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. For more about its previous publication, you can read this blog post.
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Caleb and Joshua (Josh) grew up on a polygamist religious compound. One that most of us would consider a cult. Their world revolved around working at the farm and prayer. Caleb and Josh have been best friends since they could remember. These men were to eventually get themselves ready to have a large family which included many wives. But Josh was always seen as the weak one. He was bullied by his peers. Caleb was always the one to step in for him. To shield him from all the evil thrown at Josh that he could. And Josh has always been grateful for this. The truth is he’s in love with Caleb. Always has been. But he knows Caleb will never feel the same. Until Josh is forced from the compound. Homeless. Lost. Forgotten. Little did he know that Caleb had plans. And they’ve included him. Always.
“Whether I’m stupid or smart, and whether you still love me anymore, or not. I never could help loving you. It’s just the way I’m wired.”
This story was truly a tumultuous and heart wrenching journey. Two men who grew up believing their feelings were a sin are now in the real in the real world and they are left to fend for themselves. And they must learn so much that as people we take for granted. These two have so many obstacles to overcome. And their sexual orientation is just the beginning. I don’t want to give too much away regarding the plot. But you get the privilege of watching love in it’s rawest form. When they realize their feelings for each other there are no constraints. Their guards come down. The shame no more when they are together. They do fear what others may think. And that becomes a point of contention between them. They’ve escaped the cult, but they know that doesn’t guarantee that the outside world is going to accept them either. All I will say here is that their journey is worth it. Read this book!
I think the author is brave for writing a story such as this. Not that religion takes a huge part in this book, but it puts things into perspective. To live a life that you were always told was wrong. The author challenges the reader to truly see things from Caleb and Josh’s eyes. This is so much more than a friends to lover story. Fans of M/M will love this as well as those who have never read M/M. In true Sarina Bowen fashion, things do get steamy but this further adds to the passion between these two men. Their intimate moments give such depth to the story and how these two best friends found the greatest love in each other. I found Goodbye Paradise to be authentic and genuine in its depiction of love in the face of fear and the unknown.
Sarina Bowen writes steamy, angsty Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction from the wilds of Vermont.
She is the author of The Ivy Years, an award-winning series set amid the hockey team at an elite Connecticut college.
Waiting for more Ivy Years? You can read more about upcoming volumes in the four book series athttp://www.sarinabowen.com/theivyyears
Also, the Gravity series.
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