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?
*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*
The first two words that come to mind after finishing Goodbye Paradise by Sarina Bowen is sweet, and innocence. Considering it contains explicit male on male sex scenes, not what you immediately might think.
It’s mostly the characters. Josh and Caleb grew up in a cult, where they had to follow some harsh rules. Definitely no falling in love with your best friend.
While both are great guys, even after leaving/kicked out of that place, there is still a certain sweetness about them. Both are discovering this whole new world, and it’s filled with wonder. I loved seeing it through their eyes, the things we might take for granted.
Goodbye Paradise was a sweet romance story. Far less intense than I was expecting. Josh and Caleb are likeable characters, and seeing them finally being able to be themselves feels liberating.