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Published by Hachette Austrailia on 4/28/2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance, Young Adult
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There's bound to be trouble in Paradise…
Internationally bestselling author C.J. Duggan is back with the first book in a quintessentially Australian steamy New Adult romance series.
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, the sexy bad-boy leader of the group, Lexie can't help but wonder if Luke is going to be good for her … or very, very bad?
I read this book in 24 hours. Paradise City hooked me, and I had to find out what was going to happen.
I adored Lexie. She has a lot of enthusiasm for trying everything. She gets to have so many first experiences that she didn’t have when she lived in Red Hill. The biggest experience is school. I love that she thought it was going to be this glamorous thing and then realized that it’s actually pretty mundane, and there are some decent, and not so decent, people in schools. She manages to find herself in the midst of the school’s bad boys, and is instantly drawn to Luke Ballantine. He’s swoon-worthy, and broody, and everything you want in a book boyfriend. He isn’t a nonstop jerk, although sometimes he acts like he’s some gift to women.
I think my favorite thing is that Duggan portrayed what some girls in high school actually feel. Whether that is being the new girl, finding friends, family strain, and sex. It’s something most teenagers experience. I was happy that Lexi was exploring what she wanted, but was still being mindful about it. She definitely struggles with if she should, or shouldn’t, go all the way with Ballantine, and that made her character more real. The relationship Lexi has with her cousin is a rollercoaster, and changes with Amanda’s mood. There were times I wished Lexi would set her cousin straight but never did.
Overall, I really enjoyed the book. I need the next book NOW!!!! I want to see what’s going to happen next with Lexi and Ballantine because that end tore me apart.
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