Ringer: Summer Series Novella by C. J Duggan

Ringer (Summer Series Novella)
Written by C. J Duggan
Published March 18th 2014
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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'.

Ringo Ringer James has had enough of his mates all being in love. He's lived his life without being tied down by girlfriends, and he isn't about to start now. When the opportunity arises to escape the close knit town of Onslow, his friends and responsibilities, Ringer can't wait for the reprieve. Bartender Max's family needs help with their working farm in Ballan, and hard work, a soft bed and a cold beer is exactly what he needs right now. But he didn't count on the farmer's daughter, the sassy Miranda Henry.

Miranda hasn't been home to Ballan in years, off enjoying the bright lights of Paris as part of a student exchange program. Miranda was a wild teen, underage drinking, sneaking out after dark, all in order to gain the attention of her parents. Her mother and Miranda have never seen eye to eye, but she can't believe that they would expect her to return home to oversee the farm instead of her brother Max. She's angry and resentful, but instead of Max returning home, she stumbles across Ringer and sparks are sure to fly.

Neither are looking for a relationship, but can't deny their mutual attraction. It seems inevitable, but will Ringer end up as just another Onslow boy in love?

My Thoughts

I absolutely loved Ringer, and fell in love with his character during That One Summer, book three in the Summer series. He's always been the entertainment, relied upon for a cheap laugh and occasionally to be laughed at. But lately life isn't so comical, all his friends seemed to have paired off with girlfriends and settling down in serious relationships... But not Ringer. He can't think of anything worse than being tied down. Until he meets Miranda. He may be the hottest item to hit the tiny town of Ballan in some time, but she can barely stand to look at him. Except when he's paying attention, then she simply can't help but checking him out. She's single after all. But the two need to come to some sort of mutual agreement in order to work together, or the farm will suffer. 

What ensues is a hilarious forced working partnership, a sultry attraction and two quick witted individuals that tread the fine line between loving and loathing someone. The Summer series is classed as New Adult, but only due to the mild sexual content and ages of the characters involved. It's basically Young Adult that includes a few sexual situations, but it's not sexually based. Each book focuses on one of the Onslow boys, a group of young men that live in the friendly rural town of Onslow Australia. It's incredibly genuine and drama free. A brilliant and heartwarming read, now all that's left is Adam and Ellie's story. I can't wait.


  1. I so love this series and Ringer's story was a nice addition. I can't wait for Adam and Ellie next!!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    1. Me too Nicole, I'm a huge fan of the series and Ms Duggan being an Aussie, I can totally relate to the locations, the characters and the brilliance that is the Onslow boys.

  2. Haven't heard of thi sseries before, but thanks for sharing! Sounds like an interesting NA book from a male pov.

    1. The whole series is fantastic Jeann, so uniquely Australian. I'm not generally a fan of NA, but this series is drama free and has mild sexual situations. It's more mature YA. Definitely check it out.


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