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The Paradise Problem

NYT bestselling writing team Christina Lauren delivers an engaging summer read!

Every time I read a book by this writing team, I am reminded how much I adore their FMCs, and Anna was charming! 

Anna and Liam entered a marriage of convenience years ago for campus family housing, and Anna thought they had divorced. But Liam has shown up needing a favor. He comes from a super wealthy family and needs her to accompany him to his sister's lavish wedding on a private island and pretend they are happily married, as his inheritance is on the line. 

In this dual-POV book, we get a marriage of convenience, forced proximity, opposites attract, complicated family dynamics, delicious banter, lots of humor, and spice. We also get a wonderfully quirky and endearing FMC.

Anna was raised by her single father, and even though there wasn't much money, she was deeply loved, which contrasts sharply with Liam's upbringing. She is an artist, pink-haired, free-spirited, self-confident, kind, funny, and communicative of her wants/needs. She held her own and remained true to herself, no matter what came her way. I rooted for her, and I rooted for her and Liam as a couple. They had incredible chemistry, and their romance was full of witty banter, playfulness, and a heartfelt connection. 

The tropical setting was an exotic and glamorous backdrop for the unfolding drama. The writing was excellent, and I was entertained from start to finish. I laughed, I swooned, I cheered. This was pure fun, and I loved it! 

Thank you to Gallery Books for the free book! 

My steep was Dragonfruit Dream by Adagio Tea - a hibiscus blend with apple, dragonfruit, pineapple, orange, lemon, strawberry, and rose petals. Fantastic hot or iced! 

Happy Friday, friends! 



Anna Green thought she was marrying Liam “West” Weston for access to subsidized family housing while at UCLA. She also thought she’d signed divorce papers when the graduation caps were tossed, and they both went on their merry ways.


 Three years later, Anna is a starving artist living paycheck to paycheck while West is a Stanford professor. He may be one of four heirs to the Weston Foods conglomerate, but he has little interest in working for the heartless corporation his family built from the ground up. He is interested, however, in his one-hundred-million-dollar inheritance. There’s just one catch.


  Due to an antiquated clause in his grandfather’s will, Liam won’t see a penny until he’s been happily married for five years. Just when Liam thinks he’s in the home stretch, pressure mounts from his family to see this mysterious spouse, and he has no choice but to turn to the one person he’s afraid to introduce to his one-percenter parents—his unpolished, not-so-ex-wife.


 But in the presence of his family,  Liam’s fears quickly shift from whether the feisty, foul-mouthed, paint-splattered Anna can play the part to whether the toxic world of wealth will corrupt someone as pure of heart as his surprisingly grounded and loyal wife. Liam will have to ask himself if the price tag on his flimsy cover story is worth losing true love that sprouted from a lie.

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