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 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 . . .  And as Mari digs deeper beneat 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 . . .  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.From the Paperback edition....

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Dark Paradise Reviews

  • Tammy Walton Grant
    2019-03-25 00:41

    4.5 starsMarilee Jennings has spent her whole life as a square peg trying to fit into the round hole created by her family. Always the outcast, she has pitched the job she detests and the fiance she doesn't love, hopped into her car and set out from California to the wilds of Montana. When she arrives she finds out that her friend Lucy is dead, her home has been ransacked, and no one seems to care. She's told that a hunting accident is what killed Lucy and her big-city suspicions are raised. The more she tries to find out what happened to Lucy, the more she discovers that no one is what they seem - least of all her late colleague and drinking buddy. Remember in the early 90s, when movie stars by the dozens bought big chunks of land out in Montana and North Dakota? I think Ted Turner started it all (followed by Kevin Costner after Dances with Wolves). I'm sure they meant well, raising buffalo and elk, preserving nature - wildlife and the prairie. What they did was drive up the taxes, piss off the locals and mess with more than a century's worth of farming and ranching history.That's the setting to this excellent book. New money and fancy rich folk set against ranchers and cowboys struggling to maintain their way of life. It draws you in from the first chapter, and doesn't let you go until the last page. I've read this book countless times, and I still couldn't put it down today when I read it. The romance is believable, the chemisty between J.D. and Marilee is palpable and the love scenes are smoking hot. Hoag certainly writes it like she means it. Her story is full of characters so realistic they practically jump off the page and by the end of the book you feel as though you're right in the thick of it with them. The mystery/suspense is carefully plotted and keeps you guessing almost to the very end. Even if you think you know who did it, odds are you'll be surprised. It's held up quite well in the 17 years since this book was written -- it's a bit dated with the references to the clothes people were wearing (Bryce wears tight jeans and chambray shirts buttoned halfway down, and Mari favours filmy skirts, boots and tshirts with oversize jean jackets) and Mary Chapin Carpenter figures largely in the music mentioned. I was roughly the same age as the heroine the year the book came out, so rather than notice that the styles have changed, it made me nostalgic for them. Other than that, I barely noticed the lack of cell phones or mp3 players.I don't normally like cowboys that much, but I LOVED J.D. Rafferty. How I would have loved to have tripped over a man like that in real life. YUM. I identified strongly with Marilee. I liked her, wanted to be her, right down to her wardrobe. Which like I said, is kinda dated, but I loved that look so much in 1994.I only have one beef and it's with the book business rather than the book itself. Here is my question, to Tami Hoag, Linda Howard and others: Why do romance authors who write perfectly good, steamy, well-developed, compelling, character driven, believable stories, pitch it all to write crime/suspense fiction????? Tami Hoag was one of my favourite authors in the early 90s. She wrote big, meaty, romantic suspense novels with really hot men in them, and women that I could identify with. Dark Paradise is one of her best.

  • Liz
    2019-03-22 04:39

    This book, I'm sorry to say wasn't very good. It was okay at best. Her later writing is much better in my opinion.Here is my synopsis:Rude, harsh, cowboy has rapist-like thoughts about his new neighbor. The two hate each other passionately. They end up making out.He talks tenderly to her, they fight, vowing to never engage again in the best sex they ever had.The meet again, fight and end up having sex again.Okay, there was more to the story than that, but it is so annoying to me, that now, I'll always remember this forgettable book. It is a mystery, a mild 'thriller', but honestly, even if you are a Tami Hoag fan, skip it. It's very predictable and cheesy.

    2019-03-19 07:31

    I really enjoyed this book until I reached the halfway point. The storyline was good, but how many times does Hoag have to tell me that the character is stubborn/lonely/loyal/a misfit? I get it already! I didn't lose my memory from the prior chapter. Or the one before that, either. I would have rated this book much higher if not for the annoying repetition.

  • Lisa Rayns
    2019-02-22 03:49

    I loved this book, the town, the characters, the unexpected twists, and who doesn't want a rough, sexy cowboy with hands of steel? Hot and steamy - J.D. wins my vote!

  • Ana T.
    2019-03-07 03:24

    It has been a while since I read anything by Tami Hoag but I had this one in the TBR pile so I picked it up, as it seemed an interesting romantic suspense.I am happy to say that I really enjoyed. The book opens with the crime being committed. You know who the victim is but during that scene, the identity of the killer is not revealed.We then proceed to get to know the heroine, Marilee, a court reporter who has decided she needed a change in her life and travels to Montana to be with her friend Lucy. However, when she arrives at Lucy’s home in the mountains she finds the place ransacked and a mysterious and overbearing man who warns her away and tells her that Lucy is dead. Shocked Marilee decides to stay and find out what happened to Lucy.There are several mysteries surrounding the town but the one about who killed Lucy is apparently solved to everyone’s satisfaction having been labeled a hunting accident. Marilee sees it as ironic the fact that the death of her friend only brought a slap in the wrist to her killer. Surprisingly she is informed that she is Lucy’s heir and the letter she left for her leads her to think that someone may have been behind the accident.Undecided on what to do with her life and the property Lucy left her while at the same time intrigued by the people she meets Marilee decides to stay in town for a while. She soon develops a relationship with JD Rafferty, the owner of a neighboring ranch who has been feeding Lucy’s animals and keeps thinking of Marilee as just another Lucy. JD wants to buy the property and is determined to fight the Hollywood crowd who has recently invaded Montana leading to the prices going up and the ruin of local ranchers. This is the crowd Lucy ran with, so Marilee is also interested in them and what are they really involved in.Things are not what they seem and when more people die the tension between the locals and the newcomers rises while at the same time Evan Bryce, the Hollywood tycoon who has been buying land, seems to have found a way to get to Rafferty’s lands through JD’s brother’s wife.We do know who the bad people are from the beginning, it is more a question of why and how then of who. Marilee and JD are not new as characters in the sense that we have read about the city girl who meets the lonesome cowboy before but I liked how Hoag wrote them and their story worked for me. This is a romantic supense that is very heavy on romance, Rafferty was a bit overbearing and Marilee had to fight for every inch of his heart. Some people might have a problem with him as this feels as an old fashioned romance. I liked how the tension builds near the end when we find out what is really happening and the final confrontation scene. For me it was an interesting and compelling read.Grade: 4/5

  • Donna
    2019-03-11 00:34

    Lucy and Marilee Jennings became friends when they were both court reporters in Sacramento. Lucy quit to buy a home in New Eden, Montana a year ago. Marilee decided to surprise Lucy by driving up to Montana for a vacation. Unfortunately, the surprise is Marilee's when she learns Lucy was killed 10 days ago in a hunting accident. A doctor who was hunting confessed that he didn't even see her. Marilee is not so certain that Lucy's death is an accident. Lucy left Marilee her home and ranch and the neighbor JD Rafferty is very interested in the property. As Marilee starts digging into Lucy's life in Montana, she wonders if blackmail was involved. I liked the western feel of the book with its cowboys, horses and great outdoors. Marilee finds sizzling romance but other seedier encounters are going on with the wealthy crowd in New Eden. Tami Hoag did a good job with her descriptions of the Montana countryside.

  • Ginger
    2019-02-25 00:31

    Loved it! Good vs Evil, old ways vs new ways, old money vs new money. This one had me turning the pages like crazy. Definitely need to start reading more books by this author.

  • Barbara ★
    2019-02-24 07:46

    I liked Marilee Jennings who left her old life in California to hopefully start anew with her friend Lucy MacAdams in Montana. Unfortunately when she arrives, she finds out that Lucy has been accidentally killed doing something very un-Lucy-like. Marilee is positive that Lucy was murdered and sets out to prove it. Unfortunately the bad guys have issues with her snooping into their affairs. Her neighbor and sheriff J.D. Rafferty thinks she's barking up the wrong tree but he desperately wants to get laid so he capitulates and reluctantly helps her investigate.I enjoyed this book but not as much as her other books. It just didn't have the same feel...maybe too much sex between people who dislike each other. I like Tami Hoag's mysteries where the characters have sex but it's not in-your-face and doesn't interfere with the plot.

  • Angie
    2019-03-22 06:27

    I usually love Tami Hoag books, but I was very dissapointed in this one. It was too naughty for my taste (I probably should have quite reading it, but it is hard for me to put down a book once I start...I know excuses, excuses). I thought the story line was stupid. And the ending...Just not a very good book. Good thing this wasn't the first Hoag book I read or I would probably wouldn't try her again.

  • Eva
    2019-03-17 06:20

    I only made it one third through.Couldn't take it anymore.Don't waste your time with this book.

  • Christine
    2019-03-11 07:20

    2.5 starsThis book stumbled over formulaic writing in a very unfortunate way. It didn't help that I read Lucky's Lady just before reading this book, but even so the romance in this story was quite simply, and point for point, identical to the romance in Lucky's Lady. 1. Lust at first sight.2. Mutual dislike.3. Man wants sex for the sake of sex.4. Woman doesn't think of sex that way.5. They can't help themselves and have wild, unprotected sex. 6. She decides she loves him. 7. He pushes her away because she's getting too close.8. He saves her life and realizes he does love her.9. He pushes her away again. 10. She goes to him and puts her heart on the line.11. He pushes her away again.12. She realizes she's pregnant, a fact that has nothing whatsoever to do with the plot of the book.13. After a random amount of time passes he comes back to her.Actually I have to say, this formula fit Lucky and Serena pretty well. It did not, however, fit JD and Merilee. JD's rejection of love wasn't as natural as Lucky's, and given his love of tradition and of the land his persistence in pushing her away felt extremely forced. But mostly there was the formula, and seeing the formula so, so clearly kept me from believing its application to this pair. I didn't feel the chemistry. I didn't buy the initial lust or the initial attraction, and I frankly didn't like JD at any point in this book. This book wasn't all romance -- if it had been it would have gotten a 1 star. But the mystery and suspense elements were pretty good.

  • Pa
    2019-03-02 00:32

    This is a story of a court reporter from Sacramento who drives to Montana to visit a friend (and to escape her old life). It is also a story of the modern West and the conflict between the local residents and wealthy invaders from the jet set. There is murder, intrigue, and lots of sex. I have never read a Harlequin romance (and never intend to on purpose); however, this novel appears to be a cross between a suspense story and what I imagine a Harlequin romance (or even a chick porn novel) to be. Some of the characters are interesting (albeit rather stereotyped) and the plot is exciting in spots, especially near the end. However, the outcome is predictable and the writing is second rate. I could generously give it a 2 1/2 stars, but not much higher.

  • Virginia Hill
    2019-03-08 05:32

    I first read Dark Paradise in 1994, the year it was originally published. I've kept up with Tami Hoag's books, but I've thought about this one often through the years—recalling small details and thinking I should reread it. I'm glad I finally did. Other than the lack of cell phones and computer usage the story doesn't feel dated. I hadn't remembered the whodunnits, so the suspense held up, too. The two couples, J.D. and Marilee ("Mary Lee"), and Will and Samantha, struggled with every force imaginable keeping them apart. Fortunately, this is ROMANTIC suspense and its conclusion is a feel-good, happy-for-now one.

  • Debbie
    2019-03-24 04:37

    I've read a number of Tami Hoag novels because I enjoy a quick read and a good thriller plot. This novel made me wonder if I had picked up a Harlequin Romance novel instead. It didn't feel like a thriller until the last 1/4 of the book and then it picked up like the style I'm use to reading with Tami Hoag. Maybe because this is an older novel, maybe she hadn't found her groove...? I don't know, but was disappointed overall.

  • Kristen
    2019-02-24 06:45

    This is one of her earliest novels, before she wrote thrillers. I consider it a romantic suspense. It has all the drama of a thriller and passion for a romantic suspense novel. Mary Lee Jennings leaves California to meet her friend Lucy in New Eden, Montana. Little did she know, she discovers her friend's dead, and learn the shocking truth of her secrets, putting herself in danger on living on a ranch life, and falling in love with a stubborn cowboy. A great read to enjoy any day of the year.

  • Tariq
    2019-03-07 05:36

    I read this book a while ago. The setting of the plot and characters evokes interest and the tale is woven well. Romantic scenes are interestingly written. Though the book seems bit lengthier than it should be. Some instants feel repetitive. But some metaphorical comparisons used in the language are noteworthy and amusing. Overall a commendable read.

  • Susan
    2019-03-14 05:38

    I'm amazed I got as far as I did in this book. It's only because of the respect I have for Tammy Hoag's writings that got me this far. I simply cannot stomach cheap, sleezy "rommance" novels even disguised as a mystery. Overall, I believe I picked this book up & attempted to read it three different times but it is just not to be.

  • Aldafan
    2019-03-05 01:33

    Got this at a yard sale. A court reporter starts life anew in Montana. She finds the friend who invited her has been killed. Some mystery but alo lots of impromptu sex and some violence. WOn't be looking for her books again.

  • Wendy
    2019-03-16 02:43

    I was pretty disappointed with this book. I couldn't get through to page 50. I was skipping through paragraphs only reading the when there was talking. Probably one of the most boring books I have ever read.

  • Samantha Porter
    2019-03-03 06:32

    I realized within the first few pages(minutes) I had read(listened)to this book previously but in abridged form. While I enjoyed the abridged version, the unabridged was must better.

  • Sally
    2019-03-07 03:31

    I was expecting a crime/thriller not Mills & Boon.

  • Paris(kerbytejas)
    2019-03-22 00:33

    2.75 stars (round to 3 stars) for the redundant dialog and overly wordy story. IMO a least 100+ pages could have been eliminated without loosing the flow of the story/plot

  • Janna Ward
    2019-03-25 05:44

    One of my favorite books ever I have read it several times and still love:)

  • Cristina
    2019-03-21 06:26

    A complete and utter bore.

  • Sharon
    2019-02-22 07:38

    I was lucky enough to find a hardcover edition of Dark Paradise for a buck at a swap-n-shop bookstore. It's one of my favorites by Hoag. Love those Rafferty brothers!

  • Sridhar Babu
    2019-03-10 00:48

    AUTHOR.. TAMI HOAG...CHARACTERS.. Marilee Jennings, Lucy MacAdams, J.D.Rafferty, Will Rafferty, Del Rafferty, Samantha Rafferty, Edwin Bryce, Tucker, Miller Daggrepont, Sharon Russell, Judge Townsend and others.LOCATION...New Eden, Montana, USA..GENRE..Thriller.PLOT.. Considered as Mari the Misfit, by her family, dumped by her boyfriend Bradford Enright for his secretary and fed up by her court reporter job, Marilee Jennings reaches New Eden Montana to spend some time with her friend Lucy, to "clear her mind" and to start fresh. New Eden, Montana, is a piece of heaven on earth, where Lucy had moved after she had come into some money, chucked her job and started living there in a log house isolated from the city. Mari, after reaching Lucy's log house was shocked to find the vandalized state of it and learns from a neighbouring rancher J.D.Rafferty that Lucy was dead in a hunting accident ten days ago. J.D , describes Mari that her friend Lucy had been killed by a city boy named Sheffield mistaking her for a deer, and her body was found by his uncle Del Rafferty, who lives deep in the wilderness in a fractured state of mind. Now, it is up to ex-court reporter Mari to decipher the puzzle of her best friend's death. From Lucy's attory Miller Daggrepont, Mary learns that Lucy had left everything, her log house, bank account to Mary thereby making her as Lucy's legal heir. Mari slso receives a final letter written by her friend before her death and a foot tall old tin containing the ashes of Lucy from Miller Daggrepont. In her journey to decipher her best friend's death, Mari comes across some dangerous people at New Eden, who has a stake in silencing her suspicions. Her rancher-neighbour J.D.Rafferty, a dangerous cowboy and the owner of The Stars and Bars ranch, with a motive "Never love a woman. Love the Land". He resents outsiders living in Montana. He considers his ranch as his heritage, his land as a history entrusted to him by three prior generations to protect the land. He took that duty to heart. He had to preserve his ranch Stars and Bars without a distraction from the outsiders like Lucy and Mari. Evan Bryce...a Powerful man from California with powerful friends. He always has a host of celebrities of one variety or other tagging him. Actors, directors, models, politicians,lawyers. Many of them having second homes at New Eden as well. He starts purchasing everything from local ranchers by offering huge prices and thereby making New Eden his own playground. J.D's uncle Del living in a fractured state of mind after his Vietnam war days. His world was peopled by ghosts. His days were nightmares and he clung to the ragged edge of sanity by callused fingertips. J.D hates his little brother Will Rafferty and his wife Samantha. Will happens to be a complete loser by drinking and gambling the ranch money, and a problem-maker for J.D., His wife Samantha hates a life with out Will. Samantha slowly falls in Bryce's trap, as she believes in his promise to make her a renowned model. So she stays permanently in Bryce's house ignoring Will and his brother JD. Finally there is Sharon Russell., wicked,cunning and psychopathic cousin of Bryce who is very possessive about him. Because of Bryce's intimacy with Samantha, she hates her and insults her. Though Marie considers J.D.Rafferty a complex man, she slowly starts liking and can't help falling herself in love with him. She understands J.D's pains and longing to preserve the land that had been his family's home for a hundred years, which was taken away piece by piece by outsiders. She likes the gentleness of his big, rough hands when he touched an animal.She starts adoring the fierce tenderness of his lovemaking. She respects the loyalty and affection shown to his uncle Del Rafferty, who is living in fractured state of mind, most people would have preferred to ship him out of sight and mind. CLIMAX.... After reading Lucy's last letter given to her by her attorney, Mari finds a mention about California's attorney dairy containing two volumes, and the second part is missing. Mari finds the second part secretly tucked in the animal's bin, while feeding the Illamas at the backside barn. Mari also finds a video cassette and a number of blackmail letters demanding money to various Bryce's friends attached to the volume. Mari finds that her beloved friend Lucy was hard core blackmailer, receiving money by threatening the Friends of Bryce at various levels. From the letters, Mari discovers that Lucy had successfully blackmailed California's leading judge, a famous actor and the log house was brought from the blackmailed money. From the video cassette, Mari learns the reason for Lucy's blackmail. The video explained how Bryce's little hunt club consisting of his powerful friends worked, how Bryce arranged for the purchase of exotic animals through a black market network. How the wild animals were hunted ruthlessly by his friends supported by wild dogs. The tape showed the illegal hunting team consisting of California Judge Townsend and Sheffield. Bryce's game was to video tape the illegal hunting event and then to hold the tape as security to ensure future favours from businessmen, politicians and Hollywood players. Lucy, Without a hint of conscience managed to get a copy of Bryce's hunt tape and started tormenting his friends with the threats of mailing the cassette to CNN. Bryce's cousin Sharon Russell wants to get rid of Samantha because of Bryce's obsession towards her. She wants to kill her the same way she killed Lucy, by making her run naked in the wilderness, Sharon following her in horses and hunting and tearing with wild dogs and finally killing her with hunting rifle. While Samantha was running for life, Marie rescues her with the help of J.D and Will. In the final battle Del Rafferty kills Sharon and saves Marie and Samantha. Bryce and his hunting team was arrested for hosting illegal hunting game, with video cassette given by Marie to the local Sharieff. Overall evidences for holding 29 illegal hunts were discovered in Bryce's house and case was filed against him. In order to avoid unwanted publicity, Bryce shifts to California. Will and Samantha starts a fresh life . Marie settles permanently at New Eden with JD.Rafferty.My Comment... Though this book falls under murder-mystery category, only last 100 pages has the momentum and thrill. Major part of the novel is devoted to Marie-J.D Rafferty love , Romance and their bedding times. Though this part is likeable and romantic, this has nothing todo with the main storyline. DARK PARADISE....ROMANTIC SUSPENSE.

  • Heather Walker
    2019-02-22 07:27

    I liked the overall plot of this book; however, it left a sour taste in my mouth. It was overly lengthy without a lot of content and several introduced plot lines are never cleared up in the end. It left me confused about many aspects; for instance, why introduce the attorney as skimming money from his clients to just kill him off the next time we read about him; it was completely irrelevant to the story. We never get a good closure or explanation of several events in the book- it was just a strange book altogether and I wouldn't recommend getting stuck reading it.

  • Bookish Enchantment
    2019-03-18 08:50

    I read this as an audio book and if it had been better I am sure I would have finished it way sooner. The book really did drag on with a cliche' style story line and writing style. Some of the characters were interesting and maybe it was those characters that kept me hanging in there. This is my 1st Tami Hoag book and as it stands today my last. But they do so never say never so who knows I may give her another try one day.

  • Allison
    2019-03-20 04:42

    The most forced heterosexual romance I've read in a while. Marilee and J.D. hadn't ever met, she thought he killed her friend, he was chasing her and yet on page fourteen they're still thinking about having sex. The only apparently healthy relationship in the entire book was the gay couple.That aside the plot was pretty good and I finished the last few chapters in no time at all.

  • Beth Lechman
    2019-03-09 02:32

    Marilee Jennings quit her job in California as a court reporter and headed for Montana to visit her friend Lucy MacAdam. When she gets there she finds out her friend is dead and she is heir to her estate. She has questions about Lucy's death and the more she questions the closer she comes to being killed herself. This one has a surprise ending I didn't see coming.