❰PDF / Epub❯ ☁ Paradise Author Judith McNaught – 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 wit 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 watched his every move and he was ready to move in on the Bancroft empireA cool poised executive in her family's legendary department store chain Meredith had once defied her father for the sexually magnetic intense Matt Farrell and their brief ill fated marriage was the disastrous outcome Now as the Bancroft firm is threatened by a hostile takeover Meredith is forced to confront Matt As tensions build between them bittersweet memories rise to the surface leaving them suspicious restless and uncertain Will they be able to believe in each other and grasp the tender miracle that is before them.Paradise

McNaught is a New York Times Best Selling Author with than forty million copies of her novels in print in over eighty countries and 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 romance subgenre.

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 709 pages
  • Paradise
  • Judith McNaught
  • English
  • 10 July 2016
  • 9780743474160

10 thoughts on “Paradise

  1. says:

    As good if not better the second or maybe it is the third time around #Ilovemattfarrell EXUISITETORMENTINGMAGIC Yes this book had it all It was epic Won’t say too much about it and won’t give too many uotes 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 of the descriptions of the dresses etc But it does not take away from the fantastic writing and characters in the bookLoved the two main characters Matt and MeredithMatthew Farrell the farmboy from Indiana with his Irish roots Meredith Bancroft the Princess living in the mansion attending the Country ClubThey meet the attraction is instant But theirs is not a straightforward Happily Ever AfterIt is set in Chicago actually the last few books I have read have been set in Chicago is this an omen that I must return to visit this wonderful cityThis is their story it spans about 12 years from when she is 18 until she turns 30 It is a long book but well worth it I would highly recommend it I have the strangest – the uneasiest – feeling” she admitted lifting her head and looking at him with unguarded candor “that something is happening or going to happen and it’s terrible Whatever it is it’s terrible”

  2. says:

    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 sixmillion 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 thatUnable to turn her face farther because his arm was in the way and unable to turn her body because his body was in the way Meredith tried to infuse disdain in her voice and simultaneously ignore the arousing touch of his tongue against her ear Six million dollars and the whole world she said in a slightly shaky voice What else could you possibly give me if I move in with you? Paradise Lifting his head Matt took her chin between his thumb and forefinger and forced her to meethis gaze In an aching solemn voice he said I'll give you paradise on a gold platter Anything you want— everything you want I come with it of course It's a package deal Meredith wallowed audibly mesmerized by the melting look in his silver eyes and the rich timbre of his deep voice We'll be a family he continued describing the paradise he was offering while he bent his head to her again We'll have children I'd like six he teased his lips against her temple But I'll settle for one You don't have to decide nowAHHHH This review probably won't make sense because I have so much to say about this book and right now I am just so incredibly emotionally overwhelmed to think straight First Judith McNaught is officially my author of the moment Her writing style is perfect for me and I've already planned to read all of her books every one I can get me hands on Since Lisa Kleypas I haven't read many authors I've liked but now I've finally found oneOkay I don't know how to say this but this book was almost the most perfect thing I've ever read an exciting frightening stressful horrible joyful tearful painful and satisfying rollercoaster of a read I was so emotionally distraught and actually on the verge of a heart attack towards the end of the book that I had to skim through to the happy ending then I forced myself to go to sleep to get some rest before going back and re reading the last 60 pages when I was a lot calmer the next day I'm writing this to try and let you understand what this book did to me I know I sound like a madwoman but all of this is trueAlthough this book is contemporary the beginning reminded me so much of a historical romance and it really embodied what I love about historicals the sweetest young love followed by a destructive heartbreak that is definitely reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet This novel is divided into 3 parts 14 year old Meredith 18 year old Meredith and 29 year old Meredith We follow her through childhood adolescence and adulthood which makes Paradise seem like the book version of a TV series for those of you who don't know this book is 700 pages which is really long for a romance novel The length of the book allowed us to fully appreciate and understand the development of each character I would compare this book to a long journey one that really makes you feel I'll be the first to admit a lot of my feelings during reading this book weren't positive and it is for this reason I'm describing it as almost perfect I don't have complaints about the length of this book but there is no way you can start this book and not finish it before you go to sleep but because of its length you're forced to spend the whole day and night reading which sort of fatigues you and you start to lose appreciation for it towards the end I'd love to read this book again and I know that it will be a much less intense and enjoyable experience I know I'm going to disappoint a lot of you when I say this but Paradise came SO CLOSE to becoming my all time favorite book and I was thinking it would definitely end up being number one when I read the beginning but in the end I just can't give the book that title Even though it was beautiful I was so frustrated by Meredith too many times in the book and her lack of complete trust in Matt throughout most of the book had me knocking off small fractions of a star in its rating That's really my only complaint I would have liked to see Meredith show faith in Matt and allow me to fully believe that she deserved him She did in the end but her doubts before that left me slightly upset Matt was the perfect hero He is the perfect man to lead this book and much of the book's perfection is cause of him God I loved him so much and I found myself feeling wretched and heartbroken for him repeatedly He got his happy ending in the end but I wished he didn't have to suffer so much for such large parts of the book I really wished that Meredith would just trust him and love him always like he deserved to be lovedOn a concluding note I still love this book with all my heart Paradise is a story I'll be reading again for sure and I'm forever going to be glad I decided to give it a go I'll definitely be looking forward to keeping y'all updated with what I think of her other books

  3. says:

    No idea how many Stars35 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'd heard so many great things about it Because of that my expectations were very highI 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 a tad ruined with too many details and unnecessary twists ridiculous misunderstandings and mood changes but let's not split hairs on that because it is still a very good storylineThe characterization is well done although you can’t really avoid getting to know the characters and understanding their backgrounds backstories and personalities after 700 pages And boy was this book long and I’m not talking about the number of pages I’ve read a lot of books that are even longer than this one but they didn’t feel so long and exhausting But let's not split hairs on that either I would choose a long book over a novella any dayThe writing is good as well albeit with a touch of cheese here and there Again let's not split hairs HoweverA few things rubbed me wrong On that I have to split hairs Spolierage below#1 The underlying message that ONLY a woman is responsible for keeping herself and her partner protected during sex? It made me angry but seeing as this book was written in 1991 I decided to turn the blind eye #2 Cheating like it’s nothing Now that pissed me off The heroine cheats on her fiancé with the hero You won’t feel shocked or mad because let’s be honest it’s just Parker her fiancé who is as attractive and exciting as a dead fish And the author will make you feel okay with it because the heroine doesn’t really love her fiancé Fun Fact Even boring dull uninteresting and unloved people are human beings and have feelings#3 Here comes the point where I have to say something about our lovely heroine I didn’t like her At all The harder the author tried to portray her as wonderful beautiful modest beautiful kind smart beautiful yes I know I’ve already mentioned it twice but she really WAS extremely beautiful the I disliked her No scratch that I liked her a lot in the beginning Then I sympathized with her and started to love her Then I admired her Then around the middle of the book just when my love and admiration was on the verge of developing into true adoration I started to dislike her I just couldn’t connect with her any She was so prim and proper and stubborn And indecisive Boy did she grate on my nerves sometimesAnd geez how much groveling was the hero supposed to do? He basically spent the second half of the 700 pages long book groveling for something he was not guilty ofAnd all that waitingFor them to meet for the first timeFor them to meet eleven years afterFor them to admit their feelings for each otherFor her to stop being so stubbornFor all the stars to alignFor them to finally get togetherAnd I’m not talking about the slow burn you know that delicious anticipation building up of tension palpable chemistry bubbling and boiling ready to explode But whatevsThis book was written a long time ago and I’m almost sure I would have rated it 5 stars if I had read it when it was first published Putting aside all my issues because no book is ever flawless and perfect I still enjoyed it a lot and I still think it is worth reading After all there are parts in this book that I really loved and that will stay with me foreverSo back to my rating In my opinion the first third of the book deserves 4 stars the second third 5 stars and the last third 2 stars But like I said I'm still not sure about the rating and I may change my mind about it I just need a day or two to to clear my head

  4. says:

    For such a long ass book I'm keeping this review shortMy first thoughts on reading a 709 page long bookWTF?After some 'encouragement' from my buddy Effie I decided what the hell I'll try it out or get chopped upWell it was the BEST decision everEpic FUCKING readIt starts out interesting and simple then builds up Thenshit seriously got real after page 80Then It has so much unexpected surprises that got me so excited Thinking finally its going to all work outOnly to leave me highly emotional experiencing palpitations anxietyAnd an extreme urge to murder one particular motherfuckerThis book had it all from drama second chances sweet love to unbearable sadness and forgiveness Even awesome strong willed characters Its beautiful And left me wanting I know crazy after 709 ages S People go read this book its amazing

  5. says:

    45 STARSI really need to read 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 littleParadise 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 wrong was both freeing and debilitating But this was also about enduring love and the second chances we are lucky to receive in life I loved Matt and Meredith so much together and separately The huge cast of secondary characters were wonderful This was also a very emotional and affecting book it had me laughing crying and hoping for the ending I cravedThe last third and epilogue were lovely and although I felt the reentry of view spoilerMeredith's mom was rushed as well as her reconciliation with Meredith's father I felt it deserved much than a brief paragraph of intention I also felt the story couldn't handle yet another plot twist hide spoiler

  6. says:

    Aptly titled This was heavenly duhThis book 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 Meredith was beautiful beyond words 10 hours splendidly spentI hope this feeling persists throughout my next Judith McNaught binge Just not another Jason or Clayton please

  7. says:

    Story GREATIntimacy Level NICEGOODEnjoyment GREATLength 708 pagesStyle Contemporary Romance Re ReadTRUE 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 so I was desperate and decided why not read the Big BOOK as I called it And to my surprise OMG the book was really good couldn't put it down; I wanted to finish it so bad just to find out what happen From the start of the book it feels like your growing up with the characters together getting to know them and going through their highs and lows I found it so true what people say in their reviews its like you just don't want it to end I actually was at the end of the book and felt a little disappointed because I was getting ready to turn the page and it was the endGET ITREAD ITTREASURE IT It's one of those books that's a keeper and I am sorry it took me so long to read it but it was worth the read If you do decide to get this book I hope you enjoy it as I did I know its 708pages but I think its worth a readRe Read update 2012 I originally read this book in 2004 and I still felt the way I did the first time I read this book I love it and plan on a re read again once in a while Byhttpwwwromancenoveljunkiescom

  8. says:

    Rating 2 out of 5I was pretty disappointed with this book The characters and the plot were similar to many of the other books that I have readVirgin 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 resolved And thenThe endAnd one thing I did not appreciate how becoming pregnant was stupid of the heroine It was the hero's responsibility also to have ensured otherwise I am not sure how birth control was back then but even now men who just assume that birth control is being taken by women they only met hours previous are the stupid ones I also didn't like how the heroine accepted the blame and responsibility I have said this before and I'll say this again it takes two to tango Why do people forget that?

  9. says:

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || || PinterestDNF p175Dammit I wanted to love this book Judith McNaught has been recommended to me so many times and when I found out that this book has some of my favorite tropes hero wants revenge richpoor match second chance but as enemies etc I was like YES YES YES But reading this book was not all that fun It has the same trashy vibes as one of those Harleuin Presents novels from the 1980s and 1990s or a Jackie Collins novel without the fun sleaze that makes her books so addictive It was all melodrama Basically the heroine is the rich daughter of a man who owns an entire chain of department stores but he's sent her to poor school to build character Everyone hates her for being rich and the only person she can become friends with is a walking Italian stereotype who's super smart and thinks her chauffeur is her dad When she finds out she's been tricked she's mad for one hot minute and then is like YOLO Heroine is ugly because she has straight blonde hair and glasses but as soon as the glasses come off and she waves her hair suddenly everyone is like OMG YOU'RE SO HOT Oh and she's a giantess at 5'7 epic eye roll Ask me how tall I am princessThe hero meanwhile is a working class boy named Matt who has huge issues and basically takes those issues out by sleeping with rich women as a way of flipping the bird to the entitled rich guys he hates Which is why it's so ironic that he falls for our heroine Meredith at a party precisely because she's so much than she seems and also she sleeps with him because she's mad at her father and decides to flip the bird to entitled rich guys because fuck Daddy not literally this isn't that kind of book Only he's annoyed when it's him getting used because he's a man dammit but only for a hot minute because there's a baby and they have to get married Single moms are so declasseI love a soapy drama as much as the next girl but this was just way too boring and the characters didn't have any depth I was hoping for something like Meagan McKinney who wrote a story kind of like this one that was historical but her writing was heartwrenching and torturous and I couldn't put it down even though her books were pretty long as well This was a slog and now I am done1 star

  10. says:

    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 risué and I would blush just reading themNow 15 years later this book doesn't seem risué 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 finish it to see how things ended Matt Farrellswoonhe is the perfect male character He is a self made man he is determined strong willed compassionate loving and forgiving What else could you possibly give if I move in with you? Paradise I love this book and Judith McNaught they introduced me to this world of fiction and my love for reading Present time I am still reading with my girlfriends we just don't have to share a book now MWAH Ladies I love reading with you

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