Paradise – Judith Mcnaught (Second Opportunities #1)

I should probably put a disclaimer that if you’re never read a Judith Mcnaught book and you are planning to there is going to be angst, pain, most like a second chance romance and the story will stay on your mind for a long time after you’ve read the final chapter. I’ve noticed in the books I’ve read there is a routine which goes like background story, misunderstanding/breakup and then years later a chance at reconciliation. I love her books and even though I know this, I love reading them as she has a way with words. For me it’s all about the happy ending and I know Judith Mcnaught delivers this, well she has in the books i’ve read so far. 

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Synopsis:

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 sill 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?

Rating: 5 Stars

Review:

For me the sign that I love the book that I’m reading is when I get emotionally involved with the characters and story. I was so emotionally invested in this story that when Matt and Meredith talked about their misunderstanding at the farm I bawled my eyes out.  I’m not talking about one or two tears, I mean a proper cry with red rimmed eyes and snot running (lovely image right?). This book was just so good, it was emotional at parts but it was also well paced, well written, didn’t drag and a really good story.

“Some people feel love in their hearts, Julie. Some of us feel it all way into our souls. We’re the ones who can’t forget.”

Both the main characters deserved their happy ending and second chance. I liked both Matt and Meredith, their characters developed throughout the book. The secondary characters weren’t focused on so much but they also were well written and what I liked most is that Lisa stuck by Meredith throughout it all as her friend and Meredith did the same. Usually you find that in books this does not happen for drama, so it made a nice change.

I love the writing in this book Judith Mcnaught is such a great writer in my opinion, the synopsis draws you in but it’s the writing and story that makes you want to what what happens without putting the book down to take a break. This book was just so amazing, I cannot say that enough.

“You can’t outwit fate by trying to stand on the sidelines and place little side bets about the outcome of life. Either you wade in and risk everything to play the game, or you don’t play at all. And if you don’t play, you can’t win.”

The only drawback for me with this book though is how Meredith felt about her father, I don’t understand why she could never stop trying to make him happy. This sounds horrible but she forgave her father so much after all he done and I just do not think he deserved it. I think Judith tried to explain that her father loved her in his own gruff way but that just did not wash with me. In that way I think Meredith was too perfect in that sense, I don’t know if I’m being too unforgivable but I feel if a father or mother lets say put someone through what Meredith went through then there would be a grudge or atleast a distance in the relationship.  I was glad when Meredith stood up to her father, she needed to do that.

I won’t say too much about the story because I want you to discover it yourself but I can say it will stay with you after you’ve read the last page and put the book down.

Happy Reading!!

P.s. Has one read this book and have an recommendations of books like this?

A Kingdom of Dreams – Judith McNaught

This is another one of my rereads, I saw some else post about this book and so decided it’s time I reread it. I really enjoy Judith McNaught books, but I have to admit the big misunderstanding in her books do annoy me a little bit because I’m such a big believer or communication in relationships but for some reason her books are my guilty pleasure.

Warning this book has some mature content 

Synopsis:

Abducted from her convent school, headstrong Scottish beauty Jennifer Merrick does not easily surrender to Royce Westmoreland, Duke of Claymore. Known as “The Wolf”; his very name strikes terror in the hearts of his enemies. But proud Jennifer will have nothing to do with the fierce English warrior who holds her captive, this handsome rogue who taunts her with his blazing arrogance. Boldly she challenges his will . . . until the night he takes her in his powerful embrace, awakening in her an irresistible hunger. And suddenly Jennifer finds herself ensnared in a bewildering web . . . a seductive, dangerous trap of pride, passion, loyalty, and overwhelming love.

Rating: 3.5 Stars

I would like to say this book may offend some people so I thought I’d mention it in my review. At the start of the book Jennifer ‘talks’ to god and he replies to her in her head. This may cause someone offence and so if it does please do not read this book.

I first read this book when I was 19 and will admit I loved it more then, I still do think it is a good book but I do not think it is an amazing book. The synopsis of this book pretty much sums up the story and I do not want to say too much more as it will spoil the story. With Judith McNaught books as I mentioned before there is always a big misunderstanding and I felt so sorry for Wolf. I did like Wolf as a character, he was intriguing and even though he had a fearsome reputation he had a sweet side which you could tell as he was so weary of warring all the time. We all know ‘fearsome’ reputations are never accurate and over exaggerated. I did have some niggles with this book, Jennifer being one of them. I felt she was too childish, however I am willing to be a little lenient as she was only 17 years old.  Even though Jennifer was childish she was a good strong character, I did feel though that Wolf loved her more than she loved him. He done much for her than she did in return. My other niggle with the book was I did not know what to feel about what happened to Jennifer’s brother William. I can see why it happened but I’m not sure what to feel about the way.

The writing in this book was good, the plot was interesting and I was not bored at any point in the story. Nearing the end of the book it made me cry for Wolf, I really did like him even though he did kidnap Jennifer and ‘stole’ her virtue.

I know this is a short review but there’s not much more to say.

Happy reading!!