Friday, October 14, 2016

Reclaiming Hope by Shell Taylor

Four years ago, Kollin Haverty’s best friend, Riley Meadows, dropped off the face of the earth. When he shows up out of the blue, armed with a flimsy excuse for disappearing and having nearly completed his transition from female to male, Kollin wants to pick up where they left off. But Riley’s unwillingness to be honest with Kollin prevents him from fully trusting Riley again. Despite Riley’s insecurities and Kollin’s abandonment issues, they quickly discover there’s something more than friendship between them.

When a ghost from Riley’s past unexpectedly appears with haunting memories in tow, Kollin’s anger about being lied to outweighs his desire to be the understanding boyfriend Riley needs. As Riley’s web of strategically withheld secrets begins to unravel, he must find the courage to pursue his own peace before he can move forward with Kollin, and Kollin must decide what’s more important—supporting his best friend or protecting himself.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is an incredibly moving new adult romance. This story of childhood friends reunited in their early twenties is a thoughtful, considered, and very touching romance.

Kollin has nearly finished college, but he has never forgotten his best friend who disappeared four years earlier. After a difficult childhood, Kollin has been adopted by two wonderful men who provide him with friendship, guidance, and care.

Riley is the more interesting of these two characters. He reappears in Kollin’s life as he is nearing the end of his transition from female to male. He now appears male to everyone who knows him and Kollin doesn’t initially recognise his former best friend.

The romance between these two is difficult. Riley is plagued with insecurities about his appearance and his incomplete transition. Kollin is very aware that he has always fancied men – and Riley may never have some of the parts he is attracted to. Considering the difficulties these two face, this book is surprisingly low-angst. These two young men communicate and the advice they get from Kollin’s parents and Riley’s boss keeps them steady. I enjoyed the friendship between Kollin and Riley and I loved their romance. Riley’s vulnerability slows the romance down, but after some initial awkwardness, the sex between these two is very hot.

There were times where this book slid across the line from fiction to non-fiction, offering detailed information about the process of transitioning from female to male and advice for dating someone who is trans. Personally, I found the information interesting and I don’t think it detracted from the story in any way. I really loved Kollin and Riley’s story.

SHELL TAYLOR is a full-time mother of three exuberant and loving kiddos and one fur baby, a tiny but fierce Yorkie-poo named Rocco. As a Christian who practices love and grace and humility rather than hatred and judgment, she tries her best to instill these same virtues in her rowdy kids. She just recently learned how to crochet to start bombarding new mothers with matching hats and booties. She is a huge Marvel fan and, because of the superhero-plastered tees paired with jeans and Chucks, has been told when helping out in her son’s classroom that she looks more like the students than a parent. Her favorite way to procrastinate is to binge-watch entire seasons on Netflix. Best of all, she’s been married ten years to a man who’s turned out to be everything she never knew she needed.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Reclaiming Hope (Home for Hope #3) by Shell Taylor to read and review.

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