Tuesday, March 21, 2017

ARC Review:Goodbye Paradise by Sarina Bowen

 Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 21, 2017


In Paradise, there is no television. No fast food. Just long hours of farm work and prayer on a dusty Wyoming ranch, and nights in a crowded bunkhouse. The boys of the Compound are kept far from the sinners’ world.

But Joshua doesn’t need temptation to sin. His whole life, he’s wanted his best friend, Caleb. By day they work side by side. Only when Josh closes his eyes at night can they be together the way he craves. 

It can never be. And his survival depends on keeping his terrible desires secret.
Caleb has always protected Josh against the worst of the bullying at the Compound. But he has secrets of his own, and a plan to get away — until it all backfires. 

Josh finds himself homeless in a world that doesn’t want him. Can Caleb find him in time? And will they find a place of safety, where he can admit to Josh how he really feels? 

Warning: Contains a hot male/male romance, copious instances of taking the Lord's name in vain, and love against the kitchen counterThis book was previously released under the title: In Front of God & Everyone. For more about its previous publication, you can read this blog post.

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What I thought about Goodbye Paradise

Josh and Caleb may have escaped from the polygamist cult in Paradise, but building a new life from nothing isn't all that easy, especially with the attraction between them getting more difficult to hide or deny. With the help of a good samaritan, they make their way from Wyoming to Massachusetts, seeking refuge with another former Paradise resident.

Maggie and her husband Daniel open their home to Josh and Caleb, where they find everything awkward, including exploring their sexuality with their benefactors within earshot. The building relationship delivers on the heat between Josh and Caleb as they make good use of their alone time.  Equally interesting was how Josh and Caleb had to deal with accepting Maggie and Daniel's hospitality and the influence of their religious upbringing.

I loved just about everything in this book. The characters are immediately engaging and I fell right into the story of Josh and Caleb building their life from nothing. Maggie and Daniel were awesome too, and there was a sense of goodness and honor throughout Goodbye Paradise that just warmed my heart and left me smiling.

The ending was unexpected and gut-wrenching in that good way. I don't want to give anything away, so I'll just say again that I loved everything about this book. It kept me up reading to the finish in the wee hours of the morning.


 ARC provided for review.  


About the Author

 Sarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She lives in Vermont's Green Mountains with her family, six chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.



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