Paradise Wild Library Binding – Large Print, May 1994
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“She creates fairy tales that come true.” (Romantic Times BOOKclub) --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
About the Author
One of the world's most successful authors of historical romance, every one of Johanna Lindsey's previous novels has been a national bestseller, and several of her titles have reached the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Ms. Lindsey lives in New England with her family.--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on Jan. 16 2008 by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished on June 22 2004
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 morePublished on Jan. 28 2004
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 morePublished on Sept. 17 2003
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 morePublished on April 21 2002 by Lazy Day Gardener
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 morePublished on Feb. 27 2002
I was really looking forward to reading this book because it seemed so unlike the traditional romance. Read morePublished on Feb. 13 2002 by Bronwyn Elverd