Emmitt’s Treasure by Melissa Haag

Blurb:
29427404After six years away from his pack, Emmitt realizes he has no idea what he wants from life. His parents want him to lead the pack, and the Elders expect him to further integrate his people into human society. His reluctance to take on the demanding responsibility of leadership has him dragging his feet to return home.

Finding his Mate changes everything. Michelle’s shy and beautiful and on the run. She needs somewhere to stay and someone to take care of her. Suddenly, responsibility doesn’t seem like such a burden to Emmitt. He’ll do whatever it takes to earn her trust and keep her safe…even from one of his own kind.

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My Review:
4.5 stars — After reading Clay’s Hope, I had a better idea of what to expect from these companion series books, so I had the right expectations going in…and therefore I think I enjoyed myself more.  I knew I wasn’t necessarily going to get a lot of background about Emmitt, or glimpses into his past.  And while I would still love that, I really did enjoy what I did get for what it was.  A glimpse into the exact events of (Mis)fortune, but from Emmitt’s POV.  So we got to see all of his thoughts and feelings and what was going on in the background, mainly conversations between Emmitt, Jim and Nana Wini.

I already fell in love with Emmitt in (Mis)fortune, so this book just helped to solidify those feelings for me.  He was exactly as he was portrayed in the first book, though I enjoyed how much he struggled to be patient with Michelle…not that he wanted to push her, just that we got to see his level of need and confusion.

And as always, his relationship with Jim was hilarious.  I enjoyed getting a bit of a deeper look into who Jim was, why he was the comic relief, and how he saw his place in the world.

I will say that my memory is crap though, b/c I would read parts where Emmitt is confused about what is going on in Michelle’s brain, and EVEN THOUGH I JUST READ THE DAMN BOOK, even I was having a hard time remembering what was going through her head at any one time (except, you know, the pivotal parts).

So with two successes, and given I’m an alternative POV loving girl (particularly for a series I’m in love with), I will definitely be keeping up with reading this companion series until the end.  But now, since the 3rd one isn’t out yet, do I read the Bethi’s book, then wait for Luke’s Dream…or do I read the rest of the Judgement of the Six that’s out?  Decisions decisions…

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Clay’s Hope by Melissa Haag

Blurb:
25176111Clay 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.

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My Review:
4 stars — I know alternative POV books aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I actually tend to love them.  As long as they give you something new.  And since Clay never spoke through almost the entirety of Hope(less), I really wanted to know what he was thinking!!  And since I LOVED Clay, I had high hopes for this book.  And I, personally, really enjoyed it.  But I didn’t love it as much as I was expecting.

So what I loved: I got into Clay’s head.  I loved that what I thought I knew was going on in Clay’s head based on his reactions and Gabby’s conclusions weren’t always correct.  For example, when she bought the used car.   It was actually kind of hilarious.  And I LOVED knowing his feelings for her, and seeing all he was trying to do to prove he would be a great mate for her.  It actually broke my heart at times, and almost made me dislike Gabby a bit more, but oh well.

Oh the bad side, other than getting inside Clay’s head for most of the events of Hope(less), we really didn’t get a lot in addition to that.  I mean, yeah, we got to see him get the job and fight the challengers, but there really wasn’t a lot of new content otherwise.  In particular I was hoping we would get more about his past and how he grew up and how it shaped him.  But it really wasn’t there, which I guess is consistent with the lack of background we got on Gabby.  So I was still disappointed in that.  I really felt like more could have been done in both books in that respect.

So all in all, if you are a fan of alternative POVs, you’ll enjoy this one.  If you don’t get them, then you should probably avoid.  You really aren’t getting a lot of new stuff in this book, it’s really like a novel written for fans.  Which I am, so yay for me.

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