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Paradise Road

(Paradise #2)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  302 ratings  ·  50 reviews
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 fut
Kindle Edition, 306 pages
Published November 22nd 2015 by Hachette Australia (first published August 28th 2015)
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Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: hachette
Lexie Atkinson is back in her sleepy home town of Red Hill for the summer, grieving for the relationship what could have been. With the bright lights of Paradise City in her sights, Lexie plans to return to the city. I adored Paradise City. A small town, home schooled Lexie Atkinson was a breath of fresh air as she navigated her new life in the city. In Paradise Road, unfortunately Lexie now is under the illusion that with her aunt and uncle unable to offer her accommodation, she'll be able to f ...more
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Back in April I read this really amazing book. Paradise City. I met Lexie, and Ballantine, and wrote a pretty freaking awesome fangirl-y review. I REALLY DID. It literally blew my socks off, and did I believe the sequel could do the same? DID I HECK. BUT IT WAS BETTER. IT WAS ONLY BLOODY BETTER. I can honestly say that Paradise City and Paradise Road are two of the best freaking books I've ever read in my life. UTTERLY amazing and I bow down to the altar of CJ Duggan's
Oana D. H.
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, netgalley
''Sometimes people just need a bit of though love''

When i first heard about this series i was happy,that's because i love the way C.J Duggan writes,but after Paradise City i wanted to read more and more..Honestly,who wouldn't?
I was a little shocked because of the way the first book ended,so when i saw that Negalley approved my request i started reading the book ASAP.

And i'm really glad.

''Tomorrow i would take the first step towards changing my life forever.''

I admit that there were times whe
Kay (❦ ᴗ ❦ ✿) BooksandMe
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Anatea Oroz
I can't really say it was a bad book. Every book C.J. writes has to be an ok book, but my problem with this one is that it did not go at all the way I hoped it would. Paradise City ended with such a cliffhanger and of course in this one we expect answers, we expect stuff, but nothing is answered. It's almost like a completely new book, like screw you Ballantine, we don't need you anymore even though you're here. I didn't like it. I expected more, I wanted more. It's like this book went the easy ...more
Nancy The book junkie
Rating: 4.5/5

Review coming soon!
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult, loveozya
Be still my beating heart. Dean Saville.

Reading funks suck, but they exist. And when I fall into one (which is approximately 3 out of 4 weeks in a month), there’s certain authors I love to turn to. They’re my comfort food - the pizza and the chocolate of the literary world.

I’ve never been very good with contemporaries - I’m more of a speculative fiction type of girl - but there’s something about the way that CJ writes that pulls me into the worlds she creates. There’s that familiarity of the Aus
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I waited a long time for this story. I reads the first book Paradise City before it was released back in April and had to wait until December for the conclusion. See review of Paradise City here . The first story captured me so therefore I waited not so patiently to see how everything would play out.

I would not recommend this as a stand alone novel. It clearly picks up where the first one ended and without reading the first one the me
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-kindle
Original Review @ Naomi’s Reading Palace


I read the first book, Paradise City, back in March and I’ve been keen to continue Lexie’s story. She didn’t leave Paradise City a happy girl and spent most of her Summer miserable and was eager to get back there to sort things out. It was hard in the beginning, she felt invisible and had to find her own way in Paradise City, or she’d have to return home.

Lexie is a character that I love to read about! She is such a quirky girl, who says exactly w
Yolanda Sfetsos
Last week I read and really enjoyed PARADISE CITY. Actually, I loved it. So as soon as I received the second book, I got stuck into it. I couldn't wait to find out how Lexie's story would end.

Lexie Atkinson has gone back to Red Hill and is heartbroken after Luke Ballantine pretty much dumped her without giving her a chance to explain what the note he read and misunderstood really meant. And what makes matters worse is that her aunty and uncle are moving away from Paradise City, so she won't be g
Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions)
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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 fo
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Waiting….it is a painstaking task to most. For Lexie Atkinson, life has been a roller coaster ride lately. After leaving small town life behind to live with her cousin in Paradise, Lexie finds herself once again faced with the prospect of leaving the exciting adventure to return home. This is the last thing that she wants. Leaving behind her friends, school, and Ballentine behind was harder than she could ever imagine. Then a ray of hope lit up a path…pointing Lexie towards Paradise once again. ...more
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, ebooks
This review may contain spoilers if you have not read the first book.

I can honestly say that I have enjoyed the heck out of my trip back to Paradise City, with it's white sand shores, crystal clear waters, bonfires on the beach and an incredibly hot tattooed bad boy. The second book in C.J. Duggan's Paradise series picks up with Lexie back in Red Hill and heartbroken, but yet dying to return to Paradise City.

After Ballantine's no show, Lexie mopes around for a while... until her uncle comes up

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Gosh… I LOVED Paradise City. It was a 5 star read for me. It was fresh, light, sweet, cute, I fell in love with characters, and was sucked into the passion of the story.

In comparison, Paradise Road felt lacklustre, which sucks because there is nothing worse than a sequel that fails to live up to its predecessor, and I really wanted to love this.

My main drama was that nothing really happened. I got halfway into the novel and it felt like CJ Duggan was s
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've been waiting for Paradise Road for a long time, in fact if I remember right I got the first book early through NetGalley, so it really has been a while.

Paradise Road will not disappoint. In fact this couldn't have ended better if I'd wrote it myself - well, it wouldn't have been wrote very well if I wrote it but you get the idea. It had the perfect ending.

We are joined by the gang again but some things have changed. There's also a big issue for Lexi to overcome first in this book too. I wi
Jaimee Enevoldsen
Nov 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
REALLY liked the ending to this series. Seemed a bit rushed towards the end (relationship could have been built up a little more, it seemed a little sudden), but I loved how everything ended up. (view spoiler) ...more
Nov 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
I only gave Paradise City, the first book in this Paradise duology by C.J. Duggan, two stars. I didn't really care for the overall story and the abrupt ending, feeling as if there was little connection between the two main characters to justify all the angst and adoration. Still, it was a fairly positive two star review because I still enjoyed Duggan's writing, and I was sure that she would bring everything home in a great way as the series concluded with this story. It turns out that I was righ ...more
Lauren G.
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Ballantine. I'll start with that. Now, I figured that when Ballantine didn't show up until over halfway into the book my dreams of Lexie and Luke forever may not have been very realistic. I wanted to cry when I realized this, about at chapter 2. Now I understand that Ballantine was different in this book. The author changed him so that we could accept a different love interest. I wasn't okay with this at first. But I think I've pretty much come to terms with it now because Dean is okay. I ...more
Laura Roberts
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It’s always the same for me with CJ’s books! Once I start reading, I can’t put them down. I’m just so eager to carry on and see what is going to happen. On the other hand I’m like woah…… Slow down Laura, we don’t want to get to the end too soon and it all be over. Such turmoil ha ha. However, I once again couldn’t control myself and read Paradise Road in a matter of hours. When I find a series I love, I re-read so many times, and The Paradise series will definitely be a series I read over and ov ...more
Dec 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lexie and Dean

ONE GIANT SPOILER! I write these for myself so I can reflect on the book later on. I am always a strict judge. It doesn't mean I didn't like the book because I really did. I'm just talking to myself, not to an audience.

Lexie returned to Paradise City only to learn that Luke Ballantine wasn't there. He'd be gone for quite awhile. Lexie was heartbroken but determined to stay in Paradise anyway. She found a job and housing so her parents let her stay. She ended up getting a room at De
Eileen (BookCatPin)
Nov 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Mignon Mykel
Received a copy of the title in exchange for an honest review.

When I read PARADISE CITY, I had my #team and I was hopeful to watch their story grow in book two, PARADISE ROAD. Epilogue reader that I am..........

Let's just say I was a bit disappointed.

Now, when I read book one, I didn't really get into it. I liked the story, I liked the idea... but it certainly wasn't "New Adult" in the American sense of the term. When I think "NA" books, I think super-young twenty-somethings who are living on th
Basically, I've loved CJ Duggan's work in the past, but Paradise City left me unimpressed. I really struggled with Lexie as a character. She was whiny, overly dramatic, inconsistent between thought and action, and very immature. I had a hard time buying the romance between Lexie and Ballantine as it didn't seem to be built upon any substance. (As a complete side note, I HATE how Lexie calls him Ballantine like his friends, rather than Luke since that's his first name. It never felt right to me.) ...more
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ARC received from publisher via Netgalley for an honest review

You will need to have read Paradise City to get the full effect of Paradise Road

At the end of Paradise City, Ballantine broke Lexie's (and my) heart.

Now Lexie is back, and her story is bigger and better than ever!

Whilst I liked Paradise City, I LOVED Paradise Road - so much more than I thought I would!

This is Lexie's road to self discovery, to prove to herself and everyone else that she is more than that girl from the country.

Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
C.J. Duggan's series turned out to be completely different than I originally anticipated. I'm not really a fan of love triangles, so I was pleasantly surprised that Lexie's love life made me smile. Her story exceeded all of my expectations - I loved my time in Paradise.

Quick recap. Lexie left her family farm to spend her senior year at a regular high school after being home schooled. She has a grand imagine of what her life will be like in Paradise. It will be magical. The beach, hot boys and of
Nicole Hewitt
Mar 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

I really enjoyed this conclusion to the Paradise Series, but there was something that held me back from truly loving it. In this book, Lexie headed back to Paradise, but Luke wasn’t there. Her parents hadn’t wanted her to go back, but they gave her two weeks to find a job and a place to live. She didn’t think it was going to happen, but Dean, Luke’s older brother, came to the rescue. I didn’t like Dean in the first boo
Courtney Stone
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult
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Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A must read!!! I thought the first book was amazing, this was brilliant. Lexie has definitely grown into a more independent, confident woman this book. She is no longer the quiet simplistic girl from the country. By being with Luke it made her grow up and the relationship really effected her character and decisions immensely. I was very pro Luke and Lexie, I didn't like that this book was situated around Dean. It didn't take long for me to change my mind and go for dean and Lexie!! Best book, gr ...more
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 Paradi
Lauren Firminger
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Thank you CJ for sharing Paradise Road with the world! This was honestly worth waiting for! I picked this up and couldn't put it down until I had finished it. You honestly didn't disappoint readers!

Paradise Road is the story of Lexie Atkinson's return to Paradise. She has just turned 18 and is starting her last year in high school but faces the challenge of living out on her own and getting a job. Just when things seemed to be going smoothly, her former love and the one who broke her heart retu
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C.J Duggan is an Internationally Number One Best Selling Author who lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales, Australia. When she isn't writing books about swoony boys and 90's 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. The Boys of Summer is Book One in her highly succ ...more

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