One man's experience, and YMMV:
I have very much enjoyed Paleo and have found it to be good (not perfect, as many have achieved far better physiques than I have) for fat loss and physique-related goals. I also have found it a highly enjoyable way to eat and, despite protestations that some critics have lobbed at the Paleo diet, I find it very easy to maintain. And delicious.
I eat within a Paleo "framework" without fretting every last detail. Paleo has its good points and pitfalls, and honestly, most of the criticism lobbed at Paleo comes from people that have such a rigid and extreme viewpoint without any flexibility. I could describe the way I eat as "95 percent Paleo" while acknowledging that I use heavy cream in my coffee, butter in my cooking, and eat some dark chocolate and red wine.
My GF is the same, FWIW. She's more like 85 percent Paleo, though. But we both know that once we started eating this way, honestly, things like sugar cravings, urges to gorge on pancakes or cereal or pasta, all pretty much went away. You rarely miss that stuff once you get used to eating really good Paleo meals.
I'm not much of a "recipe" cook - I think once you learn how-to-cook you have less dependency on recipes - but for inspiration, you might consider getting the Well Fed and/or Well Fed 2 cookbooks, which offer a lot of really good bases for Paleo cooking.