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The Paradise Problem by Christina Lauren
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The Paradise Problem (edition 2024)

by Christina Lauren (Author)

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Fiction. Literature. Romance. Humor (Fiction.) HTML:Christina Lauren, the instant New York Times bestselling and "reigning romance queens" (PopSugar), returns with a delicious new romance between the buttoned-up heir of a grocery chain and his free-spirited artist ex as they fake their relationship in order to receive a massive inheritance.
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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Member:AngelClaw
Title:The Paradise Problem
Authors:Christina Lauren (Author)
Info:Gallery Books (2024), 352 pages
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Rating:****
Tags:romance

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The Paradise Problem by Christina Lauren is a perfect no-brainer little summer romance and confection to entertain you while you beat the heat. ( )
  auldhouse | Jul 11, 2024 |
Anna Green's husband leaves her, she believes she has signed the divorce papers. Anna was cool with this, since she only got married so she could take advantage of subsidized campus housing for married couples. Win/Win for both, but they never really communicated. But, now, a few years later, Liam "West" Weston returns. A professor of economics and cultural anthropology, he needs Anna to be his wife at a family wedding. Once he is happily married for 5 years, he'll receive a $100 million inheritance. But, this is threatened by his family discovering the truth. Anna and West need to keep up the charade, but inadvertently fall for each other.
Cute romance, I enjoyed this more than previous books I read by this author. ( )
  rmarcin | Jul 5, 2024 |
This was an entertaining read. Great 4-star romance. It was a marriage of convenience. They even lived together but it was just to get discount student housing. Now fast forward five years, the guy comes back because he had told his family he was married this whole time and now she needs to go to the wedding as his wife - which technically she still is - so he can get his inheritance. I read this a few months ago and after reading a synopsis, I remembered most of it, which is impressive. I know there was great build up between the characters and the female character was great and fun...with pink hair. Such a great summer beach read. The characters were likeable. His family was not (which was supposed to be that way). ( )
  Mav-n-Libby | Jul 3, 2024 |
A bit steamier than I'm comfortable with, but still a super entertaining read. ( )
  AngelClaw | Jun 25, 2024 |
I’ve said it many times, but for the people in the back, Christina Lauren writes the best romances out there. They are witty, funny and spicy with relatable characters (even when they happen to be heirs to a supermarket fortune). In this standalone novel, the reader is whisked away to a luxury private resort.

Sounds surprising? Well, it certainly is for the heroine Anna. She’s a struggling artist who has just lost her part-time job to help pay her father’s medical bills. She literally doesn’t know where she’ll get the money she needs, so it’s lucky that her estranged husband Liam (aka West) contacts her. Their marriage was not in the traditional sense, more it was a plot to ensure they both got cheap college housing. But now Liam needs Anna’s help. He’s an heir to the Weston Foods fortune, but it comes with a caveat. He needs to prove he’s happily married to Anna at his sister’s wedding which is taking part on a private island in Indonesia. Anna agrees to help Liam and an all-expenses trip is on the cards. But Anna and Liam are very different people who hardly know each other – and have their own baggage. They need to pull off this trip by flying under the radar, but everyone’s interested in meeting Anna and learning their story. Can Anna keep up the façade as Liam is attacked by the family that is meant to love him?

This story is a fun riot. No money is spared to make the wedding of Charlie (Liam’s sister) the most glamourous event dripping in crystals, fancy food and designer clothes. It’s even being covered by business magazines – but at a cost for access to the family business and their future plans. Liam’s sister is fun, but the rest of the Westons are not. Liam’s mother is a snob who looks down on Anna’s pink hair and wears Gucci to take out the rubbish. His father is a tyrant who bullies his children, particularly Liam, and uses any mistake as a future threat to ruin his children. Add in Liam’s creepy sycophantic brother Alex, and the island and its wealthy displays start to lose their sheen. Anna has been told to turn it down by Liam, but she’s astounded at how this family treats each other. She’s going to protect her husband, fake or otherwise! Her feisty determination is part of what makes this book shine. Liam is a little weaker as a character, experiencing a lack of confidence and is scared of his father’s ability to ruin what he worked so hard for independently. He’s a quiet, caring guy and once he opens up to Anna, he becomes much more interesting.

The superrich setting had everything you could want and more (it’s up there with Crazy Rich Asians) as well as the dramatic end to the wedding. What I liked was that the novel went continued after the big scenes, through the bust ups and into a happily ever after that worked for both Anna and Liam on their own terms. I thought the originality of the marriage of convenience trope was great and the summer vibe of the tropical vacation (partially from hell) was just right for an Australian winter. I loved that Anna didn’t take herself or the Westons too seriously and had the guts to stand up to the family for who money is everything and nothing. Overall, it’s delicious fun that doesn’t quit. A perfect escape read.

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Fiction. Literature. Romance. Humor (Fiction.) HTML:Christina Lauren, the instant New York Times bestselling and "reigning romance queens" (PopSugar), returns with a delicious new romance between the buttoned-up heir of a grocery chain and his free-spirited artist ex as they fake their relationship in order to receive a massive inheritance.
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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