Paris Lights

Paris Lights : A Heart of the City romance Book 1

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The first standalone in C.J. Duggan's addictive HEART OF THE CITY series - a sassy, sexy romance from the internationally bestselling author of the SUMMER and PARADISE series.

'You're breaking up with me!'

He was silent.

'In Paris.'

Eyes dropping.

'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 . . .


'Fun and sexy ... Cheeky leading lady, dashing love interest, family complications and a fun setting - this book does have it all.' - Fictional Thoughts on London Bound

'I'm really glad that I've discovered C.J. Duggan's novels - her writing is sassy and witty with strong female characters who are willing to take on anything, no holds barred.' - Sam Still Reading on New York Nights

'CJ continuously provides us with books that are easy to read and addictive, with exciting plots and characters you just can't help but love.' - Sweet Reading on Paris Lights

'A refreshing blend of sassy, sexy characters with an emotional backstory' - Scandalicious Book Reviews on New York Nights

'New York Nights is a light, fun read, perfect for a bubble bath with a drink of choice. It is reminiscent of a Cinderella fairy tale; only Cinderella is having serious doubts about the handsome prince.' - Queensland Reviewers Collective on New York Nights

'Great plot, interesting characters, secrets and romance, I didn't want it to end.'- G
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 21mm | 240g
  • Sydney, Australia
  • English
  • 0733636659
  • 9780733636653
  • 77,302

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The romance between Louis and Claire is downright dreamy, sweet and perfect. Paris Lights will leave you in a loving and romantic mood. -- Lola Bell * Mile High Kink Bookclub * The characters come to life on the pages and of course the setting is fabulous... highly recommend this one it is sure to keep you turning the pages -- Nancy Ouelette * Netgalley * If you haven't tried C.J. Duggan as yet, grab Paris Lights and immerse yourself into this addictive world today! -- Naomi Hop * Naomi's Reading Palace * lighthearted and fun, chock full of romance -- Kate B * Fictional Thoughts * Duggan has done a great job with the fact that Claire falls into a relationship reasonably quickly after the disastrous end to her previous one. I was a little concerned that the possibility of a 'rebound' relationship but shouldn't have been. The Parisian landscape is worked into the story beautifully and certainly adds to the storytelling.
A lovely story that certainly sets a strong precedent for the following stories in the series. -- Jaimee Brooker * AusRom Today * I loved getting swept away with Claire and Louis, and I look forward to seeing where we are taken with the next Heart Of The City book * Netgalley * it's entertaining as hell * Heather Andrews (NetGalley) * beautifully written, witty, heartwarming, romantic * Netgalley * incredible and dynamic writing * Netgalley * I have read all the other books written by CJ Duggan but I have to say this is my favourite * Netgalley * well-written with a clever plot * Netgalley * A unique look at making the best out of a remarkably bad situation. * Netgalley * a fun story that had me smiling and laughing * Netgalley * downright dreamy, sweet and perfect. * Netgalley * sucked me in * Netgalley * Review * Netgalley * If you're looking for a light read that sparkles in all the right places, Paris Lights will not disappoint. And the best thing? There's two more books in the Heart of the City series, New York Nights and London Bound. I can't wait! -- Jeanie Misko * Sam Still Reading blog * I really do enjoy this authors style of writing * netgalley * Another great read from CJ Duggan, an easy read and a great story. -- Amy Noble * Goodreads * Paris Lights has a creative plot and enchanting characters. It is entertaining, yet realistic and modern. True to life and relatable to today with so many aspects of the story. I praise Cj Duggan for being utterly brilliant! -- Laura Roberts * Sweet Readings Club *
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About C.J. Duggan

C.J. Duggan is the internationally bestselling author of over ten books, including PARADISE CITY, PARADISE ROAD, the SUMMER series and the HEART OF THE CITY series. She lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales. 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.
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833 ratings
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3 24% (200)
2 6% (51)
1 2% (16)
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