Review: Clay’s Hope by Melissa Haag

Clay’s Hope
(Judgement of the Six Companion Series #1)
by Melissa Haag
Publisher: Self-published
Publication date: April 25, 2015
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Clay is a man of few human talents. As a wolf, he hunts well and can fight off a grizzly twice his size, but has no aspirations. The idea of a Mate isn’t something he has ever seriously entertained. Dreamed about, maybe, but he knows the chances are nearly non-existent. Then he meets Gabby, a human girl. She hates him at first sight, yet he can’t let her go. Who he was is no longer important. Now, who he needs to become to win her over is the only thing that matters.



Since Clay is a rogue wolf who isn’t attached at any pack, he has accepted the fact that he’ll never have a mate or a family. Mates are for pack members, and since he isn’t one, he will never be invited to a mating introduction. However, when he’s called in to help with security at a mate introduction, he is blindsided by the woman who breaks protocol and leaves the introduction room. He immediately recognizes her as his mate. Of course none of the other werewolves are happy about this turn of events. However, he’s allowed the 6 month courting period in order to woo her. Easier said than done when all Gabby wants is to be free, not be attached to a werewolf.

I should point out that this is a companion novel to Hopeless. It’s basically a retelling of the story, but in Clay’s point of view. I’ve been on the library’s wait list for Hopeless for a while now, and kind of just got impatient on waiting and decided to read Clay’s Hope instead. With that being said, you could totally read this without reading Hopeless. Since it’s Clay’s version of the story, everything is explained and revealed as things pop up. While there were times that I wish I had Gabby’s point of view, because I felt like I was missing a lot of key points, Clay is completely in the dark too. It’s not assumed you know what’s happening, because Clay doesn’t even know what’s happening. So, I liked that I was able to read this without reading the original book.

I really liked that we got Clay’s POV though. He decides to be mute around Gabby because he doesn’t want to freak her out if he says something that might make her uncomfortable. So, without being in his head, all you get are grunts and shrugs. It was nice knowing what he was thinking and seeing that translate in the way he behaved around everyone.

Clay’s Hope was a solid read even though it is a companion novel. I loved being inside Clay’s head and I can’t wait to see the story unfold through Gabby’s eyes.

4 Thoughts on “Review: Clay’s Hope by Melissa Haag

  1. i love it when i can grab a book out of order and not be lost reading it. sounds like you’ll be going back for gabby’s story
    sherry @ fundinmental

  2. That sounds like a book that I would probably like. Thanks for the great review.

  3. Ohhh, I might have to catch up with this, sounds like my cup of tea!
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I’m glad you enjoyed this!

  4. It’s been a while since I read a story with werewolves in it, how odd is that? I mean, I LOVE paranormal romance and yet, I’ve only read one this year . . . *sighs* I’m glad you enjoyed this book, though, I personally love when a companion novel works well like this one 🙂

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