You don't need to own a Kindle device to enjoy Kindle books. Download one of our FREE Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on all your devices.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Digital List Price: $5.24
Kindle Price: $3.99

Save $1.25 (24%)

includes tax, if applicable

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Paradise Fought: Abel (Paradise Stories) by [Dunbar, L.B.]
Kindle App Ad

Paradise Fought: Abel (Paradise Stories) Kindle Edition

5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
$3.99

Length: 272 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Language: English

Kindle Daily Deal: Save at least 70%
Each day we unveil a new book deal at a specially discounted price - for that day only. See today's deal or sign up for the newsletter

Product description

Product Description

I'm not a fighter.
I was born into a fighting family. As the middle child, I was overlooked in favor of my older brother.
He took the negative attention, too. In comparison, there's nothing special about me.
I’m not as big as Cobra. I’m not as strong as Cobra. He's the alpha.
I'm a beta.
The second son.
The lesser one.
The one never encouraged to fight, never encouraged to do anything, but stay out of my father’s way.

I'm not a lover either - but I wished to be – that’s why I needed her.
I met a girl in the pouring rain.
Sounds cliché, but it's true. It changed everything.
Because of love, I learned to fight.

Betas come second, but in this fight, my story is first.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2376 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1523756047
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B017V0VWVM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #222,462 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?

click to open popover

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
1
4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See the customer review
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Kindle Edition
In a move reminiscent of several 80's teenage romcoms, Abel, upon finding Elma in serious financial straits, offers to pay her tuition for her, and in return, asks for ... coaching. Not in what to do with a girl once he's got one, but rather in how to attract their attention in the first place.

As the younger son, Abel's always been the one being ignored. As the small child, the one overlooked, and he's more than ready for all of that to change.

But that's about where the resemblance between this story and those comedies ends.This story isn't a funny one. Not only is Abel on a mission to find and keep a girl, but he's also on a mission to prove to his family, and to himself, that he should never have been ignored and denied opportunities the way he had been. He intends to prove that the only way they'll understand, with his fists and in a ring.

As a fighter, he goes by the the name Betta (a kind of fish more commonly known as a Siamese fighting fish) and its here that L.B. Dunbar​ does something rather unique. Not only does she use the betta as a metaphor for describing Abel, which wouldn't be remarkable at all, but she extends that metaphor right through the book, coming back to it again and again in different ways and drawing out different parallels. Further, she then goes and brings in other fish and ocean metaphors as if the lonesome betta wasn't enough and sprinkles them liberally through the book.

If that wasn't enough, the rather obvious biblical allusion to the sons of Adam, Cain and Abel is brought up, and in line with that, there's an assortment of biblical references and language used in key places, but what delighted me was that the characters were self aware.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)

Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars 103 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the modern twist on a old tale! 26 January 2016
By Tammi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Wow!!! What a book! What a powerful story! I loved it, I could not put it down. I was first hooked with Cain's story Paradise Tempted a prequel novella but this is Abel's story. The way the author took the bible story we all know and made it modern was amazing, she is a true story teller.
Abel and Elma frustrated me beyond belief. Misunderstandings, lack of communication and down right stubbornness made me want to throw my Kindle. I absolutely love a book that brings so much emotion.
The battle between brothers caused by the evilness of the father kept me on the edge. I was mesmerized they fought for love, each believing the other had done him wrong. A brothers bond is strong but is the breaking point the love of a woman.
I cannot wait for the next book!!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dunbar has talent. 28 January 2016
By Spiffy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
OH how I'm such an LB Dunbar junkie!!! Tag line for Abel's books Fight. For. Love. its just what this book is about.
For his whole life Abel has never been good enough, always weak, small, less. Always hating himself Able decides to change it. One of the things Abel is going to change is being clueless around girls. Abel needs help with that and gets (or forces by paying however you want to look at it) Elma.
Elma is just trying to take care of her mom and get revenge on her brothers death. When Abel steps in to help Elma is roped in helping Abel.
There is too many misunderstandings or jumping to conclusions between theses two that make for some great angst. Because of this, Paradise Fought reminded me of Fragrance Free, part of the Sensations Collections, and I loved it all!!! There's not twist or turns just a beautiful love story.
One of my favorite quotes "You never saw me, Elma, even when I was right in front of you."
*see that's heartbreaking, I just wanna grab Abel and let him know I see him.
I'm just in love with is book and hope many others will love it as well.
5.0 out of 5 stars keeper!!! 12 June 2016
By Carrie Marie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Abel & Elma's story is a quick spark igniting a slow burn. It's beautiful & heartbreaking & page turning. It's about finding love and fighting for it, and fighting, and fighting... It took me a little while to connect w/ Elma. I wasn't sure about her. Abel, I connected with more quickly. His story resonated with my heart. I know, I know, that sounds so... cliche! But, really, I just wanted to hug him. And then I wanted to hug Elma, once I'd warmed up to her. I wanted to protect them both & push them past all the misunderstandings & miscommunications they were going through!

Their story is also about family, and how mistakes can be made even when trying to protect each other. Abel's relationship with Cain reminds me of another brotherly duo (Sherrilyn Kenyon's Acheron & Styxx), and I wanted to hug them & smack them at the same time, and tell them to quit acting like enemies & hug it out! Their form of therapy was a littttle different... But oh so therapeutic!

I really enjoyed this story, the style & cadence of the writing, and I'm looking forward to reading Cain's story - but I think I need a buffer book first! The depth of emotion is amazingly well written & I may have a book hangover... : )
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was awesome. This book had all the different emotions that ... 26 January 2016
By Kathleen Burcham - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
LB Dunbar has done it again. This book was awesome. This book had all the different emotions that one could think of. I have never really read any MMA type books before but I do watch MMA, but I can tell you that she did a great job at describing the fight scenes.

Abel is one who feels that is he second best because he is the second son. His older brother Cain is the prized MMA fighter of the family. Abel meets Elma at school and in time learns that Cain fought her brother and died during the match, but Elma feels that Cain killed him. Bent on revenge, Elma wants Cain to pay. This book will keep you turning the pages, as I had a hard time putting it down once I finally had the time to sit down and read it. I highly recommend this book. :)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Knock Out 26 January 2016
By Karen Hrdlicka - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Storytelling is an art, and LB Dunbar is a master storyteller. I have read everything Ms. Dunbar has written and I am always wanting to read more. I have never read a book set in the fight world but after reading Paradise Fought: Abel that may change. Elma and Abel's story is beautifully told and grabs the reader's heartstrings and refuses to let go. Ms. Dunbar creates well developed characters that act and react well with each other, and the story flows well.
As readers, we often seek out books about alpha males, thinking them to be the superior of the male species. Ms. Dunbar's story shows that betas are equally as alluring as any alpha male. Like all beta males, Abel has to work harder for everything in his life. His father appears to despise him and favor his older brother, Cain. His brother has protected him from his father's wrath for years, but Abel wants to change his life. Seeking to make his way in the fight world, he starts fighting in an underground ring in college. He also wants to make his way into the world of women and their pleasures. Little does he know that when Elma reappears in his life, many things will change. They sensually dance around each other as they spar to gain the upper hand in their budding relationship.
The relationship between Elma and Abel is tenuous at first, and then takes off like a rollercoaster. Their journey is full of twists and turns. There are unexpected events that test both Elma and Abel. Their relationship is, at times, hot and sexy and then cool and distant. Family secrets are revealed and Cain may have a secret or two of his own. I am anxious to read Cain's book to get the rest of the story.