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Wild In Paradise

(Paradise #2)

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4.60  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Temptation can alter a person's direction. But passion has the power to change you into something completely new. For movie star FINN KENNEDY, best friend FATHER PAUL CRUZ and Wardrobe Assistant ESME SCOTT life is about to drastically change. A movie set's a great place to test a persons will. You can get away with almost any indulgence. Finn has a penchant for play, his b ...more
Kindle Edition, 267 pages
Published November 10th 2015 by Amazon Digital Services
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book bruin
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a roller coaster of emotions! Wild in Paradise focuses on Finn Kennedy, who we met in Leslie Pike's first book, The Trouble With Eden. Although this is the second book in her Paradise series, it can be read as a stand alone.

I don't want to give away too much, but I loved the journey that each of the characters took in this book. Yes, it's a love story, but it's also a story about taking control of your life. Finn has a second chance at his career, but will he be able to resist the temptatio
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Melissa
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Samanthe Beck
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved Leslie Pike’s debut novel, The Trouble with Eden, but her 2nd book, Wild In Paradise, sealed the deal--she’s on my auto-buy list!

Why? Her characters, their stories, the emotion and drama, the laugh-out-loud moments…oh, and f*ck-hot sex delivered with sophistication and style. Layered over all that, the author brings an authentic, Hollywood insider’s view to life on a movie set, and it makes her novels stand out.

My fascination with flawed, work-in-progress film actor Finn Kennedy began i
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Lara Petterson
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What can I say .. I want to be #Wildinparadise. Leslie has made set a great scene with this second book so many colorful and ( sometimes pierced characters LOL!) . So many men and women to get into . You have most everyone from book 1 on set in Utah . You have Finn and Finn's BFF , Paul who is a priest , BB the movie siren and Esme the wardrobe woman . So much going on with everyone and each other . Leslie ties it all up in this second installment of The Paradise Series . You need to read this s ...more
JadeSarah.
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
"In fact, you're one of the strongest people I've ever known... You're my beautiful warrior."

Oh, Finn how I love you. You were far from perfect but dammit I love you hard!

Where to start? I'm so afraid of giving too much away!

There are many important characters to this story, the main ones are Finn and Esme and I just loved these two. Esme, wow. She is really an amazing character. Escaping from an abusive marriage she ends up on a movie set working as a wardrobe assistant. Considering what has b
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Letty  (Cover to Cover Book Blog Reviewer)
This book is the second in the Paradise series, yet it can be read as a standalone.

Finn Kennedy has returned to acting, and he’s excited after his debut film did amazingly well. He’s ready to take on the world and the women falling at his feet.

Esme Scott is running away from a husband who’s abused her far too many times. Finally on her own, she’s unsure how to handle this new aspect of her life, yet she’s determined to make it and never depend on anyone again. Fate brings her to a movie set, wh
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Jillian
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic story!!! If you have not read Trouble With Eden yet then you need to.
There is so much that happens here in this story. But the important characters are Finn and Esme.
Movie sets seems to bring out a certain amount of adventure, sex, betrayal.....and I'm not talking about the movie!
This is a must read for sure!
I cannot say too much more for fear of giving it away.
Esme is new to this scene, as well as Paul.
Both are escaping a life they had that needs to change. They find sola
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Jasmine Roman
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Read in one sitting I couldn't take my eyes off this book it takes you on such a rollercoaster ride but in a great way. I laughed and cried about their experiences Esme is so amazingly strong and an inspiration to woman who need the strength to fight for themselves before anyone or anything in front of them. I loved this so much.
Fee96
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am head over heals in love with Finn, Esme, Paul, B.B. and the rest of this film making family of fantastic characters. Leslie Pike has out done herself with this impeccably written, suspenseful, sexy complex web of new starts, overcoming a mountain of obstacles, healing and finding love when least expected.

Our beautiful, sweet Esme escapes a horrifically abusive dirt bag husband with the help of her Grandma and a lot of careful planning. She leaves to start over with a new job that takes her
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Christine
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Over a year ago, I read the first book in this series.....and I really enjoyed it. For some reason, I just never got around to reading the second book until now. And I wish I would have read it sooner as Wild in Paradise was absolutely wonderful!! It is super sexy (hello threesome!) and intense, but there were some funny moments sprinkled throughout. The story was extremely descriptive, and you could tell the author had knowledge of how film production worked. Every scene I could see pl
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Angie Flanagan
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOW! I don't know what else to say but WOW! I loved this story of Finn and Esme, and also with the other story of Paul and BB! I loved how Leslie was able to put two stories into one.
What can I say? It was so good!! I loved each character, the storyline, the plot twist (what a twist that was!), and just overall just everything.
Esme is running from her ex, and meets Finn working on a film, and it takes her some time to open up because of her previous relationship that she just ran from.
Will he
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Myndi
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Finn and Esme!! This was my favorite book in the series. Finn needed redemption and Esme needed an HEA in the worst way. This book really stuck with me and made me cry a couple times to boot. Definitely one of my faves!
Karen Devine
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great characters!!

Awesome story with relatable characters! Poor Esme, thank God for Finn and Paul. It really pays to have great friends!
Kathleen R.
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Overall Stars: 4 STARS

Movie star
Abuse


There comes a time in one’s life when doors will open – the truest question will be whether or not you’ll open the door and use it

A movie set is a great place to test one’s endurance for temptations. They’re all there for the taking. A person can get away with their indulgences. For Finn Kennedy, Father Paul Cruz and Esme Scott, things are about to get very tempting. Finn Kennedy is flying high, after his hit comeback film. He’s slayed his personal dragons, a
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Michelle Austin
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Star read. Romance, Hot Alpha, Strong female

Lord, I hope you have a better plan for me, because today this one seems pretty shitty.

Wild in Paradise is the second in the Paradise series by Leslie Pike.

Finn is returning to acting after his comeback film.
Esme is running away from her abusive husband.

Fate steps in and brings Esme to a movie set as a Wardrobe assistant. When Esme sees Finn sparks fly between them.

As things move forward for Esme and Finn you see how sweet and tender he is with
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Elizabeth
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: author-freebies, eram
3.5 Stars
Since I just discovered Ms. Pike recently and enjoyed her debut novel, I was excited to be able to continue reading her work right away.
Wild In Paradise loosely continues the story of the group we met in Trouble in Eden, but this time the focus is on Finn, his childhood friend Paul, and Esme (who is new to the group). The rest of the gang is still around, but this time in more secondary roles.
This is a well written, fun book. Romantic relationships play a key part in the story telling
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Amber Boyd
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

Finn. Paul. Esme. The characters in WILD IN PARADISE grabbed from the start and made me love them! There was so much in this book from Leslie Pike's Paradise Series! We get to catch up with characters from book 1, but this WiP is it's own story for sure!! Finn is ever the charmer, but he's also battling his demons in this one while at the same time I think truly finding his soul when he meets Esme. And Esme is just full of contradictions to me. We meet her running from an abusive relati
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DJ Sakata
My Rating:

4.5

Favorite Quotes:

“I became aware of the lesser man I had become. Conscience is the most effective buzz kill.”

“You mean all the times you hid your bits and bobs from me when we were kids, it was because it was too big? All this time I thought you had a teeny tiny gherkin.”

“He’s got such a happy look on his face. Like he’s plotting a bank heist and just found out the safe’s unlocked.”

“It’s the most beautiful smile I’ve ever seen. I half expect a spark of stardust to glimmer off his tee
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Emily Goodman
Jul 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Leslie Pike’s second novel Wild is Paradise is the continuation of the character’s story we previously met in Trouble with Eden only this time the focus is on Finn and his childhood friend Paul and a brand new character named Esme.

Once again Pike paints a very vivid picture of her story immersing you into her creation and giving the reader a clear, realistic characters. It is well written, funny and but also deals with very real issues from drugs, domestic abuse to real life changing decision m
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Desiree
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was given a copy for an honest review.

I fell in love with the first book's descriptions of beautiful lush beaches, not to mention the steamy romance story, that makes you want to draw a bath and just be taken away.

This one, still a wonderfully written romance. What stood out in this one was more was the characters. The characters from the first one were amazing and were also in Wild In Paradise. They all well rounded and deep and emotionally engaging. You just wanted to root for them, and lov
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Jamee
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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This is the 2nd book by this author and let me say I LOVED it! Note: you don't need to read the first book to follow this one...however, I think you should because you will get the story in some of the supporting characters in this book.
Oh Finn! I knew after reading the first book in this series I would fall in love with him and now I really want to #climbthatladder! What I didn't expect was to love his BFF Paul. This story is very intriguing! There is drama, suspense, and of course...sex! I als
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Misti Sonntag
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This series is so great!
you can read this one as a stand alone or after The Trouble with Eden. I love this film location setting. You get three different POVs in this one which is awesome. You get Finn(which you met in book one), then Paul's (who is Finn's childhood friend), and Esme. Esme is running from from abusive husband that's left so many scars on her. Paul is a priest that doesn't know if that's his calling anymore. Then there's Finn who thinks over his demons but they come to resurface
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Tricia Goyette
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This story pulled me in from the beginning. Leslie Pike's character building and descriptions of feelings and settings make you feel like you are right there and a part of the story. This book can be read as a stand alone but if you read it after book 1 then it's a nice way to reconnect with "a few old friends." There's love, laughter, suspense and many feels with this book! Highly recommended! Cannot wait to see what comes next from this author

Merged review:

It's a must read!

This story pulled me
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Cynthia Tatum reichel
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Leslie did an amazing job with writing book 2. This so Finn's story and even though you can read it as a stand alone it helps connect the characters from book one and this one a little better. I think it makes more sense that way. Again very strong characters and amazing writing. I liked book one, however this book really let me see what an amazing writer she is. There is dark content in this book and she really brings in the DV issue and how serious it can be.

This review was written for KFA
Kristi
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Finn Kennedy is a sexy, funny, entertaining bundle of naughtiness. His life was derailed. His edge made me love him. When Esme comes his way they were either going to save each other or hurt each other.

Meet Finn’s childhood friend Paul. He's a priest, who's helping Finn on his movie. When sexually adventurous BB comes his way nothing or no-one will stop her from her goal.

I just couldn't put this book down.

Reviewed for KFA
Vanessa
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow, absolutely loved this book. I loved the first one but I think this second one is my favorite. Finn and Esme are perfect. I held my breathe a few times while reading. This is romance and a little mystery thrown in. I don't want to give too much of the story away though. I'm crossing my fingers that BB and Paul get their own story.
Jules
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another well-written book by Leslie Pike! She has a way of just sucking you right into the setting. Oh and let’s not forget the sexy times in this book, smoking! I would have rated this a 5 because Leslie amazed me with her writing skilz ☺ but some of the story felt far-fetched for me, particularly the part with the Priest (but what do I know, I’m not a Priest nor catholic LOL).
Denise Atwood
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved this story even though it was a little darker than the first book. Good story line with Esme and Finn. Can't wait for the next in the series
Dianne Skiles
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Paradise (3 books)
  • The Trouble With Eden (Paradise #1)
  • The Road to Paradise (Paradise #3)