Sarah's 2¢: Goodbye Paradise by Sarina Bowen

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. 


➜ iBooks: soon


Goodbye Paradise is Sarina Bowen's latest venture into M/M territory.  It's a complete standalone but mentions a few things about Zach from Keepsake, but reads perfectly by itself.  

Josh and Caleb escaped a religious cult to live life on their own in the free world.  We follow their story of hitchhiking, learning about life outside of religion and coming into their own as a couple.  

I know I rated this book three stars and that's abnormal for me considering my love for Sarina's writing.  It is a great story, I'd love to even have more from them in the future.  The only thing that truly rubbed me the wrong way was Caleb's sexual prowess.  I'm not adverse to alpha males, I love them.  I just didn't understand why and how Caleb knew so much about sex, sex terms, etc. while living in a cult for his entire life?  They were sexually repressed.  They'd never kissed each other let alone a woman before but Caleb just had all the bases covered.  That was a slip for me.

As I stated previously, I absolutely adore Sarina's writing and enjoyed this story.  I'm not discounting it at all and you may love the book and find my negative point to be moot and dumb, that's the great thing about books!  No two people read the same thing.

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