Sweet, tangled romance that captivated me.
Hope(less) (Judgement of the Six #1) by Melissa Haag
Our world is being judged, and we remain unaware.
In a world filled with people, Gabby is uniquely alone. The tiny glowing sparks that fill her mind and represent the people around her, confirm it.
Clueless regarding the reason behind her sight, Gabby struggles to find an explanation. A chance encounter leads her closer to the answers she has struggled to find and into a hidden society where fur is optional. There she meets Clay, the intense werewolf delusional enough to think he has a chance with her.
Gabby escapes back into her old life, but not quite alone. Clay follows her and silently makes a place for himself in her world. As if that isn’t enough to deal with, problems compound when other werewolves, ones with abnormally colored sparks, begin to stalk her.
Instead of gaining answers, her list of questions is growing. What do the other uniquely colored sparks mean? Is she not as alone as she thought?
Judgement has begun…
Thoughts on Hope(less)
I first read this book about a year ago. I remember getting to the end and letting loose a piercing wail of agony that it ended where it did. While the relationship part of Gabby and Clay’s story was resolved to my satisfaction, there were SO MANY MORE QUESTIONS I HAD. We’re given bare bones in regards to what Gabby is capable of and why she can do what she can do and I wanted MOAR.
So I did what any self-respecting werewolf lover would do… I went back to the beginning to read it all over again to see if I missed anything. And the book was just as good the second time around. And the third. And the *cough*fourth and fifth*cough*. What? When I find something I like I GRAB IT BY THE BALLS AND HANG ON FOR ALL I’M WORTH. Metaphorically speaking, or course.
This book has become my go-to book when I need a sweet, tangled romance. Gabby isn’t spiteful or full of angst. She simply wants the chance to live her life on her terms. From where she’s standing, having a mate forced on her is going to complicate a life already marked by loss and pain. So she fights the pull she feels toward Clay. And Clay. MY GAWD, I adore him. He’s sweet and tenacious and he chooses his path to wooing Gabby carefully.
And it works. He worms his way into her life and her heart and I absolutely adore the two of them together.
Meanwhile, something is brewing on the horizon for the werewolves. Something that is more a vague sense that something bad is gearing up than anything else. You won’t get the answers to what it is or why it’s happening in this book. You just know it’s there. The same way you knew there was a monster under the bed when you were a kid.
This book is permanently free on Kindle (and possibly on other platforms, I didn’t check) and I highly, HIGHLY recommend it. If just so you can see how AWESOME Clay is. Book 2 picks up with a different set of characters and a few more answers. I’m off to reread that one now. Because werewolves.