August 20, 2015

Paradise City by C.J. Duggan

There’s trouble waiting in Paradise
Quiet country-girl Lexie Atkinson is about to get an education she’ll never forget. Sent from her family’s remote rural property to live in the glittering beachside Paradise City for her final school year, she is plunged into a place where looks can kill and vicious rumours can make or break you. Lexie just wants to fly under the radar … until she meets Luke Ballantine.

Impulsive and charming, one thing is clear: Luke is sexier than any guy she has ever known.

Suddenly good girl Lexie is breaking all the rules –getting detention, sneaking out to late-night parties, hanging out with boys – and then rumours start swirling … about her! Everything changes fast and Lexie will soon find out if Luke Ballantine is going to be good for her . . . or very, very bad?

I had a hard time getting into Paradise City. I felt like it took forever for anything to happen and when it finally did, it was over before you knew it. Well, "over" for now, until the next book. It was a whole lot of not much going on until about 80% into the novel and then everything happens and you're left wondering what happens next. Lexie, coming from a homeschooled-farmtown background, gets thrown to the wolves, so to say, when she starts school at Paradise High. Things don't start off great and they only get more dramatic as time goes on. I didn't find much substance to the instalove attraction between Luke and Lexie which made the book a bit boring and hard to get through. The whole (overreaction by Luke) Dean thing seemed like a last ditch effort to save the story/series. It just didn't do it for me.

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