Book Review: Resurrecting Hope by Shell Taylor

Reviewed by Morgan 

27994133Title: Resurrecting Hope
Author: Shell Taylor
Series: Home for Hope #2
Heroes: Adam Lancaster/Elijah Langley
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 200 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 25, 2015
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Adam Lancaster can’t imagine how his life could possibly get any better. He’s on the cusp of moving in with his boyfriend, Elijah Langley. Their charge, Kollin Haverty, finally has a loving, stable home environment, and Home for Hope is up and running, keeping over fifteen LGBT youth off the streets at night. But one phone call from his birth mother, Jessica Lancaster, is all it takes to unravel Adam’s carefully constructed new life.

Informing Adam his grandfather has died, Jessica expresses remorse for abandoning Adam to the state and begs him for a chance to be part of his life again. Jessica’s true colors eventually shine through her façade, and Adam is devastated all over again when he discovers she is only using him to get her hands on the valuable inheritance his grandfather left him. Jessica’s betrayal forces Adam so far inside his own hell, not even Elijah or Kollin can keep him from abandoning all of his responsibilities and running away. Adam will have to dig deep to find the strength to confront his birth parents, heal once and for all, and earn back his place with his new family.


Review: This is book two, and it must be read in order.

Adam and Elijah are now an established couple. They are working on adopting Kollin and are moving in together. You’d think things would be pretty solid between them but…

Adam, who has always been the rock in this relationship, has some really difficult things headed his way. His birth mother makes a sudden re-entry into his life stirring up all kinds of pain for him and Elijah’s adopting Kollin stirs some issues as well.

Unfortunately, Adam reacts very badly to both situations and takes out his emotions on poor Elijah and even Kollin feels some of Adam’s pain.

But… Elijah is nothing if not aces under pressure and he and Kollin shore up and wait the storm out. When Adam finally resurfaces they’re there to catch him and help him adjust to his new reality.


What I love about these books is the sense of family you get with all the characters. Their story is so real and feels so authentic that even though it isn’t “a shiny happy story” it still feels uplifting and really warms your heart. All the characters are very well drawn and multifaceted.

I thought the way poor Adam got suckered by Jessica was really well done and the unfortunate fall out shows just how strong the couple really is, once and for all.

I’m hoping there’s a third book – I feel like Riley was left in the lurch here in this book and there still feels like some unfinished business between Elijah and Adam even though they are well on their way to a HEA.

I highly recommend this series to fans of angsty reads with real characters and strong emotions.

Overall Impression: It was amazing

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*

Categories: 5 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Morgan's Reviews, Published in 2015, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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