Reading ➷ Paradise (Second Opportunities, #1) Author Judith McNaught – Thomashillier.co.uk


  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 709 pages
  • Paradise (Second Opportunities, #1)
  • Judith McNaught
  • English
  • 04 December 2019
  • 0743474163

10 thoughts on “Paradise (Second Opportunities, #1)

  1. says:

    As good, if not better the second or maybe it is the third time around Ilovemattfarrell EXQUISITETORMENTINGMAGIC 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 As good, if not better the second or maybe it is the third time around Ilovemattfarrell EXQUISITETORMENTINGMAGIC 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 of the descriptions of the dresses etc But it does not take away from the fantastic writing and characters in the book.Loved the two main characters, Matt and Meredith.Matthew Farrell, the farmboy, from Indiana, with his Irish roots Meredith Bancroft, the Princess, living in the mansion, attending the Country Club They meet, the attraction is instant But theirs is not a straightforward Happily Ever After.It 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 city This 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 starsIf 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 that Unable to turn her face farther because his arm was in the way, a Rate 500 million starsIf 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 that Unable 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 now AHHHH 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 one Okay 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 true.Although 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 andenjoyable 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 showfaith 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 loved.On 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:

    For such a long ass book, I m keeping this review short My first thoughts on reading a 709 page long bookWTF After someencouragementfrom my buddy Effie I decided what the hell, I ll try it out or get chopped up.Well it was the BEST decision everEpic FUCKING read It starts out interesting and simple, then builds up Thenshit seriously got real after page 80 Then It has so much unexpected surprises that got me so excited Thinking finally its going to all work outOnly For such a long ass book, I m keeping this review short My first thoughts on reading a 709 page long bookWTF After someencouragementfrom my buddy Effie I decided what the hell, I ll try it out or get chopped up.Well it was the BEST decision everEpic FUCKING read It starts out interesting and simple, then builds up Thenshit seriously got real after page 80 Then 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 wantingI know, crazy after 709 ages S People go read this book, its amazing


  4. says:

    NO IDEA HOW MANY STARS3.5 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 too 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 WORK OF ART.It has an interesting, engaging and charming storyline albeit at times ruined with too many NO IDEA HOW MANY STARS3.5 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 too 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 WORK OF ART.It has an interesting, engaging and charming storyline albeit at times 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 storyline.The 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 day.The writing is very good, albeit with a touch of cheese here and there Again, let s not split hairs HOWEVERA few things rubbed me wrong On that, I MUST split hairs WARNING MILD SPOILERS AHEAD 1 The underlying message that ONLY women are responsible for keeping themselves AND their partners protected during sex It made me a bit 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 fianc with the hero You won t feel shocked or mad because, let s be honest, it s just Parker, her fianc 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 fianc A 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 , theI 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 sometimes.And geez, how muchgroveling 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 of.And all that waiting for 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 stubborn for all the stars to alignfor them to finally get together.And 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 WHATEVS This 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 those 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 forever.So 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


  5. says:

    4.5 STARSI really need to readfrom 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 4.5 STARSI really need to readfrom 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 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 craved.The last third and epilogue were lovely and although I felt the reentry of view spoiler Meredith s mom was rushed as well as her reconciliation with Meredith s father I felt it deserved muchthan a brief paragraph of intention I also felt the story couldn t handle yet another plot twist hide spoiler I was so happy to finally see Meredith stand up for something she believed in, something her father prohibited, it was sweet destiny Anyways, this was lovely and sweet, I really, really liked it.P.S Trying to write an eloquent review while sick isn t always the smartest thing to do, but I had to


  6. says:

    Story GREATIntimacy Level NICE GOODEnjoyment GREATLength 708 pagesStyle 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, Story GREATIntimacy Level NICE GOODEnjoyment GREATLength 708 pagesStyle 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, so I was desperate and decided, why not read the Big BOOK as I called it And to my surprise O.M.G 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 read.Re 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 Byhttp www.romancenoveljunkies.com


  7. 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 risqu , and I would blush just reading them.Now 15 years later, this book doesn t seem risqu 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 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 risqu , and I would blush just reading them.Now 15 years later, this book doesn t seem risqu 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 forgivingWhat else could you possibly give if I move in with you ParadiseI 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


  8. says:

    I have no idea what to think of this one It about gave me anxiety.Review when I get my thoughts together, and have wines


  9. says:

    Los primeros cap tulos no consiguieron engancharme.Empec a preguntarme si realmente me iba a gustar el libro M s tarde he comprendido que la autora quiere que conozcamos de primera mano la personalidad de Meredith Pero entonces lleg la salvaci n Un mini cap tulo en el que aparece por primera vez Matt y que le da vidilla al asunto.A m el libro me ha encantado Es cierto que a veces es lento y demasiado detallado, pero para m , no ha restado emoci n Los dos protagonistas, Matt y Mere Los primeros cap tulos no consiguieron engancharme.Empec a preguntarme si realmente me iba a gustar el libro M s tarde he comprendido que la autora quiere que conozcamos de primera mano la personalidad de Meredith Pero entonces lleg la salvaci n Un mini cap tulo en el que aparece por primera vez Matt y que le da vidilla al asunto.A m el libro me ha encantado Es cierto que a veces es lento y demasiado detallado, pero para m , no ha restado emoci n Los dos protagonistas, Matt y Meredith , son personajes fuertes, redondos, y con una alta personalidad Me ha enamorado su forma de actuar frente a los problemas siempre hacia adelante, soluci n frente a echar culpas La historia de amor entre ellos me parece preciosa y la conversaci n que tienen cuando descubren la verdad me ha tocado el alma lagrimitas El mundo laboral de los dos protagonistas es un temamuy presente en el libro Es verdad que la autora ha escrito muchas p ginas sobre bolsa, socios, OPAS hostiles, cr ditos Y lo valoro Porque aunque pr cticamente no tengo idea del tema, me voy con la impresi n de saber m s de l Y eso me gusta de un libro Tambi n he valorado much simo la forma en que la autora nos presenta dos formas de trabajo distintas lo autoritario y sin cuestionamientos frente a lo motivador y novedoso Totalmente de acuerdo con lo que la autora deja ver.La decepci n Para m ha sido Lisa, esperaba mucho m s de ella y de sus apariciones Su final totalmente inesperado.Es verdad, tal vez le sobren p ginas a este libro, pero yo lo volver a a leer encantada.Rese a en Blog


  10. says:

    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 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 the book.While usually romance books are fast and easy reads, this one was a bitcomplex than that The plot might have been a bit shallow and unreal rich, silly girl hooks up with much older poor boy and ends up pregnant , but the romance, the feelings and all the impediments to get their HEA were way too real I loved that about this book, how the author was able to get down to Earth such an unreachable reality For some reason though, I thought this read would be about aserious topic, involving darker and deeper feelings Not that I m complaining, I still had an amazing time reading it, I loved this read so much that I skipped work a day because I couldn t put the book down I adored the author s writing skills too She just has a way with words and will make you unable to stop reading.What I will treasure the most about this read was the length of it, because it made possible for me as a reader to get to know the characters in a way that most reads never allow me We see the main characters grow up, see how they think, their believes, dreams and hopes in different times of their lives We see how life gets in their way and between them, how love is not always enough As weird as it seems, Iloved that.What better way to describe this amazing romance than with a quote form itLisa, have you ever met anyone and then known within minutes that he s the most special person you re ever going to meet in your lifeThe strong emotions from the Hero were what truly did it for me, though I just adore the quiet and strong willed Heroes, those who don t let anybody see their true feelings and when they actually express them is in a burst so strong that will leave you breathless I came looking for you to give you the glad news, and you did the noble thing you married a girl you didn t want Didn t want he exploded, his harsh voice in complete opposition to the poignancy of his words I ve wanted you every day of my godforsaken life


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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 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


About the Author: Judith McNaught

You can find Judith McNaught in facebook McNaught is a 1 New York Times Best Selling Author, withthan forty million copies of her novels in print, in over eighty countries andthan 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 You can find Judith McNaught in facebook McNaught is a 1 New York Times Best Selling Author, withthan forty million copies of her novels in print, in over eighty countries andthan 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