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London Bound

(Heart of the City #3)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  218 ratings  ·  61 reviews
The third standalone novel in CJ Duggan's HEART OF THE CITY series - a very sassy, super sexy New Adult romance from the internationally bestselling author of the SUMMER and PARADISE series.

Like so many of her university friends, Kate Brown is London bound, but unlike her friends - who had the chance to enjoy the beer, sights and attractions of the UK - Kate is instead vis
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published March 26th 2017 by Hachette Australia
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Siena Mirabella
It had its moments. Although the novel felt pretty mild, lacking any grit. Also, the romance aspect felt like a mix of insta-love but somehow also slow paced???
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
London Bound is the third installment in "Heart of the City" series. It can also read as a standalone title as none of the characters cross over through the series.

Katherine Brown aka Kate is from Australia and has flown to London to stay with her Nanna Joy. Kate is a writer of a blog which is named "Kate on the Thames. She writes about Beauty, Fashion and Travel. In the three weeks Kate has been in London she has felt like a prisoner in her own home as Nanna Joy feels that the streets are once
This is the third book in a series set in different capitals around the world. Although this can (and was) easily read as a stand-alone novel, I don't know whether I would have gained some background into the characters if I had read the previous books.

Kate Brown is an Australian who has been given the chance of a lifetime to come to London to stay with her maternal grandmother, Nanna Joy in a swanky house in South Kensington. Unfortunately the reality is somewhat different from her dreams: her
Nicole M. Hewitt
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

This is the third book in the Heart of the City Series, but each book can be read as complete standalones. All of the books follow a young Aussie woman as she heads off to a major city in another country … and finds love there.

What Fed My Addiction:

These books will give you a sense of wanderlust as you head off to a foreign locale. I’ve never been to London, but this book introduced me to many local spots that
Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
London Bound is a sweet, slightly steamy read. Kate leaves her home in Australia to live in England with her inappropriately named Nana Joy. England is nothing as she had been expecting. She thought she was going on an adventure, but what she got was living in her nana's home, being repressed and bullied by her. On her first day, she meets, or rather, is almost run over by, her new neighbor Jack in his flashy Aston Martin. He's arrogant and unapologetic, and it's just one more nail in the coffin ...more
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Original Review @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

4.5 Stars

Oh, how I've enjoyed the Heart of the City series! Each book has been unique, set in different cities around the world. And each character has a different feel too, even if the girls are all Aussies! I've been swept away with each storyline and the fantastic writing style of the author. If you haven't tried C.J. Duggan's work, you should do so now!

Poor Kate, I really sympathised with her, travelling so far away and basically being held as a prison
Apr 09, 2017 rated it liked it

The plot wasn't as interesting as the others, and was a little bland but I still enjoyed it and finished the book in a few hours. It ended quite abruptly and felt like it was missing something, but I'd definitely recommend this series.
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it

This is the 3rd standalone book in this series. A cute billionaire romance with an up and coming fashion blogger.

Like so many of her university friends, Kate Brown is London bound, but unlike her friends - who had the chance to enjoy the beer, sights and attractions of the UK - Kate is instead visiting her grandmother (who may or may not be the devil).

Wanting nothing more than to be a normal, independent twenty-something living it up in ol' London town, Kate finds herself a prisoner in
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another great instalment in the Heart of the City series, London Bound follows Kate (who made a small cameo in Paris Lights) and her sexy, cocky and somewhat dangerous neighbour Jack.

As with all books in the series, the setting of London plays an integral and special part of the story. Kate and Jack visit some of the most iconic and recognisable tourist attractions, and the author’s attention to detail can only come from someone who has visited and truly loved the city of London. I enjoyed this
Maddy's Reading
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Oh why did I wait so long to read a book by this author!!! I loved this one, especially Kate.
Kate is an Australian who had come to London to live with her Grandma Joy. She loves fashion and is trying to write her new Blog "Kate on the Thames". However she is bogged down by her difficult grandmother and the irritating neighbor Jack Baker.
I loved her inner thoughts and her conflicts. She wants to do so much, has a lot of ambition but the circumstances are holding her back. Then there is her budd
Kerran Olson
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
This is the 3rd standalone book in the Heart of the City series, and I think my favourite so far. It's still predictable and occasionally cheesy, but I felt like the relationship progression in this one was a bit more believable, and Jack wasn't presented as a completely arrogant rich guy for half the book, which was nice compared to the first 2. I mean he was still rich, but I felt like he and Kate actually clicked, unlike some of the other couples (especially the one in New York Nights). I thi ...more
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, kindle
London Bound is the third book in CJ Duggan's Heart of the City series and I totally read this one first. But that's okay, because it's a standalone!
Kate is a young Aussie woman who has decided to have a holiday in London, only to find herself trapped in her nana's home and a sexy neighbour whom she is attracted to (and wishes she wasn't). I was frustrated with her at times, and I wanted to yell at her to "toughen up and stand up for yourself, girl!" This is a good thing! I like a book that gets
Reading with 2 book lovers
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
this is a first read for me by this author and i was hooked from the first chapter, i definitely got hooked on the jake barker effect.
jake and kate are so funny and swert together, i swooned over and over in this book.
i have now one clicked the rest kf the series, london bound is the third standalone in a series of standalones.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I like to think I came up with this hashtag. As soon as I finished reading it, I PM CJ and was like... Gahhhhh
This book of course goes to London and once I started reading it, I felt like I was in London with Kate and her Grandmother.
To have Kate as a fashion blogger it still made my heart smile that CJ used a blogger in her story.
By far the best out of the 3 books.
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads, romance
mmm... nope!
I didn't love this one as much as previous ones.

Don't get me wrong, I love London, but anything truly London was missing from this book. One walk to Kensington Palace does not make a book about London.

I found Kate really annoying and I didn't believe the romance between her and Jack. It just seemed to pop out of nowhere. All in all I found this book below average.
Laura Roberts
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kate (Katherine) Brown is bubbly and enthusiastic. Her hobbies are handbags and shoes, fashion, places, overall glamour, and she would love to turn her hobby of all things fashion and travel in to her dream career. Blogging. Travelling around the world. Living the highlife. When an opportunity to move in with Nana Joy, her mother’s mother, in London, rent free arises, Kate jumps at the chance. Who wouldn’t? From the moment Kate arrives at Nana’s and meets the almost soul destroying woman, she wo ...more
Kate's London experience wasn't like she thought it was going to be. Instead of exploring the sights and starting her career as a style blogger, Kate finds herself at her grouchy grandmother's beck and call only leaving the house to run errands. To make things even more complicated, Kate's new neighbour confuses her with his odd behaviour but he might be the key to making the most of Kate's English adventure.

London Bound as a book had so many elements I love to read about but it just missed the
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Instead of enjoying London like her friends -- sightseeing and having a good time, Kate Brown is stuck living with her grandmother; a woman that would rather Kate stay at home then actually go out and have fun. Meeting Jack Baker is the highlight of her trip, no matter how annoying he is. Can Jack show her a good time, or will his secret keep them apart?

The first two books of this series are wonderful reads, and this one was just as good, because of the main characters back stories and playful b
Mar 22, 2017 rated it liked it
*** I voluntarily received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. ***
I promise an honest review so here it is.....

This is the first book I've read in this series and it can be read as a standalone. I've never read anything from this author before so I was excited to start this book. It was an okay read for me. Kate was no at all what I expected because I just for the life of me, I could not understand how she could let her grandmother control, insult, degrade and embarrass her and
Sep 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
For some reason, the story didn't really stick with me. I can't put my finger on why exactly. It was pretty hard for me to get into this book in the beginning and take my attention. I found it lacking in a really good character development and story, I wanted to like this more but it bordered on the ridiculous when the plot was Kate on the Thames and more the half of the book was wasted on her blog It seemed that I kept waiting for the story to really pick up. Kate has no backbone, she let other ...more
Sonia Bellhouse
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
London Bound By C.J Duggan.

London! Australian Kate Brown has dreamed about it and now she’s there London is tantalisingly close. If only she can escape the ‘it’s for your own good’ clutches of her grandmother who seems to want to occupy every minute of Kate’s day. Fortunately, handsome neighbour Jack Baker finds Kate intriguing and wants to know her better in spite of the unfortunateness of almost running her down.
While I found this an enjoyable read, for me it didn’t have quite the pizzazz of P
Jul 04, 2019 rated it liked it
These books are such easy reads and they’re always enjoyable. Jack has been my favourite love interest so far in the Heart of the City series. The only thing that bothered me that was like barely any conflict in this book??? Like the whole Jack keeping that secret was resolved so quickly and same with the conflict regarding her Nan. It wasn’t dragged out which was fine I guess because the main conflict was probably present through with Kate not being able to do the things she wants and with her ...more
Joeline ReadsWhileSippingCoffee
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, 5-star
This series is cute, funny and really enjoyable. All 3 have been such fun. Having traveled to these cities, I love the stories based around the landmarks. I get such joy from thinking "oh I've been to that exact building/river/landmark!!"
I'm waiting for the next two books to be released, and have pre purchased on Book depository! so excited!!
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another brilliant read from CJ Duggan. Take a trip to London and experience the 'Jack Baker Effect', you won't regret it. An honest story of an Aussie in London with an authentic Australian voice and sparks that will have you devouring this read in one go. Love, love, love! ...more
May 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Good but not great

Not CJ Duggan's best book. It was quite fluffy and straight forward, and the plot was quite predictable with no real complications. I did enjoy the characters although sometimes Kate jumped to immature conclusions. An enjoyable read from a good author.
Laura Cabezas
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another day, another CJ Duggan novel finished. I wholeheartedly love this author and this series and I did really like this story! While I do prefer the other two previous stories better I did like London bound a lot and would definitely recommend it :)
Amanda White
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!

Ohhhh I liked Jack! Great book. I also really enjoyed Nana Joy and the different relationship it added to the story. Good writing, great chemistry and likeable characters.
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This might just be my favourite in the series so far <3
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
A lighthearted, romantic story where the reader falls in love with London and the characters as they read. It is also a great book about loving difficult family members.
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Here I go again trying to post my review for the forth time , everytime I seem to post it disappears so fingers crossed this time it works and unfortunately amazon won't let me post a review so I'm doing mine on here till I can fix my amazon account !

So here it goes! London bound is the third book in the heart of the city series but it can also be read as a stand-alone . None of the characters from the 1st and 2nd books cross over to the 3rd book the only thing that links all these beautiful bo
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CJ Duggan is an internationally best-selling author of contemporary Young Adult and New Adult fiction. From small town dramas to big city dreamers, CJ’s coming-of-age tales are filled with hope and heart, and told by relatable protagonists with strong Australian voices.

A proud Yorta Yorta woman, CJ lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales. When she is not writing you will

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