Freedom Shores (Tosh’s Review)

Title: Freedom Shores
Author: Adam Arkin
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: June 26, 2017
Genre(s): Gay contemporary romance, self discovery, acceptance, new beginnings
Page Count: 228 pages
Reviewed by: Tosh
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

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.

This book could not be described better then this,,,, it is a book about having the freedom to discover who one is and accept it without feeling bad about who you are.

Adam has always done what he thinks is the right going to do as far as dating women and suppressing who he is really attracted to. So when the opportunity arises to teach English in Spain Adam jumps at the chance to have a break from his normal reality.

What Adam did not expect was to be able to finally explore that idea of what he may be without anyone judging him for his choices. Adam walked out onto a nude beach for the first time in his life only to be able to finally start to accept a part of him that he has denied for too long. He is gay.

The more Adam is able to openly explore who he is the happier and more lighthearted he becomes. The only problem is onenof his students, Javier is the one he finds he most attractive and Adam is not even sure if he is gay. So Adam continues on his self exploration and crushes silently on the man he is starting to fall in love with.

When Adam finally realizes that Javier may also be gay, it is almost time to return home again.

Can these two figure out a way to make things work between them with the distance or will it just be a summer love that will never go anywhere else?

This was a good read. It is really a lighthearted read about self discovery. I enjoyed reading this book though it did end with me questioning Adam and Javier’s future or lack there of. Other then that it was an amazing read. I look forward to more books by Adam Arkin in the future.

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Galley copy of Freedom Shore provided by MLR Press in exchange of an honest review.


Hello, I am an avid reader of male/male books. I do not have a favorite genre when it comes to male/male books because I love all of them from romance, dark reads, paranormal, shifter, threesome, whatever I see that catches my eye at the time. I read books about rock stars, CEOs, military, cops, and just the original plain old good boy types of books. Basically when it comes to a book, I read whatever I am in the mood for at the time. So my tastes varies from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour.