Title: Goodbye Paradise
Author: Sarina Bowen
Genres: Romance, M/M
Release Day: March 21st, 2017
ARC was kindly provided from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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.

5 stars! 

“He was the last one I saw before I closed my eyes at night and the first person I looked for when I opened them again in the morning.”

Books like this one remind me why I love reading so much. That emotional connection with the characters and getting lost in the story.. amazing! Engaging, beautifully written with lovable characters and utterly captivating, I could not put it down, Caleb and Josh… I adore them!

“Hi baby,” he said under his breath. He leaned in and kissed me on the lips, right in front of God and everyone.

The story starts with Caleb and Josh being in a cult known as Paradise. This isn’t the first book I’ve read that featured characters being in a cult but I liked how the cult was presented; we got a solid background, just enough to navigate the beginning of the story and the setting and then, throughout the story we got little pieces of information that helped put the puzzle pieces together. Paradise is a hard place to live, like all cults, men are treated like kings, married to multiple women and young boys are working hard to earn their place in Paradise and eventually be allowed to marry their first wife.

“Caleb,” he whispered against my skin. “Just make me yours.”
“You,” I said, kissing him on the forehead, “are already mine.”

The two boys were close since they were kids and Josh has these feelings for Caleb he knows he can’t ever be allowed to voice; after an incident he is thrown out of the compound and soon Caleb follows him.

Nothing had ever felt better than lying in Caleb’s arms.

Their relationship progresses quickly as they feel free out of the compound, Caleb taking some major steps and showing Josh that being together is not a sin; the progression felt natural even if it was fast, they were both acting on suppressed feelings they’ve had for years and the few exploratory steps quickly turned into a lot more. Slowly, they build a life together, after they find another one who escaped Paradise to help them get on their feet and it was so addictive reading about them, navigating life and at the same time getting used to being together without fearing for their life. To say that I loved it would be an understatement, it was so beautifully written and it felt so real and so powerful, I loved ever word of it and I’ve already re-read it twice!

about the author

Sarina Bowen is the author of The Ivy Years, an award-winning series set amid the hockey team at an elite Connecticut college. Also, the The Gravity series. Sarina has begun a new Vermont contemporary romance series, True North. She’s also unrolled new hockey novels from Penguin Berkley including Rookie Move.



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