Thanks to Xpresso Book Tours, run by the wonderful Giselle of Xpresso Reads, we have to opportunity to talk about the awesome new book by C.J. Duggan called The Boys of Summer. And to make things even better, we've got two (count them, two!) giveaways to share with you at the end of this post. One is tour wide, but the other is just for our blog and our blog only, making your chances for winning very high. So let's get on with it!
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.
The Excerpt"“Don’t you dare.” I grabbed his arm, pulling him backwards. His eyes darted to where my hand rested on him. I didn’t move my hand, I couldn’t physically bring myself to break the contact; all of a sudden there were no smiles, no jokes, just him and me and our space on the couch. I could only hear the music and be aware of the heat of his skin and the rapid rise and fall of my chest in this moment.
The only thing that snapped me out of my daze was Toby’s words which seemed low and raspy.
“Is Adam your boyfriend?” His gaze flicked over my face as he waited for my answer. My mouth gaped open; I couldn’t hide the fact I was dumbfounded by the question.
I blinked quickly and took my hand from his arm. I struggled to construct a legible sentence.
“Oh – um, no, we’re just friends, it’s not like that.”
His stony expression didn’t falter, didn’t reveal any kind of emotion. He was so hard to read, and I wanted to read him so badly. He gave a small nod and handed me the CD cover. “Better go and make sure these guys aren’t cheating.” And without another word, he got up and headed towards the pool table."
The GiveawaysSo we've got two giveaways going on for this book. The one with the Rafflecopter form is tour-wide, and the other one is just for this blog. Go ahead and sign up for both to increase your chances!
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And this one is just for us. We're giving away one eBook copy of The Boys of Summer. Just leave us a comment telling us:
- why you want to read The Boys of Summer
- the e-mail address we can contact you at if you win
We're going to choose a winner via Random.org on Monday, February 18th, so you have until then to enter. The winner will be contacted and allowed to chose what format of eBook they'd like. If they don't respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.