Book Review: The Paradise Problem by Christina Lauren

I can't begin to tell you how much fun I had reading this. The Paradise Problem was a delight! I laughed and smiled and was caught up in everything as Liam and Anna fell in love. From the witty moments to the heartfelt ones, I was all in!

Book Review: The Paradise Problem by Christina Lauren
The Paradise Problem by Christina Lauren

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.

4 out of 5 stars

The Paradise Problem was a fantastic read with so many hilarious laugh-out-loud moments that had me smiling like crazy. I loved Anna and West and their marriage of convenience. I enjoyed the build of their relationship, their walls coming down, and their vulnerabilities coming through. It was sweet and playful with just the right amount of tension and drama woven in.

West and Anna were total opposites and I liked the witty banter that dynamic created. I loved Anna and how open she was and felt for her with the predicament she was in with her personal life. West seemed so straightlaced and tightly wound. I liked learning about them as they played happily married couple in the middle of chaos with the rich elite and everything West was up against. I loved seeing their feelings grow and got excited about all their knowing looks as they really started to fall for each other. I liked the development as everything unfolded, there was an enticing slow burn happening. There is mounting drama with his family and a simmering heat between the two, when things finally reach a boiling point, it's pretty awesome… on both counts.

There's a nice cast of characters involved that I enjoyed. Some added humor, some added tension, one I wanted to scream at, and others created a lot of charming, entertaining scenes. While I loved the storyline and development, it did feel drawn out at times. Just when I needed it to pick back up, it did. 

This was an entertaining story with a nice amount of drama and heat. I loved West and Anna coming together, him figuring himself out, her finding her way, and them forging a new path together. It was pure fun and I had a great time reading it!  

Complimentary copy received from Gallery Books.

Book Review: The Paradise Problem by Christina Lauren | About That Story
"Entertaining and witty story that was pure fun to read!" - About That Story

Thank you Gallery Books for the advanced and finished copy of The Paradise Problem.

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This book had so many fun tropes: Opposites Attract, Marriage of Convenience, Forced Proximity, and Only One Bed. What’s your favorite romance trope? Let me know!