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Paradise Wild [Large Print] [Library Binding]

Johanna Lindsey
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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May 1994 Thorndike Press Large Print Paperback Series
Paradise Wild

A well-born Boston beauty, Corinne Barrows has traveled halfway around the world in search of Jared Burkett -- a dashing rogue and a devil; a honey-tongued charmer who seduced and despoiled her. . .and then abandoned the impetuous lady after awakening a need that only he could satisfy.

She has found him on the lush and lovely island of Hawaii. And now Corinne will have the revenge she craves: the total ruin of the blackguard who brought shame and scandal into her life. But Jared still possesses the power to excite her as no man has ever done--even as his own reckless heart is taken captive in their blistering war of wits and will--igniting a fire that could consume them both unless they surrender to it with wild abandon in the heat of the tropic night.

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"She creates fairy tales that come true." -- -- Romantic Times --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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With more than 54 million copies of her books in print and translated into twelve languages, Johanna Lindsey is one of the world's most popular authors of historical romance. Every one of her previous thirty-six novels has been a national bestseller, with several reaching the #1 spot on the New York Times list. Ms. Lindsey lives in Hawaii with her family.

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1.0 out of 5 stars The Anti-Romance July 18 2004
By Dakota
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Hands down, "Paradise Wild" is Lindsey's WORST novel. It shouldn't even qualify as a romance, it is so awful and boring.
The plot of "Paradise" revolves around two characters plotting revenge. Jared hates Corrinne's father and marries her as part of a plan to ruin her family financially. But Corrinne is so humiliated that she tracks Jared down to Hawaii to get her own revenge by ruining his reputation.
Both Corrinne and Jared are despicable as the heroine and hero. Corrinne is angry, unreasonable, catty, and money-hungry. She does have an interesting vice - she's a gambling addict - but even that bad habit (and its interesting results when she runs out of money) cannot make her sympathetic. She's just lame - and, in my opinion, gets what she deserves. Jared is also blah. After we are treated to a detailed love scene with his mistress (sure way to make the hero unlikable), we get to hear all the boring details of his business and his plans to ruin Corrinne's father through poor investments. After spiting and mistreating each other CONSTANTLY, these two somehow fall in love, though I'm not sure why. Jared refers to Corrinne's beauty enough times that I'm pretty sure it was her looks he loves, not her personality. Pretty shallow, all in all.
The only thing remotely interesting about "Paradise Wild" are the descriptions of Oahu, Hawaii. However, I've been to Oahu several times and had no problem following the tidbits Lindsey dropped about location, foods, and language. I'm not sure if a reader who has never been to Oahu would appreciate these details fully.
Over all, this book sucked. The plot was listless, the characters terrible, the romance nil. Even the writing was stiff as a board.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Stormy paradise April 23 2004
By Lealing
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Set in the 1890s in Boston and Hawaii. Corinne Barrows is the head strong spoilt daughter of a Boston businessman who has a penchance for gambling. Her aim in life is to marry soon, so that she can claim her inheritance. She also wishes to marry a weak man who will leave her with her independance. The mysterious Jared Burkett waltzes into Boston one day and starts courting Corinne. They go gambling together and Corinne loses her hand at cards and her innocence to Jared. Jared is a man filled with vengeance and blames Corinne's father for the suicide of his mother. So he sets out to ruin Corinne's father. When that doesn't work he conjures up a plan to ruin Corinne by marrying her and then announcing publicly that he deserts her and returning to Hawaii. Corinne, not one to be sitting around crying follows Jared to Hawaii and concocts a plan to make it seem that she is taking many lovers to humiliate publicly Jared. Somehow the two leads fall in love with each other.
Jared and Corinne are both filled with so much hate for each other I do not really see how they can fall in love with each other. They are both bent on getting revenge and are blind to anythingelse. This is not one of Johanna Lindsey's better books. There just wasn't the chemistry between the two lead characters. However, it was an easy read if you have nothing better to do.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A sadist and masochist couple :)) Oct. 1 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I consider myself a big fan of JL but for this book I was not quite engaged with it and I actually wanted to give it 3 and 1/2 stars, yes, I guess that's my final verdict.
From the start, Jared's motive for revenge seems to be very weak and unconvincing to me. However, his intention to use Corinne as a means to an end (to get even with Corinne's father) is understandable, although it seems to be only an excuse for the story to go on.
What I found missing in this book is the chemistry between the two characters, Jared and Corinne. I know that they are supposed to hate each other first and then begin to fall for one another. The plot is fine with me. However, what I don't really understand is how they become to attract with each other or even love one another as the story goes by. I don't see the turning point in Corinne because she hates Jared so much for what he does to her (he rapes her, get her married and leave her with an announcement in a newspapers that he just simply deserts this woman). I don't really see the point why Corinne has to go after Jared to Hawaii, to get even with him?? I don't know because it's obvious that Jared doesn't really give a damn about her. As the story goes, Corinne just suddenly realizes that she loves him, despite his violence (he beats her), his lack of trust in her ( he thinks she's a whore) and her tears. When and why, I don't get it !!! (She's probably a masochist).
It's even worse with Jared's case. He is a typical mean, illogical, violent hero (or jerk, to put it more simply). Like I said above, I wasn't convinced with his motive to get revenge with Corinne's father at all. And after he left her for Hawaii, I can't see any indication that he cares and longs for Corinne or gets attracted, even a little, to her, as his wife.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Brutal and Very Offensive Sept. 23 2002
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I find nothing appealing about a hero who will publicly humiliate a woman to get even with her father, hurting her a lot more in the process than the man he wanted revenge on. I also find it truly offensive when the hero later hits her across the face hard when his sister took offense at something she said. There is nothing at all romantic in a story with a hero who is nothing more than a violent, mean-spirited man who will use his strength to hurt a woman half his size. The heroine acts like a spoiled brat almost from the moment the story starts, but you have to feel sympathy for her because she certainly didn't deserve what she got. I wouldn't wish a man like this on my worst enemy.
This is the second story I have read by Johanna Lindsay, and I can honestly say she just isn't for me. I don't like her violent, rapist heroes. It was all I could do to finish Paradise Wild, and when I was done I mostly felt sorry for the heroine. She ends up with a man who might backhand her again if she makes him angry. Some people liked this story, and I respect others opinions but I will not be reading anything else by this author.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Truly Despicable
I can't understand how this book could possibly get ratings higher than 1 star. I only wish there was a lower rating to show how very disturbing I found it. Read more
Published on Jan. 17 2008 by Robin
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful Story
I won't describe the story since others have already outlined it and in fact I wish I read them before reading the book myself. Read more
Published on June 22 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Torture to get through it!
First, let me say that I LOVE Johanna Lindsey. Her characters are wonderful and most have a lot of humor to them. However, I HATED this book of hers. Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2004 by "ljcjc99"
1.0 out of 5 stars Romance? You're Kidding!
This is the first book by Johanna Lindsey that I've read and I can't believe it could be classified as a romance. Read more
Published on Sept. 17 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Paradise but Boring
This is not Joanna Lindsey at her best; like the little girl with the curl, when she's good she's very good and when she's bad she's horrid. Read more
Published on April 21 2002 by the Peripatetic Gardener
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary
I read this book twice. Once when it orginally came out and about a week ago. Both times I spent a whole day reading and enjoying the personalities of Corinne and Jared. Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Paradise Wild By Johanna Lindsey
I was really looking forward to reading this book because it seemed so unlike the traditional romance. Read more
Published on Feb. 13 2002 by Bronwyn Elverd
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Afternoon Read
What sets this book apart from Ms. Lindwey's other books is the setting. This is not a Regency, Medieval, Viking, Sci-Fi Fantasy or Western Romance. Read more
Published on Sept. 27 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT your traditional romance
I'm a fan of Jude Deveraux, and like her books, this one really had some meat to it. I get so tired of "traditional" romances that are predictable and boring. Read more
Published on June 12 2001 by KLETCO
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