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Genre: Romance, New adult

Stars: 4

Links: Amazon UK and Amazon.com

The Blurb:

The road to Paradise is never easy.

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?

My Review:

A romantic take on coming-of-age, this is the darker (in a ‘welcome to the real world’ kind of way) sequel to Paradise City (although it can be read as a standalone).

Lexie Atkinson, recently dumped, decides to stand on her own two feet and return to Paradise City to clear the air with her ex, Ballantine. Things don’t turn out quite the way she anticipated, especially with Ballantine in Bali and the only person helping her being the very cause of her troubles: his brother, Dean. Trouble in Paradise indeed.

I bought this because I loved the first in the series and, while the story-line in Paradise Road did not head in the expected direction, this was a great novel in its own right. The characterisation is scarily realistic, and the writing really draws you into Lexie’s world. A few too many dream sequences for my liking, but otherwise a wonderful, romantic-yet-grounded read. Recommended.