Paradise (Second Opportunities, #1)
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Paradise (Second Opportunities #1)

4.31 of 5 stars 4.31  ·  rating details  ·  17,962 ratings  ·  703 reviews
#1 New York Times bestselling author Judith McNaught brings us her most wonderful, deeply emotional novel yet...a spellbinding story of youthful passion, family loyalties, and the fateful events that lead two special lovers to the miracle of a second chance.

Meredith Bancroft, a serenley beautiful blonde, and Matthew Farrell, an intense, magnetic tycoon, are both haunted by...more
Mass Market Paperback, 709 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Pocket Books (first published 1991)
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Sophie ♥
Jul 12, 2013 Sophie ♥ rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Readers looking for an EPIC romance and aren't afraid of length
Rate: 500 million stars

“If you'll kiss me back," he whispered huskily, brushing his lips along the curve of her jaw, "I'll make it six
million. If you'll go to bed with me tonight," he continued, losing himself in the scent of her perfume and the softness of her skin, "I'll give you the world. But if you'll move in with me," he continued, dragging his mouth across her cheek to the corner of her lips, "I'll do much better than that."
Unable to turn her face farther because his arm was in the way, a

Yes, this book had it all. It was epic. Won’t say too much about it and won’t give too many quotes as it just needs to be read and felt…. This is my first contemporary by Ms McNaught. I have read her Historicals and they have been solid, five stars for me. This book was written nearly 25 years ago. Does it seem dated? A little bit, the fact that there are no mobile phones, some of the descriptions of the dresses etc. But it does not take away from the fantastic writing...more
Jul 21, 2013 Mona rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!
Recommended to Mona by: Effie
Shelves: favorites
*For such a long ass book, I'm keeping this review short*

My first thoughts on reading a 709 page long book...WTF?

After some 'encouragement' from my buddy Effie...
I decided what the hell, I'll try it out or get chopped up.

Well it was the BEST decision ever...Epic FUCKING read!!

It starts out interesting and simple, then builds up. Then...shit seriously got real after page 80!

Then more...

It has so much unexpected surprises that got me so excited. Thinking finally its going to all work out...

Lady Raven RAVE!
Story: GREAT
Intimacy Level: NICE/GOOD
Enjoyment: GREAT
Length: 708 pages
Style: Contemporary Romance ( Re Read)

TRUE STORY!!! I had this sitting on my book shelf for 3 years since 2002 and never read it until 2004, not because I didn't have the time, but because I thought it didn't sound interesting and wondered what can a romance author write within a 708 page book, like come on seriously. I had read a couple books prior by the author, but they were historical. But then I wanted something to read,...more
This was the first book I ever read for fun, and I read it when I was 14 years old. Me and my group of girlfriends all shared the same book. I think I was the second girl to read it, and from there it took off. I remember thinking the sex scenes were so risqué, and I would blush just reading them.

Now 15 years later, this book doesn't seem risqué at all. One thing that hasn't changed though is the excitement I felt reading it. I could remember bits and pieces of the story, and I was dying to fini...more
I must have been the only one here who had not read this book yet. My only real excuse is that I was saving it for one of those days you just need to read a book you'll completely adore. Based on the reviews I read I just knew I would love it. This is a longer read than most, specially in the romance genre, probably twice as long. I was afraid It would be slow-paced or too repetitive because of it, but it wasn't, every page was one less to get to that HEA you start craving right after starting...more
abi rafon
We oftentimes got easily disappointed when our expectations were too high. . And because many of Judith Mcnaughts fans tagged ‘paradise’ as her best contemporary, I had expected so many things like what one should expect when they heard the word “BEST”. It did not disappoint me though there were times that Im a bit ‘furious’ about Meredith, the heroine. I thought then that she was ‘nothing’ compare to other heroine of mcnaughts novels like Victoria (once and always), Elizabeth (almost heaven), a...more
A week ago, I sent a message to my friend Fani – the romance guru- asking for a recommendation on contemporary romance. My requests were simple: I wanted a hero who wasn’t tormented and a heroine who didn’t cry every 10 pages. This was her first recommendation, so I ordered it.

When it was delivered, I almost chocked. The thing is huge; it can easily be used as a presse- papier during a tornado with excellent results. Given the fact that I’m not really a fan of plain romance without some suspense...more
4.5 Stars

“If you'll kiss me back, I'll make it six million. If you'll go to bed with me tonight, I'll give you the world. But if you'll move in with me, I'll do much better than that."

"Six million dollars and the whole world! What else could you possibly give me if I move in with you?"


I feel like it took me forever to finish this, but only because real life (and live sports) kept getting in the way. I believe it's safe to say that this one had unbelievable staying power because if t...more
Dec 22, 2013 Feminista rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Feminista by: Sophie ♥
Rating: 2 out of 5.

I was pretty disappointed with this book.

The characters and the plot were similar to many of the other books that I have read.

Virgin heroine meets a guy who sleeps around, they fall in love, misunderstandings happen, they break up and then meet again years later. In these years, the hero becomes very successful and sleeps around with dozens of other women. The heroine, however, only sleeps with one other guy, which she doesn't find very satisfying. Misunderstandings are resol...more
Paradise, by Judith McNaught, is a great contemporary novel that’s filled with love, corporate intrigue, humor, deception and friendship. The main characters, Matt Farrell and Meredith Bancroft, are immediately weaved into the novel with plenty of back story to give you a full picture of their journey when they meet, go their separate ways, and later reunite. I thought the book was captivating and for the most part fast paced and intriguing.

The story is about two strong willed people, Meredith...more
Feb 01, 2010 kari rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009
I half-liked this book, I know that sounds funny but I really liked the hero and not the heroine. She seems like such a nincompoop and a dimwit that I wanted to reach into the pages and give her a good shake. She is presented on the first pages as being very smart and then we are given close to 500 pages to prove that she is anything but.
I half-liked this book because the first 200 pages, all of the back story, could have been done in maybe ten pages since when they meet up later, they're going...more
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An emotional rollercoaster!

I loved this book!

This is one of the most virtually sizzling books I’ve read lately. Why virtually? Because nothing is openly described, but it was sizzling all the same. The powerful pull was there all through the book.

I loved the story, I loved the characters, I love the tone of voice and the way the story is told.

It was interesting, It was compelling! I couldn’t stop reading it!

Yes, it is long, but I found myself wishing it was longer, just to be able to linger the...more
*re-read for about the 100th time in hardcover*

I originally read this back in 1992... yes, I was 12(!!!) when I read this for the first time and it totally blew my mind!!! I started reading romance from the time I was 9 (no, of course my parents never knew that I was reading bodice rippers at such an impressionable age!!) and up to the time I was 11, I never strayed from historical romances.

Then I saw that my ABSOLUTELY FAVORITE author had written a *GASP* contemporary romance (turns out she ha
Bu yorum aynı zamanda Romancekolikte yayınlanmıştır.

Judithle tanışma sebebim Matt ♥

Çok seviyorum bu adamın laflarını, umursamazlığını, azmini...Evet, bu kitabı alış maceram şöyledir; her zamanki gibi kitapçıda dolaşırken hep gözüme bu kapak çatıyordu. Bir kitapsız anıma gelip "Kitap Özeti Filan Okumadan" aldım ve muhteşem bir kitap çıkmasıyla kendimi Judithkolik olarak buldum. Matt sevgimde cabası tabii. Kendilerinin yeri her zaman ayrıdır bende.

Hikayemizi azıcık aktarayayım. Kızımız Meredith
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Jane Stewart
Wonderful Story. It was very hard to put down. I continue to think about it with longing more than three years later.

I wanted to read the entire book in one sitting. It was hard to stop reading for sleep, meals, or work. Meredith comes from wealth. Her family owns a Chicago department store. She wants to become President of the family business. Matt comes from a steel mill working class family. He makes his fortune buying, remaking and selling companies. He's just about perfect. She has a few fl...more
It isn't what you say that counts, it's what you don't say.
- Meredith
Some people feel love in their hearts, Julie. Some of us feel it all the way into our souls. We're the ones who can't forget.
- Patrick Ferrell
After all, he'd gotten over her years ago, and it was foolish to nurse a grudge over something—and someone—who no longer mattered one damn bit to him.
- Matt
Life is one big gamble.
- Lisa
You can't live your life to suit other people. The harder you try, the more restrictions they'll put on...more
No words to describe how much i loved this book.

This goes down as one of the top 5 romances, I have ever read. This book defines the genre and is everything a reader would want in a romance novel. The author does a tremendous job in laying the foundation and framework for us to understand the heroine. And what a heroine! Meredith Baxter is one of my all time favorites. The ugly duckling that turns into the swan, and I found myself rooting all the way for her, because she was not only beautiful on the outside, but on the inside! A must read.
Limau Nipis
My first book from historical romance was from Judith McNaught.
My first favourite author is still Judith McNaught.

I can't remember the countless time that I have read this book when it was first published, way back before 2000. It was in 1993? 1994?

I do love this one, even though the story is really predictable. I mean, I know Matt and Meredith will be destined to be together even after they got divorced. Then Matt climbed the social ladder and accumulated vast amount of money to be a corporate...more
2.75 stars

Ugh. This was painful for me.

When you are feeling like this while reading:
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It's not so fun.

*sigh* I was expecting something really great for Matt and Meredith after reading Perfect. The emotional pay off in this was close to zilch for me. When you spend 650 out of 700 pages of the book keeping the hero and heroine apart, despising and disparaging each other, thinking the worst and having the wife insistent on marrying someone else and doesn't love the hero at all 90% into the story...more
A much deserved 5 stars!!! This book is everything you could want in a romantic book. It had laughter, friendship, moments that made you go whyyyyyyyy, moments when you want to cry or at least tear up and moment when you groan in despair.

Matt as the hero was close to perfect. He is now one of my favourite novel heroes. The young Matt and the older Matt are very much alike, only this time he has money and a need for revenge. Even though his character is dark and really hard to read, when it come...more
Lauren (Sugar & Snark)
This is a re-read for me. And when I say re-read I mean- I read it as a young teenager and was obsessed with it. So that implies many, Many readings! This is the book that started my life long love for contemporary romance. But I must admit I was a little hesitant to re-read it today. Because 15 years later, lets be honest it could come across as more historical then contemporary! And I really didn't want to ruin my first love!

And at first I have to admit I was a bit distracted by the lack of ce...more
Wonderful story... So wonderful .. Wonderfully written. Oh did I tell you it’s wonderful? I just loved it! So much. This book will make you believe in the power of love, and love over power. After reading JM’s Until You and Double Standards, which I found to be nice but a little lukewarm read, I can honestly divulge that Judith McNaught had won me over. This contemporary romance novel of hers made me begin to appreciate her more.

Paradise is a story about young man and a young woman who fell in l...more
Edan Marie Esquibel
Right now, things are getting pretty tied up with reality..
I have demanding school work, requirements, exams. T_T


I know I should not be reading a novel right now yes, it hurts me to admit this for my own sake, sanity and health NOT TO MENTION IN ORDER TO GRADUATE.. for me to balance the demands of life and yet...

I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN!!! and surprisingly, there are no regrets ;D (maybe except later when I need to cram stuff, i guess.. *cries* oh, and when it literally robbed me of...more
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oh my Godddddd
questa autrice mi sta facendo impazzire ogni volta di più.
è impensabile come un libro di così tante pagine possa non annoiare mai
anzi riesce a mantenere l'attenzione sempre al massimo con qualche nuovo colpo di scena
cosa si è disposti a fare per amore? o fino a che punto si possa spingere un padre nell'interessa della figlia?
io lo avrei già ammazzato, ma non Meredith
e Matt? un uomo tanto dolce quanto spietato
I've always liked Judith McNaught's novels, especially her historical romances but I had a rough time with time one. I tried reading it on several other occasions but I never could get past the first couple of chapters. I stuck to it this time and the story did pick up and I was able to actually enjoy it. But I couldn't justify giving it more than 3 stars because of the slow beginning.
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Judith McNaught is a bestselling author of over a dozen historical and contemporary romance novels, with 30 million copies of her works in print. She was also the first female executive producer at a CBS radio station. McNaught is credited with inventing the modern Regency Historical romance subgenre.
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“You can't outwit fate by standing on the sidelines placing little sidebets about the outcome of life. either you wade in and risk everything you have to play the game or you don't play at all. and if u don't play u can't win.” 360 likes
“Some people feel love in their hearts, Julie. Some of us feel it all way into our souls. We're the ones who can't forget.” 159 likes
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