Return to Paradise
Maggie Armstrong tried to be strong after Caleb broke her heart and disappeared. Somehow, she managed to move on. She's determined to make a new life for herself.
But then Caleb and Maggie are forced together on a summer tr ...more
After reading "Leaving paradise" I was so disappointed that I didn't really want to read the sequel. The first book started so damn good but it was just ok by the middle (except some good parts), and then it ended in such a hurry - I understand why, but i still don't like it. I just couldn't relate to the story at all (I know a lot of people loved it, I just wasn't one of them).
But today I read (and finished) "Return to paradise" and it was really g ...more
I enjoyed Leaving Paradise, but not as much as I was expecting to. So, when starting this, my expectations weren't very high. And because of that, they were met.
I just don't like the characters or the story, for that matter, nearly as much as I do with Ms. Elkeles' other works (her Perfect Chemistry series is awesome!). It's not that I disliked this, but I won't be reading it or it's predecessor ever again. So, I guess take that how you want to.
I still love Simone E ...more
My take...lengthen the first book by 50 pages or so and call it a day!
Love the author's writing style and I look forward t ...more
Unfortunately ‘Return to Paradise’ wasn’t any better than ‘Leaving Paradise’.
I still didn’t feel a connection towards the Maggie and Caleb and didn’t like how they behaved towards each other in this book.
But I really liked the ending, I found it very cute.
I did enjoy this book but I don’t love this series.
I would still read the ‘Perfect Chemistry’ series as I have heard a lot of good things about it but I did hear good things about these books as well and I was left disappointed, ...more
I think what bothers me most about this sequel to the amazing Leaving Paradise, is that I don't think the author stayed true to the characters. Caleb was simply awesome in Leaving Paradise. Yes he had issues and was angry, but never with Maggie. He treated her with kindness, concern, and respect the entire book. It was his attitude towards her that melted my heart and allowed me to care about his charact ...more
Deplaning..is a word?!
According to the dictionary before me, 'deplaning' is:
- a verb
- means 'to disembark from an aircraft'
But apparently only awesome people in Simon Elkeles' world get to here their flight attendants say the word 'deplaning'. I have been on approximate ...more
I love this couple, they are so sweet and cute together and it almost makes my heart bleed. I want what they have, screw the cheesiness of the entire thing.
Oh and Simone: Please, never stop writing books. You never let me down. ...more
Honestly, I just didn't get what the point of this book was?
Really - why did there need to be a sequel when it had no strong plot? I would've preferred to just leave it at the first book without the last chapter that lead into a sequel.
I loved caleb in the first one - but in this I just didnt get him and his motivations at all. seemed contrived for the sake of drama. And despite being inside his head for most of the book - I still didn't get why he behaved how he did towards Maggie and ...more
There were parts of the story that felt a bit contrived, but despite the rough patches in this book, I really enjoyed it. The HEA did take a scenic route with poor moves and actions by both main characters, but in the end, it all came together quite nicely.
The book does contai ...more
"I don't want us to just 'want' each other. I want a real relationship with a guy. Love. And you don't even know what love is. Love is honesty. Love is a mutual respect for one another, something you and I don't have.
For Caleb, LOVE is. . .
Love isn't about honesty. It's about protecting the people you love from things that will hurt them. That's love.
I really enjoy myself reading this. (read my review for the first series of Leaving Paradise ,here : Leaving Paradise,#1 ...more
This, was much better.
Caleb and Maggie never had the ideal relationship to begin with and things aren't looking to good when these two meet up again eight months later.
Feelings are hurt-repeatedly, Games are played-repeated and I really wanted to knock these two heads together-repeatedly.
Caleb, at first was pretty much your standard jerk with an ext ...more
After finishing Leaving Paradise I was so excited to start this book…. I headed for it straight away. I was really worried that I would be disappointed with it, just because I’d hear a few negative reviews but it’s safe to say……Simone Elkeles has done it again and completely blown me away again. Wow! Just wow!
Return to Paradise starts 8 months later meeting Caleb in trouble. When he’s been arrested and faces jail time, Caleb has known one else to ...more
I felt more connected to Caleb and Maggie and to their life.
S.E.writing is so beautiful. ...more
RETURN TO PARADISE is a richly written, emotionally charged novel that will leave you satisfied, but also wishing that the last page didn't come so quickly.
What makes Simone Elkeles's books (including this one) so fabulous is the rea ...more
There were some problems though.
Caleb royally annoyed me. He threw everything they did back at Maggie using the blowhorn. Jesus, who does that? He mocked everything and said they slept together.
Me: Can I slap him?
(I invisioned how to do it too)
He was such an ass in this book except for the ending though. He was much more cruel to Maggie in this book and it angered me. He wanted to end it with her even though she admitte ...more
If I'm honest I was going to give it two stars up until the epilogue, and then one bit bumped it up half a star or so because Caleb from Leaving Paradise appeared and made good on something he said in the first.
As for some of the other characters. They really grew on me, Lenny definitely had b ...more
Boy and girl break up. Boy and girl want to be with one another but refuse to tell each other. Therefore boy decides the only way to get over girl is to have sex with every other girl he sees to help him forget. Girl is left heartbroken. (and here I'm assuming this will follow the pattern) Girl and boy end up together, girl having "forgotten" all the different ...more
If he doesn't come back to you, he wasn't yours to begin with.
I swear to you I am not kidding! Yes, that line? That is s ...more
Caleb is barely living his life legally in Chicago, holding down a menial job by day, and sleeping in a drug den by night, not able to sleep and chase away his personal demons, and he cannot get Maggie out of his mind. Although Caleb has nothing to do with his roommates i ...more
Leaving Paradise, Caleb Becker thought he would have a better life, even if it meant letting go of Maggie. Yet Caleb still finds himself in trouble, once again not being his fault. With the departure of Caleb, Maggie Armstrong waited and waited for his return. As the days went by, the chances of reuniting with Caleb seemed non-existent. So Maggie decided that she would become stronger, to become more independent.
As if fate had ...more
Second in the Leaving Paradise series
Return to Paradise picks up eight months after Leaving Paradise. Vowing to keep a secret that could destroy everything if the truth got out, Caleb Becker left Paradise eight months ago and left the he loved, Maggie Armstrong. Now Caleb is in trouble and he has a choice to either participate in the Re-START program or go to prison. Maggie’s tried to forget about Caleb, but when they are forced to participate in RE-S...more
OH. MY. GOSH.
Okay. Breathe, Courtney.
Simone Elkeles has done it ONCE AGAIN! I read Leaving Paradise after Perfect Chemistry some months back. I remember thinking how much I enjoyed Simone's writing style.
It was very different from other stories I have read. And for that, I was grateful.
None of that long, drawn out descriptions. Simone kept the story going with real language anyone can relate ...more
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