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LAGUNA LIGHTS (LAGUNA BEACH #3) BY KAIRA ROUDA
Release Date: November 10, 2015
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Laura Kinkaid’s glamorous Hollywood life is falling apart. After years of reality television stardom beginning in high school on Laguna Nights, her career and relationship with her long-term boyfriend Scott are fizzling out. Laura decides to go home to Laguna Beach for the weekend to attend a baby shower for her high school friend. That decision – and a car accident – will lead her to a new future, if she’s ready to take a chance at love.
Paul Dorn’s former life in New York City is far behind him and he’s working in a popular Laguna Beach surf shop when fate brings the most beautiful woman he’s ever met into his life. The attraction is instant and he has an overwhelming desire to protect her. While Paul’s retail sales career is a short-term job for market research purposes, his focus on Laura is long-term.
Will Laura allow a handsome stranger to help her create a future unlike her past, or will the bright lights of Hollywood pull her back to LA?
REVIEW: LAGUNA LIGHTS (LAGUNA BEACH #3) BY KAIRA ROUDA
Laguna Lights by Kaira Rouda
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The road less traveled leads to treasures unparalleled. At one time Laura had it all. Living the high life this "It" girl wanted for nothing. Now with her life falling apart she returns to the place she took for granted and that may hold the key to the happiness she's been looking for. Paul seems to be living the perfect life. Happy, fulfilling and simple, but looks can be deceiving. Everyone has secrets. I received an ARC of Laguna Lights in exchange for an honest review. With Paul and Laura's story, Ms. Rouda drove home the point that happiness is not derived from how much a person materially has but the wisdom and experiences gained from the life one lives. I am enjoying the Laguna Beach Series but Laguna Lights is my favorite story to date.
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LAGUNA NIGHTS (LAGUNA BEACH #1) BY KAIRA ROUDA
Madison Alcott was back in her hometown, caring for her sick mom and working long hours at the best resort in Laguna Beach. She never imagined she’d return to the place where she became famous on the hit reality TV show Laguna Nights, and the place where she was humiliated on national television. Fortunately, the past had stayed tucked away until her old high school boyfriend appeared in the lobby.
Josh Welsh was a superstar by age eighteen, the bad boy break-out star of Laguna Nights. Since then, his star had lost its shine and he barely was holding onto his Hollywood status. When he was asked to host a new reality travel show, he jumped at the chance. The only problem was the first episode was shooting in Laguna Beach. Of all the reasons Josh didn’t want to return home, he hadn’t even imagined the worst scenario: running into Madison “Holly” Alcott.
Josh’s connection to Madison was still as strong as her anger at his betrayal. When the new reality series forces them together, they must face Laguna Nights past and present, and navigate a journey where nothing is as it seems.
REVIEW: LAGUNA NIGHTS (LAGUNA BEACH #1) BY KAIRA ROUDA
Laguna Nights by Kaira Rouda
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Kaira Rouda had an interesting idea when she decided to center her new series Laguna Beach around former cast members of a teen reality show. Laguna Nights is the kick-off book to the series. It examines the past and present relationship between Josh and Madison. Josh was the breakout star, the one to watch on the show. Madison was his love interest on the show. Madison dealt with low self confidence and a heartbreaking betrayal while on the show.
Josh in recent years has lost his appeal. Madison has spent her years since the show ended trying to live down Josh's betrayal on the show. What made Laguna Nights a compelling read is the way Kaira Rouda told the story. The story was centered around former teen stars dealing with adult problems from an early age. Fame, pain, betrayal, heartache, self esteem, trust and growing up. Maturity brought on a whole new set of problems including unresolved emotions from the past. This is a different take on a coming of age story that is no less deep but twice as entertaining.
Disclosure: Received an ARC of Laguna Nights for an honest review.
LAGUNA HEIGHTS BY KAIRA ROUDA
Annie and Hank have created a perfect life in Laguna Beach but when a dark secret is revealed, will their marriage survive?
In high school, Annie Johns was the calm, supportive sidekick to the rest of the tumultuous female stars of the hit reality TV show, Laguna Nights. Today, she's living the happy life as a mom that she predicted on the show long ago. There's only one problem: the secret from her past that haunts her most nights, a secret that if revealed could ruin everything she shares with her husband, Hank, the man who saved her from the heartache.
REVIEW: LAGUNA HEIGHTS (LAGUNA BEACH #2) BY KAIRA ROUDA
Laguna Heights by Kaira Rouda
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Secrets, betrayal, fear. Annie had lived with those most of her adult life. Coping was not easy but she managed until she got the shock of her life. A visit from the past. Now one shocking night of violence threatens to destroy all that she holds dear. Kaira Rouda has written a story that every woman should read. Annie was trapped within a prison that she created to escape the events of the past. Her predicament angered me because she didn't deserve the fall out she had to endure because she trusted the wrong person. The seriousness of this story is evident from the first page. One devastating event led to a spur of the moment the decision that could topple her whole world. Laguana Heights is gripping, heartbreaking and triumphant. I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. A stunning piece of fiction that lingers on after the last page.
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