Title: Ringer (Summer #3.5)
Author: C.J. Duggan
Source: Received through blog tour in exchange for honest review
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 is a novella in the Summer series by C.J. Duggan. Of course, it stars Ringer – who needs to get away from things after all his friends start settling down with girlfriends. He's tired of seeing his friends whipped. He takes the opportunity to help out his friend Max's dad – by working on his farm. He thinks it will be a good time to be by himself and not have to think about women. Until Max's sister, Miranda, comes home to the farm.
I really liked this book, but I did have some mixed emotions about it. Mainly, it was too short! I think that this could have easily been a full length novel in the series. There are some hot and spicy scenes in this book – one in particular – but these happen while they still can't stand each other. We don't get to see a love scene after they both admit to themselves that they have fallen for the other. It's so frustrating!
Most of the time, these two are trying to get back at one another. They can't stand each other. Ringer is a tough, stubborn guy and Miranda comes across as a rich b*tch. She is really, really bratty. Their pranks against each other are pretty amusing. But once that hate suddenly turns into love, I feel like the book just ends. I felt like there needed to be more of a buildup to that turnaround between them. Overall though, both main characters are bold and I think they are good for each other. I've only read the first book in this series. I felt like I was missing out on a little since I haven't read books #2 and 3, but I don't think it made a huge difference since each book focuses on a different character.
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