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- File Size : 3538 KB
- Publication Date : March 21, 2017
- Print Length : 268 pages
- Publisher : Rennie Road Books (March 21, 2017)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B06XH3H48G
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #105,811 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This one was tough to rate. I am right between 1 star for didn't like it and 2 for it was OK. I will go with 1,5 rounded up, because I enjoyed parts of it. It started pretty well actually. I have read some stories with religious cults, but this one was the most boring of them all. Maybe it's all my fault for diving in with big expectations. There are SO many 4 and 5 stars reviews, so I had such big hopes. Ugh, I never learn!!
I expected much more here. For some reasons I didn't think the main characters would leave the compound so fast. And after they were free they didn't really face any challenges. They were fortunate enough to meet Washington, then they got to Maggie and Daniel's house and everything kind of fell into place. Then nothing really happens! Caleb works. Josh takes care of Maggie's baby girl. Months pass, they hide their relationship. There are some hot scenes, but I think it all happened a little too fast and wasn't credible at all.
When Miriam came into their lives I had no idea what would happen. I didn't see it coming, Caleb wanting to marry her and for what.. some sort of duty and misplaced anger?! How was he responsible for what happened to her?? He didn't abandon her there, she chose to stay. And yes, what happened to her was horrible, but to want to marry her and be a father to her child is NOT OK!!! Especially when he said he loved Josh and Maggie and Daniel already knew about their relationship. I rolled my eyes big time and finished the book only because I was buddy reading it with my best friend, but it was a struggle... I found this story simple, bland and nothing really happened...
Their wedding was sweet, but that's just it. Yes, they get their HEA and Washington being there for the big moment was endearing, but I just wished they would have taken down the compound, saved the other young girls, inform the authorities, I don't know... SOMETHING! ANYTHING! Ugh!!!
I'm sure I will forget this in a few days. Nothing made me enjoy the story, nothing worth remembering anyway. Or maybe I will remember that Caleb was determined to marry a woman, even if he was gay, and said he loved Josh... still he was determined to make such a big mistake! He hurt Josh, and was about to condemn himself to a miserable life with a woman who deserved to find someone who loved her!!! What was he thinking?!? It was beyond childish and stupid!!!
So I am disappointed and I don't think I will read the second book in the series. I reached my limit.
Josh and Caleb, the two MCs, grew up in a cult. All they ever known in life is what they were taught through their leaders. In this cult, if you are not man enough than you get tossed out. That is what happens to Josh. He has always been different and knew he didn't quite fit in with the men in his cult. They always degraded him and made him feel useless. Josh also had desires about his best friend Caleb, that if known, would get him severely punished. So, to protect himself he kept them locked away but even doing that could not protect him from being tossed aside.
When this happens Caleb follows. Caleb who fits well with the standards of the cult leaves because he has no desire to lead that life. His inclinations are similar to Josh and he knows he can't stay because he would never be happy. Plus a life without Josh is not one Caleb wishes to lead. He just has to convince Josh of his feelings.
When the two are out in the real world they have to restart life. They are opened to a world unknown to them. Luckily for them a former cult member, Miriam, who ran away previously, has already started a life in the real world and welcomes Josh & Caleb into her home.
The two start rebuilding and even start discovering their feelings for one another. Feelings Josh struggles with because of what he was taught in the cult. To him men loving men is a sin. Caleb has to have patience as Josh works through his inner battle. It takes time but Josh learns to accept his himself.
It was an interesting read and I did enjoy the relationship aspect of the story. One of the best/most emotional moments in the book is when Josh finally stands up for himself and puts Caleb in his place. I was feeling all the angst. I just did not enjoy how the ending felt like a rush to wrap up the story. I just wanted a little more...
“A real man does what needs doing. He takes care of the people he loves. You know this instinctively, even though every man in your own life treated you like sh*t.”
Well, I was not expecting this. Reading the blurb, I knew that this book place in a cult so I was a bit hesitant. But rest assured, it was only a minor part of the book because the rest? Was AMAZING!!!!
I'm so amazed at how much Goodbye Paradise surprised me. In a good way, of course.
Caleb and Josh have known each other since they were toddlers and have worked in a farm for their entire life. So when things backfire, they take that opportunity to be free and live out in the world.
Their journey to be happy wasn't easy. When you've been brought up to think that everything is a sin, it will take time for them to believe and trust people. But Josh and Caleb did it. They had hope and made something for themselves. Created a new beginning. Together.
"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."
The secondary characters made the story stronger, and Chloe stole my heart.
Caleb's strength and determination to be better, get a job and Josh's silent strength helped them build a beautiful life together. Goodbye Paradise is a powerful story of two men growing and finally reaching for their dreams. It was emotional, touching, and everything else that made me fell in love with the author's writing in the first place.
“You,” I said, kissing him on the forehead, “are already mine. You have always been mine...”
It was an unforgettable read that touched my soul and easily my favorite Sarina book to date.
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Josh and Caleb leave behind an impossible to believe life style with some of the worst kind of people. Caleb has been looking out for Josh his whole life. I was so thrilled that when they finally escaped the place they called home for twenty years there were people prepared to look out for both of them! Josh and Caleb met the absolute best people on their journey in this book they were honestly some of my favourite characters.
I cried happy tears so many times reading this book. These guys really needed the breaks. I can't remember the last book that made me cry happy tears so many times. This book is full of feels. Just when I was thinking Josh and Caleb really have it good now Sarina threw a whopping dollop of angst into the mixture. After setting my kindle down for a moment and letting myself calm down I picked it back up and carried on right where I left off. I ended up finishing the book the same day I started. Sarina's previous M/M books have been really rather special and this one was no different. I can't wait for next standalone book, Hello Forever.
This is such a sweet and steamy romance and easy to read. It’s a Friends to lovers M & M romance.
Josh and Caleb are the cutest they compliment each other well and enjoyed how the story developed. .
You find 2 boys in love despite there living conditions against them, I enjoyed how the character development was written and how Josh and Caleb came to terms to be openly gay when there whole life it has been a sin and wrong.
It was not as religious as I thought it was going to be which I didn’t mind. .
If you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend
Absolutely had me hooked within minutes of starting to read just like each and ever other ones she's written!
Caleb and Josh have been brought up in a cult with many rules and many opinions thrown upon them... So what happens when they start to feel things they shouldn't?
Life isn't easy that's for sure.
After a journey that many wouldn't survive through and a few bumps in the road these guys just made me fall in love with them so so much from the start to the finish.
Would recommend this book to everyone.
I fell so in love with calab and josh they stole my heart from the moment I opened there journey
My emotions were everywhere I laughed and cried and fell in love with them
My heart broke at times bit also put it back together
I felt like i was there with them going through there ups and downs with them
Every word from beginning to end were so powerful and meaning full too
Thank you sarina Bowen for this beautifully written story