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Paradise Road by CJ Duggan Review

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 by in review |

Paradise Road Book Cover Paradise Road
Paradise #2
CJ Duggan
New Adult. Romance.
Hachette Australia
22nd November 2015

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?bv

What I Thought


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!



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