Review: Paradise by Judith McNaught

Tuesday, December 6

My rating:
3 Stars… and 1/2

What I loved:

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 empire.

A 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?


What I loved:
Matt was a spectacular hero. I loved how rugged he was, how he worked so hard the whole way through to achieve his dreams, and how he grovelled to try and win back his girl. Ok, so he was kind of a manipulative asshole, but I'm ok with that because he didn't actually do anything horrible to her. Most of the time. But when it came to Meredith, he was so deep, and so sweet, and so in love that I just couldn't hate him no matter what he did.
Quote…"Christ!" he whispered, heaving a long, shaking breath of relief. "Thank you."
It was the closest he'd come to a prayer in more than eleven years. It was the first easy breath he'd drawn in over two hours.

On top of Matt (hmmmmmm), I also really enjoyed a lot of the story line. This is an epic read - it spans about 15 years, and we get to know our characters really well in that time. I loved Lisa, and her family, and even the character development of Philip Bancroft, even though he was such a wanker.

So there were a lot of things to love about this story - and if you're not put off by the things I'm about to not love, then this is probably the book for you!

What I didn’t love:
Love triangles. Cheating. Manipulation that is crazy obvious to the reader, but causes 11 years of separation for our couple. Misunderstandings that are crazy obvious to the reader, but cause major obstacles when the couple finally do try to get their shit together. Dishonesty or flat out lying. And a grand reveal near the end that wasn't a grand reveal at all.

I am a massive fan of Ms McNaught's regency romances, but as a contemporary, this one fell pretty flat for me.

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