Title: Paris Lights
Series: Heart of the City #1
Author: C.J. Duggan
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: November 13, 2016
The first standalone book 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.‘You’re breaking up with me!’
He was silent.
‘Under the Eiffel-fucking-Tower!’ I screamed.Twenty-five-year-old Claire Shorten had looked forward to spending a romantic weekend in Paris for as long as she could remember, and now it was here – three blissful days of strolling through cobbled streets arm-in-arm with her beloved, eating copious amounts of baked goods and soaking up the culture through each and every pore of her body. Well, at least, that was how she’d pictured it . . .
Even after her boyfriend dumps her rather unceremoniously in the most romantic place on earth, Claire is determined not to give up on her dream altogether – with or without a boyfriend. She finds herself a job in the kitchen of a small hotel; Michelin-starred it most certainly is not, but somehow Claire makes a place for herself amidst the dirty dishes and the foreign misfits who run the place.
When the restaurant attracts the attention of the enigmatic – if not slightly terrifying – tycoon Louis Delarue, and Claire manages to survive his high-powered business luncheon from hell, she knows that she can survive anything, surely. But all bets are off when Louis makes a game-changing decision: he’s coming back for a second course . . .
I really wanted to give this book more stars. I got sucked in by the blurb and, really, who doesn’t love the idea of Paris. While the book was well-written with a clever plot, I had trouble connecting with the characters. Claire was fun and I did like her, but Louis was a bit much for me. I felt he was kind of cold and a little too business-like. Maybe it’s because I didn’t really get his perspective. I don’t know. However, all that being said, I squealed when Louis finally got his head on straight and decided it was time to make a real play for Claire. So, I guess what I’m trying to say is that the first half to two-thirds of the book were a little slow, with Claire’s sassy verbal issues making up for some of the slowness, but the last half to third was fantastic!
CJ Duggan is a number one internationally bestselling Australian author of seven independent titles of her popular New Adult Summer Series. In addition to her chart-topping indie novels, CJ is set to publish two titles with Hachette, Australia with her brand-new Paradise Series in 2015 (Paradise City and Paradise Road).
CJ lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales, Australia. When she isn’t writing books about swoony boys and 90s 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.