Review: Paradise Found by Hunter Raines

Paradise Found by Hunter Raines
Release Date: June 6th, 2011
Publisher: Carina Press
Page Count: 120
Source: eGalley provided by NetGalley for review

Paradise is just an illusion…

Or so Philip thinks as he vacations on exotic Anguilla. He should be celebrating the end of law school and the start of his successful career, but he’s tired of living a lie for his family’s sake. For just one night, he lets down his guard with two men he thinks he’ll never see again.

He isn’t the only one with secrets. For years, Cameron Drake has suppressed his need for dominance, afraid of hurting his lover, Mark Wilder. But when Cameron’s hand meets Philip’s ass, there’s no more pretending. Mark can’t face his conflicting feelings about the ménage; does Cameron want more than Mark can give?

The three of them may have been perfect together but consequences follow them back to their real lives. Will their desire for another encounter shatter the illusions they’ve built to protect themselves or clear the obstacles to paradise?

Review: First, I want to say that I always try to stay away from menage books. I always get the feeling that someone is going to feel left out. People only have so much attention to devote to one person, much less two. Now, with this said, they actually addressed this in the book. Their first sexual encounter with each other was not completely successful. I mean, everyone was ‘happy’ at the end, but someone looked back and saw himself as an outsider. Later, when they have worked out the tangles in the relationship and try another sexual encounter… it was MUCH better. The original couple talked about everything when it came to trying to include Philip. They were attempting to go into this with eyes wide open. The plot was a little weak. Though the paradise destination that was used was different so that gave it a slightly new look. The “villain” in the story was really two dimensional, though that was more than likely due to the length of the book. There’s only so much that can go into the story that is a hundred pages long. I am also a little hesitant when characters say the ‘L’ word really soon. I just don’t get it. Sometimes it works though, this was ALMOST one of those times.

Now, despite all of this, I really liked it. It was adorable. The sub and the Dom were awesome together. The switch in the story made sense and complimented very nicely. The tough decisions, though made quickly, were made logically. It was a wonderful little novella. I definitely recommend it. Just beware of small adjustments that I am sure could be taken care of with a longer novel.

Quote: “I was just thinking that I’m about ready to try hard work for little pay.” I picked this because I think we have all found ourselves in this situation. Whether or not it is by choice is another story… if we could all be so lucky.


The rating system is SO hard when one description is too harsh for what you thought of a book, but the next description is too gushy for what you thought of the book. In this case, I rounded up. I always hated it when teachers gave me the lower grade because I was .3% away from the next letter. Lol. Also, I think it was the length of the book and not the story that made it not quite a Lovely Rose.

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