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Trouble in Paradise

by Carolyn Brown

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This book is the third entry in the Paradise series, but it is a great stand alone read. I haven't read the first two books yet, but I do have them and plan to read them in the very near future--and have plans to read any that come out in the future. This book is a great winter escape mechanism. Not only is there a mystery to be solved, there is also a lot of humor included. Madison's mother is so much fun!! I love the fact that the main character is a very self-sufficient woman who definitely knows how to take care of herself.
I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own. ( )
  TeresaKander | Nov 25, 2014 |
This is a fast paced book that doesn't let you get bored. This was the first book I read in this series and as soon as I get a few free minutes I'll be reading the first two. Luckily, it all made sense but I'm sure the first two would be just as good of a read as this one was.

The story gets you hooked with the first few pages and then just sucks you in. The characters are all very well developed so it makes it easy to follow. I can't wait to see what's next! ( )
  joshsmama05 | Nov 23, 2014 |
The third book in an excellent series, it's all kicking off in the Keys, Madison and buddies are knee deep in trouble and have iou's to the big hitters in the area. How much trouble one lady can land herself in as well as trying to help her friends is unbelievable. The whole team has to give everything if they are all to survive.

This novel is full of excitement, sexual tension and romances and superbly backed up with humorous quips. The characters have grown into a very moulded group and their traits shine through.

Another very easy but enthralling read and a lot more going on, odd jobs for the local don, problems of trying to evict troublesome residents and also solve the mystery of a man floating in the local waters.

The women will love the hunks with their dark sides and overprotective nature, with the female characters trying to prove they can live and survive without them, which adds a touch of feminism to the story. The fast cars, the gun tottering and dodgy characters embellished in a warm weather climate makes a rip roaring read. ( )
  beckvalleybooks | Nov 20, 2014 |
Madison is the best friend that everyone deserves in life! She has got your back no matter what happens. As the holidays arrive and family descends upon you, take a moment to lose your self in Madison's family; They'll make yours look more normal than ever.

Murder, mystery, and mayhem are running rampant in Tarpon Cove and it is up to Madison to save the day. Sit back, relax, and watch the bodies hit the floor!

I really am loving this series! With each book, I find myself wishing I had more to read from Brown! ( )
  AGlutenFreeMom | Nov 17, 2014 |
Trouble in Paradise by Deborah Brown is a 2014 Paradise Books publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is my kind of cozy mystery novel. It's a combination of mystery, romance, friends, and family with lots of humor capping it off.
In Tarpon Cove, the usually very talkative residents suddenly clam up when a fisherman turns up death and foul play is suspected. Madison is a private detective itching for a case. Despite her boyfriend Zach's objection to her current occupation, she is determined to find out the truth about the suspicious death. Teaming up with Madison is her good friend Fab, who is a riot. Add to the mix Madison's mother, who is always interfering in her love life, her brother Brad and his new girl, and having inherited her aunt's rent cottages, which is littered with some real lowlifes involved in who knows what kind of illegal activities. Having to earn her detective license, Madison is also being sent out of some of the strangest cases you could imagine.

Madison and Fab make a great team, even if they have some rather odd cases and have an unusual way of getting things solved. I loved the tropical locale and the secondary characters, all of whom were well written, some playing it straight and others a bit on the quirky side. Occasionally, the story got a little too busy and too many people were involved which had me mixing a few things up once or twice. Other than that, this is a really fun mystery, action packed, with characters you will want to keep in touch with for a long time to come. This one is stars. ( )
  gpangel | Nov 2, 2014 |
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A head cheerleader and a star quarterback find love two decades after high school in Brown's latest romantic confection. Successful romance novelist Mary Jane Marsh Simmons, the divorced mother of seven daughters under age 14, has just bought Paradise, a grand fixer-upper—formerly a brothel—in her hometown of Nacona, Tex., and asked former classmate Joe Clay Carter to be her live-in, six-day-a-week handyman. They exchange some flirty barbs—Joe's loved Mary since high school; Mary finds Joe cute but cocky—and the deal is done. Soon Joe, who ostensibly hates kids, is living amid minor bedlam at Paradise. The girls love him immediately and plot cleverly to bring Mary and Joe together. But Mary's a spitfire and Joe's reluctant: though "he would have given his stocks and bonds portfolio to kiss her awake and bare his soul to her," he doesn't. And while Mary's stomach churns every time Joe looks at her, she can't trust him because her last husband was such a creep. It's obvious that they're perfect for each other, but maybe all that good food Mary cooks in between tossing off bestsellers like grocery lists has dulled their wits.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 080349744X, Hardcover)

After her divorce, best-selling romance author, Mary Jane Marsh Simmons decided to move all seven of her girls out of the big city and back home to her hometown, Nacona, Texas. So when the last remaining relative of Miz Raven died and the Paradise was put on the market, she bought it, an old house that had been a brothel during the cattle trial days in Spanish Fort, Texas.

Joe Clay Carter had just retired from twenty years in the Marines, Special Forces. He'd lived through wars and rumors of wars and decided to go home to Nacona to do nothing but play poker, draw his retirement check and enjoy life. Two weeks later he was bored stiff, his motel room closing in on him, and he was seriously thinking of reenlisting until high old high school crush, Mary Jane, came to his door asking him to remodel her new house.

As teenagers Mary Jane never gave Joe Clay a second glance, so he was surprised by her offer. Immediately they shook on the deal and he moved into her house to get started. Much to his surprise, the house came filled to the roof with little girls, good food, and crazy conversation, all wrapped up in a house that needed a minor miracle to fix by Christmas. He wasn't sure if he could get it done in time but he was willing to try. If only Mary Jane was willing to give him a chance too.

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After her divorce, bestselling romance author Mary Jane Marsh Simmons decided to move all seven of her girls out of the big city and back to her small hometown of Nacona, Texas. So when the last remaining relative of Miz Raven died and the Paradise was put on the market, she bought it, an old house that had been a brothel during the cattle trail days in Spanish Fort, Texas. Joe Clay Carter had just retired from twenty years in the Marines, Special Forces. He'd lived through wars and rumors of wars and decided to go home to Nacona to do nothing but play poker, draw his retirement check, and enjoy life. Two weeks later he was bored stiff, his motel room closing in on him, and he was seriously thinking of re-enlisting. Suddenly, his high school crush, Mary Jane, appeared at his door asking him to remodel her new house. As teenagers Mary Jane never gave Joe Clay a second glance, so he was surprised by her offer. Immediately they shook on the deal and he moved into her house to get started. Much to his surprise, the house came filled to the roof with little girls, good food, and crazy conversations, all wrapped up in a house that needed a minor miracle to fix by Christmas. He wasn't sure if he could get it done in time but he was willing to try. If only Mary Jane was willing to give him a chance too.… (more)

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