Wednesday 2 October 2019

♬ Beyond Here Lies Nothing ♬ CJ Duggan ♬

Author: C.J Duggan
Publisher: Independent
Genre: Contemporary New Adult – Stand-alone
Release Date: October 1st, 2019
Cover Designer: Keary Taylor

When a big city agent wants to rent the abandoned chapel on the Bowen’s property for an obscene amount of money, it seems like a deal of a lifetime … there’s just one small catch.

Nathaniel Black.

Disgraced, broken-down, whisky-swilling Rock God Nathaniel Black is set to make a comeback, or at least that’s what his long-suffering agent is hoping.

It’s Nathaniel’s last chance for salvation, to lock himself away from the temptations of his wicked life. With no women, no booze, no drugs: only the music. The one thing he didn’t count on was forming a complex, life-changing bond with a reclusive, talented songbird, Sadie Bowen.

Eighteen-year-old Sadie has all of Nathaniel’s vinyl records under her bed and his poster lining the inside of her wardrobe door. And now he was here, in her backyard, eating her food and sharing her bathroom—a dream come true, right? Until Sadie soon realises her teenage idol is the most infuriating, arrogant man-child she has ever met.

Will seclusion lead to destruction? Or will Sadie finally get a chance to learn who the real man is behind the music? One thing is clear, despite every voice inside her head telling her to stay away, she couldn’t.

She couldn’t help it, couldn’t fight it.

Nathaniel Black was about to become her favourite mistake.

ARC received for an honest review

What can I say - I have missed CJ Duggan's stories, and she has come out of the blocks with another wonderful story.

We have all had a crush on a rock star.  Hoped to meet them and have them fall in love with us - then we wake up!

Sadie gets that chance when a washed up rock star starts living and working on her property.

I loved that she did not bow down to the all mighty Nathaniel Black. She's not going to fall into his bed like a groupie, she gives him hell - and it is the best medicine for him I think.

But more than anything - there is a bigger character in this story than Nathaniel or Sadie that I just loved and want one of my own - but I don't want to give away who/what it was.

I live in a small town, so I get the small town jerks, the prejudices that people are confronted with, the politics at play.  I completely got that vibe from this town too.  And wanted to kick people in the nuts haha!.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Beyond Here Lies Nothing.  I loved that yes, there were issues, but they were dealt with like adults and there was not too much angst.

This is different from what I have read by CJ Duggan in the past, and I hope we get more like it in the future.


CJ Duggan is an internationally best-selling author of contemporary Young Adult and New Adult fiction. From small town dramas to big city dreamers, CJ’s coming-of-age tales are filled with hope and heart, and told by relatable protagonists with strong Australian voices.

A proud Yorta Yorta woman, CJ lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales.  When she is not writing you will usually find her rearranging knick-knacks in her home office, or plotting the next weekend escape.

If you love ceramic owls, dusty-pink decor and old typewriters, then CJ wants to be your new best friend.