Paradise City by CJ Duggan #Review #OUAP @CJ_Duggan

Posted September 24, 2015 by Loredana 0 Comments

Paradise City by CJ Duggan #Review #OUAP @CJ_DugganParadise City (Paradise #1) by C.J. Duggan
Published by Hachette Australia on April 28th 2015
Genres: New Adult
Pages: 358
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four-stars

When her parents decide a change will be good for her, seventeen-year-old Lexie Atkinson never expected they'd send her all the way to Paradise City. Coming from a predictable life of home schooling on a rural Australian property, she's sure that Paradise will be amazing. But when she's thrust into a public school without a friendly face in sight, and forced to share a room with her insipid, hateful cousin Amanda, Lexie's not so sure.
Hanging out with the self-proclaimed beach bums of the city, sneaking out, late night parties and parking with boys are all things Lexie's never experienced, but all that's about to change. It's new, terrifying . . . and exciting. But when she meets Luke Ballantine, the sexy bad-boy leader of the group, Lexie can't help but wonder if Luke is going to be good for her . . . or very, very bad?

Welcome to Paradise.┬á For us non-Australians, youÔÇÖll get a crash course in the local slang and geography.┬á After a bit of head scratching, youÔÇÖll fall right into the groove of things.┬á What doesnÔÇÖt change on the other side of the world are the universal themes of teenage/coming of age situations ÔǪregardless of where people may live.┬á Family strife.┬á Falling in love.┬á Getting out of your comfort zone.┬á First love.

Lexis and Luke appear to be two diametrically opposite individuals.┬á Well, what do they say?┬á Opposites do attract.┬á Lexie is the good girl, home schooled for years, and seriously lacking in the area of social interactions.┬á Luke comes across as the typical bad boy whose sole concerns in life are surfing, hanging out, and the ladies.┬á┬á Lexie left her home in the hopes of a new adventure, and finding ÔÇ£moreÔÇØ than what she had back home.┬á Yet, she quickly finds out that dreams and reality are two vastly different worlds.┬á What she didnÔÇÖt expect was a laugh in the dark to lure her out of her window and into a new world.

I feel a bit like a cougar because I fell pretty hard for Luke Ballentine.┬á ThatÔÇÖs how well C.J. Duggan wrote him.┬á HeÔÇÖs a lot more than meets the eye.┬á He has the crude teenage boy perspective (aka bay boy persona), but also the makings of a sweet, kind man who loves with his whole heart.┬á Lexie is a bit of a lost soul, not fully cognizant of how her actions will play out.┬á She mucks things up, but always with the best of intentions.┬á ┬áShe has the foundation to become an amazing woman, if she can grow out of naivety.

While I did fumble for a bit with the vernacular and setting, the story was compelling enough for me to power through.┬á This book left me wanting more.┬á ItÔÇÖs a good thing there will be a second book in the series.┬á IÔÇÖm just miffed I have to wait for it!

~Review by Loredana

(Previously posted on TBE)

four-stars
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