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Paradise

(Second Opportunities #1)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  28,969 ratings  ·  1,325 reviews
Discover the sensual and sweeping power of love in New York Times bestselling author Judith McNaught’s contemporary romances that will make “you laugh, cry, and fall in love again” (RT Book Reviews)—now available for the first time on ebook.

“Judith McNaught comes close to an Edith Wharton edge” (The Chicago Tribune) in this stylish and fast-paced classic.

Ruthless corporate
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ebook, 720 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by Pocket Books (first published 1991)
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Madeiny Oh I know, I totally HATE that man, everytime Meredith mentioned her father and the possible heart attack he was dreading, I found myself WHISHING…moreOh I know, I totally HATE that man, everytime Meredith mentioned her father and the possible heart attack he was dreading, I found myself WHISHING that he would have it and drop dead already! I realize this probably makes me a horrible person but I just couldn't bring myself to care! He's the most horrible character I've ever read about.

(I get that your question was asked 5 years ago but I just re-read the book and I found your comment and I felt the need to answer)(less)
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Mo
Jul 19, 2013 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.



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
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Sophie ♥
Feb 19, 2013 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,
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~Anna's ƦªϻƁℓℹռg$~
NO IDEA HOW MANY STARS

3.5 maybe?

For the love of God, I can’t decide if this book is brilliant or just ridiculous.



I was so excited when I finally put my hands on it because I had heard so many great things about it. Because of that, my expectations were very high.

I can't exactly say I was disappointed because I did like the story. If you compare it to some of today's romances, this is a masterpiece.

It has an interesting, engaging and charming storyline (albeit at times ruined with too many
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Mona
Oct 08, 2012 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?
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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
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
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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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Feminista
May 22, 2013 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
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peachygirl
This was heavenly.
Paradise has convinced me to give Judith McNaught another shot. Maybe I should have started with this one, since Matt was her only hero I didn't want to punch in the face repeatedly. His devotion to Meridth was beautiful beyond words.
10 hours splendidly spent!
I hope this feeling persists throughout my Judith McNaught binge. Just not another Jason or Clayton please.
Beverly
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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NMmomof4
2.5 Stars

Overall Opinion: Phew! I honestly can't believe I finished this one tbh. It was listed as 882 pages in my Scribd app, and I skimmed a good bit. I think a lot could've been edited out and we wouldn't have lost anything. I also think that after all that, the ending was way too abrupt and unsatisfactory. I felt ripped off! Why couldn't we have some more of their HEA (or "paradise") on page?! Even though I did like both of the characters, I never got all that emotional or invested in their
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valee
Jan 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cont-romance
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
Jan
May 11, 2016 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.
♥ℳelody
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. But 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
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Alkyoni
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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Arlene
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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WhiskeyintheJar/Kyraryker
My first contemporary by Judith McNaught gave me some of her fun emotional connection and a good amount of eye glazing department and corporate talk. Our leads had an instant connection when they met and I really enjoyed their back and forth tinged with sexual chemistry and sass. Unfortunately, Matt and Meredith don't spend a lot of time together. Their first go at it has them together for a whirlwind six days and then its not until the 60% mark that they get to spend any real time together.

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Beanbag Love
Aug 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just reread this book now that it's available in digital form and, while I'll keep it at 5 stars for the nostalgia factor, there's quite a bit about it that's just wrong.

In fact, it has a lot of the same problems that Whitney My Love has for me (and that one I either didn't rate or rated very low). The two leads jump to the worst conclusions about each other. They believe people who very clearly shouldn't be trusted on the subject of their love interest.

I have (and always had) a huge problem
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Renee
May 05, 2014 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
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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), ...more
Mei
Jul 29, 2013 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
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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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Piper
Jun 18, 2016 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!!!!
Leona
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.
kari
Sep 09, 2009 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
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Sheryl C. Nash
*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
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Eni
Reread:Still as amazing.

No words to describe how much i loved this book.
It was AMAZING.



#EPIC
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Raine
I think I've only read this book twice before even though it's been years since I read it because I just remember crying like a baby when I've read it. I finally picked it up since I've been doing a lot of rereads of my favorite authors from years ago. The emotions are all still there. I thought maybe since I already know the story (or vaguely remember it), it wouldn't hit me so hard, but I forget that this is Judith McNaught and she just pulls these tears out of you.

I'm just so glad that I
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Pamela Sparkman
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favorites
Well...I thoroughly enjoyed that!
Jiana
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

JUDITH MCNAUGHT DOES IT AGAIN!

Judith McNaught is my all-time favorite historical romance author and I had read all her historical romance novels during my school years. During that time I had also tried reading one of her contemporary novels, and I honestly hated it, so I refrained from reading her other contemporary ones. So when I decided to give her contemporary novels another shot and try to read Paradise, it was mainly because it had been over four years since I'd last read a
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