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4.10  ·  Rating details ·  2,106 ratings  ·  285 reviews

How do you tell yourself not to breathe?

He is my mate, and she is his everything. But he chose her, against every single instinct that we both know. For that, I have been whipped, shunned, shamed, disgraced, and broken. All for one moment of madness I could not control...

After two years, I left, unable to bear the pain and loneliness anymore. That was then. Thi

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Melanie A. *mostly on hiatus*
Book 1: Clayton ==> 5 STARS
Book 2: Dallas ==> 5 STARS
Book 3: Cassius ==> 4.5 STARS

He's ruined my past, and now he's tampering with my future.
A drama-rama angst-fest of EPIC proportions . . . and I LOVED every word!!!

Plot in a nutshell: As a juvenile wolf coming into her own, Rya becomes aware of who her fated mate is . . . Clayton, the alpha's son and the heir apparent. But Clayton's already in love with Kennedy and he rejects the pair bond ===> what ensues will tear y
 Leo (Queen of the Rants and Spoilers)
When I think about mates, I think they’re the one and only mate. Not the second best or even second choice. Heroine suffered a lot because her mate chose another female. I hated everyone in this pack. I even hated the heroine for not being that strong. I hated Clayton with passion. I wanted him DEAD. This is a book about fake mates because no mate will reject his own mate for another female.
Clayton is a cheater. He emotionally cheated on his chosen mate Kennedy. Kennedy was a pathetic loser who
Didn't the Hero contemplated killing the h or her death? When his beloved girlfriend suggested that so they can be together. Without him being so conflicted. That is appalling, not something I can overlook. ...more
2.5 Wavering Stars

So this didn't have me swearing a blue streak like I thought I would but there were a fair few what the hell moments. Filled with angst.

If you're expecting a true mate romance where they end up having a HEA walk away now, this shows what happens when one true mate turns from the other.

So many moments of manipulation unfurled as the story progressed.

Issues of consent manifest when it comes to secondary characters.

Book 2 provides an ending to this book, not sure if I'll read it.

Nikki ღ Navareus

Wow! It has been forever since I have read a story that brought out this much angstiness, and I loved every second of it. Rya's life turned upside down once she met her mate and was so devastatingly rejected by him. She was cast aside for someone else even though Rya and her mate have this undeniable and unbreakable bond, Clayton went against every instinct instilled in him and refused to have anything to do with Rya.

As a child, Rya lost everything. Her dignity, her self esteem, her friends, pr
Debbie "Buried in Her TBR Pile"
4.5 stars

Own in: The Wildflower Series

I read this a while ago on Wattpad. When I saw a GR buddy's review, it sounded familiar. I messaged her with, "does this happen, does that happen..." I knew I had read it before. I was excited that the books (Clayton and Dallas) were now available in kindle format. I scored when I found the 3 Wildflower books in a bundle at a bargain price. I was ecstatic. I had read Dallas but not Cassius.

Both Clayton and Dallas take the reader on an emotional, angsty trip.
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, mates
I'm quite the fan of the rejected mate trope, and this one hit the spot.

3.75 stars
Lu Bielefeld
2 ⭐⭐ - Meh!

The author totally fucked up the concept of mate! But the story hooked me because I wanted to know how she was going to develop this.
Clayton and Kennedy are despicable and selfish. To consider murdering his mate so they can be together is unacceptable. It demonstrates their character.
The two made a point of humiliating the heroine and showing how insignificant she was to them.
Our heroine suffered all kinds of abuse and was then completely ignored, as if she were a ghost
Indie Wish List
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have mixed feelings about this book, so bear with me while I sort them out in this review. I believe this story has excellent bones, but some of the fine details made this hard to rate.

I loved the angst of Clayton. I loved the premise of the story. Rya is a female wolf rejected by her fate/moon chosen mate, Clayton, and someone who is deemed valuable when she reaches her adulthood… just not by her mate. His human side chooses another wolf over her, and the circumstances around this situation
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
First things first.
I rarely read PNR and a small fraction of what little I read is Shifter PNR.
But I do have reading buddies that love them and Clayton came highly recommended. Mainly because one friend in particular had been obsessed with finding a good rejected mate story. I was so excited for her that I decided to read it too.
I'm happy I did. I enjoyed this book thoroughly.

World building and structure of the wolf pack was done very well. Author's voice and writing style are unique

Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Great idea but..

I picked this book up from a large group of people recommending it in a Facebook group I’m a part of. I thought the idea sounded fresh, interesting and for as many people saying it was an awesome read, I was excited to read it. I came in knowing that at one point this was on Wattpad and had quite a bit more length to it. I think that this version should include what was edited out from Wattpad, so that things are a bit easier to understand how who relates to whom and why.

The goo
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Precious one , my emotions were sky rocketing while reading this story.
Fell in love ,fell in hate , cried so much and rejoiced just as much.
Clayton made me comment and no matter how much I dislike him ( hate him ) I always go and read it over again because I also love all other characters so much.
This story literally sings to readers emotions

If your looking for cliche in Rachelle's stories You will find none.
Veronica WordsAreMyDrinkOfChoice
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The language drew me in and dragged me along its painful path. Every bump is felt in blistering detail. I am in awe.

I read almost zero PNR/SCI-FI but this book does not deserve the criticisms in the top rated reviews. The plot has been simply and meanly culled to a basic denominator that in no way reflects the truth or intent of the plot. It’s terribly petty and misleading.

4.5 stars
Ane Vass
Jul 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-star
1.5 stars.

not much makes sense in this book.

the whole story has oddly clipped and half finished structure which made it impossible to connect with the characters or to create a coherent story line.

i did like dallas, though i do wish h was more authoritative and decisive. the other scum and his little b*tch are not even worth mentioning.
Serial Romance Librarian
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This book started off interesting, then toward the end took a very odd turn. I'm not exactly sure what I feel was wrong with it, but it just went sideways somehow. I have to say I really didn't like the book overall. ...more
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I usually avoid tragedies and dramas, but I always wanted to read a story where the mate bonding is not accepted, wanted to read about something we all have experienced: rejection. The thing is, I also wanted it to end in a happy ending.

This book had my heart painfully clenching, hurting until the end; it's devastating and wrenches your emotions like it's the most natural thing in the world. The characters are really wolves and they behave as such, no humanization here to save our delicate sensi
Jac K
This book one Wildflower Series. It is not your typical were, or jilted lover book. It is Rya’s journey that is both heart warming and wrenching. Life is messy and Ms. Mills writes a beautiful story of hope, loss, love, forgiveness, strength... I highly recommend.

Agony is on his face. She’s in his bones, he might not be able to hold her mark, but she has branded his soul. They have greedily invaded and gorged themselves full on their love for each other. The legacy that they are making is a
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Clayton rakes the heart of his fated mate with razor sharp claws of despair and agony,as one werewolf forsakes the one gifted to him by the moon goddess to be with the woman he loves.The one whom he chooses above all others.The book twists the myth of a soul mate and ends in a cliff hanger.
Jun 28, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Michelle Claypot_Reads
One of the best shifter stories I’ve read. This was so packed full of pain, fated mates, broken hearts & love. I cried a whole bunch reading this one. Absolutely fantastic
Bee Mills
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Julia Red Hatter Book Blog
Clayton is so different from the PNR out there nowadays, and I loved it! I'm a huge fan of instamate, but I always wondered what would happen if one or both deny the bond. Rachelle Mills answered that in this beautifully heartbreaking story. My heart bled for Rya. How could her pack treat her so callously when all she wanted was her true mate. It made no sense to me. When she leaves to train, she really comes into herself as a woman. She grows and lives each day, it isn't a happy life but it is ...more
Mónica García
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite
This book has had perfect timing with me. When I read the unedited version, step by step on Wattpad, I too was going through a horrible rejection. No other book quite summed up what it felt to be ripped apart, not even close to "Clayton".

This book really digs deep into emotions, its built with characters that are whole and flawed, and makes you fall in love with its universe.

I have read the unedited form multiple times, but it is nothing like, in an emotional sense, to holding it's edited and r
Dericka Duffus
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Best book ever! I read it like 3 times.
Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A must read for lovers of angst.

Poor Rya was just everyone’s doormat. I am glad Dallas and his family came into her life. Clayton, Kennedy and their families were awfully dismissive of her.

The intimate scenes were not great but I enjoyed the conversations and descriptions of everything else.
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
By Naourès El Ajmi: A Journey I Never Dreamed of Taking

CLAYTON was the first book of Rachelle Mills’ that I read, and it was the beginning of an amazing journey I never dreamed of taking.

“How do you tell yourself not to breathe?” The book’s title is CLAYTON but the story is about Rya’s journey. A female that has faced the ultimate loss, rejection by her mate — the one who is supposed to be her everything. She lives the agony of seeing him love another and consequently being shunned by her pack f
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Rachelle has crafted a story that has killed me literally killed me. My heart broke and I cried like a crazy woman. I could not stop thinking how cruel that bastard alpha of the pack was. He deserves to be not named because I seriously HATED his guts and wanted to kill him. How effing cruel can you be. Your mate is chosen for you you do not chose. The love and bond is there for a reason and you just accept it you don't reject it like this arsehole did. Lord I could go one for ages about him but ...more
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Rachelle Mills is a 2016 Watty winner for Voracious Reads - Clayton, and Featured Writer on Wattpad where she first published the acclaimed read under her breakout pseudonym, Whiskeyqueenn.

Ms. Mills has won the devotion of her international “Wildflower Pack" fandom, new readers and critics alike for her fantastically realized paranormal univers

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