Tuesday 21 March 2017

✪ Sarina Bowen ✪ GOODBYE PARADISE ✪ #HelloGoodbye1 ✪

© Bianca Janeane

Hello Goodbye 1 of 2
• standalone m/m dramance
• release date: 21 March 2017
• Book #2 - Hello Forever - coming soon!

5 Big & Fat Stars

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? 

Warning: Contains a hot male/male romance, copious instances of taking the Lord's name in vain, and love against the kitchen counter. This book was previously released under the title: In Front of God & Everyone.

This book has been previously published under the pen-name Nealy Wagner, but I never read it.
So here I am telling you about this beautiful love story.

We have two boys. Caleb and Josh. 20 and 19 years old.
They both grew up as best friends in a religious compound in Wyoming.
A horrible life of constant farm-work, bullying, prayer and nothing else.
They only had their friendship. And even that was a bit weird because poor Josh has been in love/lust with Caleb ever since he can remember.
But of course he believes that Caleb is not thinking about him the same way. Caleb will one day marry several girls and live a happy life.
But of course that's not what happens.
What happens is they throw Josh out of the community and leave him on the side of the road with only $50 in his pocket.
But Caleb finds him the next day and together they set off towards the east coast. To find a girl who escaped the cult a while back. She's now happily married to carpenter Daniel. And they're always keeping one room ready in case some lucky person can escape the compound and finds his way to them.

And thus begins a new life for Caleb and Josh.
Milking cows, babysitting for Maggie and Daniel, finding real jobs...
But of course Josh has been reminded all his life what a horrible sin it is to lust after another man.
It will not be easy for him to find his happily ever after with Caleb. Even though he wants nothing more....


Such a beautiful story!
I hadn't read those two books when they were released before, but I have read Sarina's True North series and I was of course reminded of poor cult boy Zach working on the cider farm!
He and the families who helped him are even mentioned here.

This story was so adorable and sad and moving and frustrating and sexy and ugh.
I fell in love with those two boys immediately!
They're both so sweet and kind and innocent - well, at least Josh is innocent! Caleb was allowed to go to town and even to Walmart!!! He knows stuff. ☺

It was so heartbreaking to watch them fight for their place in life! Fight for their happiness.
Of course there are still some obstacles to overcome.....
But with a little help from amazingly kind people and with their own strength and love they now have the chance for a happy & beautiful life.

GOODBYE PARADISE was such a heartbreakingly beautiful & moving & sexy lovestory!
Run to your nearest amazon for your own Caleb & Josh! These two are MINE!!!
But hurry, they'll be sold out in no time! ☺


ARC received for an honest review

This has previously been released under the pen name Nealy Wagner but I never read before.

Sarina Bowen has quickly become a must read author for me. Whether it is in partnership with Elle Kennedy or her solo releases, I have adored everything I have read to date.

I didn't know what to expect with Goodbye Paradise, but from the first word to the last I was hooked.

Caleb and Josh's story is endearing, loving, heartbreaking.  I fell in love with them as soon as I started reading, I couldn't help it. They have so much to learn to find their way in the big bad world, and my heart broke at times as they discovered the world and themselves.

There were some sad times, some bad times, but most of all there were happy times .. and happy times too!

Ms Bowen has given us a beautiful story, heartwarming love story, and I can't wait to see where the series takes us next.


You haven't read Sarina & Elle's amazing M/M HIM & US books??? DO IT NOW!!!
#1 HIM • #2 US

also super-amazing is her TRUE NORTH series:

Sarina Bowen writes steamy, angsty Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction from the wilds of Vermont.

She is the author of The Ivy Years, an award-winning series set amid the hockey team at an elite Connecticut college.

Waiting for more Ivy Years? You can read more about upcoming volumes in the four book series at http://www.sarinabowen.com/theivyyears

Also, the Gravity series.

Sarina enjoys skiing, espresso drinks and the occasional margarita. She lives with her family, eight chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.

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