Publication date: 17th December 2013
I adore road trip books, all that beautiful scenery and endless open road, the carefully chosen road trip music in the background (Springsteen and Fleetwood Mac naturally) and if you are Tammy Maskala you get the added bonus of sharing a confined space for three whole days and nights with the slightly bossy and frowny but oh so smoulderingly hot Onslow publican Chris Henderson of the guaranteed eye rolls and death stare fame. What's not to love about that???
In true road trip fashion C.J's fantastic Aussie late 90's tale starts with the slight awkwardness of both Tammy and Chris who thanks to the "assistance" of BFF Amy have been thrown together for 3 days as they try to catch up with the rest of the Onslow gang who are all determined that they will spend New Year anywhere other than Onslow.
Tammy and Chris are both kind of outsiders, Chris to me has always seemed a little bit older and responsible than the rest of the Onslow boys, in a I'm watching the hilarious banter with a raised eyebrow kind of way. Right from the first book Chris has absolutely intrigued me as I just lurve to see the serious and in charge hero fall for the girl. Tammy I loved right from the start, it's only with the return of her friend Amy that she's found herself on the periphery of the Onslow gang, she's stressy, shy but with a wicked sense of humour and her sarcastic one liners had me laughing out loud. Put Chris and Tammy together with Chris's beloved black van (who's name had me sniggering) that has a handy mattress in the back and we see a whole different side to both characters the further away they actually get from Onslow.
I loved that as the miles roll past we see this different side to Chris, not only can he actually laugh he has a killer smile and takes care of Tammy 100% when she's hit with a terrible migraine going out of his way to ensure she gets the medication she needs, and with that he'd won me over completely. I also adored that That One Summer was interspersed with all of my favourite Onslow characters when Chris and Tammy eventually caught up with them on the trip. I veered between wanting more Onslow gang time because they seriously crack me up, to wanting more quality alone time with the slow but delicious build up between Chris and Tammy it was so good.
Sometimes I forget we are only three books into the Summer series and that C.J. is still a relatively newish published author, but I absolutely know that when I open the first page of one of her books I'm guaranteed to get a huge helping of humour and will be swept away by her irresistible and swoon worthy stories. Her books make me want to be there in Onslow and get to know these amazing characters, I can't praise her enough she really is on my author auto buy list alongside the Kristen Ashley and Jill Shalvis's of the world. Fellow hopeless romantics will love That One Summer, I'm planning another re-read soon! 5 out of 5.
So, how about a little excerpt? This was one of my many favourites.
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