ARC Review: Goodbye Paradise by Sarina Bowen

Posted March 22, 2017 by Francesca in Reviews / 4 Comments

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ARC Review: Goodbye Paradise by Sarina Bowen
Goodbye Paradise
by Sarina Bowen

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: March 21, 2017
Series: Hello Goodbye #1
Published by Self Published
Format: eARC
 

Recommended Read!

“This is a heartwarming story packed with sweet, innocent emotion.  It will melt your heart.”
~ Under the Covers

When we had a glimpse of Caleb and Josh in the True North series, I was immediately intrigued.  They grew up in the same cult as Zach did (the hero in KEEPSAKE) and have made a life for themselves as well as being a base of support for other survivors that escape the cult.  What intrigued me the most was the fact that they must’ve dealt with such conflicting feelings while living there because they were attracted to each other.  I was definitely going into this book expecting a lot of the angst and despair of that situation.  And while this book delivered on that, it was such a different take than I was expecting.  In a good way!

GOODBYE PARADISE is the journey that Caleb and Josh went on from deciding to leave Paradise behind and making a life outside.  Learning the rules of this new world they faced, as well as learning the right way to be together.  It was that process that I enjoyed the most.  The little things that they found challenging, from learning to cook to identifying themselves with a gay character on TV and thinking to themselves there was nothing really wrong with them.  I loved their innocence and their self discovery.

While I thought I would immediately take a liking to Caleb because he’s the more alpha male of the two, I was shockingly so drawn to Josh.  There’s a tender caring in him that moved me and just made me love him.  And to see him flourish and grow was a thing of beauty.  While Caleb started out the stronger one because he had some exposure to the outside world and more confidence, Josh was really the one that grew into his own more in my eyes.  And that made him the perfect partner for Caleb.

This is a heartwarming story packed with sweet, innocent emotion.  It will melt your heart.  I wish it would’ve had a bit more of the angst I was expecting, but it was tender in a way that left a smile on my face.

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About Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen writes steamy, angsty contemporary romance from Vermont's Green Mountains. (Her ancestors began logging and farming Vermont during the 18th century. These were rugged, outdoor types without benefit of a laptop or a good latte. It boggles the mind.)

Sarina enjoys skiing, skating and good food. She lives in Windsor County, Vermont, with her family, eight chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.

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I’m a 30 something sun lover living in the Big Apple (read New York).I’m a book and coffee addict and lover of all things elephants.

I get easily distracted by pictures of sexy guys and have tons of book boyfriends.I keep all my alpha males chained to my basement and guard them fiercely.*Back off bitches*I like to see Jason Momoa as a lot of those boyfriends, because ….. mmmmmmm JASON.MOMOA!

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Kathy Valentine

Great review!! Shared on all my socials!

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Thanks for the review, this is on my wishlist.

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Sounds really good. Thanks!

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Sounds good. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Francesca