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Dark Paradise

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  8,559 ratings  ·  218 reviews
New Eden, Montana, is a piece of heaven on earth where one woman died in her own private hell. Now it’s up to ex-court reporter Marilee Jennings to decipher the puzzle of her best friend’s death. But someone has a stake in silencing her suspicion. Someone with secrets worth killing for—and the power to turn this beautiful haven into a . . . 
And as Mari digs deeper beneat
Paperback, 517 pages
Published March 1st 1994 by Bantam (first published 1994)
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Tammy Walton Grant
4.5 stars

Marilee Jennings has spent her whole life as a square peg trying to fit into the round hole created by her family. Always the outcast, she has pitched the job she detests and the fiance she doesn't love, hopped into her car and set out from California to the wilds of Montana. When she arrives she finds out that her friend Lucy is dead, her home has been ransacked, and no one seems to care. She's told that a hunting accident is what killed Lucy and her big-city suspicions are raised. The
Aug 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2008
This book, I'm sorry to say wasn't very good. It was okay at best. Her later writing is much better in my opinion.

Here is my synopsis:

Rude, harsh, cowboy has rapist-like thoughts about his new neighbor. The two hate each other passionately. They end up making out.

He talks tenderly to her, they fight, vowing to never engage again in the best sex they ever had.

The meet again, fight and end up having sex again.

Okay, there was more to the story than that, but it is so annoying to me, that now, I'll
Feb 15, 2011 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book until I reached the halfway point. The storyline was good, but how many times does Hoag have to tell me that the character is stubborn/lonely/loyal/a misfit? I get it already! I didn't lose my memory from the prior chapter. Or the one before that, either. I would have rated this book much higher if not for the annoying repetition.
Lisa Rayns
Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
I loved this book, the town, the characters, the unexpected twists, and who doesn't want a rough, sexy cowboy with hands of steel? Hot and steamy - J.D. wins my vote!
Dec 08, 2007 rated it really liked it
It has been a while since I read anything by Tami Hoag but I had this one in the TBR pile so I picked it up, as it seemed an interesting romantic suspense.

I am happy to say that I really enjoyed. The book opens with the crime being committed. You know who the victim is but during that scene, the identity of the killer is not revealed.

We then proceed to get to know the heroine, Marilee, a court reporter who has decided she needed a change in her life and travels to Montana to be with her friend L
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucy and Marilee Jennings became friends when they were both court reporters in Sacramento. Lucy quit to buy a home in New Eden, Montana a year ago. Marilee decided to surprise Lucy by driving up to Montana for a vacation. Unfortunately, the surprise is Marilee's when she learns Lucy was killed 10 days ago in a hunting accident. A doctor who was hunting confessed that he didn't even see her. Marilee is not so certain that Lucy's death is an accident. Lucy left Marilee her home and ranch and the ...more
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! Good vs Evil, old ways vs new ways, old money vs new money. This one had me turning the pages like crazy. Definitely need to start reading more books by this author.
Nov 13, 2014 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

This book stumbled over formulaic writing in a very unfortunate way. It didn't help that I read Lucky's Lady just before reading this book, but even so the romance in this story was quite simply, and point for point, identical to the romance in Lucky's Lady.

1. Lust at first sight.
2. Mutual dislike.
3. Man wants sex for the sake of sex.
4. Woman doesn't think of sex that way.
5. They can't help themselves and have wild, unprotected sex.
6. She decides she loves him.
7. He pushes her away b
Barbara ★
I liked Marilee Jennings who left her old life in California to hopefully start anew with her friend Lucy MacAdams in Montana. Unfortunately when she arrives, she finds out that Lucy has been accidentally killed doing something very un-Lucy-like. Marilee is positive that Lucy was murdered and sets out to prove it. Unfortunately the bad guys have issues with her snooping into their affairs. Her neighbor and sheriff J.D. Rafferty thinks she's barking up the wrong tree but he desperately wants to g ...more
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
I've read a number of Tami Hoag novels because I enjoy a quick read and a good thriller plot. This novel made me wonder if I had picked up a Harlequin Romance novel instead. It didn't feel like a thriller until the last 1/4 of the book and then it picked up like the style I'm use to reading with Tami Hoag. Maybe because this is an older novel, maybe she hadn't found her groove...? I don't know, but was disappointed overall.
Jun 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
I usually love Tami Hoag books, but I was very dissapointed in this one. It was too naughty for my taste (I probably should have quite reading it, but it is hard for me to put down a book once I start...I know excuses, excuses). I thought the story line was stupid. And the ending...Just not a very good book. Good thing this wasn't the first Hoag book I read or I would probably wouldn't try her again.
Jul 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
I only made it one third through.
Couldn't take it anymore.
Don't waste your time with this book.
Sandra Jeffs
Dec 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
I am banning this novel and banning any Tami Hoag novels from my reading list. This is in spite of the fact that she is a very good writer who can weave a great tale of suspense and mystery. However, her portrayal in this book of a sexual abuser as just “an honest, truthful, and good man” who was flawed, is beyond unconscionable.
The first time the main character met this man, JD, he verbally and sexually intimidated her by getting up in her face and declaring he was going to f**k her. The seco
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: relatively few
This is a story of a court reporter from Sacramento who drives to Montana to visit a friend (and to escape her old life). It is also a story of the modern West and the conflict between the local residents and wealthy invaders from the jet set. There is murder, intrigue, and lots of sex. I have never read a Harlequin romance (and never intend to on purpose); however, this novel appears to be a cross between a suspense story and what I imagine a Harlequin romance (or even a chick porn novel) to be ...more
Dec 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is one of her earliest novels, before she wrote thrillers. I consider it a romantic suspense. It has all the drama of a thriller and passion for a romantic suspense novel. Mary Lee Jennings leaves California to meet her friend Lucy in New Eden, Montana. Little did she know, she discovers her friend's dead, and learn the shocking truth of her secrets, putting herself in danger on living on a ranch life, and falling in love with a stubborn cowboy. A great read to enjoy any day of the year.
Mar 11, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldn-t-finnish
I'm amazed I got as far as I did in this book. It's only because of the respect I have for Tammy Hoag's writings that got me this far.

I simply cannot stomach cheap, sleezy "rommance" novels even disguised as a mystery. Overall, I believe I picked this book up & attempted to read it three different times but it is just not to be.
Sep 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
I read this book a while ago. The setting of the plot and characters evokes interest and the tale is woven well. Romantic scenes are interestingly written. Though the book seems bit lengthier than it should be. Some instants feel repetitive. But some metaphorical comparisons used in the language are noteworthy and amusing. Overall a commendable read.
Jun 10, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mysteries
Got this at a yard sale. A court reporter starts life anew in Montana. She finds the friend who invited her has been killed. Some mystery but alo lots of impromptu sex and some violence. WOn't be looking for her books again.
Jun 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
I was pretty disappointed with this book. I couldn't get through to page 50. I was skipping through paragraphs only reading the when there was talking. Probably one of the most boring books I have ever read.
Jul 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
I was expecting a crime/thriller not Mills & Boon.
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: r-suspense
A complete and utter bore.
Paris        (kerbytejas)
Apr 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2015
2.75 stars (round to 3 stars) for the redundant dialog and overly wordy story. IMO a least 100+ pages could have been eliminated without loosing the flow of the story/plot
Jul 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves a lethal dose of mystery and romance
Recommended to Sharon by: Huge Hoag fan
I was lucky enough to find a hardcover edition of Dark Paradise for a buck at a swap-n-shop bookstore. It's one of my favorites by Hoag. Love those Rafferty brothers!
Samantha Porter
Sep 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I realized within the first few pages(minutes) I had read(listened)to this book previously but in abridged form. While I enjoyed the abridged version, the unabridged was must better.
Janna Ward
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books ever I have read it several times and still love:)
Sridhar Babu
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Marilee Jennings, Lucy MacAdams, J.D.Rafferty, Will Rafferty, Del Rafferty, Samantha Rafferty, Edwin Bryce, Tucker, Miller Daggrepont, Sharon Russell, Judge Townsend and others.
New Eden, Montana, USA..
Considered as Mari the Misfit, by her family, dumped by her boyfriend Bradford Enright for his secretary and fed up by her court reporter job, Marilee Jennings reaches New Eden Montana to spend some time with her friend Lucy, to "c
Jan 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: tbr-pile, mystery
I nearly gave this a second. Frankly that it was a romance award nominee I feel like I gave it one star to make a point. We need to stop awarding creepy ass behavior as being 'romantic'. This is what you need to know about this one. Marilee Jennings is an ex-court reporter who goes to Montana to meet up with her best friend only to be told by Mr. Creep that her friend has been murdered and he offers almost immediately to have sex with her since he'd been having sex with her friend (he's trying t ...more
Evelyn Wilson
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I needed a break from Jesse Stone and Spenser. This was the perfect break. Such suspence! Such love! I don't blame the people of Montana for not liking all those people from California invading their State.

Page 96 . . . He shot her a look of annoyance, his eyeballs swimming behind his tick glasses. "Lucy MacAdam," he said, cigar stub bobbing above his chins. "I was her attorney. You're her heir." . . .

Page 97 . . .He trundled back into the vault and came out with a foot-tall old tin replica of
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