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THE TROUBLE WITH PARADISE
JILL SHALVIS
ISBN# (10) 0-425-21719-1/(13) 978-0-425-21719-1
October 2, 2007
Berkley Sensation Trade Paperback (Penguin Group)
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014-3658
Paperback
$14.00 U.S./$17.50 Canada
304 Pages
Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 Cups

Dorie Anderson has a lifelong dream to design clothes instead of working for a bully boss at a Los Angeles Super Mart. She has not had a date in six months and when she gets the opportunity to take a luxurious cruise free of charge, she jumps for it.

Dr. Christian Montague is French. As soon as this gig is done on board the ship, he no longer has to be an indentured servant and can return to France and work in the ER, where medicine really does matter. He is not one for conflicting emotions until he sees Dorie.

Dorie is more than overjoyed to be away from Mr. Stryowski, the store manager for a week. Winning a trip to the South Pacific, one hundred percent free, is an adventure of a lifetime. When she boards, she meets Andy Hutchison, the first baseman for the Astros. She trips and sprawls to the ground that sends her to see the doctor, who just happens to be one of the gorgeous men trying to hurry past her to board. It appears the ship is crawling with handsome men. Dorie meets Brandy, who is soft and gushy, and likes to eat boys for dessert. She takes a liking to Christian, leaving Dorie wondering does she even have a chance. Cadence Powers has come for adventure and hits it off with Dorie. Everything appears to go well on her trip, except for a few blunders, then a hurricane no one expected. Dorie refuses to be capsized because she has not started living yet, a life with Christian, she hopes. Christian could easily go for Dorie, who is not even aware of her own sexuality. With a dead body, and a hurricane, sending them to an island, Dorie is about to embark on a journey of self-discovery she never dreamed could happen in her life time.

The Trouble with Paradise has a great heroine that makes the story interesting. Dorie is splendid and her thoughts, at times, release some witty perks. Some of her descriptions of Mr. Stryowski are hilarious. I adore Christian and his relaxed, laid-back attitude. I liked the way he said Dorie’s smile snags him. The two seem to light up a room when they are together. Jill Shalvis creates two invigorating persons with warm personalities. The well-rounded secondary characters, and their antics, blend in well in this entertaining read. With some curve balls tossed in, enchanting dialogue, and instant eye-contact, that slowly allows the contact of the characters to grow into each other; this is a star-stunning story.

Cherokee
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