Return To Paradise by Simone Elkeles (ARC)
Publication Date: September 1, 2010
Received from: Star Book Tours
Summary (from goodreads):
Maggie and Caleb just went through the worst year of their lives. Hit by a car and starting life over with a limp, Maggie never thought she would forgive Caleb. But she did-and fell in love. What they shared was real. But Caleb wanted to be free from the past-a terrible secret: he wasn't the one who hit Maggie. So he left Paradise-and Maggie-forever.
When Maggie and Caleb run into each other in a different town, they can't deny their true feelings. Will Maggie leg Caleb get away again? Or will Caleb face the truth and return to Paradise?
For those of you who have read the first book in this series (titled Leaving Paradise) then you were probably mad about the ending which contained a huge cliff hanger. But in the sequel, Return to Paradise, Simone Elkeles clears up everything and more. It starts off with Caleb getting in trouble again for staying with drug dealers, and he either has to go to jail or join a group that goes around trying to persuade people not to drink and drive. But what's more surprising is that Maggie happens to be in the same group, and they reunite after not seeing each other for eight whole months. The whole time they fight their attraction for each other, but will it be enough to bring Caleb back to Paradise?
I really enjoyed this book, and devoured it in one sitting. I loved every minute when Caleb and Maggie were in the same scene, whether they were fighting, kissing, talking or touching. All of those scenes melted my heart and I never wanted the book to end. Unfortunately it did, and Simone Elkeles left me thinking it will be the end of Caleb and Maggie's story. Hopefully, she will continue on with this series though and maybe make a book just about Leah.
Will I reread it?
Yes, I loved this book and thought it had the perfect beginning, middle, and end after the disappointing ending of the first book. If you haven't yet read this series, I highly recommend you do so and when and if you do, you won't regret it!