Book 1, The Paradise Series
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There's trouble waiting in Paradise.
Quiet country-girl Lexie Atkinson is about to get an education she'll never forget. Sent from her family's remote rural property to live in the glittering beachside Paradise City for her final school year, she is plunged into a place where looks can kill and vicious rumours can make or break you. Lexie just wants to fly under the radar...until she meets Luke Ballantine.
Impulsive and charming, one thing is clear: Luke is sexier than any guy she has ever known.
Suddenly good girl Lexie is breaking all the rules - getting detention, sneaking out to late-night parties, hanging out with boys - and then rumours start swirling...about her! Everything changes fast and Lexie will soon find out if Luke Ballantine is going to be good for her...or very, very bad?
A funny, sexy and romantic novel from the bestselling author of the Summer series.
'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
'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 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
Brilliant start to a new series
You know how some books just really make you want to go somewhere? Well I can't believe I'm saying this, but with Paradise City, CJ Duggan makes me want to go back to high school! Now I went to an all girls school so there were no Luke Ballantines, Daniel Boons and certainly no Kirkland Boys, but we definitely had our fair share of Lexie Atkinsons, Amanda Burnsteens and Lucy Fell-on-her-faces. My high school experience was completely different to Lexie's but due to the writing, I left like I had experienced all this before and I was reliving all the excitement, mortifying embarrassment, lust, heartbreak, and beginnings of love all over again with Lexie.
This is not one of those reads that you have to concentrate too much for. I found as soon as I started reading, I came up for breathe and I was almost halfway through. It's just that easy to be pulled into this world and find yourself immersed. I think it is a credit to any author who's words are able to surround you so much you lose touch with what's happening around you in real life and CJ does this brilliantly.
For me, some of the winners of the book weren't actually Lexie and Ballantine. I'm very much hoping that in Paradise Road, we get to see a little more of Amanda and Boon. Amanda is an extremely complex character who's moods seem to swing more that the pendulum on a clock so it will be interesting to see if finishing school will have an affect on that, and Boon, well Boon is just one of those laid-back, cheeky types that I always like. The other character I'm dying to know more about is Dean. I don't know what it is about moody bar owners that seem to like wearing black, but CJ always manages to hook me with one. First she did it was Chris Henderson in the Summer series (oh Chris, still one of my all time favourites) and now she's gone and done it again with Dean Saville.
With such a great start to this series, and so much promise, I cannot wait to see what unfolds when Paradise Road is release in November.
I absolutely loved this book! I love the story I'm hanging for the next book I can't seem to get into any other book untill iv read the next book. Amazing story really enjoyed it. Definitely worth the read 👌
Extremely good book
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- Category: New Adult
- Published: 26 April 2015
- Publisher: Hachette Australia
- Seller: Hachette UK
- Print Length: 336 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 1, The Paradise Series