Hope(Less) by Melissa Haag: Review

Synopsis

Our world is being judged and we remain unaware.
In a world filled with people, Gabby is uniquely alone. The tiny glowing sparks filling her mind that represent the people around her, confirm it as does the bizarre inexplicable draw she has on men.
Struggling to find an explanation for her sight while dodging unwanted male attention, Gabby meets Sam. The chance encounter leads to a startling revelation – werewolves are real.
Hoping the existence of something so extraordinary might lead to the answers she is seeking, Gabby enters into a hidden society where fur is optional. There she meets Clay, the werewolf delusional enough to think he has a chance with her. Gabby’s plans for her future do not include a mate, but rather college, career, and then a huge ‘we’ll see’.
Gabby leaves the furry hidden society behind when she moves off to college, but trouble has a way of following and finding her. When other werewolves start stalking her, and anomalies in the sparks she sees begin to appear, she must count on Clay’s help or risk loosing the chance to find the answers she searches for.

Leary says…

I am admittedly a paranormal romance junkie, no joke..I get totally consumed by this genre. I was about 20% into Hope(Less) last night around 9PM and decided to lay in bed and read one more chapter and then maybe watch a movie. I wasn’t that into the book and was having a hard time staying connected. The next thing I knew, it was 2AM and I was at 80%. Clearly, I got over the hump of not being connected. Those 5 hours seriously felt like 30 min.
I felt the beginning of the story was a little slow and I have found this to be basically the norm when it comes to paranormal books. Usually there is whole background and history that has to be told, at least in the first book in the series. In Hope(less) it wasn’t the background (since we didn’t need a history) it was the slow progress through Gabby meeting Sam entering the fur society.
As you know, it was around probably 25% that I got hooked; this was when Clay entered the story. His interactions with Gabby cracked me up and I really believe I was hooked until 2AM waiting for IT to happen. When you read the story, you will know exactly what IT is…and I’m not talking about the final IT I’m talking about the most frustrating thing that made Gabby look totally insane to those around her and made her ‘conversations’ with Clay very interesting. You’ll have to read the story to know what I’m talking about.
I finally figured out what needed to happen for IT to happen and couldn’t wait to finish the story in the morning. This isn’t your typical paranormal werewolf story. This is about a girl who has a unique ability that has confused her throughout her entire life. On top of this ability where she sees ‘lights’ she has found that she eerily attracts men which has made her extremely uncomfortable her whole life.
Once Gabby meets Clay, who believes he is her ‘intended’, she is determined to live her life the way that she has planned and bolts from the fur society. Little does she know, Clay is not far behind and is determined to make her his. Throughout her first year of college Gabby begins to realize that she enjoys the company of Clay and finds that she actually needs him around to help protect her from other werewolf threats. But is this all enough to change her mind about her future?
This was a nice easy paranormal romance read. It set up the rest of the series nicely, we still don’t have all the answers to exactly what Gabby is but by the end of the book you realize that she isn’t the only one with her abilities and as the others come together throughout the series we hope to get these answers. Once I got over the 20% hump I really enjoyed the story and really enjoyed the relationship Gabby had with Sam and Clay.
I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
3.5 Stars!

 

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Continue the series with (Mis)Fortune (Book 2 in the Judgement of Six series)

About the Author

Melissa Haag lives in Wisconsin with her husband and three children. An avid reader she spent many hours curled in a comfortable chair flipping pages in her teens. She began writing a few years ago when some ideas just refused to be ignored any longer.

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