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 desires a 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.
The two find themselves homeless in a world that doesn’t want him. Can Caleb find safety? And can he 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.
"A fantastic, unforgettable story! This book will make you cheer, cry, and swoon so hard! I adored it!" - Laura Kaye, New York Times bestselling author of the Hard Ink series
‘“Goodbye Paradise’ is calibrated, controlled storytelling done with much panache and aplomb.” - Unstuck Pages
“From the very first page I was hooked. I loved the story so much!!” - Happily Ever After
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Another winner from Sarina Bowen
This latest book from one of my favorite authors does not disappoint. Bowen does a great job tracing the journey of the two protagonists from an isolated religious cult to freedom in Massachusetts. Caleb is anxious to shake off the remnants of the cult's influence but Josh has a harder time unlearning all the things he was taught, especially those that made him feel unloved, unworthy and unable to be himself.
The reader will enjoy watching these two find their way in this new world as well as finding their own worth, something that is much harder for Josh. Several scenes are heartbreaking and the precipitating event is crushing. I felt like I was there experiencing the torment, that's how great a job the author does in writing it.
Highly recommend this book...as well as all the others of Bowen's various series.
sweet, spicy NA
I love the way this author delivers interesting and emotional stories with deep down good characters. Josh and Caleb were raised in a religious cult. Growing up the way they did is a handicap in many ways, but it also gives them a certain genuineness. Caleb was given a little more freedom to go out into the world when the group had a need that couldn't be met on the compound. Josh wasn't allowed on the outside until he was cast out so he struggles more with knowing what's truly good or bad, dangerous or safe. I love him to pieces.
Although the boys have been sheltered from a lot of things, they have always been attracted to each other so it doesn't take long for things to heat up when they are allowed to be their true selves. This is an endearing romance with loads of wonderful people and plenty of sexy. If you are a fan of this author or MM, new adult, sweet n' spicy romance, you should give Goodbye Paradise a go.
Sweet wonderfully written
Sarina does it again. This book contained two wonderfully well written characters that you will enjoy going with on their journey with a sweet supporting cast of characters. I could not put it down. It was sweet felt emotional journey.