Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 1/2
How is Skye Warren the queen of making her readers wait with bated breath for her next book? Yep, Gold Mine, the next book of The Diamond Trilogy, has done it again with a story that, quite honestly, keeps you edged. If you are looking at a resolution to Holly and Elijah’s story, well, it isn’t in Gold Mine. What will you find?
- More action and intrigue. There is much more of the suspense of Diamond in the Rough, and Warren keeps you suspended, wondering if Holly and Elijah can find a happy ending. Even more, we hear other points of view in this book, so the story has more levels.
- More of the North brothers. Yes, Liam is here; yes, Josh is here. There is some talk about Samantha, but she doesn’t make a showing, and Josh’s Bethany is a glint of his past. What I love most about Gold Mine is its insistence on trying to heal the past for these three. However, that isn’t something that can happen overnight. Instead, it leads to gut-wrenching discussions about Elijah’s ability to love Holly.
- The message of this trilogy continues. I think when you look deeper, beyond the dark romance of Gold Mine and the like, you find this message of acceptance. As we found in Diamond in the Rough, Elijah doesn’t believe he can love or be loved. His past is fraught with abuse and a lack of love which begs the question if he can truly know love. But I think Warren is suggesting through this beautifully crafted story of intrigue that Holly is Elijah’s heart if only Elijah allows himself to feel it. There is so much healing that is required for the North men, but I’m not sure that they can fully accept it as they believe, to some extent, that they can only be damaged, especially Elijah. I love the way that Warren makes you wrestle with Elijah’s belief that he is just like his father.
- Holly is the light to Elijah’s dark. Even she is infiltrated by darkness in this story, and you can’t help but love that shading. It equalizes the playing field for these two. Similarly, in the final book of the trilogy, Silver Lining, I think you’ll see the influences of Holly’s light intermingled with Elijah’s darkness. And this reader can’t wait.
Ultimately, you should know that Gold Mine is more of this dark journey into the Skye Warren world. I love that I can pick up one of Warren’s books and find myself lost in it instantly. And that is definitely the case with this newest book. You should know that the story doesn’t begin where Diamond in the Rough left off; instead, Warren moves us a forward a bit. In doing so, it makes her hero rabid for his heroine, so much so that his judgment and actions can be fraught. And that is what we love most about a Warren book: a dark anti-hero straddling the light and the dark and the heroine who leads him closer to the light. Run and grab this one FAST!
In love and romance,