Review: Freedoms Shore by Adam Arkin

Review: Freedoms Shore by Adam ArkinFreedoms Shore by Adam Arkin

Genres: Erotic Romance, M/M Romance, New Adult Romance
Published by MLR Press on June 20, 2017
Pages: 228
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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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.

The Delight

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.

Review

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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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Yeah this isn’t for me. Unless it’s TReisz, I can’t read erotica anymore lol. Thanks for the review though, it sounds great!

    • Understandable. I go through seasons in my reading, too. Still haven’t picked up any of Reisz’s yet. Need to do that eventually.

  • This is not my kind of story but it sounds like a great read. I love coming of age and the self discovery that comes with it like you mentioned in your review. It’s always fun to read.

    • Yeah, its a niche read because of some of the elements, but there are some good universalisms like ‘coming of age/self-discovery’ that give it some good depth. 🙂

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