15 February 2015

Release Day Blitz: Max by C.J. Duggan | Review + Giveaway


Max
C.J. Duggan

Summer #2.5

Published February 15th 2015

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Max Henry thought he’d left the dusty flats of Ballan behind, but when the past slams into his present, suddenly there is no escaping – even if he wanted to.

Melanie Sheehan didn’t set out to be a liar, but her last lie landed her in big trouble. Now Mel must suffer a harsh consequence – she’s not allowed out of her father’s sight.

No friends, no parties, no life.

Since impeccably good behaviour is now all she’s about, her dad, renowned Ballan local ‘Bluey’ Sheehan, is about to finally cut Mel some slack. The catch? While he heads out of town on business, she has to stay at the Onslow Hotel, and he’s entrusting Max Henry, the eldest son of Bluey’s best mate, to look out for her.

He just doesn’t know it yet.

Max, the new head barman at the Onslow Hotel, is the one boy Mel has been crushing on since forever. At a time when Mel plans to go on the straight and narrow, she is about to tell the biggest lie of all. Will Max be able to handle the fiery farm girl or should he be considered the last boy in Onslow to trust?

About the Author

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C.J Duggan is a number one internationally bestselling Australian author of seven independent titles of her popular New Adult Summer Series. In addition to her chart-topping indie novels, C.J is set to publish two titles with Hachette, Australia with her brand-new Paradise Series in 2015 (Paradise City and Paradise Road).

C.J lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales, Australia. When she isn't writing books about swoony boys and 90s pop culture you will find her renovating her hundred-year-old Victorian homestead or annoying her local travel agent for a quote to escape the chaos.

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Books by C.J. Duggan
Click on the title to read my review.

The Summer Series
  1. The Boys of Summer (December 2012)
  2. Stan (October 2014)
  3. An Endless Summer (July 2013)
  4. Max (February 2015)
  5. That One Summer (December 2013)
  6. Ringer (March 2014)
  7. Forever Summer (December 2015)

The Paradise Series
  1. Paradise City (April 28th, 2015)
  2. Paradise Road (August 28th, 2015)

My Review

What is there to say about Max? Duggan delivered the goods again in this short and sweet novella. Back again are the wonderful (and hunky!) Onslow Boys, the simpler lifestyle of the 90's, and the great Aussie slang - what's not to love?

After reading Stan - the first introduction we have to Max - I couldn't wait for his book. I love how with her novellas, Duggan does a switching POV and you get to see the story from both perspectives - it almost makes up for them only being novellas and not novels. I felt Duggan robbed us a bit of a swoon worthy moment when there wasn't a scene involving Max and his guitar, but she more than makes up for it with the chemistry between Mel and him.

There are many great characters in this book, like Max in all his hunky glory, but I think my favourite, for this installment in the series, has to be Bluey. He just beautifully embodies the average Aussie bloke and reminds my fondly of my own dad - all gruff exterior, but a big softy at heart that just wants the best for his daughter. He also says my favourite line in the whole book, "They think I came down in the last shower." I lost it laughing when I read that.

The only real niggle that I have with the story is how Mel and Max end up playing games with one another. Games should never be played in matters dealing with the heart - it's not fair on anyone involved. However, I do understand the crucial role that it plays in the plot - that doesn't mean that I have to like it, though. This is the only thing that prevented me from giving Max a 5 out of 5 rating.

Max and the Summer series leave you longing for a summer romance to remember with a whole lot of spunk, wit, and cuteness. This book, along with the series, are some of my favourite books - so if you haven't read them yet, you better read them or I don't think we can be friends anymore. 


4 out of 5

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