Published April 28th 2015
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There's bound to be trouble in Paradise . . .
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, excitingdoesn't even come close to describing her new life. Trouble with a capital T, Luke is impulsive, charming and answers to no one. The resident bad-boy leader of the group, he's sexier than any boy Lexie has ever known.
Amidst the stolen moments of knowing looks and heated touches, Lexie can't help but wonder if Luke is going to be good for her . . . or very, very bad?
About the Author
C.J Duggan is a number one internationally bestselling Australian author of seven independent titles of her popular New Adult Summer Series. In addition to her chart-topping indie novels, C.J is set to publish two titles with Hachette, Australia with her brand-new Paradise Series in 2015 (Paradise City and Paradise Road).
C.J lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales, Australia. When she isn't writing books about swoony boys and 90s 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.
Meet CJ Duggan
I have to start off by saying what a huge fan of Duggan's Summer Series I am, so I was supper excited to be able to get my hands on Paradise City!
Lexie has balls. Not in the figurative sense, but she really knows how to go all in for something that she wants. I mean, home-schooled her whole life, and then getting thrown into Year 11 of high school? Add in moving across the state and living with people you haven't seen in like, 10 years? I wouldn't have fared as well as she did. Sure she got off to a bit of a rough start, but she hung in there; and that's something I really admire about her. Possibly could've done it without getting in trouble so much, but hey, you win some, you lose some. Another thing that I found totally ballsy? The rather full on make-out sessions in public places, especially given she still held her V-card. I felt myself becoming rather protective and motherly towards her yelling things like, 'You put that away, right now, missy!' ...I'm pretty sure my housemates think their living with a crazy person.
Duggan has a knack for writing swoon worthy boys that you come to love so much, that by the end of the book, I was jealous of their girlfriends - especially Amanda. I want a Boon so bad! (...That sounded more like a sexual innuendo than intended!) I know I was probably meant to be head-over-heals in love with Ballentine - don't get me wrong, he is totally swoon worthy and in my head looks like a surfer-version of Bellamy Blake (played by an Australian actor, no less!) from The 100 - but the heart wants what the heart wants, I suppose. I can't really remember what point I was heading towards because I got distracted by the mental parade of Paradise City's man-candy in my head... I think it basically had something to do with understanding Lexie's distraction and melted-brain moments she had around the boys. I kinda wish my high school had had boys like that, but since was basically on a farm out whoop-whoop, they probably would've looked ridiculous with surfboards and boardies. :P
Duggan doesn't disappoint with adding another swoon-worthy book under her belt. I couldn't put it down, so you should definitely pick it up!
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