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ELIJAH’s HOPE is Bk1 in a new series. 3rd Person, Dual POV. It was SUPER Fun to realize this was set in the same world as Bad Assassin (now called Lover to Enemies).
Think “Love Island” meets “Alaskan Gold Rush”.
The Premise is Four Alaskan Oil Riggers. One Contest. Four Blind Dates. It starts out almost as a lark. In order to entice some women to Hope’s Point, these guys set up a dating contest for 4 women to win an all expenses paid trip to the middle of nowhere Alaska.
The men’s expectation is that they’ll experience some high jinx then send the ladies off on their way. As there’s limited accommodations there, the 4 women will all arrive at different times, with little to no overlap. This plan runs the gammit of “well thought out” to “Really?”. Like not telling the women what apparel they should bring with them for the weather…
All the guys are social mis-fits. Elijah is former army, He’s broody, views himself as unlovable, has a fractured relationship with his mom and a past he doesn’t talk about, but was incredibly formative in his view of women.
Elijah believes it’ll be 2 weeks of fun before they both go back to their “Real Lives”. Elijah’s winner is Shelby from Louisiana. From the moment you start her POV you know she is running from something. You know she wants to run away from her “Real Life”, It’s spoilery to discuss what/why she’s running from.
The first book in a series, whether it’s interconnected like this one or not, always does a lot of the heavy lifting for the world building. So we meet all the 4 ‘bachelors’ get a sense of who they are and their personalities.
This was a great read. Not as comedic as Bad Assassin/Lover to Enemies, but more nuanced. The revelations of both Elijah and Shelby’s back stories is done without flashback, but via reflection.
The Squee moment for me was getting to see Zeke & Eve pop up throughout the storyline.
CW/TW discussions of rape, sex work, deployed military situations.