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Goodbye Paradise (Hello Goodbye #1)

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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 be
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Paperback, 2nd edition, 266 pages
Published March 21st 2017 by Rennie Road Books (first published February 18th 2015)
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Arianna✦❋SteamyReadsBlog❋✦
4.5 Stars!!

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To be honest, reading the blurb I was expected this author’s debut novel to be too religious-y for me, but surprise, surprise - it really wasn’t. The religious aspect was barely there which I obviously liked. Neally Wagner delivered a sweet, steamy and heartwarming tale about to boys who find themselves and find love despite the fact their lifestyles and living conditions are unusual to say the least.

Caleb and Josh have been living in a polygamist compound all their lives. In the com
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Judith
So good...

"Hi baby,"he said under his breath.He leaned in and kissed me on the lips,right in front of God and everyone.









Well,this one surprised me in a good way.I would probably never have read it if I hadn't read some friends reviews.

Josh and Caleb are 19 and 20 respectively and have lived in a polygamist compound for years.They have been best friends for years but recently Josh has been lusting after Caleb in a big way.
When Caleb realizes Josh is going to be cast aside he arranges to meet him
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Christy
5+ stars!!!

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I've read most of Sarina Bowen's books, and there hasn't been one I've read that I didn't enjoy. But I haven't loved one quite as much as Goodbye Paradise. The Understatement of the Year is a close second, so it's safe to say this author has quite the knack for M/M romance.

Caleb and Joshua are from a polygamist compound. They have been best friends their entire life, but there has always been feelings there, lingering between them. For Joshua, he's always wanted his best friend, Cale
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Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
5 STARS

Caleb," he whispered against my skin. "Just make me yours."
"You," I said, kissing him on the forehead, "are already mine."


When was the last time you read a romance that was so powerful and sweet that you felt it touch your very soul? For me, that was today and this romance was this book. THIS BOOK. My god. I sobbed my way through almost the entire thing. I couldn't help myself. It wrecked me and it owned me all at once. I don't have enough praise to describe everything that was this s
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Rachel Reads Ravenously
5 stars!

Okay. Shut the front door. What friggin rock have I been living under that I had never heard of this book before?????



Goodbye Paradise was originally published under the title In Front of God and Everyone. Sarina Bowen is now republishing it with a new cover and title. Josh and Caleb live in a cult, the two are best friends. But Josh feels something more for Caleb, something forbidden. And when Josh gets dumped in the middle of nowhere by the cult, Caleb needs to find him.



“It’s a sin.
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
Thanks to all my peeps for putting this book on my radar. This is an incredibly sweet (maybe too sweet), sexy story of two young men leaving a cult and making a go at life together.

I loved all the smexy. I loved the HEA. I loved Maggie and Dylan and baby Chloe. How could anyone not love all that?

However, I expected more real-life angst and internal conflict. These boys were raised in an abusive, polygamist compound. They were both virgins and taught that homosexuality, any sex outside marriage
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Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

**1/17/18 - Listening to the audio book! Friends to lovers is my favoritest trope in all the land and I felt it was time to revisit one of my favorite books!! I absolutely ADORED this book when I read it a couple of years ago and can't wait to revisit Caleb and Josh!! ♥ ♥ Plus the audio book was on sale....and you know that's a sign from the book gods to haul ass and pick up the audio book! **



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Sabrina
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Goodbye Paradise shocked me with how much I enjoyed it. In all honesty I was nervous that it would be too involved in religion being that it was about members of a cult. But I had nothing to worry about because that wasn't the case at all. The main focus was on Caleb and Josh, and the cult just happened to be where they came from. I was happy that it didn't have too much of an impact on the story.



Though, it certainly had an affect on these characters but the author
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Jennifer Kyle
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m-f-f-reads
3.75 - 4 Stars
J *deep in the heart of Texas*
This Book.



It had me smiling and swooning like a lunatic.

I was hesitant to read this one because I thought it would be too religious-y. WRONG.

I also thought it might too farm-y. WRONG again.

Josh really grabbed a hold of me from the get-go. And Josh and Caleb together were just....



I honestly loved everything about this one.

I smiled. I laughed. I definitely swooned. I was hot and bothered (don't let these two virgins fool you...talk about some heat between the sheets....and on the kitchen coun
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Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
4.5 STARS

☆~☆~☆~☆~☆~☆~☆~☆~☆~☆

Review @ Vanilla & Spice Books

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If you have read Sarina Bowen's True North series a lot will sound familiar. This MM romance is set in this world and there are people mentioned we have met. It gives me a fuzzy, warm feeling being back in this setting.




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Caleb and Joshua grew up as best friends. There hasn't been a day in their lives that they didn't spend time. The place they grew up at is called Paradise and it is everything but. In fa
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P
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m-romance
"Strong arms snaked around my waist and Caleb pulled me closer"




Goodbye Paradise was such a beautiful book to read! Caleb and Josh are friends for all of thier lives. When they run away together, they've never expected that they'd be welcomed by anybody. But surely they were, Maggie take them in and help them settle down. The book's absolutely full of romantic moments making me swoon. These boys melted my heart and made me alive after the sad news about Chester Bennington this past week.

There
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TheCrazyWorldOfABookLover
In Front of God and Everyone tells the story of Josh and Caleb. They have spent majority of their lives living on a polygamist compound. When Josh is kicked out, Caleb also escapes and together they build a life on the outside, all the while trying to cope with this ‘new’ world they need to adjust to and dealing with their feelings for one another after being told most of their lives being gay is a sin.

Overall, this was an extremely sweet friends to lover romance and hopeful story with two very
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R * A Reader Obsessed *
4 Stars!

You know, my only beef with this story is that Sarina Bowen hasn’t written more. This was very reminiscent of Keira Andrews’s Amish series, so if you loved those books like I did, then I’m positive you’ll love this.

Once again, Bowen creates lovely, likeable, genuine MC’s, who have real struggles, and their love for each other is their strength. Caleb and Josh have lived their entire lives under the thumb of a polygamist religious cult, which is often cruel and always restrictive. Express
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Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ & MANTIES Champion
It's official. I don't think Sarina Bowen can write a book that doesn't give me a case of The Feels. I didn't lahhhahuuvvv Goodbye Paradise like I have with other books of hers, but I did really like it. Regardless of whether or not I lahhahuuvvv or like her books I always have an emotional response. I find her books cozy and homey which is what keeps me coming back for more. She does friends to lovers and family dynamics, whether it be through blood ties or choice, really well, and I tend to gr ...more
Jewel
4.5 Stars

I love it when a book takes me by surprise. In Front of God and Everyone was a Bookbub special a few weeks ago, and the reviews were good, so even though I wasn't familiar with the author, I said, 'why not'. And it kind of sat on my Kindle for a bit and the cover taunted me some. So, finally, I gave in at the book's insistence that I read it. And, yeah, I was a bit surprised. Not that it was good, though. The reviews from trusted sources told me that, but that I would find it to be such
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Jacqueline's Reads
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, m-m, v-card
5 Sugary Sweet Stars

Goodbye Paradise was originally published in 2015 under a different title (In Front of God & Everyone) and is (to my excitement) re-released under a different title and cover. YAY!

This is a MM book and I have to tell you, I’m starting to like (love) MM books. The romance is hot and I find reading about the same sex issues (things they have to deal with, especially towards society), really fascinating to read.

This isn’t a cult book, but the Heroes of the book escape from
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Carmen Rae
So obviously, Sarina Bowen could write a tampon ad and I would have to read it. And since she is one of very few authors who the leading characters gender makes very little difference even though the m/m genre isn't one I actively search out. And yet every single one of her books has been such a massive hit for me.

I hadn't heard of the original version of this book so when I got the opportunity to read this one I just read the blurb and dove right on in. I was expecting a lot of angst and heartb
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Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)
Sometimes the hardest book reviews for me to write are for the books I enjoy the most. I fell truly, madly, deeply in love with Goodbye Paradise by Sarina Bowen, and even though I’ve spent a day trying to find something insightful to say, basically all I’ve got is that you should read this book.

I have a confession to make. Sarina Bowen never steers me wrong, but I put off reading this book. Cults are freaky. The last romance novel I read that took place in a religious cult setting was so utterly
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Barbara➰
This was so, so sweet. My heart broke for these two boys and I wanted so badly for them to get their happy ending. They had led a hard life. It was nice seeing them learn knew things together. I wanted to strangle Caleb that one time. But he finally gets over himself and realizes his mistake. You can just know these two were meant for each other.
Talia (Red Hot Ink)
ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

I was immediately intrigued by the originality of the premise. I'd never read anything set, even partially, in a religious community/cult. Even just this thing alone set Goodbye Paradise apart from every other MM romance, and book in general, I've ever read. Because, you see, their harsh religious upbringing had such a huge influence on the romance itself. But I'll get to that later.

Now, let's talk about the reason this book deser
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Corina☞BookTwinsReviews
Interesting enough I read two M/M novels back to back. That usually does not happen but in this case I didn't mind at all!!

I can't say it often enough but Sarina Bowen is one of my favorite go-to authors for M/M. She has a certain way of evoking feelings in me that I would never have thought I would fell reading a male/male romance.

Goodbye Paradise was the best example.

I ADORED this book.

From the very first page I was hooked, engaged and invested. Josh and Caleb's story was raw, different and ma
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Arabella ~♡AB♡~
Low drama, Short & Sweet - I really enjoyed this one!
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Wow this book was so sweet, but without being corny or sugary. It was also really hot, which I did not expect at all....so big plus !!

Caleb and Josh have been living their whole 20 years in a cult. They have always been best friends and were Caleb is respected...Josh is not. This is a bigamist cult where the grown men have up to 5 wives. Ofcourse this means that there are too many men and not enough women to go around. No all the men are excpected to get married. Caleb is, but Josh not so much.
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Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
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‘My whole life I’d wanted this impossible thing. And I didn’t know why it was happening now. But it was everything I’d ever wanted.’

What a gorgeous, sweet and lovely story! Whilst it begins with an air of melancholy and emotional upheaval it soon becomes a story of two lads finding themselves and their place in the world after leaving the cult they grew up in. There were moments of sadness as well as joy throughout and when we closed the book after the last page our hearts felt full and we had a
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Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*Finding a home*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱

Strange as this book was, I actually liked it. I liked the beautiful friendship/relationship Joshua ‘Josh’ ‘Joshy’ Royce (19, becomes 20?) and Caleb Smith (20, becomes 21) had. I adored their clumsiness and getting to know each other outside of Paradise Compound. It was quite beautiful to read. I liked Caleb being a bit alpha male and always wanting to take care of - and love - Josh. I liked how adorable Josh was, with Chloe, with the cows, with Caleb. I adored watc
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✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰
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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 not much 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
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Eliza


Life in Paradise is closer to hell for Joshua. Long gruelling days on the farm and the fear of being cast out are a constant worry that weighs heavily on his mind. He finds what solace he can in the companionship of his best friend, Caleb.

As the grandson to an elder Caleb is afforded more “freedoms” than Joshua; one of them is being able to drive. It’s apparent early on how special Joshua is to him. He too fears that elders will banish Joshua from the compound and takes a risk to prepare for th
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Jan
Updated on 20/06
Still with this on my mind today and so I think it's only fair to round it up to 5*

****4.5 Stars****

In Front of God and Everyone is one of the sweetest M/M stories I have ever read.
Josh and Caleb’s journey was touching, moving and got me tearful a few times.
Both guys left the Cult/Compound where they lived since they were born with nothing in their hands.
Caleb, the strongest, was more prepared for a life out.
Josh, being more sensitive and fragile was left with lots of emotional
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~Kristin~
5 +++ Stars
Absolutely perfect story. It made me sad, laugh, cry and very happy. If you are at all interested in the m/m genre, you should read this book. It does start off in a crazy cult environment, but it definitely isn't based there, just starts there. I could seriously gush, this book is really just so good.
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“And then he kissed him. Right on the lips. In front of God and everybody.” 3 likes
“Aw,” he whispered, curling into my body. “I love you, too. So much. That’s what I’ve been trying to tell you. Except I sucked your dick instead.” 2 likes
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