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[[ Read Pdf ]] ⛅ Hidden Paradise Ø Louisa Connelly, a recently widowed Jane Austen scholar, needs some relief from her stifling world When a friend calls to offer her a temporary escape from her Montana ranch, she is whisked into a dizzying world of sumptuous food, flowing wine and endless temptation.She s an honored guest at Paradise Hall, an English resort boasting the full experience of an authentic Georgian country house weekend Liveried servants tend to every need of houseguests clad in meticulous period costume snug breeches, low cut silken gowns and negligible undergarments.It s Mac Salazar, a journalist immersing himself fully, deeply, lustily in the naughty pleasures of upstairs downstairs dalliances, who piques Louisa s curiosity and libido most He s a dilettante straight out of a novel uninhibited, unapologetic and nearly insatiable But Lou s not romantic about this much, at least Paradise Hall is a gorgeous fantasy, nothingA lover like Mac is pure fiction And the real world beckons. From the moment I read this book s synopsis I knew I was in for something unexpected As a fan of Jane Austen and the Regency era I m accustomed to books featuring this time period to be sensual but not blatantly sexual Hidden Paradise is in your face hot, steamy, and sexually adventurous This book would make Jane Austen blush Louisa Connelly is visiting friends in England to get over the grief of her husband s death by immersing herself in the fantasy Regency world created for the paying public At first she s surprised by the openly sexual assignations going on around her but soon finds herself drawn to journalist Mac Salazar After a few steamy encounters she backs off over guilt for putting the past behind her She just wanted fun but got serious declarations from him that she was unprepared for Instead she goes for the naive Rob who s got family issues but is drawn to the older and teacher like Lou Her time with him is clearly for fun After an out of the blue revelation about her dead husband she runs back home to completely purge herself of the past and it s then that she opens her heart to the possibilities Mac offers, if only she can decide what to do with Rob who s come home with her Louisa s personality fluctuated from prim schoolteacher to naughty seductress so I never felt like I had a true understanding of her character It seemed like men to her were merely a substitute for her dead husband Even after the revelation and her admission to Mac of her true feelings I still didn t feel that she could love anyone Her and Mac s relationship as well as her and Rob s relationship felt superficial and based only on sex I applaud her reawakening but never felt a connection to her.Mac came off as being a hound dog His first introduction involved him and another female and he spent time with almost every female character or at least watching them in compromising positions He s a journalist but we see him doing his job only once or twice He d much rather spend the time chasing after Lou It seemed unrealistic for him to have such strong feelings for Lou so early on considering that they spent so little time alone together outside the bedroom Him chasing Lou all the way across the ocean was a romantic gesture that I hope bodes well for their feature.Rob was a character that stood out in that we saw the difficult family life that he was desperate to overcome I applaud his loyalty to his family and the seriousness by which he treats the sexual encounters He s actually looking for love and knows that sex doesn t always lead to something long lasting I wish the story had revolved around him since he was the most likable and fully fleshed out character of the whole story.This was a story full of erotic encounters taking place in the setting of a sensual Regency manor Seeing the primly dressed guests in such erotic encounters certainly grabs the reader s attention and sets a heart pounding pace At times it felt that the sexual encounters overwhelmed the story which didn t leave much room for character development Fans of erotica will definitely be drawn to this book and others wanting an escape into a steamy fantasy world will also want to pick this up and add Janet Mullany to their list of go to authors for escapism. This book was fantastic I loved the emotional journey that Lou finds herself on She is trying to deal with grief, denial, anger, betrayal, guilt, lust, and love all at the same time Lou is trying to maintain a connection to her recently deceased husband while also trying to establish new romantic connections She finds herself back in time while visiting the newly renovated Paradise Hall, a project of good friends of hers While there, Lou realizes that she is not going to find the connection to her husband she was looking for, but she may be able to love again Lou struggles with the guilt of letting her husband go, and the fear of connecting with someone new and risking loss again When Lou discovers that her extreme happiness with her husband may not have been all that she thought it was, she is thrown into even emotional turmoil Her new friends, and potential love interests, Mac and Rob, are there to help her sort through some of her emotions, and her desires But can either of them be strong enough to help Lou regain emotional stability Louisa who is called LouLou or Lou throughout the book is an Austen scholar and recent widow as her husband died in an accident Seeing her depressed, her friends Chris and Peter think to reanimate her back to the living by inviting her to get out of her Montana ranch and partake in what she enjoys the most a Jane Austen themed getaway in England.Chris and Peter are renovating a Georgian home rud to be where Jane Austen once stayed , and urge her to join them make a first run of the place, utilizing her historical know how to make sure things are accurate to the time period They explain there will be several guests there as well, dressing the part and living life games, food, dress as if they were really in Jane Austen s era.Because the Georgian estate was where she married her husband, Lou agrees to go, hoping her dead husband s ghost will haunt her But there is no room for ghosts at Hidden Paradise, only naughty guests who partake in any conceivable sex act with any available partner.Among the guests, Lou meets Mac Darcy Salazar, a journalist who is hired by the owners of the estate to get the word out on their about to open resort as well as Rob, the Head Footman servant hired at Hidden Paradise.At first, Mac s let s just have sex with no strings attached attracts Lou, since she walks in on Mac and another guest having sex and she knows exactly what she s getting into But when things start to get serious between them and Lou fears she s not honoring her husband s memory, she suddenly takes a step back especially when she catches Mac in the action again without her.Wanting to keep her adventures at Hidden Paradise untethered, she turns to Rob, the gorgeous and very young Footman everyone at the resort wants to get their hands on Lou takes his virginity, and teaches him the many pleasures of sex.Niggling at the back of her mind though, is her fantasy of having a m nage with two men In her fantasies, she d love to have Mac and Rob at the same time, but since things ended with Mac, Lou thinks her fantasy will never come true.Meanwhile, Mac has been reeling from the loss of his time with Lou as he started having feelings for her as well Seeing her with Rob, a much younger and handsome man, he wishes he hadn t screwed literally things up with Lou If only there was something he could do to make Lou be his again.What I liked about Hidden Paradise 1 Discovery Lou and Mac make a discovery on the grounds of the Georgian estate, and it was exciting to see them handling things Made me wonder what would I do if I found a treasure But that wasn t the only Discovery made at the estate Lou finds out something about her late husband that made me go OMFG My heart just broke for her 2 Cover It s amazing and definitely a Cover Lust for me As soon as I saw the cover, I just knew I had to read this book Smile What I disliked about Hidden Paradise 1 Names It was very hard to get into a sex scene with Lou, Mac, and Rob For some reason, the names make me think of plumbers or mechanics and there s nothing wrong with plumbers or mechanics, but there s supposed to be a girl in there somewhere I m probably nitpicking, but I would have preferred if the author had kept Louisa as her name instead of Lou.2 Format There was a jumping back of forth of POV s within chapters I don t mind a change of POV, but doing it in such a close succession made it seem like tennis match reading going back and forth.3 Mac As much as I tried, I just couldn t get down with this character First, they called him Darcy his middle name no doubt trying to tie in the Jane Austen JA theme together but he was nothing close to JA s Darcy He was twice divorced and had a daughter with one of his ex wives This already raises red flags with me as it makes me wonder why is he failing in his relationships But aside from that, he just acts like a horny teenager, fucking anything in sight You would think a man of his age going through two divorces and a child would maybe settle down somewhat Maybe le sigh 4 Germaphobe My germaphobic side reared it s ugly head while reading Hidden Paradise I just couldn t understand what the purpose of this resort was Was it a costume sex club Are those even legal There was so much talk of getting permits and grants to continue the renovation and how they wanted to open the house up to guests, etc But all the while I m thinking, They are going to lend out the same clothes to people who want to stay there, meanwhile they are all having sex in them Didn t we learn something from Monica Lewinsky and her famous stained dress And imagine the bed sheets if they make it to the bed Definitely recommend taking a black light if you ever stay there, and don t touch the furniture Just gross LOL5 M nage The m nage which was the only reason I kept reading between Rob, Mac, and Lou was anti climatic I wish there had been to it, instead it didn t read well and wasn t very hottt sad julie Fellow Readers, I realize I have weird hang ups that get in the way of me enjoying a book, so if you aren t a germaphobe like me, don t mind jumping POV s, and can look past names, then you will enjoy this book.Please disregard my review and make sure to get your copy of Hidden Paradise which releases on Tuesday, September 18, 2012.http readourlipsblog.blogspot.com 2 ORIGINAL POST HIDDEN PARADISE Is Good, Dirty FunHIDDEN PARADISEby Janet MullanyHarlequin HQN August 28, 2012Paperback and E BookTimed E Galley loaned by publisher via NetGalley.No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions herein, except as noted, are my own.CALL IT SENSE AND Sensuality or, let s talk about the purple passion.Louisa Connelly, a recently widowed Jane Austen scholar, needs some relief from her stifling world When a friend calls to offer her a temporary escape from her Montana ranch, she is whisked into a dizzying world of sumptuous food, flowing wine and endless temptation She s an honored guest at Paradise Hall, an English resort boasting the full experience of an authentic Georgian country house weekend Liveried servants tend to the every need of houseguests clad in meticulous period costume snug breeches, low cut silken gowns and negligible undergarments It s Mac Salazar, a journalist immersing himself fully, deeply, lustily in the naughty pleasures of upstairs downstairs dalliances, who piques Louisa s curiosity and libido most He s a dilettante straight out of a novel uninhibited, unapologetic and nearly insatiable But Lou s not romantic about this much, at least Paradise Hall is a gorgeous fantasy, nothing A lover like Mac is pure fiction And the real world beckons www.janetmullany.comI really enjoyed this book I thought it was a ghost paranormal, then realized it wasn t But, by the time I figured out the only supernatural element was the men s endurance, I was hooked and I wasn t about to put it down There s a lovely romance here with unapologetic sex No, Oh this is morally wrong, or, I am such a slut from the heroine Of course there, is a little bit of the I m betraying my dead husband by sleeping with another man, but she gets over it fast And, it s smart too with good historical references and informative dialogue.Louisa is the widow who is trying to come back to life Her gay, complex best friends Mac, the Mr Darcy of the story I m not quite sure if Rob, the footman has an analogue or if he is just a strictly modern personality Mullany really nails the nineteen year old s behaviors, and his interests As soon as Mullany has Louisa call Mac Mr Darcy in my head he looks and moves like Colin Firth in P and P Louisa seems a bit of an intellectual sort, but passionate and uninhibited, with a capacity to love deeply.The story does wander a little bit and needs some rails to get it back on track But in the end all that wandering leads to some steamy content.At one point early on, Louisa experiences something that feels like betrayal Later something else puts that into perspective It was one of those things that when it is well written it is as shocking to the reader as it would be to the character and it can transfer with anger into real life It was completely unexpected It s as if your friend did something in a dream that pissed you off in the dream, but then when you wake up you are still angry about what happened in the dream And, exciting good things are afoot as well.I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, the story and the romance in this book It felt like a different sort of romance novel And, it was much better than many of the Austenesque books I have read.I would actually love to see a project like this, with all the mod cons however, as this hotel was being kitted out I wouldn t want to be living alla the Regency period at a resort Playing at it would be fine I think this is brought out a bit for example the rooms have baths.Good, dirty fun with lots of baths and all kinds of dalliance that would make even Lydia Bennett blush.I HIGHLY RECOMMEND.