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Paradise (Second Opportunities #1)

4.31  ·  Rating Details  ·  22,753 Ratings  ·  911 Reviews
Corporate raider Matthew Farrell had come a long way from the poor, scruffy kid of Indiana's steel mills. A long way from the country club where, feeling like an outsider, he had dared to fall in love with a beautiful blonde named Meredith Bancroft, and known a once-in-a-lifetime passion and betrayal that sill haunted his memory... Now world leaders courted him, the media ...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 it was amazing
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
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Mo
Jan 12, 2014 Mo rated it it was amazing
EXQUISITE
TORMENTING
MAGIC

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
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Mona
Jul 21, 2013 Mona rated it it was amazing
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?
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After some 'encouragement' from my buddy Effie...
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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!
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Then more...
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It has so much unexpected surprises that got me so excited. Thinking finally its going to all work out...
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Only
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Didi
Dec 20, 2014 Didi rated it really liked it
4.5 STARS

I really need to read more from this author! I've enjoyed her HR's and now have been seduced by her CR's. The biggest drawback to this book and the only reason it took me so long to read it, was the length--709 pages!! That is LONG. Mind you, I was never bored but the length was daunting enough to hold me off a little.
Paradise was beautiful, enchanting, exhausting. It was an epic tale of lost opportunities and tragic occurrences. Believing something for so long only to realize it was wr
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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,
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valee
Sep 29, 2012 valee rated it it was amazing
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
Beverly
May 27, 2014 Beverly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
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Feminista
Dec 22, 2013 Feminista rated it it was ok
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
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Jan
May 17, 2016 Jan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites


Judith McNaught made me realise or think, for the first time, that perhaps I could play in another team.
God help me!
I am in love... with Meredith.
Arlene
Mar 10, 2016 Arlene rated it it was amazing
Re-read: February 2016
Loved it even more this second time around. Looking for a book that I could connect with the characters and decided to revisit this one after seven years. Love...

Originally read: September 2009
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
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Alkyoni
Sep 19, 2011 Alkyoni rated it liked it
Recommended to Alkyoni by: Fani
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
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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
Fran
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?"

"Paradise."


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
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Delos
May 11, 2016 Delos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Los primeros capítulos no consiguieron engancharme.Empecé a preguntarme si realmente me iba a gustar el libro. Más tarde he comprendido que la autora quiere que conozcamos de primera mano la personalidad de Meredith. Pero entonces llegó la salvación!!! Un mini capítulo en el que aparece por primera vez Matt y que le da vidilla al asunto.
A mí el libro me ha encantado!!!!!! Es cierto que a veces es lento y demasiado detallado, pero para mí, no ha restado emoción.
Los dos protagonistas, Matt y Mere
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♥ Melody
2.75 stars
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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 sto
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Sheryl
Aug 25, 2013 Sheryl rated it it was amazing
*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
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Mei
Jul 30, 2013 Mei rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
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
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Renee
Oct 19, 2014 Renee rated it it was amazing


Let me just start by saying, that I’ve been tangled in the worst book slump for weeks now- weeks I tell you! I was starting to doubt I'd ever recover. Everything I read, felt bland and lifeless, like I’ve read it a thousand times over. Well, that is, until I read this little gemstone of a book. I had no idea what to expect from this, especially having gone in completely blind. This story was breathtaking. I love Judith Mcnaughts voice. Her storytelling is so unique, while her writing style is so
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kari
Feb 01, 2010 kari rated it liked it
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
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moi
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Cassandra Dexter Colby
Le doy 3 porque Judith se ha montado un culebrón que en la tele daría para 400 capítulos, pero ya se me ha hecho cuesta arriba al final. Matt no ha sido lo que yo esperaba, pero le reconozco a la autora que sea el germen de otros tipos por el estilo. Eso sí: el segundo de esta serie que me espere sentada...
Blair
No words to describe how much i loved this book.
It was AMAZING.



#EPIC
Shxrxn
Aug 24, 2011 Shxrxn rated it it was amazing
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
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Aly is so frigging bored
Mar 27, 2016 Aly is so frigging bored rated it it was amazing
This was very, very good! And progressive for it's age(with that, I mean that the hero was :D), I didn't expect that.
●▪•Divine Apple•▪●
Jul 30, 2015 ●▪•Divine Apple•▪● rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks
I loved the story, characters, and the ending. I recommend this book to anyone, and Judith McNaught's books. ^_^
AtenRa
I was planning to keep my mouth shut but I've been thinking about the book all day and I just have to say something.
Yes, this book is amazing in a million different ways but in my opinion, the last 250-300 pages were completely unnecessary. Matt and Meredith's saga went on and on and on and I felt like in the end, it completely lost its spark and sense of mystery. Plus, I hated that (view spoiler)
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Limau Nipis
Aug 24, 2014 Limau Nipis rated it it was amazing
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
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Jane Stewart
Sep 07, 2010 Jane Stewart rated it it was amazing
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
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Hanife
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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 z
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Nicole
Jun 06, 2013 Nicole rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keepers
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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.” 410 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.” 189 likes
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