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Review: Ringer by C.J. Duggan

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Ringer (Summer #3.5)
   by: C.J. Duggan

Publication Date: April 2, 2014
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Source: e-ARC provided by The Three Bookateers and the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 155 pages
Order Links: Amazon | iTunes
My Rating: 3.5/5 stars

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.

 
 
Ringer has been one of my favorite characters from the beginning, so it was awesome to see him get his own novella! He is definitely the roughest of the Onslow boys and a lot edgier, so naturally I liked that Duggan made his novella fit his personality. In fact, I think this is probably the steamiest of the series so far. Ringer is a good guy through and through, despite his crudeness and rather dirty mouth. When he first meets Miranda, the two clash immediately and it does not look good for our characters. Ringer left Onslow to get away from all the love and romance in the air, never expecting to find it himself on a dusty, barren farm in Ballan. Miranda, on the other hand, hates her hometown and swore she would never go back. Too many dark memories remain there and there's no way she is going to end up as a farmer's wife.
 
At first it didn't seem possible for Duggan to create a romance between these two, they were so at each other's throats! Miranda is not the nicest heroine we've met thus far, and it really made me doubt whether I'd like her. I did eventually warm up to her, even though I thought she was a little over the top about her and Ringer's first encounter. Ringer isn't about to let some stuck up princess barge in and walk all over him, that's for sure. He gives her a taste of her own medicine and it's quite amusing to watch these two together. Miranda was able to meet Ringer blow for blow and she definitely didn't go down without a fight. What starts as a war, slowly turns into something more, as they both can't seem to stay away from one another.
 
While I enjoyed seeing our boy get some love, I did feel we didn't get quite as much development as I would have liked. Miranda's past issues were resolved a bit too quickly and Ringer's declaration of affection seemed too fast for his character's nature. Fans of the Summer series will undoubtedly enjoy this novella and will be happy to see Ringer find his match, as I was starting to feel left out for him back in Onslow! I honestly thought he and a certain someone else would work things out, but alas, it's not meant to be.
 
I'm looking forward to Forever Summer next, which is Ellie and Adam's story! I am super curious to see how Duggan will bring that one about!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
C.J Duggan is the number one bestselling Australian author of the Summer Series! 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 90’s 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.
 
Novels in the Summer Series includes: The Boys of Summer (December 2012), An Endless Summer (July 2013), That One Summer (December 2013), Ringer (March 2014) and the highly anticipated, soon to be released Forever Summer (July 2014).
 
For more on C.J and ‘The Summer Series’, visit www.cjdugganbooks.com
 
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4 comments

  1. I like that cover... very pretty. I think I would like Ringer, simply because I like crude and dirty lol. Gotta start this series. Great review!

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    1. Yes! If you like crude and dirty girl you've GOT to read Tangled by Emma Chase! It's a MUST! I do love this series though!

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  2. Great Review Jess :) Ringer sounds like a great character! I love the bad boys! It sounds like Ringer and Miranda had a very passionate and intense dynamic! I hope to eventually read this series!

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    1. Thanks Lindy! This is a fun series, definitely one to be read during the summer or on the beach!

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