Tuesday, March 21, 2017

[Review] Goodbye Paradise by Sarina Bowen

Title: Goodbye Paradise
Author: Sarina Bowen
Series: Hello Goodbye, Book 1
Publication Date: 03/21/2017
Format: eARC

Most people called it a cult. But for twenty years, Josh and 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.

**4 Stars**

Sarina Bowen is one of my favorite go to authors and this book was no different. Goodbye Paradise is a M/M story, but you feel for every one of the characters you meet who have had to experience life in Paradise.

Life at Paradise isn't easy but it's all they know- there is no television, no fast foods, no real luxuries, just the dirt and the hard work they've had to do to get it how it is today. Josh and Caleb live at the compound within Paradise and are expected to eventually marry, take on wives and live on the compound. There is only one problem. Josh is beyond attracted Caleb, which is a sin. One day their lives suddenly change and Josh is removed from the compound with a promise from Caleb that he will come for him. Josh expects that Caleb just sees him as his best friend, what he doesn't know is Caleb has had feelings for him as well. Once outside of the compound things change and they start the journey outside of the compound for the first time in 20 years.

I love Josh and Caleb's. You can't help but fall in love with these two and the journey they take to discover themselves, each other and life outside of Paradise. It isn't an easy road, but you watch them do everything they can to better themselves and make a life for themselves and each other. I can't wait for book 2 in the series. I hope we get to see more of Josh and Caleb and the journey of life they are on and going on.

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