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Dark Paradise | [Tami Hoag]

Dark Paradise

New Eden, Montana, is a piece of heaven on earth where one woman died in her own private hell. Now it’s up to ex-court reporter Marilee Jennings to decipher the puzzle of her best friend’s death. But someone has a stake in silencing her suspicion. Someone with secrets worth killing for - and the power to turn this beautiful haven into a...dark paradise.
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Publisher's Summary

New Eden, Montana, is a piece of heaven on earth where one woman died in her own private hell. Now it’s up to ex-court reporter Marilee Jennings to decipher the puzzle of her best friend’s death. But someone has a stake in silencing her suspicion. Someone with secrets worth killing for - and the power to turn this beautiful haven into a...dark paradise.

And as Mari digs deeper beneath New Eden’s picture-perfect exterior, finding the truth is suddenly no longer a matter of justice. It’s her only hope of staying alive.

©2012 Tami Hoag (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Meredith Charlotte, NC, United States 10-11-12
    Meredith Charlotte, NC, United States 10-11-12
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    "Not good"

    Really mediocre. I am having difficulty deciding if it is the hackneyed writing that turned me off or the overly dramatic narration and unpleasant voice of the romantic male lead. Sounds like a elderly redneck rather than a hot young cowboy. Hard to imagine the female lead would really be turned on by him. Yuck!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Keith Junk Pinehurst, NC USA 01-15-14
    Keith Junk Pinehurst, NC USA 01-15-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Shallow sexual exploitation"
    What would have made Dark Paradise better?

    If you are looking for a shallow story that becomes boring as the sexual play progresses through the pages, this might be for you.


    Has Dark Paradise turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I'm not sure what genre Audible assigns to this work.


    Which scene was your favorite?

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    What character would you cut from Dark Paradise?

    Most


    Any additional comments?

    ?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    qcathy Queensland Australia 06-21-13
    qcathy Queensland Australia 06-21-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Pretty good"

    This book was more a dang love story than anthing else. I might have enjoyed it more with out the 'obligatory' sex scenes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tena E. Boyd 06-07-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Excellent suspense and plot twists"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Marilee. An everyday woman who encountered an unbelievable situation.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes because the suspense was well developed and the character, especially the central character Marilee was well developed and you wanted her to "win" - find the answers she was looking for!


    Any additional comments?

    Great characters and plot twists!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine Portland, OR, United States 04-13-14
    Elaine Portland, OR, United States 04-13-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Foul-mouthed heroine not a good start"

    I couldn't get past the first couple of chapters. First thing the heroine says to the hero whom she's meeting the first time is "Who the fuck are you?". Granted she thought he had no business being in her missing friend's house but...

    And so said "intruder" (who wasn't an intruder) decides to act the jerk by making coarse sexual come-ons to scare the heroine off the property. There's a place for the word "fuck" and for pretend-jerks. This is not the type of book for them. I have not read Ms Hoags new books, the non-romance ones, but if this is how she writes her heroines in her romantic suspense, it's no wonder she's now writing pure suspense.

    Unless, of course, her 21st century suspense heroines are still rough as guts as the one here.

    Joyce Bean is as good as always, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LA TX, United States 05-29-13
    LA TX, United States 05-29-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Not a Tami Hoag favorite of mine"
    What would have made Dark Paradise better?

    I think I might have liked it better with an abridged version or just reading it so I could skip a lot of the long thought processes of the characters that didn't exactly seem to relevant to the story. Just made it long. I generally like Tami Hoag's books but there was very little suspense, and the mystery was pretty elusive and it was more a romance novel which I'm not a fan of.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Opal Washington 04-03-13
    Opal Washington 04-03-13 Member Since 2011

    Opalwind

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    "Hoag is a chiller master!"

    I remember reading this book many years ago... the prologue alone- shook me up. Asked my mother to read just the prologue (she hides her emotions) but her eyes were shining when she finished and she didn't want to give it back. It was my first Hoag read and I was only through a few chapters. "Soon", I told her and watched anger build on her face. I thought I may have a fight about to ensue. It still puzzles me, but not Hoag's abilities.
    This was my first Hoag audible (as well). I had to dig through boxes of paperbacks with the frustration of a reader of 3-4 books a week (so many years prior), just to get the title.
    Back to the audible. I love flashbacks- the emotions, the recall of too many things to count, that struck an accord with my memories. It is, without doubt, my favorite of Tami's though that is not to say that I have not enjoyed nearly all of her books.
    Tami does enjoy 'chaptering you out' (leave you hanging and move back to another 'left hanging' scene and so on.) It is a Hoag trait, so be prepared and do not let your frustration rule over the spin of her talent.
    It was narrated well but, for me, the best narrations are very close to radio plays (the good old days, that have been explained to me thoroughly by my elderly friends). They are very nearly acted out and if really well done, you'd swear that you remembered sound affects, though you know there really weren't any.
    Joyce Bean will get better and more polished as time moves along.
    Overall: a very tense and fun trip. Well done, even with the long hours of listening, as it is complex with it's characters and twists. Well worth the package...
    Opalwind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    WOLFGANG frankfurt, Germany 03-11-13
    WOLFGANG frankfurt, Germany 03-11-13 Member Since 2010
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    "SILLY AND BORING"

    WHEN READING THE ENTHUSIASTIC REVIEWS OF THIS BOOK AND ITS AUTHOR I HAD HOPED TO HAVE FOUND A NEW SOURCE OF INTERESTING AUDIO BOOKS. NO SUCH LUCK!
    A SUBSTANTIAL PART OF WHAT I HAVE HEARD - I FINALLY GAVE UP AFTER NEARLY TWO HOURS OF BOREDOM - CONSISTS OF SILLY LONGWINDED DESCRIPTIONS OF HOW THE ARTIFICIAL PROTAGONISTS LOOK AND WHAT THEY WEAR,SUPPLEMENTED BY TIRESOME RUMINATIONS OF THE FEMALE PARICIPANTS IN THIS CHARADE ON THE MISFORTUNES AND MISTAKES IN THEIR DRAB LIVES. YUCCHH!!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    A User Cortland, NY, United States 12-11-12
    A User Cortland, NY, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting story, Lots of characters"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dark Paradise to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the characters all had a personality. The print version may have been more confusing and less interesting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dark Paradise?

    Will's visit to Bryce' s pool. The confrontation did not work out the way I had hoped it would.


    Which character – as performed by Joyce Bean – was your favorite?

    JD big tough exterior, but solid nice guy who acted like a complete jerk.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Mary Lee connecting with Del Rafferty was very moving. It was good to see the "outsider" make the connection.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BJ GRANBURY, TX, United States 11-08-12
    BJ GRANBURY, TX, United States 11-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Hoag does it again!"
    What did you love best about Dark Paradise?

    the intricate details of the characters
    Such description of Montana; I felt like I was on the mountain with Marilee


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dark Paradise?

    When JD finally figures out his true meaning in life


    What does Joyce Bean bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    she moves the story along with her narration, inflection and character voices


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending - I'm a sucker for a happy ending


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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