Sunday, February 15, 2015

Release Day Blitz: Review and Giveaway for Max by C.J. Duggan

Max's book is finally here and was very happy to learn who his woman is!  I love best friend's older brother stories!

Title: Max
Series: Summer #2.5
Author: C.J. Duggan
 Release Date: February 15, 2015


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?

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★★★★ stars

The boys of Onslow are guys I love reading about. I've been wanting Max's story for a long time.  I'm so very glad it's finally here.  I always wish the stories are longer, and we get more time with them, but C.J. Duggan has a way of making short stories feel long.

I first met Max in Ringer's story.  I didn't learn much about him other than he wanted out of Ballan and didn't think highly of his sister. I thought Melanie was adorable.  She's had a crush on Max since she was a child.  I loved how she blushed around him.  Even though she'd gotten into some adult trouble, she was still innocent at heart.  I loved seeing Max realize Melanie was no longer the little girl he knew.  He wanted to be around her but didn't know why.  He also enjoyed teasing her, which I thought was adorable.

I wasn't a big fan of the charade Melanie and Amy carried off.  I thought they took it too far, and I was worried it might ruin things for Max and Melanie. Luckily it didn't, although I have the feeling if it ever comes out some where down the line, it might make trouble.  I liked seeing Bluey, Sean, and the boys I've read about in other books and novellas.  I'm very excited Chris's story is next!  Like I said, I can't get enough of the Onslow boys!

*Thank you to the author for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*

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See all the titles in the Summer Series HERE

Author Bio

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.

The 'Summer Series'
The Boys of Summer (December 2012)
Stan (October 2014)
An Endless Summer (July 2013)
Max (February 2015)
That One Summer (December 2013)
Ringer (March 2014)
Forever Summer (December 2015)

The 'Paradise Series'
Paradise City (April 28th, 2015)
Paradise Road (August 28th, 2015)

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