- File Size: 1921 KB
- Print Length: 228 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: MLR Press (June 28, 2017)
- Publication Date: June 28, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B073H2SX3Y
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,794,813 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Freedoms Shore Kindle Edition
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The story is told first person point of view and flows like a journal for young nineteen year old Adam. In a true confessions-style, he begins his three months summer job expecting merely to get over a recent break up, but then impetuously and daringly begins letting his inner desires out to play. First it is learning he has a naturalist tendency and the freeing feeling of nudity, but then more shocking he discovers that he is no longer bi-sexual in spirit, but gay in actuality as he crushes, unrequitedly it seems, on his student of the same age and steadily ups the ante with each beach encounter.
The story takes its time and I admit that my mind drifted occasionally particularly through Adam's each and every sexual encounter. They weren't bad and in a way they furthered the plot, but they were numerous- young, energetic man on a journey of sexual discover so this was not a shocker.
There is a romance in Freedoms Shore, but it was the bittersweet sort of Adam's unreturned feelings for another handsome young man who seems to blow hot and cold in his friendship. The reader catches on before Adam- or at least I did- and waits for their interrupted conversations to lead some place interesting.
The book ends on a happy for now scenario which makes sense after what came before it.
I enjoy coming of age and self-discovery type stories so I was glad to read this one. It is erotic in that Adam's kink is exhibitionism and voyeurism and he has several progressively more heated encounters as he explores his new-found sexuality and self so it will not be for everyone. I would recommend it for those who would appreciate a New Adult M/M Erotic Romance.
Adam has always done what he thinks is the right going to do as far as dating women and suppressing who he is really attracted to. So when the opportunity arises to teach English in Spain Adam jumps at the chance to have a break from his normal reality.
What Adam did not expect was to be able to finally explore that idea of what he may be without anyone judging him for his choices. Adam walked out onto a nude beach for the first time in his life only to be able to finally start to accept a part of him that he has denied for too long. He is gay.
The more Adam is able to openly explore who he is the happier and more lighthearted he becomes. The only problem is onenof his students, Javier is the one he finds he most attractive and Adam is not even sure if he is gay. So Adam continues on his self exploration and crushes silently on the man he is starting to fall in love with.
When Adam finally realizes that Javier may also be gay, it is almost time to return home again.
Can these two figure out a way to make things work between them with the distance or will it just be a summer love that will never go anywhere else?
This was a good read. It is really a lighthearted read about self discovery. I enjoyed reading this book though it did end with me questioning Adam and Javier's future or lack there of. Other then that it was an amazing read. I look forward to more books by Adam Arkin in the future.
Was given this galley copy for free for an open and honest review (less)
Adam wonders to his first gay nudist beach having no idea what to expect..new to the area of the coast of Spain he yearns to experience his desires with another man.
Teaching english in a foreign country and its beautiful beaches was a huge plus even if was only for 3 months. Teaching Javier, a 19 yr in exchange for room and board..
Oops a very unexpected meeting being both caught in the nude with their introductions made. The instant attraction was there immediately and both are shy about it. (amazon.au)