Friday, August 13, 2010

Return To Paradise

Title: Return To Paradise
Author: Simone Elkeles
Release Date: Sept. 1, 2010
Publisher: Flux
Source: Friend ( Thanks Chris)

Caleb Becker left Paradise eight months ago, taking with him the secret he promised to take to his grave. If the truth got out, it would ruin everything.
Maggie Armstrong tried to be strong after Caleb broke her heart and disappeared. Somehow, she managed to move on. She’s determined to make a new life for herself.
But then Caleb and Maggie are forced together on a summer trip. They try ignoring their passion for each other, but buried feelings resurface. Caleb must face the truth about the night of Maggie’s accident, or the secret that destroyed their relationship will forever stand between them. 

My Thoughts: 
Return to Paradise is a quick but enjoyable read, that leaves the reader turning the page until the very end!

Caleb left Paradise 8 months ago, with out looking back. He hasn't contacted anyone since he left... not even the one person he left behind... Maggie. Now Caleb has gotten himself into some trouble and as a last resort has agreed to go on  a youth out reach trip to avoid going to jail.

Maggie can't believe her eyes! She agreed to go on this youth out reach trip, to put Caleb and their past behind her and get over him once and for all. But there he stands right in front of her! She has thought about him every day since he left, and can't help but still have feelings for him.

Neither Caleb nor Maggie are willing to back out of the trip... they both need this trip for personal reasons. Maggie needs it in order to get a scholarship to the college she wants to attend. Caleb needs it so he isn't put in jail. They also need it to become close to each other again. No matter how hard they attempt to deny the feelings they both have for each other, they can't seem to stay away from each other. 

Return to Paradise I felt was so much better than the first book. With Leaving Paradise I felt everything was left unfinished... which now I'm sure that's how I was supposed to feel. I was able to read Return to Paradise in just a few hours, but the book itself didn't disappoint! It has to be one of the best romances I have had the pleasure of reading this summer. I couldn't get enough of what was going to become of Caleb and Maggie, and admit that I was routing for them the entire time. Through their mishaps, stolen kisses, and lust filled moments, I couldn't get enough. Also Caleb and Maggie's ends are finally tied up and we finally learn if they finally end up together, or if they are just to different to merge their worlds. Return to Paradise is a great read that will have a permanent place in my library, because I could read it again and again.

Rating: 10/10



  1. I loved this book! and caleb was so well done, definitely my fave POV to read inj it - cant wait for the sequel!



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