Redeeming Hope (Home for Hope, #1) by Shell Taylor ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

RedeemingHopeLGTitle: Redeeming Hope (Home for Hope, #1)

Author: Shell Taylor

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: LC Chase

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 10/05/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance

Blurb:

Home for Hope: Book One

Fifteen years ago Elijah Langley’s world came to an abrupt halt with the death of his high school boyfriend. He keeps his past—and his sexual orientation—hidden until he attends a fundraiser for The Center for HOPE, an LGBT youth center, where he meets Adam Lancaster, HOPE’s infuriatingly stubborn and sexy founder.

A survivor of a turbulent childhood, Adam understands better than most the challenges his youth face. He’s drawn to Elijah’s baby blues and devilish smile but refuses to compromise his values and climb back into the closet for anyone—not even the man showering time and money on HOPE. Months of constant flirting wear down Adam’s resolve until he surrenders to his desires, but Elijah can’t shake his demons.

When a youth from the center is brutally assaulted, Elijah must find a way to confront the fears and memories that are starting to ruin his life, so he can stand strong for those he loves.

My View:

Redeeming Hope is one of those books that has hung around the Prism Book Alliance queue for a while. The blurb was enough to keep me from sending it back, but there just wasn’t time in the reading schedule to fit it in. Then, book two was set for release and it was a must read… but we still hadn’t reviewed book one.

Now, my only question is why did I wait so long? I adored this book from the first page until the end. I felt for Elijah from the start. I wanted him to find his happy from the first page. I often find that millionaire main characters are annoying and cocky and so many other negative adjectives that I just want to throttle them. However, Elijah was never that character.

Adam is Elijah’s opposite in almost every way. There were no silver spoons in Adam’s past. However, he managed to turn around a desperate situation and make himself into a man anyone would be proud to call partner. His Home for Hope and HOPE Center are just part of that turnaround.

Theirs is not a sweet and happy story. Every time they move forward, there is something to hold their relationship back. Elijah’s insecurities and Adams feelings of inadequacy are just a few. But working together on Home for Hope gives them both the reasons they need invest in each other. It gives them the desire for a future that they might just get if they work for it.

In the midst of this love story, we can not forget the mission of the HOPE Center and Home for Hope. That of having a safe place for LGBTQ youth to go when home isn’t an option. Sadly, this is a need off the page as well. Adam was once one of those lost boys, as was Kollin. Not every lost boy or girl gets the happily ever after that Adam and Elijah are working toward.

Links

Redeeming Hope (Home for Hope, #1) on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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