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The Boys of Summer by C.J. Duggan (Summer Series, #1) - New Adult Contemporary Romance - Publication date: December 17th 2012 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.
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
“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.
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 on C.J and ‘The Summer Series’, visit www.cjdugganbooks.com