The Paradise Problem

Posted May 21, 2024 by Carole in Reviews / 5 Comments

I received this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Paradise ProblemThe Paradise Problem by Christina Lauren
Narrator: Patti Murin, Jon Root
Published by Gallery Books, Simon and Schuster Audio on May 14, 2024
Genres: Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Length: 11 hours 36 minutes
Pages: 352
Format: ARC, Audiobook
Source: Publisher, Purchased
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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.

I had a fantastic time with this book! I haven’t read too many of the books by this popular writing pair but I have really enjoyed the ones I have read so I was excited to dive into this newest book. I was captivated by this book from the start. Anna and West were great characters and I must admit that I am a sucker for fake relationship books so this book was a great fit for me. I couldn’t wait to see Anna and West find their happily ever after with each other.

Anna and West have been legally married for not quite five years. They signed the papers to move into family housing with each other but never had any kind of relationship beyond roommates. West needs Anna to play the role of wife at a family wedding, and let’s just say she has no idea what is in store for her at the island getaway with West’s wealthy family. Anna and West made a wonderful couple. They were just perfect for each other and the chemistry between them was palpable. West’s family, especially his father, is horrible and I hated the way that they treated both Anna and West.

I listened to the audiobook and thought that Patti Murin and Jon Root did a phenomenal job with the narration. I have enjoyed Patti Murin’s narration work in the past but I think that this is the first time that I have had the opportunity to listen to Jon Root’s work. I felt that their voices complimented each other nicely and I liked that they were able to bring just the right amount of emotion to their reading. I am certain that their narration added to my overall enjoyment of this delightful story.

I would highly recommend this book to others. I fell for Anna and West early in the book and wanted to see them figure out how to make things work. They were hit with some pretty big surprises in this book and I liked that they worked to navigate those challenges together. I plan to make some room in my tbr for more of Christina Lauren’s work very soon!

I received a review copy of this book from Gallery Books.

5 responses to “The Paradise Problem

  1. What I loved most about Liam and Anna was how they really “saw” each other, liked what they saw, and brought out some of the best parts of each other. They were a great couple.

  2. I’ve only read one book by Christina Lauren but I really enjoyed it. This one looks really good and is definitely one I need to read.