Jillian Verne
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Release Date
February 2016
Book 2 of Masters of the Order
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

Welcome back to The Order, an elite and secret society of powerful brothers bound by social status and sexual tastes. Come. Play dark games with us.

The hopeful embrace destiny; the hopeless run from it.

Doms are not princes and Jacques Meszaros certainly isn't. Or is he? A business tycoon, philanthropist and sexual Dominant, Jacques makes the rules, but doesn't always abide them. On a whim, he offers Isabella Rey a soiree in paradise. What he finds when they arrive is a paradise uniquely his own: a destiny foretold long ago in the words of a gypsy.

Two women live inside Isabella. Her angel goes to church every Sunday, helps the sick and is fiercely loyal to family. Her devil is relegated to living in the shadows. Isabella is not looking for love, but a life-threatening twist of fate spurs her to pursue a fantasy. She allows her devil a moment in the sun.

Jacques wants forever. Forever is the one thing Isabella believes she cannot give. But paradise, once tasted, is not easily foregone.

Angel or devil? Dom or prince? Destiny awaits. Will theirs be a paradise lost or found?

Publisher's Note: Paradise was previously released by another publisher but has been re-edited and revised for this version.

Book Review by Rachel's Willful Thoughts (reviewer)
Apr 22, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
152 people found the following review helpful
Isabella Rey learns a lot about life as an oncology nurse. It's not until she faces challenges of her own that she realizes how precious life is.

In PARADISE, author Jillian Verne pairs up a woman who is afraid to think about tomorrow with a man skilled enough to make her forget her fears.

Jacques Meszaros is a member of the Order, a group that shares a common bond of dark fantasies. As a Dom, he knows just what Isabella needs.

I found Isabella's attitude about her illness to be quite realistic, especially for a caregiver. Her efforts to push away those around her were well described. Jacques' determination is compelling because he is the epitome of a caring Dom. That trait comes in handy as he introduces Isabella into the submissive role in plenty of spicy scenes.

Since this book has a significant international flavor, there are multiple instances where text appears in another language. While a certain amount can enhance a story, too much serves as a distraction -- especially when dealing with three languages. I can see where heavily emotional situations might cause a character to lapse back into a native tongue, but too much interrupts the flow.

As part of a series, the book provides an excellent springboard for future installments about the Order.
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