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Paradise (Second Opportunities #1)

4.32  ·  Rating Details ·  24,430 Ratings  ·  1,013 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 still haunted his memory...Now world leaders courted him, the media

Paperback, 709 pages
Published June 1st 1992 by Pocket Books (first published 1991)
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Antoinette Macchia I believe so I started reading Judith McNaught when I was 13 yrs old along with Edgar Allen Poe and Stephen King. That was the sum total of my mom's…moreI believe so I started reading Judith McNaught when I was 13 yrs old along with Edgar Allen Poe and Stephen King. That was the sum total of my mom's library but it was Judith McNaught who sparked my lifelong love of reading. Her books are emotionally engaging and contain a minimum of sex and violence. (less)

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Jun 22, 2016 Mo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As good, if not better the second (or maybe it is the third) time around. #Ilovemattfarrell.


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
Sophie ♥
Jul 12, 2013 Sophie ♥ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 21, 2013 Mona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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...


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
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,
May 27, 2014 Beverly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 29, 2012 valee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 22, 2013 Feminista rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
May 17, 2016 Jan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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.
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
Mar 10, 2016 Arlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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
Jul 30, 2013 Mei rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 03, 2016 Piper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
"If you're still willing to take me there," she said, swallowing almost painfully, "I thought I'd like to see paradise."

LOVED this!!!!
Feb 01, 2010 kari rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 27, 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
*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
Nov 27, 2016 Renee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
No words to describe how much i loved this book.

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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...
Aug 24, 2011 Shxrxn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
●▪•Divine Apple•▪●
I loved the story, characters, and the ending. I recommend this book to anyone, and Judith McNaught's books. ^_^
Aly is so frigging bored
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.
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 z
Oct 08, 2014 Dianne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.25 stars. I hate to say this because I really did end up liking the story but this book was kind of boring! It talked endlessly about business transactions that were to be made throughout the book. I get that the author was trying to give background on whats to happen but it just overkill! I spent a lot of the time skimming the book and it still took me days to read. Again I do have to say this, I DID like the story but if some things were cut out I wouldn't mind it lol. The book was also date ...more
Jun 06, 2013 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keepers
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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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“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.” 421 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.” 193 likes
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