What I Thought
It is well known that I am a huge Cj Duggan fan and have loved every single book that she has released, so there will obviously be plenty of fan girling in my post! Although Toby from The Boys of Summer will always hold my heart <3 Louis Delarue from Paris Lights comes a VERY close second, but storyline wise…… Paris Lights has become front runner for me, making my anticipation for New York Nights very high.
Firstly we meet Claire Shorten, 25, originally from Melbourne Australia. She followed her boyfriend, Liam to London to follow his dreams. She left behind a great career and followed love. After being obsessed about everything Paris for pretty much her whole life, Claire can hardly contain her excitement when a trip is planned with Liam. There is so much she wants to see and do while there, so she tries not to let Liam’s negativity towards everything spoil this magical place. With Liam wanting to leave visiting the Eiffel Tower until last, Claire is convinced Liam is going to propose and is trying to build up the suspense and excitement. So imagine her complete shock, that whilst under the tower, Liam’s proposal is that they actually start to see other people. Claire is utterly heartbroken. She leaves Liam at the tower, heading back in the most horrendous rain, and after a run in with a mysterious but angry looking guy driving erratically in an Audi, Claire fears that Paris has been ruined for her.
When Liam stomps on Claire’s heart even further, informing her he has feelings for another woman, Claire makes the monumental decision not to return to London with him, but to remain in Paris. Once Claire actually thinks back on her hasty decision, the panic sets in, but thanks to the friendly staff at Hotel Trocadero, she is given a temporary reprieve, a room on the top floor of the hotel for a few days.
When Hotel Trocadero is selected to appear on the tv show Renovation or Detonation, all panic sets in, and as payment for allowinging her to stay, Claire offers to help, after hearing that the show host is like the devil. When Claire meets the devil aka Louis Delarue she is transported back to a few days earlier, when she had her heart broken into pieces. The day a guy was driving erratically in his Audi, splashed her with gutter water and didn’t apologise. Louis is that guy! Claire can instantly tell he is a bully, she dislikes the panic he instills on the people around her and her immediate thought is…..she hates Louis Delarue.
Louis is a famous chef and restaurateur. His tv show helps failing businesses to try to turn things around, he tries to turn them in to a success. His persona is known as broody and mean. He shouts at people, is brutal in his manner and brutally honest with it, it makes for good tv and people usually back off and take it. Until Claire Shorten, she stands up to Louis, he is not used to it, but deep down, I think he secretly likes it. After initially saying no to helping the hotel due to a mishap with Claire, he decides to take on the failing Hotel Trocadero, on the one condition that he gets to work alongside the hotel maitre’d, Claire.
Two gorgeous people who openly appear to dislike each other, working side by side, sparks are sure to fly. Can Claire contain her hatred towards Louis to save Hotel Trocadero, or is the tension between the two, too palpable to be able to hold back?
Paris Lights is the first book from Cj’s exciting new Heart of the City series and this sure is a great beginning. It still has the Aussie vibe that I love from her books and as with everything that Cj writes this book flows seamlessly throughout. Cj continuously provides us with books that are easy to read and addictive, with exciting plots and characters you just cant help but love. The main characters in Paris Lights are fun, and exciting and Louis with his brooding and smirking is so damn sexy.
The writing is descriptive and enthralling. It is expressive and I was easily picturing the storyline and characters in my head as it played along. The story is written from the female point of view only, usually I am not a fan of books written this way, I find myself too intrigued as to what the other characters are thinking and feeling, but with the detailed writing Cj provided, down to smirks and facial expressions, I was thoroughly satisfied and even found myself enjoying the mysteriousness of Louis.
There are so many elements to this book to enjoy. The suspense. The great writing. The twists. The romance. The excitement. The heartache. The intimacy! (Cj made me blush, I felt like this was a new side to Cj that I got to experience) Cj writes intimacy very well indeed!! The humour……..
“What?” Sammi snapped. “What are you going on about?”
I blinked a few more times, but the view was the same. “Louis poked me.”
“Yeah and I really don’t need to keep hearing about it.”
“Not like that, you idiot, on Facebook … Louis Delarue poked me. He’s not on Facebook; he doesn’t do social media.”
My only negative is there is no epilogue. I love to hear how people move forward a period of time after the story has ended, even if it is just a line or two, that is only because when I love a book, I am like a junkie and just want more and more!
Paris Lights has a creative plot and enchanting characters. It is entertaining, yet realistic and modern. True to life and relatable to today with so many aspects of the story. I praise Cj Duggan for being utterly brilliant!