Paradise (Second Opportunities #1)
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...more
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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 ...more
“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 ...more
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
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!
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 ...more
Intimacy Level: NICE/GOOD
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
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 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
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
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 ...more
“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 ...more
Ugh. This was painful for me.
When you are feeling like this while reading:
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 ...more
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
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
Life is one big gamble.
You can't live your life to suit other people. The harder you try, the more restrictions they'll put on ...more
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 ...more
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)[Lisa, Meredith's alleged best friend, slept with Parker, Meredith's alleged life long love and fian ...more
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Judith McNaught is a #1 New York Times Best-Selling Author, with more than forty million copies of her novels in print, in over eighty countries and more than thirty languages. She was also the first female executive producer at a CBS radio station. McNaught is credited with inventing the modern Regency Historical ro ...more