The most important thing to know about "Conflicted in Paradise," Eldridge's second instalment in his saga of Damon Richards and the important women in his life, is that it'll leave you exhausted.
Every moment seems larger than life. Every female is beautiful and desirable beyond belief. Every side glance is smouldering, every sexual escapade is epic, and every emotion is worn on the sleeve and felt deeply.
Be prepared to need a nap by the time you're finished. And that's saying a lot, for a story that's essentially just a short scene setter for the next longer foray into Damon's life.
None of that is bad, however; in fact, it's what Eldridge does best.
Readers of the original "Conflicted" will remember that by the end of the tumultuous events in that story, Damon and girlfriend Amanda had decided they needed a bit of exclusivity in their relationship, to get it on solid footing. The sole exception was to be Damon's sister Kelsey, who'd been a lover to both of them.
But relationships of more than two have inherent problems, and they all hatch out during a two-week vacation in the Bahamas, courtesy of wealthy friend Stacey. Eldridge is quite good at leaving hints throughout the text that something is amiss, but whether the actual secrets are surprising, or just the result of a glitch in communications, is up to the reader to decide.
If you fell in love with Kelsey, Amanda, Stacey and Carynne in "Conflicted," then you'll just love them that much more in "Paradise." The deep affection, sex and emotion just burst off the page, and will carry the reader through sexual encounters unencumbered by any inhibitions.
The only real problem is that "Paradise" is a bit long, considering the fairly meagre amount of story covered, including a final chapter that's one of the longest in the History of Man. The odds are that Eldridge's readers won't be too bothered by that. It's just that much more time to spend with his delicious collection of women, as he sets the stage for a transition for the cast to college life.