As you probably already know if you read any of my entries from the last couple of days, I have a very serious obsession that cannot be suffocated: C.J. Duggan‘s The Boys of Summer series. Now, I am really, really hard to please when it comes to romance/coming-of-age books that are in the new adult age category simply because I hate kitsch with a passion and want the book to feel real without being voyeuristic when it comes to the characters’ problems. Unfortunately, that is barely the case in this age category, so fortunately, Duggan’s series is cute, light and funny, but damn, her characters and their stories are authentic without feeling contrived to make a point. They do it all on their own. So, naturally, I am super stoked for the next release in this series featuring the Onslow Boys, my Waiting On Wednesday pick of the week, which is the novella Ringer (Summer 3.5) that releases April 2nd! I haven’t had this much of a book crush in this genre in a long, long time!
They say it’s the quiet ones you have to worry about, and she was quiet, very quiet—when she wasn’t busy despising me with a burning passion. Ringo ‘Ringer’ James has a no-strings-attached policy. Love them, leave them, and remain the eternal bachelor.
After a summer in which every one of his mates has succumbed to settling down, or so it seemed, Ringer is on the lookout for a quick exit. Having had enough of the stomach-turning love fest witnessed over the past three months, Ringer jumps at the opportunity to help out his mate, Max, by heading to Max’s dad’s property for a working holiday. It’s just what he’s looking for. A remote, dusty homestead in Ballan, with only hard work, a cold beer and a comfy bed to worry about – no women. Until Miranda Henry.
The privately educated daughter of his boss has returned home from overseas and things are about to get very complicated, very fast. As summer draws to its end, Ringer is about to learn that sometimes attraction defies all logic, and that there really is such a thing as ‘enemies with benefits.’