{Review} Paradise Road by C.J. Duggan


{Review} Paradise Road by C.J. DugganParadise Road by C.J. Duggan
Series: Paradise #2
Publisher: Hatchette Australia on November 22, 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (NA)
Pages: 336

Our Rating

5 Stars

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?

This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.


TheVerdictI’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.

The Breakdown
Cover Design
3 star rating
Plot & Pace
5 star rating
5 star rating
Style & Editing
5 star rating
Story Conclusion
5 star rating
Overall Rating 5 star rating



About C.J. Duggan

C.J Duggan 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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