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Paradise Road (The Paradise Series) by [Duggan, C.J.]
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From the author of the bestselling Summer series, comes a sexy Australian new-adult romance full of sun, surf and steamy summer nights. For fans of Abbi Glines, Sarah Dessen and Colleen Hoover.

Readers are raving about C.J. Duggan's Paradise City:

'I loved every moment . . . C.J. is a born storyteller that breathes a realism into her characters and situations that we've all found ourselves in.' - Diva Book Nerd

'Duggan's writing is addictive, and I really didn't want to put this book down.' - Escape Into Words

'Paradise City is the same brand of feel good, fun and sexy romance that I have come to love from this author' - Book Briefs

'I love Duggan's writing and Paradise City was a hoot. I cannot wait for the next book! Is it August yet?' - Reading With ABC

'I loved this book - it's the perfect beach read.' - Flying Through Pages

'Paradise City is going to be on my mind until I can get my greedy eyes on Paradise Road. I need that book yesterday!' - Book Cat Pin

'A fast paced fun read with so many steamy situations.' - Dreamy Addictions

'Guaranteed her readers will come back for more.' - My Guilty Obsession

'Drama, deception, love and a little mystery . . . the ending left me hungry for the next book! I can't wait for Paradise Road!' - Paranormal Tendencies on Goodreads

'A bit of Home and Away meets Puberty Blues feel about the novel makes is a great read for older teens and YA. I will be desperately waiting for part 2 in September.' - Samantha on Goodreads

'Again Ms Duggan had created a winner. Paradise City was a perfect introduction to the series and characters. I was left needing more and it had so much laugh-out-loud fun. This really did have everything from intrigue to addiction, realism of high school antics, steamy sizzles and fast paced readability. I am certainly hooked and desperately want more of all these characters. I highly recommend this to all new adult readers, fan-bloody-tastic!' - Turner's Antics

'This is my first taste of Duggan's work and it won't be the last ... It's a story that will have you coming back for more.' - Sassy Book Lovers

'convincing and authentic ... Perfect for fans of Abbi Glines and Anna Todd, Paradise City is a fun and exciting read about love, family and surviving high school.' - Fictional Thoughts

The road back to Paradise was never going to be easy . . .

After returning to Red Hill, 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 that to move forward she has to go back - back to face the guy who stole her heart.

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, and, before long, 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. Someone's going to end up with a broken heart - will it be Luke, Dean . . . or Lexie?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1724 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Australia (22 November 2015)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00Q54NQP6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,415 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Paradise Road has stolen my heart 2 May 2016
By ysar - Published on
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I’ve read plenty of series in which the author switched up romantic heroes partway through, and I’ve always been left just a little disappointed. So I was pretty worried about how things were going to go when I picked up Paradise Road.

After a school year falling for Ballantine, Lexie headed home broken hearted. Their relationship was appropriately immature, and everything ended on the wrong note, but she’s determined to stand up for herself and fix everything when she gets back to Paradise. Only things don’t look promising when she finds out that her aunt and uncle are leaving this year, meaning Lexie won’t have any family with whom to stay there. Her parents do, however, agree that if she can find an affordable room and a job there, she can give it a go on her own. After all, a soon to be eighteen year old has to spread her wings sometime, right? The job and room thing seems hopeless, though, as everything suitable has already been rented, and no matter how many applications she puts in, no one seems interested in hiring her. Desperate, she applies at the Wipe Out Bar, hoping against hope that the surly Dean Saville will give her a chance.

Dean comes through for Lexie when she least expects it, setting her up with a room and a job, and even assisting her in deceiving her parents into thinking she’s got much nicer accommodations. But these two are like oil and water, constantly floating around each other as Lexie fights an ever-growing attraction and unexplainable attraction to the guy who seems like he doesn’t even want her around.

It’s impossible to explain Dean and Lexie’s relationship. It’s tension filled, heated, and occasionally hilarious as he more or less puts up with her sometimes immature and always idealistic antics. Lexie’s trying to be grown up and responsible, but it’s clear that she doesn’t always think things through, and Dean is often left in the position of not having a clue what to do with her. But Dean’s good side peeks out in small ways throughout the story, and before I knew it, I think I was just as in love with him as Lexie was.

Duggan has once again expertly transported me into a story with such perfectly told teenage awkwardness and hope that I find myself reliving my younger years. She has an uncanny ability for capturing the very essence of being a teenage girl on the cusp of adulthood, with every wonderful and horrible moment unfolding perfectly true to life. I fell in love with Duggan’s writing in the Summer series, but Paradise Road has stolen my heart.
4.0 out of 5 stars Lexie and Dean 5 December 2015
By KaKaKaren - Published on
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ONE GIANT SPOILER! I write these for myself so I can reflect on the book later on. I am always a strict judge. It doesn't mean I didn't like the book because I really did. I'm just talking to myself, not to an audience.

Lexie returned to Paradise City only to learn that Luke Ballantine wasn't there. He'd be gone for quite awhile. Lexie was heartbroken but determined to stay in Paradise anyway. She found a job and housing so her parents let her stay. She ended up getting a room at Dean Saville's, Wipeout Bar. She would need to earn her keep and work at the bar while living there. Lexie has a tough go at it with all her confusion about who she is and what she wants.

I was surprised that Luke didn't really play much of a roll. I kind of figured he didn't have much hope when I was 2/3 into the book and nothing had happened with them. I'm not sure if I'm bummed or happy about it. I think if there had been a little more action between the two of them than I would be ok knowing for sure that she made the right decision. Wish there was more of Luke's friends in this book. I really liked them in the other book. I also felt it was weird that she didn't really seem to be consumed with any guilt. A little bit would have been good. I felt like the way she treated Luke at the end was sort of rude. He didn't help his case by giving her space. I guess the whole Lexie and Luke thing ended without any emotion. Also, I'm surprised that there wasn't a confrontation between the two guys seeing as they're brothers.

I was glad to see Dean's rough exterior melt. There's only so much sarcasm two people can handle before feelings start to happen. I never really felt he was a jerk in the previous book. He was short and curt with people, I guess I didn't think of him in a negative way. He was a guy that kind of got thrown into the drama. It was good to know about Sherry and her role. I really can't see Luke into her though.

What about the cousin reunion? It was too unbelievable to me. The last book had them getting really close at the end. She dumped her cousin to be with who she knew was a heinous wench. I don't know anyone that would do that to their cousin. Even in the previous book it was unbelievable.

Let's talk about the obvious age gap. I know she was legal. It was that she was still in high school! That didn't enter anyone's mind? That's interesting. When a very young naive person person falls for an established adult, it's called cradle robbing.

She barely spent any time at the beach, unfortunately for her.

There, once again, was an "epilogue". It was the next evening, not even 24 hours from the late action of the night before. It's not an epilogue, it's just the normal ending of a book. Of all the vomit I spewed already in this post that annoys me the most.

Luke Ballantine is an idiot for letting her go. I really did want to reach through the book and slap him. He was a pussy.
5.0 out of 5 stars yay first review! 22 November 2015
By Kassandra Cox - Published on
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Let me just say YESSSSSS! First of all I have been waiting and waiting impatiently for this book but let me tell you it was so worth the wait!! I don't do spoilers and let people know the story ending, I simply don't believe in it. But I will tell you that if you are emotionally invested in Lexie Dean and Ballentine you will not be disappointed. The story continues right where we left off at the end of Paradise City with some drama and Lexie returning. Amid laughs and giggles (seriously I was laughing outloud) you watch lexie grow from timid farm girl to a kick ass sassy but business savvy adult. I loved every minute of this book and desperately hope there is a third just so I can keep watching over my characters! In the end it boils down to Lexie making the choice of her life and which way she wants to go. No spoiling ladies but I have to say it was a very fine choice indeed! It was mine from the very beginning as well!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Run to Paradise 22 November 2015
By Lauren Firminger - Published on
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Thank you CJ for sharing Paradise Road with the world! This was honestly worth waiting for! I picked this up and couldn't put it down until I had finished it. You honestly didn't disappoint readers!

Paradise Road is the story of Lexie Atkinson's return to Paradise. She has just turned 18 and is starting her last year in high school but faces the challenge of living out on her own and getting a job. Just when things seemed to be going smoothly, her former love and the one who broke her heart returns. Lexie has to choose between Luke, her first love or Dean. The one who gave her a job, gave her a place to stay and the one who had been slowly working his way under her skin.

Who will she choose?

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P.S I think CJ aced the ending on this one! Congrats gorgeous lady! Another 5 star from me. (Would give you 10 if I could)
5.0 out of 5 stars wait what!? 28 November 2015
By J9croft - Published on
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The plot not only twisted a complete 180 and left me clutching my pillow and biting my finger nails in anticipation! I liked the the first novel, sure, but I can't say I looked forward to reading the conclusion to Lexie's story with anything more than a little excitement...I was kinda hoping for an alternate ending to what I expected from the second and final installment...but, because I love this author, I bought Paradise Road even though I wasn't that infatuated with Ballentine. Wow was I wrong and never more so! God I love this author! C.J. Please never stop writing!

I know I'm making no sense, but read it anyway! You won't be disappointed!