Redeeming Hope by Shell Taylor ~ Audiobook Review by Caroline

26531063Title: Redeeming Hope
Series: Home for Hope Book 1

Author: Shell Taylor

Narrator: Drew Rosenberg

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: LC Chase

Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 08/22/2016

Length: 07 hours 04 minutes

Genre: Gay Romance

Summary:

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.

Story Review:

Redeeming Hope is just as good the second time around and just as good on audio. It’s almost a year to the day since I first started this series and found a new author to add to my ever growing list. Elijah and Adam are two great MC’s inundated with issues and their story makes them work hard for their HEA.

Elijah Langley lost the most important person in his life at the young age of 17. He closed himself up, became a shell of man, and hid in his closet scared and alone for the years. When a young man handing pamphlets out about and LGBT safe house reminds him of his past he is compelled to get involved and help.

Adam Lancaster devotes all his time and energy into running the small safe house for LGBT youth. He has been in their position and knows what it feels like to have nowhere to go and no one to trust. He has grand plans to open a bigger place, with more beds and services and is currently fundraising for all he is worth.

The latest fundraiser is where these two men meet. It goes both well and not. Eli makes a very generous donation but by the end of the night he has ruffled Adam’s feathers in more ways than one. They are like chalk and cheese but something has sparked between them and they can’t seem to stay away from one another.

The story is full of angst, miscommunication and hurt and is not a puzzle easily solved. Elijah has hidden himself for so long and for so many reasons that honesty is not easy for him and he lives with fear and shame.

Some really good secondary characters and it would be wrong not to mention Kollin. He goes through a lot but he is one smart kid with a great sense of humour. It ends on a kind of a cliff-hanger so you should head straight on into the second book.

Narration Review:

Drew Rosenberg is a new narrator to me and as far as I can tell this was his first foray into MM romance. He is definitely someone I will listen to again. He brought the characters to life and his voice was exactly how I imagined the story should sound.

Links

Redeeming Hope on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Audible

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook 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.

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