Return to Paradise (Leaving Paradise #2) by Simone Elkeles
Publisher:  Flux
Published:  September 1st 201

Paperback, 302 pages

My Rating:  5/5 Stars

From the New York Times Bestselling Author of RULES OF ATTRACTION
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.

Return to Paradise picks up a few months after Caleb’s and Maggie’s last encounter.  Caleb has been is arrested for the intent to sell drugs, even though he wasn’t…he just happened to live with a bunch of guys that were. Caleb is offered a deal that will keep him out of Jail – and when they mean Jail they really mean it this time, not the Juvenile Detention Center: he participates in a summer program in sharing his story with others.

Meanwhile, Maggie has finally started to believe in herself, limp and all. As part of her new transformation volunteers to share her story with a group of other teenagers, before her long awaited Study Abroad trip. These teenagers come from all different background. Unbeknowst to her, this is the trip that Caleb has agreed to participate in to stay out of Jail. 

On the first day Caleb and Maggie see each other for the first time since Caleb left Paradise. While both of them agreed to put the past behind them, and both of the act as if they longer have feelings for the other, they constantly find themselves arguing and talking. While traveling, Caleb still believes that Maggie does not know his “secret”. She does, but she is waiting for Caleb to tell her. By the end of the trip, Caleb and Maggie learn more about themselves than they thought possible, and maybe even wanted to. However, they find they may night be able to have a future together.

Simone Elkeles does it again! Her writing style and tone are amazing, wonderful and superb. Her novels are very easy to read, while at the same time full of emotion and thought. Both Caleb and Maggie grow as characters, both individually and together, even more so than in Leaving Paradise. And of course, their relationship continues to be very hot and steamy!! I only wish that Simone Elkeles continued this series and this was not end.

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