REVIEW – GOODBYE PARADISE by SARINA BOWEN
This book was sweet and I absolutely found myself falling in love with the two main characters.
M/M is not one of my go to genres to be honest I have only read one M/M book before diving into this one. I went into this book blind so other then knowing it was M/M I had no clue at all what sort of storyline I was getting.
This book starts off with Caleb and Josh working in a field. They are part of a extremely religious group, one may goes as far to say even a cult. Strict in their beliefs, survival of the fittest almost.
Eventually both end up leaving their home and and are thrust into the real world, which neither of very comfortable nor are they aware of how things work. This story follows the two and they try to find their way also coming to term with the secret attraction they have to one another.
I loved both characters and I felt like the truly were perfect for one another. Caleb is the strong, protective type and truly cares for everyone. Josh is the nurturing one, so quiet almost unsure of himself at times. They find refuge with Maggie who was also a member of the community they came from.
This book for me had some tender moments that made my heart smile. some steamy chemistry between Josh and Caleb as they navigate a relationship that they are just not sure would be accepted. There is a bit of Angst as well as a decision is made that honestly had my heart pounding for both Josh and Caleb.
I loved this book and I do want more from these two to see what their future is like.
Steamy with moments of sweet tenderness, resilience, the fight to survive and make a life of their own and hope. That is what this book was for me. Would definitely recommend this to those that read M/M and those that normally wouldn’t but are looking to expand their reading into other genres.
My Rating ~ 4 Stars
Most people called it a cult. But for twenty years, Josh & Caleb called it home.
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 counter. This book was previously released under the title: In Front of God & Everyone. For more about its previous publication, you can read this blog post.