The Paradise Problem By Christina Lauren Book Review

The Paradise Problem by Christina Lauren book review

The Paradise Problem by Christina Lauren doesn’t have a paradise problem. In the acknowledgments, they ask you to imagine this book being written during 4 perfect weeks in summer, and that’s exactly how this book feels. It’s warm, sunshiny, fun, and free.

This book is full of fun stuff. There are fake dating fails and a billionaire sweeping a penniless girl off her feet to a private island. Um, yes, please. But it’s also about the pitfalls of capitalism and how greed can ruin your relationships.

The Paradise Problem Plot

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.

The Paradise Problem Book Review

This is a fun read. If I could book myself a relaxing beach holiday and read this book while lounging on the beach and sipping a cocktail I would! It would be the perfect accompaniment to my dreamy travel days. It’s all about passion in paradise.

The fake marriage fail in this book was so much fun. Sharing a bed, accidental cuddles, surprisingly electrifying kisses, forced proximity. It was the best. There’s just something so fun about this trope, especially when you add in the simmering sexual tension on a private island. Once they decide to be ‘conspirators with benefits’ it becomes perfectly spicy with hot sizzling chemistry and heartfelt moments.

Anna is quirky and fun. She’s a penniless artist suddenly thrown into this holiday of excessive luxury. She was funny and likeable, and you believed that she could be down to earth and not interested in Liam’s money. Liam is a wonderful character. Very sexy, and principled, and understandably struggling with his emotions.

There were a few parts of it, which didn’t quite work for me. Liam has a strong moral compass and isn’t interested in money or fame, so I couldn’t see him marrying someone unlawfully to get cheap student accommodation. I think there needed to be a more reckless side to him for this to be believable.

Also, Liam’s dad, who’s the villain of the story, is really one-dimensional. He’s just bad and terrible with nothing to redeem him. I would have thought some connection with his sons would have made him a more believable character. He is the representation of all evil caused by greed and money. On the other hand, Liam’s mum was just amazingly catty and passive aggressive. She says the most horrible things, while still acting nice, she was fun.

There was also a lot of snobbery towards money in this book. The main theme was the destruction of relationships due to greed, but it kind of just broadly painted all rich people as shallow and terrible because of their money. Just because Anna was a penniless artist it doesn’t somehow make her life more fulfilling. I did agree with them showing the excesses of wealth though and how it blinded them from the paradise surrounding them.

The Paradise Problem Rating


The Paradise Problem is a book that will whisk you away to paradise. It’s a fun, easy read with great characters and sizzling chemistry. It won’t ask much of you emotionally, and that’s what makes it the perfect holiday read.

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