Heart of the City #1
Published November 20th 2016
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'You're breaking up with me!'
He was silent.
'Under the Eiffel-fucking-Tower!' I screamed.
Twenty-five-year-old Claire Shorten had looked forward to spending a romantic weekend in Paris for as long as she could remember, and now it was here - three blissful days of strolling through cobbled streets arm-in-arm with her beloved, eating copious amounts of baked goods and soaking up the culture through each and every pore of her body. Well, at least, that was how she'd pictured it . . .
Even after her boyfriend dumps her rather unceremoniously in the most romantic place on earth, Claire is determined not to give up on her dream altogether - with or without a boyfriend. She finds herself a job in the kitchen of a small hotel; Michelin-starred it most certainly is not, but somehow Claire makes a place for herself amidst the dirty dishes and the foreign misfits who run the place.
When the restaurant attracts the attention of the enigmatic - if not slightly terrifying - tycoon Louis Delarue, and Claire manages to survive his high-powered business luncheon from hell, she knows that she can survive anything, surely. But all bets are off when Louis makes a game-changing decision: he's coming back for a second course
About the Author
CJ DUGGAN is the internationally bestselling author of over ten books. She lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales. 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.
*I was provide a copy of the book by Hachette Australia in exchange for my honest review*
CJ Duggan, Aussie's abroad, and a blossoming love in the city of love, itself? Um, yes, please!
I'm just going to put it out there, Louis is a bit of a major dick. But in a sweet kind of way? I mean, he's nice to a select few, and then the biggest douche to the rest of the world's population. It has left me conflicted as to whether or not I actually like him... Then there is Claire, and she is super sweet and kind person, and it's adorable to read her excitement over everything Paris related. They are both good people at heart - though he brings out the rebellious side in her, and she the best in him. So, maybe I like Louis for Claire, but I'm still on the fence in general terms.
I thoroughly enjoyed Paris Lights. It is witty and funny, frustrating and lustful, and many other destinations on The Rollercoast of Emotions. I have always loved how well Duggan writes her supporting characters, and she has not disappointed this time around. There is just something about it that just makes the story feel that much more real, and I love it.
Paris Lights is the first instalment in the Heart of the City series, and it has set an amazing precedent for the books to follow.
4 out of 5