Happy Release Day to Sarina Bowen – Goodbye Paradise is live! I really loved this story and fell head over heels in love with Caleb and Josh! I’m excited to share this book and my review today, I hope you’ll check it out! We’ve also got a sneak peak at the cover of the next book, Hello Forever!
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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.
I am definitely a Sarina Bowen fan and I have to admit that from the blurb I was a little concerned about where this story would take me, but it was fantastic! I absolutely fell in love with Caleb and Josh and their journey! I found this to be a very positive, sweet story about true love and finding yourself.
Caleb and Josh were born and raised on the Compound, a cult cut off from the regular world. They live in a sheltered, religious life but not a good one. Caleb’s family is respected in the Compound so he doesn’t have it too rough,but it’s not the life he wants. Josh’s story is a bit different. No great family lines, no talent for the work he’s expected to do and his biggest problem is the fantasies he has about Caleb. No one can ever know though. Caleb is respected and he’s his best friend. When Josh is unexpectedly kicked out of the Compound, it’s Caleb who runs away to save him.
The two boys know they are going to need help, and luckily there is someone who ran away years ago who they know they can turn to for help. Maggie made it out and has made it known that she will help anyone else escaping that place. They have to get there though, they are in Wyoming and Maggie lives in Massachusetts. Josh and Caleb definitely have a journey ahead of them, getting across the country and finally discovering their true feelings for each other.
I absolutely loved the progression of their relationship, the strong love they have for each other and how they overcome the struggles of their upbringing together. Caleb has such a wonderful strength in reassuring Josh that their love is a good, beautiful thing and not something to be ashamed of. This really is a story of growing and loving and finding your place in the world. Both men struggle as they try to assimilate into a new world but they learn and grow, and do it together. Of course, there’s a little blip for these two but even then you see how strong their love is.
Overall, I loved this story. It was something different and these characters are powerful and beautiful souls that you just can’t help but root for. Josh and Caleb, along with Maggie and her family will absolutely touch your heart and make you smile. Total swoonworthy read and I can’t wait to read the next book!
*I received an advanced copy to voluntarily review for The Geekery Book Review