Genres: Erotic Romance, M/M Romance, New Adult Romance
Published by MLR Press
Released on June 20, 2017
When a shy student decides to spend a summer on the Spanish Mediterranean coast, he has no idea of the life-changing adventure that awaits. For years Adam has denied his true yearnings, until a visit to a gay-friendly nudist beach inspires him to act on his naked impulses.//Slowly his mind is coaxed open to a world of new pleasures, in the experienced hands of the uninhibited hunks that frequent the cruising zone beyond the palms-a place where nothing is taboo.
As Adam learns to embrace his sexuality, he develops intense feelings for the enigmatic Javier, a young man with a secret of his own. Infatuated by his friends smouldering allure and striking Latin looks, Adam falls recklessly in love. As passions flare over the course of a long, sultry summer, both men must risk it all, if they are to satisfy their deepest desires.
A summer in the south of Spain teaching English turns into a remarkable encounter with a handsome young Spaniard, several heated experiences on a nudist beach, and most of all a journey of self-discovery.
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.
My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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