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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: 1364 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Australia (22 November 2015)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00Q54NQP6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #83,528 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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HASH(0xb15ffa68) 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.
HASH(0xb15ffce4) out of 5 stars What I Thought 16 January 2016
By Laura Roberts - Published on
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It’s always the same for me with CJ’s books! Once I start reading, I can’t put them down. I’m just so eager to carry on and see what is going to happen. On the other hand I’m like woah…… Slow down Laura, we don’t want to get to the end too soon and it all be over. Such turmoil ha ha. However, I once again couldn’t control myself and read Paradise Road in a matter of hours. When I find a series I love, I re-read so many times, and The Paradise series will definitely be a series I read over and over again. I guess you can gather from my gushing that I loved it :-)
We start off with a depressed Lexie, after being told by her parents that she won’t be heading back to Paradise as her aunt and uncle are moving away. During a visit from drunken Uncle Eddie one evening, he points out that Lexie is almost 18 and can basically then do what she wants. However her parents are not happy with this prospect. Eventually they give Lexie two weeks to head back to Paradise to find a job and a place to live. Lexie is over the moon but underestimates just how hard this could be to achieve.
Arriving back in Paradise, everything has changed in such a short amount of time. Her family moving away. Amanda is best friend’s again with Lexie’s mortal enemy Lucy-Fell-on-her-face and no more Luke! No, Luke Ballantine has left Paradise. He’s gone on a surfing tour. Lexie’s dreams of working things out with him….. Shattered!
Eventually, like right at the end of the two weeks, when desperation has hit, Lexie finds a job and a place to live, her saviour? The most unexpected person of all, the moody, rude, but sexy Dean Saville, brother to Luke. Lexie seems to be able to push Dean’s buttons and get away with it. Lexie doesn’t cower away from Dean like most people. Just as Dean is starting to get under Lexie’s skin, becoming the leading man in her sexy dreams, BAM….. Enter Luke Ballantine! He’s back!
Lexie should be ecstatic, Ballantine wants her back, but her heart and mind are confused. Why does a brooding bar owner keep popping into her head? Who does Lexie end up choosing? Only one way to find out!! :-p
In Paradise City, I was totally #TeamBallantine, no doubt about it, 100%! Starting Paradise Road, I was in the same mindset. All for Luke and Lexie, but oh no…… CJ with her superpower ability to create and write about hot, grumpy, brooding men, that actually turn out to have the biggest, softest side to them, that turns my heart to mush, well, my traitorous heart became all about #Team Dean!

“Cakes, impromptu visit to the boardwalk. It’s true. Your black heart does have a gooey soft centre, Dean Saville.”

Lexie’s character development in Paradise Road is super entertaining. We see her transform from mousy, nerdy, farm girl, to a sassy, independant, take charge woman. Well most of the time ha ha. The climbing the drain pipe scene had me in stitches!
Paradise City was written from Lexie’s point of view and let me tell you, being inside her mind throughout this book was so hilarious. She often had me laughing out loud. The pace of the story followed through smoothly, with plenty to keep us gripped, from Lexie’s struggles in the beginning, to her drunken antics, girl fights and following her heart.
I adored the love/hate banter always occuring between Lexie and Dean. It was highly entertaining.
If anything I would say maybe there could of been a bit more of alpha male between Dean and Luke over Lexie. Fighting over who gets the girl kind of thing, but this no way deters you from the book. I just love a bit of fighting over the girl by two hotties 😉
Once again CJ blew my mind with this New Adult book. She smashed it. Thanks CJ!
HASH(0xb15ff204) out of 5 stars 3 Stars 8 December 2015
By Sandra Renee Farmer - Published on
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Basically, I've loved CJ Duggan's work in the past, but Paradise City left me unimpressed. I really struggled with Lexie as a character. She was whiny, overly dramatic, inconsistent between thought and action, and very immature. I had a hard time buying the romance between Lexie and Ballantine as it didn't seem to be built upon any substance. (As a complete side note, I HATE how Lexie calls him Ballantine like his friends, rather than Luke since that's his first name. It never felt right to me.) And while I guess I liked Luke the best of the two of them, even he had moments that frustrated me when he was overly sensitive and wouldn't give Lexie the chance to explain. That being said, when I saw that Paradise Road really seems to build up the triangle between Lexie, Luke and Dean (Luke's half brother), I can't say I was overly excited. However, I needed to know how it would all end, and I wanted to see if CJ Duggan would bring Lexie into a character that I could support.

Well I have to say that I still struggled with Paradise Road. Lexie is still overly dramatic. She's still immature. She still overreacts. She has a really bad potty mouth. But even with all of that she was definitely better than she was in book 1. That just goes to show how much room for growth she truly had.

Since I was never really sold on Lexie's relationship with "Ballantine", I wasn't sure whether I was rooting for Luke or for Dean. Dean is one of those leading males that's often mean to the main female. He's older than Lexie, but at the same time, at least these two had interactions of more substance than she had with Luke. So I ended up rooting for him.

What surprises me the most is that it really feels like CJ Duggan's writing has taken as step back from her Summer series which was self-published initially (**I believe**). I truly hate to say that. I didn't have thoughts of "bad" writing continuously while reading--only moments here and there.

Favorite quote:
-"If he doesn't believe you, trust you, then you have nothing."

I will say that I read Paradise Road quickly. I wanted to keep reading it even if I couldn't fully get excited about the characters. I didn't love the writing in this one even though I still feel like CJ Duggan will be an author that I support for many books to come! (PLEASE PUBLISH FOREVER SUMMER ASAP!) That being said, I think my review of Paradise Road is coming off more negative than I felt. I still enjoyed it overall. I just know CJ Duggan can do better. Paradise Road gets 3 Stars. Have you read Paradise Road? What did you think? Let me know!
HASH(0xb200c420) 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.
HASH(0xb200c480) out of 5 stars Discover the road to Paradise..... 5 December 2015
By Julie K - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Waiting….it is a painstaking task to most. For Lexie Atkinson, life has been a roller coaster ride lately. After leaving small town life behind to live with her cousin in Paradise, Lexie finds herself once again faced with the prospect of leaving the exciting adventure to return home. This is the last thing that she wants. Leaving behind her friends, school, and Ballentine behind was harder than she could ever imagine. Then a ray of hope lit up a path…pointing Lexie towards Paradise once again.

There are conditions for Lexie’s return to Paradise. She must find a job and a place to live before school starts. Easy….right? Not really. With rental prices out the roof and availability near the coast almost impossible, Lexie soon discovers her plans to stay in Paradise might fizzle before she ever gets going. Then she finds a job AND a place to live from the most unexpected person around……Dean!

How will Lexie’s year shape up in Paradise? Will she rekindle her romance with Ballentine? Is Paradise really and truly the place where Lexie can live out her dreams?

Paradise Road is the second book in the Paradise series from CJ Duggan. In the first book, we learned that Lexie led a sheltered life in her hometown and found herself landing in the middle of new experiences when she came to Paradise. Her romance with Ballentine was definitely worth rooting for, but left readers hanging at the end of the first book.

Now - fans can reconnect with the spontaneous spitfire that will leave you laughing at her antics. The romance between Ballentine and Lexie will leave you wondering no more!! I couldn’t have been happier with the way CJ decided to lead Lexie’s path!! Trust me - Lexie will lead you on a roller coaster ride that sparks with electricity!!

Seriously - I love everything that CJ Duggan writes!!