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?
Paradise road is a sequel to the paradise city and also the conclusion to the series. I liked Paradise city but I loved Paradise road and I enjoyed it more than it’s previous installment. It was nice sequel and i’m quite satisfied with how it was finally concluded. With how the first book has ended, I eagerly waited to know what’s going to happen next. In Paradise Road, we get to know more about Dean Saville which is something I was looking forward to since I’ve finished its prequel.
Heart broken Lexie is back in paradise city to rekindle her relationship with her boyfriend and solve the misunderstanding between them but he is nowhere to be found and she’s quite upset with his absence. To add more misery to her situation, her aunt is relocating which makes her homeless. With no money, she is in desperate need of job so that she could find a place to rent and if she didn’t find a job in time then she has no choice but to leave paradise city. To prove her parents that she could be independent, she sets her pride aside and manages to get a job in wipe out bar which is actually her last resort because it’s owned by none other than Dean Saville whom she tried to avoid meeting. Whenever Dean and Lexie meet, there are fireworks everywhere and with time they start to get to know each other well and forms an attraction which they can’t avoid but with the return of Luke Ballantine, Lexie needs to make up her mind and choose the one her heart really wants.
Lexie is more mature and independent than her previous self in Paradise city. After getting her heart broken, she finally decides to move on and find herself. I really liked her character in the plot and I’m glad that she finally came to her senses and stopped chasing after a guy who didn’t gave her a chance to explain. Dean Saville is a total hottie and my favorite character in the plot. I just loved his snide remarks, arrogance and smugness which makes him more appealing. He always has a hard exterior but inside he is a softie and really cares about Lexie. I enjoyed how he always likes to tease Lexie and not to forget the banters between them. The chemistry between Lexie and Dean is very intense and scorching hot and I quite enjoyed their relationship. From the start, I was rooting for Dean because the chemistry between him and Lexie is much better than Luke and Lexie because the relationship between Luke and Lexie seemed like it was only a physical attraction. The supporting characters are also good and well connected but I didn’t cared much about them because my focus was always on Dean and Lexie.
I really liked the plot and how it was executed but it seemed kinda rushed at the end nonetheless it was great. The pacing was also good, it was neither slow nor fast. I must say Miss Duggan has a great writing style and it was another best thing about this book.
Overall, I think it’s a perfect conclusion to the story and I really liked it. It is my first series by C.J. Duggan and I really need to check out her other works too. Do I recommend it? Yes, It was a great contemporary romance and definitely worth reading.
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