As I mentioned on Facebook the other day, I really needed a break from angst. While I love all my New Adult books and authors, I needed a book that is fun, lighthearted but a really great story. So to be honest, I looked at the various books the blog had received for review and tried to find one that I thought would get me as close to that as possible.
Melissa Haag's book Hope(Less) stood out to me. Not only was it a young adult read (to me means hold the drama) but it was a paranormal. With the ending of Twilight, I knew I needed to find a hot new werewolf series to get my "fix." The Judgment of the Six series, I believe, is going to be just that!
In the beginning of the story, the author introduces us to Gabby, a not so normal 16 year girl who has been moved around from foster home to foster home. Her mother is dead and she has no idea who her father is. One night while coming home from her volunteering at the hospital, she runs across Sam, a grandfather like figure who changes right before her eyes into a werewolf! Sam explains that there is something different about her and he would like to bring her into their world.
Part of this inclusion means regular visits to the compound to be "introduced" to unmated werewolves to determine if they are meant to be together. Gabby however, knows that she doesn't want to select a mate. Being the first thing she can control, Gabby wants to go to college, get a job and make decisions for herself.
As she is finishing her last agreed upon introduction before starting college, she haphazardly runs into Clay and the sparks start to fly. She can't believe that just when she was home free, all of a sudden he appears and makes a connection she can't explain.
One thing I loved about this book is that though it was serious, dealing with determining feelings, finding out more about Gabby's abilities, etc., there was so much comedy! When Clay learns that Gabby is going to try and leave, he literally takes Sam's vehicle apart. Gabby tries to explain to Clay her thoughts but he does not speak back. So she asks for time to get to know him, live with him while she is going to school.
Under werewolf interpretation, that means that Clay showed up just as she moved into her own space (with a roommate) and a big dog shows up.
Hope(Less) tells the story of the back and forth between Gabby and Clay as she gets to know him slowly. She gets both the dog and the human and knows that she won't be able to fight the feelings for much longer.
Clay was just amazing. The one thing I love about almost all paranormals is they are tailored after animals, many of which have an amazing instinct to protect the ones they love. Clay exemplifies this to the max. The care and love he shows Gabby on a regular basis allows her to be more trusting and open with him. When things start to get confusing and men appear to be after Gabby, she must rely on Clay to keep her safe and help her.
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)