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A Taste of Paradise [Kindle Edition]

Connie Mason
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When lovely Sophia Carlisle stowed away on a ship bound for Jamaica, she hardly expected to find Christian Radcliff at the helm. She and the captain had a turbulent history, which involved the breaking of her heart and the death by duel of his best friend. Now they would be confined together during the long journey to tropical shores, forced to share a cabin, and if Christian had it his way, a bed. But under the island moon, caressed by the balmy breeze, Sophia found herself forgetting the past and giving in to temptation. No man could arouse her senses as the swashbuckling captain did, and she had no use for prudence or propriety when in his kiss she could find…A TASTE OF PARADISE.

Editorial Reviews


Fast-paced, tense, and full of wicked desire... Publishers Weekly

"Ms Mason always provides a hot romance." Romantic Times Bookreviews

BEYOND THE HORIZON "Connie Mason is at her best! She draws readers into a fast-paced, tender and emotional historical romance the proves that love really does conquer all!" Romantic Times BookReviews

THE PRICE OF PLEASURE "Ms Mason delivers what longtime romance readers want; remarkable characters and a story that sweeps them away! Romantic Times

HIGHLAND WARRIOR "This is a one-night read that truly satisfies" Romantic Times

A TASTE OF PARADISE "This deep-sigh love story is ideal for an afternoon" Romantic Times

A KNIGHT'S HONOR "This is classic Mason. Her fans will put this at the top of her must-read lists" Romantic Times

THE PIRATE PRINCE "Mason's romances are always a feast for readers seeking passionate, exciting stories peopled with larger-than-life heroes who take your breath away" Romantic Times

SEDUCED BY A ROGUE "Another wonderful story filled with adventure, witty repartee and hot sex" Romantic Times

THE ROGUE AND THE HELLION "Ms Mason has written another winner to delight her fans who want sexual tension that leads to a hot explosion, memorable characters and a fast-paced story" Romantic Times

TO LOVE A STRANGER "Connie Mason delivers another fast-paced, sexy tale" Romantic Times

PROMISED SPLENDOR "The action never stops in this rip-roaring western. Ms. Mason's engaging characters and vibrantly colored backdrop will satisfy fans of sensual, exciting tales set during the gold rush days" Romantic Times

THE DRAGON LORD "A real keeper filled with historical fact, sizzling love scenes and wonderful characters" Romantic Times

THE OUTLAWS; SAM: "Ms Mason always provides the reader with a hot romance, filled with plot twists and wonderful characters. She is a marvelous Storyteller" RT Reviews

THE BLACK KNIGHT: "Ms Mason has written a rich medieval romance filled with tournaments, chivalry, lust and love" RT

GUNSLINGER: "Ms Mason has created memorable characters and a plot that made this reviewer rush to turn the pages . .. Gunslinger is an enduring story" RT Reviews

About the Author

Connie Mason is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of more than fifty historical romances. Her tales of passion and adventure are set in exotic as well as American locales. Connie was named Story Teller of the Year by Romantic Times and was also awarded The Career Achievement award in the Western category by Romantic Times.

When Connie was featured on a segment of the CBS news show 48 Hours, the television production devoted an entire program to the romance novel industry.

In addition to writing and traveling, Connie enjoys telling anyone who will listen about her three children and nine grandchildren, and sharing memories of her years living abroad in Europe and Asia as the wife of a career serviceman. In her spare time she enjoys reading, dancing, playing bridge and freshwater fishing. Connie makes her home in Tarpon Springs, Florida. More about Connie can be found on her website:

Product Details

  • File Size: 443 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0843954647
  • Publisher: Ten Talents Press; 1 edition (May 7, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0081KRSG0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,343 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb regency romance March 3, 2006
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In 1824, Sophia Carlisle was the center of a duel between two best friends. The survivor Christian Radcliff blames her for the death of his pal and for the subsequent scandal that erupted.

Seven years later, Sophia flees for her life from Sir Oscar Rigby stowing on a ship about to head to Jamaica. When she is found Captain Radcliff is irate as she is the person he loathes most in the world. To pay her way across the ocean, he forces her into his bed where she turns into a willing partner, but to his dismay and shock he discovers she is a virgin. Christian is totally confused as he thought she gave her self seven years ago. When Sir Oscar arrives in Kingston, Christian knows he must act to keep the woman he loves safe. He persuades her to marry him though he still wonders what really occurred back in England over seven years ago even as slave unrest threatens to erupt into open warfare.

This is a superb regency romance starring two individuals with a second chance at love if they both can move beyond their haunted past. The story line is action-packed mostly by the point and counterpoint caused by Sir Oscar. Though the plot device has been used a lot, fans will feel A TALE OF PARADISE is a refreshing historical journey especially with Jamaica providing a different milieu than the usual.

Harriet Klausner
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Passionate & Exotic March 2, 2006
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With over 50 books in print, Connie Mason does it again by providing her fans with sensual romance in an exotic setting. This time it is Jamaica. The lovely Sophia Carlisle is a pawn to her brother, as he sells her innocence away to a villian in order to pay his gambling debts. She must flee as soon as possible and stows away on the first ship leaving England. The captain of the ship, Christian Radcliff, is a nobleman who just happens to have loved Sophia years ago. He is on his way to a new life running his plantation in Jamaica. He hopes to leave his pain behind, as he continues to struggle with the guilt of murdering his best friend in a duel - the duel being fought over none other than the lovely Sophia. Shocked at being reunited, Sophia and Christian struggle with feelings past and present. In order to protect Sophia from her brother's evil plan and the danger of a slave uprising brewing on the Jamacian island, Christian marries Sophia. As their love and passion reignites, so does the danger and suspense. A Taste of Paradise is another Connie Mason book to add your historical romance collection.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 2 stars March 9, 2006
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Years ago, Christian Radcliffe and Sophia Carlisle were two sides of a love triangle that ended when he killed his best friend for the love of her. Unable to forgive Sophia or himself, Christian went to sea, never expecting to see her again, but fate brings them together when Sophia unwittingly stows away on his ship, heading for Jamaica to escape a fate worse than death. When she is caught, Chris is forced to protect her, even to the point of creating a sham relationship; however, forgotten passions begin to stir to life again. Though there are still many issues to resolve, neither can comfortably deny what they still feel. However, when Sophia's evil pursuers catch up with her, the two will have to go through with their "marriage". By this time, the thought is not too terrible. The ghost of unforgiveness lingers between them still, but something is coming that will force both Chris and Sophia to choose between love and hate.

** Exotic locales and shipboard romances hold great appeal for many readers. Though some points do not seem to be altogether logical, most readers will be able to overlook these minor issues to enjoy the tale. **

Amanda Killgore
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Those of us who have read hundreds of romance novels are very familiar with Mason's style. I read Connie Mason stories after I have read something deep and haunting. (i.e. Marsha Canham's "Blood of Roses" series, Julia Garnett's "The Scotsman", Shannon Drake's "Come the Morning" series, etc.) After being emotionally blown away, I need to read something light and simple. Mason's books are softer soap opera type stories. A very good buffer between the soul- haunting stories.

I also like the fact that Mason strives to present places and historical events that most other authors never touch. When you want to experience a land and culture that has not been used time and time again, Mason has some good books to choose from. "A Taste of Paradise" is one of those books. It is a journey to the tropical island of Jamaica. The slave tragedy of 1831 is at it's root.

The story:

Christian Radcliff is an Englishman who is haunted by guilt. Seven years ago he killed his best friend in a duel over a woman. In his distress, Chris took to the sea. After years of running a shipping business, he has made himself rich. He is ready for a new adventure. He finds it in Jamaica. He wins a sugarcane plantation in a card game. This plantation will be his future. Despite how far he has come, he can not forget the woman he loved, nor forgive himself for killing his friend over her.

Sophia Carlisle is a high- born English lady. However, her father and step- brother have put the family in dept. At the age of seventeen she fell in love with Christian Radcliff. She desperately wants to marry Chris, but her father forces her to accept the proposal of Chris's wealthy best friend, Desmond. To her horror, the two friends duel for her hand. Desmond is killed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars ... ago was the reason for a duel between 2 best friends. She had...
Sophia Carlisie seven years ago was the reason for a duel between 2 best friends. She had wanted to marry Christian Radcliff who was the victor but her father forbid it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by callie
5.0 out of 5 stars A Taste of Paradise
a beautiful get away from real life... I just love these kind of books... gets the mind going and you just can't put it down until your eyes cross...
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Warning: Rape abounds in the first 13% of this book
I didn't read any further because RAPE. In the first 13% of the book, we have a stepbrother selling the heroine for rape, an attempted rape by the buyer, AND a completed rape of... Read more
Published 12 months ago by C. M. Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars another great one book
Another book really written well by Connie Mason, again with romance, suspense that kept me guessing! I am hooked on her books
Published 15 months ago by pbailey
4.0 out of 5 stars A hot read?
Great read, enjoyed the fast paced writing.
Enjoyed the characters and the relationship of each.
Will read more by this author.
Published 18 months ago by Beverly S. Prewitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice
Excellent read! The book is exciting and sexy. Chemistry between H/h is great. I finished it in one afternoon. I recommend!
Published 18 months ago by Workingmom
5.0 out of 5 stars A Taste of Paradise
As usual Connie Mason has given us another great read! I love reading books by her. If I could give 10 stars I would.
Published 20 months ago by Angela Wilmoth
5.0 out of 5 stars Passionate & Exotic!
With over 60 books in print, Connie Mason does it again by providing her fans with sensual romance in an exotic setting. This time it is Jamaica. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Beverly Romance Books
4.0 out of 5 stars Historical Romances
I am absolutely addicted to historical romances and love to read about historical periods, the way they dressed and lived
Published on January 28, 2013 by Mariska
5.0 out of 5 stars Romance
I love Connie Mason! Loved the book and can't wait to catch up with her recent publications. It's romance - enjoy!
Published on January 6, 2009 by J. PREVEAUX
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Connie Mason has dozens of historical romances in print, is frequently on bestseller lists, and gets wonderful reviews. She lives in Clermont, Florida.

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