by Sarina Bowen
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.
“…I always chose the mug because it was just like me. I had a rough spot that could never be made smooth again.”
Goodbye Paradise wrecked me y’all. It grabbed my heart, broke it, then made it whole again… in the sweetest way.
Josh and Caleb’s story isn’t all sunshine and roses. The things they endure to find their happily ever after are agonizing but they never give up.
If you’ve read Keepsake by Sarina Bowen, you’ve learned a little about the scary-as-hell ranch/cult where Josh and Caleb were raised. (It’s the same one where Zachariah was raised.) It’s an insanely “religious” “community” and the boys lived an extremely depressing life until they made their escape.
Escaping a place like that isn’t easy. Josh and Caleb risked life and limb to get away and the chapters describing their escape had my heart pounding.
This book follows Josh and Caleb’s journey to find happiness through an emotional roller coaster of emotions. There are heart-breaking moments that brought me to literal tears and there are heart-warming moments that made me smile. The emotional roller coaster doesn’t stop until the very end of the read but when it’s finished the emotions you’re left with are worth the ride.
I give Goodbye Paradise 5 out of 5 Krissy’s Stars.
I’m so glad that Author Sarina Bowen made the decision to re-release this story. It holds a powerful message of love and acceptance that needs to be shared.
*I was generously given an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Sarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and New Adult fiction from the wilds of Vermont.
Her Ivy Years and Brooklyn Bruisers books are hockey romance novels. These two connected series began breaking hearts in 2014 with The Year We Fell Down. See http://www.sarinabowen.com for updates.
HIM and US are the bestselling, hockey LGBT novels co-written with Elle Kennedy. HIM is also a finalist for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA® Award.
For lovers of angsty snowboarders, Sarina also writes the Gravity series, featuring snow sports heroes.
Sarina enjoys skiing, coffee products and a nice glass of wine. She lives with her family, six chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.
She would be honored to connect with you at http://www.sarinabowen.com.
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