Lea Reviews RINGER by C.J. Duggan

ARC provided by author

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.’

 After reading the first three books in The Summer Series and loving each Onslow boy in his own way, I couldn't wait to read Ringer's story. In the other books he appears to be the most playful of the group and always ready to get up to no good. In the beginning of this novella, it is clear that he needs a little escape from his hometown since his friends are all busy being nauseatingly in love.  
"Yeah, Onslow was beautiful; it was also bathed in romance. Sweet doe-eyed looks, hand holding, giggles, freakin' sunshine and rainbows. It was enough to make your beer go flat."
He cracks me up with his complaining and teasing at their expense. I am pretty sure in the third book of the series, Sean commented to him something along the lines of, "Just you wait and see, it'll happen to you, too." So, of course, running away from them leads them right where he never knew he wanted to be.
Once he arrives at the farm where he will be working for a few weeks, he is immediately accosted by Miranda Henry. Miranda was freaking hilarious. She is bitchy as all get out, and initially comes across as self-centered and unappreciative. Personally, I found her pretty freaking awesome. She can definitely hold her own against Ringer and his antics. I like that she even manages to shock him, given the way he has flirted shamelessly in the past with other poor girls.
"...she had completely taken me over, dominating me from the first touch until I was a quivering mess who would do anything she wanted."
Obviously, I am not going to give much away in this review. Just that the two of them do not get along, causing them to pull some funny little pranks on each other, especially Miranda's first one. And the chemistry between the two is undeniable, even when they are hating each other. My only issue is that it's too short, as much as I hate to say that. I wanted more of their shenanigans, and really just more of them. Since each book includes the different characters from along the way, I am hoping we might catch a glimpse of them in the upcoming novella about Adam and Ellie. I have been waiting for that since the first book!! I really liked this and it is a definite must-read for fans of the series!! 4 Stars

Ringer is Book #4 in C.J’s mature young adult SUMMER SERIES, a series filled with intoxicatingly sweet romances and addictive, swoon worthy characters. The Summer Series is set in Onslow and it is here where you will meet the ruggedly handsome Onslow Boys - a group of men SO HOT in appearance and so likable in personality that’ll leave you craving MORE. Now imagine that, set it against a sizzling hot Australian background, fill it with good old Australian humour and there you have the Summer Series!

The Summer Series: GOODREADS
Forever Summer (Coming July 2014): GOODREADS/iTUNES PREORDER

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