Thursday, 23 January 2014

An Endless Summer (Summer #2) by C.J. Duggan

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author C.J. Duggan, and Xpresso book tours.
An Endless Summer (Summer, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Sean looked out over the lake, squinting against the sunlight. He turned to me, his expression sobering as his eyes flicked over my face in a silent study.

“Come on Amy, I saved you once, I’ll save you again.”
I met his stare unflinchingly. “I don’t need saving.”
A wicked grin formed slowly. “Don’t you?”

After a rebellious summer night that almost claimed her life, Amy Henderson – the Onslow publican’s only daughter – is sent away to suffer a fate far worse than any other punishment:

Boarding School.

Three years on, a now nineteen-year-old Amy returns to Onslow for the summer. What once was a cauldron of activity with live bands, hot meals and cold beers, the Onslow Hotel now lies dark, deserted and depressing. All fond childhood memories of loitering on the hotel stairs and eavesdropping on customers’ colourful conversations are in the distant past.

How had her dad let it come to this?

With the new threat of putting the Onslow up for sale, Amy reluctantly turns to a local tradesman for help: Sean Murphy, the very same Onslow boy who saved her life all those years ago. With his help and that of some old friends, the task is clear: spend the summer building the hotel back up to its former glory or lose it for good.

In an endless summer, Amy soon realises that sometimes in order to save your future, you have to face your past, even if it’s in the form of a smug, gorgeous Onslow boy.

An Endless Summer by C.J. Duggan

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

An Endless Summer (Summer, #2)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author C.J. Duggan, and Xpresso book tours.)
This is book 2 in the ‘Boys of Summer’ series, but can be read as a standalone.
Amy is going back home to live at her father’s pub, but is shocked when she sees the state of the place. Not wanting to tell her father what is going on, Amy tries to sort the place out, including sacking her only staff member, and Shaun, a man she hasn’t seen in 3 years offers to help her.
Can Amy get the pub up and running again? And does she like Shaun?

I was really looking forward to this book as I really liked the first in the series, but this was just a disappointment.

I don’t know what it was but I just couldn’t connect with Amy. She was less like a cool-confident-woman, and more like a bull in a china shop. Everything was life or death, and every mole hill a mountain, and she really got on my nerves. She also made really stupid decisions like swimming in a lake in the dark whilst drunk. I mean how stupid do you have to be to do that?
I can’t say I really liked Shaun much either, while he was a nicer person than Amy, I just didn’t really get a feel for him, and I didn’t see what he saw in Amy

I didn’t really enjoy the storyline in this one either. I felt bored for basically the whole book, and thought the plot really predictable. Usually I can enjoy the romance side of a book even if I don’t enjoy the rest of the story, but I didn’t even like the romance in this one. There was actually very little romance at all, and I just didn’t feel the excitement or rush like I would expect to.
The ending was again predictable, and to be honest I was just glad that I had made it to the end.
Overall; not a fan.
5 out of 10.

1 comment:

  1. I agree that some of it was boring and Amy wasn't that great but I did enjoy it for the most part.