Saturday, 12 December 2015

Paradise Road by CJ Duggan

The Road to Paradise is never easy

After a year on the coast, Lexie Atkinson can't settle back into country life. She’s missing the glitzy, gritty nightlife of the big city and the group of misfit friends she’d loved to hate. She knows to move forward she has to go back – back to face the guy who stole her heart.

But when Lexie arrives in Paradise City to work out if her future includes bad-boy surfer, Luke Ballantine, he is nowhere to be found.

With no home, no money and no Luke, Lexie gets a job slinging drinks at the wild Wipe Out Bar. Soon her heartache is eased when broody bar owner, Dean Saville, starts taking an interest and stirs more than just her drinks. But nothing is ever as it seems in Paradise City and when Luke barrels back into town, Lexie has a choice to make. But who will end up with the broken heart: Luke, Dean … or Lexie?

Kindle Edition
Published November 22nd 2015 by Hachette Australia
Terri's Thoughts

I waited a long time for this story.  I reads the first book Paradise City before it was released back in April and had to wait until December for the conclusion.  See review of Paradise City here .  The first story captured me so therefore I waited not so patiently to see how everything would play out.

I would not recommend this as a stand alone novel.  It clearly picks up where the first one ended and without reading the first one the meaning would really be lost.  I would also recommend reading them back to back as for me, the distance between the two made me forget parts of the first story.

I am really struggling to write my thoughts on this story without giving away any spoilers from either of the books.  I can say as I have said before with Duggan's work is that she has a way of capturing attraction/longing/chemistry that although I do not have the words to describe. always seems to capture me.  While I preferred the way she captured it in the first story better, I was still sucked in.

Although this story delivered exactly what I thought it would, it also omitted or played down some aspects that I thought would be there.  The love triangle as advertised on the synopsis didn't end up being how I thought or expected it to be.  That's ok, I still enjoyed the story and ultimately the outcome.

Duggan is one of my guilty pleasures.  I have read the majority of her stories (that I am aware of) and they always deliver exactly what I want.  A romance that has the right amount of angst while not being to old or too young for any particular demographic.  Hopefully she will continue to write and produce stories that I am anxious to read.

About the Author

C.J Duggan is an Internationally Number One Best Selling Author who 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.


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