Saturday, March 17, 2018

Goodbye Paradise by Sarina Bowen (audiobook)

Title: Goodbye Paradise
Author: Sarina Bowen
My Rating: A-
Narrator: Teddy Hamilton and Dake Bliss

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Hello Goodbye #1
Main Characters: Josh and Caleb
Release Date: May 2017 (audiobook)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
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.

My Review:
Overall: 4.25
Performance: 4.25 
Story: 4.25

Ooh, I loved this book and I loved how it tied into the True North series...easter eggs...LOVE them. 

Josh and Caleb grew up in the cult, Paradise. The problem with a cult built on polygamy...there are too many boys so when they grow up, they're systematically kicked out for "crimes". This was what was happening to Josh. Luckily Caleb saw it coming and had made plans for the two of them. He ran when Josh was kicked out. 

What Josh never realized was that Caleb was gay, too, and just as in love with Josh as Josh was with him. But with their upbringing, they were always taught that homosexuality is an awful sin. 

This whole book is all about how these two guys figure out how to live in the real world...which they've never done. In fact, Josh has never been exposed to the real world at all. It all seems so impossible, but that made it such a good book. In the middle of all that, they are also trying to navigate a homosexual relationship...something that Josh especially has problems with. 

There was so much good about this book. I loved how Josh found his place in this small family and the bond that developed between him and the baby. 

Overall, this book was just excellent and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. And I was so pleasantly surprised to discover that there's a second book in the series.

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