Loving Chris Henderson would be wrong. Diabolically disastrous. I mean, what is there about him to love? He’s moody, bossy, brooding, a control freak, and that’s on a good day … but there was one achingly obvious fact that haunted my every thought, every minute of every day …
He sure could kiss.
As the countdown to the new millennium begins, there is one thing everyone agrees on: no one wants to be in Onslow for New Year’s Eve.
So that can only mean one thing: road trip!
No longer the mousey, invisible, shy girl from years ago, Tammy Maskala is finally making up for all those lost summers. A new year with new friends, which astoundingly includes the bossy boy behind the bar, Chris Henderson.
She likes her new friends (at least most of them), so why does she secretly feel so out of place?
After chickening out on the trip, a last-minute change of heart sees Tammy racing to the Onslow Hotel, fearing she’s missed her chance for a ride. The last thing she expected to meet was a less-than-happy Onslow Boy leaning against his black panel van.
Now the countdown begins to reach the others at Point Shank before the party is over and the new year has begun. Alone in a car with only the infuriating Chris Henderson, Tammy can’t help but feel this is a disastrous start to what could have been a great adventure. But when the awkward road trip takes an unexpected turn, Tammy soon discovers that the way her traitorous heart feels about Chris is the biggest disaster of all.
Fogged up windows, moonlight swimming, bad karaoke and unearthed secrets; after this one summer nothing will ever be the same again.
I knew this tender side to him was not always front and present, that it was often overshadowed by the equally brooding, bossy, moody part of him. But I couldn't help but be completely and utterly in awe of all that was Chris. To me, he was bloody near-on perfect.
I'm not going to go into too much detail about the storyline. The synopsis pretty much sums it up perfectly. That One Summer is Tammy and Chris's story. The book centres around everyone making the decision to get away for New Year. So that means road trip. After a mishap with departure times, Tammy ends up road tripping it alone with Chris is his panel van which comes complete with a mattress in the back. At first Tammy is horrified. But if she's going on this road trip, then this is the only way it's going to happen.
In the previous books, I can't say that Chris Henderson made a huge impact on me. He was there, but he was quiet, reserved and somewhat moody. More in the background doing what needed to be done. In That One Summer, Chris is still quiet and sometimes moody. I have to say that I have a thing for quiet and broody. But, I believe he's also a thinker. And he's definitely a carer. He cares about everyone. Their wellbeing, their happiness, their safety. He's a mate to his very core. He believes in them without question and would do whatever was needed for them. But who knew he could be fun, and romantic, and sweet. Or that he was going to get under Tammy's skin and into her heart.
I found myself really connecting with Tammy so much during this book. Certain little traits and thoughts that she had were so much like me. She doesn't feel like she really fits in. She's not really super close with any of the boys. She worries about things. She's much quieter than her group of friends. She had a tendency to over think things, but she has her mantra to be positive and to have fun. I thought her and Chris were so good together. They were incredibly well matched. I adored the time they spent getting to know each other.
I loved how much the whole group of friends featured throughout the story. Oh, there was plenty of Chris and Tammy... lots of really nice one on one time. But we also got to see how Amy and Sean were doing and I loved the side story that featured Tess and Toby interwoven throughout. Ringer was his usual stirrer self and things were also set up in readiness for Adam and Ellie's story, which will be just as fantastic as all the others.
C.J once again has written a book that's full to the brim of laughs. I laughed at the banter between mates. I laughed at the thoughts of Tammy. I laughed at the interactions between characters. I laughed at the situations that Tammy found herself in. I laughed at the fun and good times that this wonderful group of friends have. Tammy's mum and the clay vagina's were just classic. The look on my husbands face as I tried to explain them to him was equally as funny.
Just on a side not, I first came across The Boys of Summer a few months before it's release and I was excited. I was excited that an Aussie author was going to release this book that was set in Australia. I'm so happy that C.J has kept that Aussie flavour throughout her stories. I love my home country with a passion and C.J's Aussie infused books fill me with so much pride. Pride for this beautiful piece of land that I live in. Pride for her stories about these good, decent laid-back, Aussie blokes and their love for their woman. But most of all pride that this Aussie author can write such amazing stories that I am honoured to get the chance to read. Her books can rock it with the best of them.
If you are yet to fall in love with the Onslow boys, please don't hold back any longer. Let them into your heart. You won't regret it!!!
5/5 Quiet and Caring Chris Henderson Stars