Saturday 2 February 2013

Veer (Clayton Falls #2) by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Published: November 29 2012 by CreateSpace
Pages: 286

Veer starts off a few months after Derailed left off with Molly and Ben, and in Veer we are seeing Becca's story come to life, she is Molly's best friend from law school that you will remember from the first book. The book starts off with Becca driving to Clayton Falls for the summer to spend time with Molly, and on the way there, her car stalls and will not start, and she is on the side of a long road by herself, and her cell phone has no signal. Someone happens to be driving by, and it turns out that it is Gavin, and he lets her know that he is a police officer, and convinces her that he will take her in to town to Molly's house, and during the drive she gets to see some of his charming personality (sarcasm?.....ABSOLUTELY!).

Becca decides to spend the summer with Molly in Clayton Falls and work at the local law offices as unfortunately her Mother has passed away after a long illness, and she has no other family, and Molly is the closest friend that she has. She is not sure if coming to town is the best thing after a few days as her first week has left not the greatest of impressions on her as far as the people around town, but she does decide to stay for the remainder of the summer anyways.

She easily makes friends with Molly's other friends in town, especially Jake (who is Ben's brother) who she is able to hang out with and watch movies and stuff. The only person that she is not able to make friends with easily is Gavin, and she is unsure as to why, it seems that every time they try to have a conversation it turns in to an argument of some sort.

The same things that I loved about book #1 were brought over in to this novel as well, I got that Nora Roberts feel again, but with more realistic histories with the characters that they have to try and work through. As the summer goes on, you get to see how Becca grows, and also you get to see the relationship between her and Gavin change slowly but surely, and it is a wonderful journey.

So if I have not made it clear already, this series is a smash for me, and I am so excited to see what happens in book #3. Absolute 5/5 and if you are a fan of the new adult genre, or even contemporary romance, this is a series that is not to be missed, I stayed up all night reading these books, I started at about 10 PM and thought I would just get them started, and did not go to bed till the next morning when I was finished with both of them.

Derailed (Clayton Falls #1) by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Published: September 23 2012 by CreateSpace Independant Publishing Platform
Pages: 260
Derailed is about a girl named Molly whom feels lost in life I think, her father has passed away, her Mother is living with her sister and her family, and her fiance also passed away.  She is in law school when the story first starts, and the decision to change her life comes within the first couple of pages and that is not the last of the big decisions that she has to make within the book. I really loved the way that Molly grew in to herself through the book, and at the end really seemed comfortable in her own shoes, even if it was a completely different spot than she thought she would be in.
I will say that I got a Nora Roberts feel from the writing (which to me is a good thing as she is one of my favourite romance authors), but there was even more depth to the characters in Alyssa's novels that I have read, they have been through more real life experiences and she talk about the feelings that they have because of this more than I find in Nora's novels.
One of my favourite parts of Alyssa's writing is that nothing comes easy to the characters, they have to work at it, or they really think through any decisions that they make, and there is no "insta-love", it actually goes along at a normal pace that relationships typically do. Also her portrail of the small town life, I know that it is not for everyone, but I will tell you, I wish I could live in Clayton Falls! It is the perfect setting for someone to go and relax and sort through what they need to as far as what to do with the rest of your life.
Let's go in to the men in the novel now....let me just say yum!!! So there is Ben, and he is Molly's old boyfriend from before she left town to go to law school, and he has his own issues sure, but he is very good looking, and his personality is pretty good too. Then there is Gavin, he is attractive sure, but talk about egotistical and overbearing! I did not like his character at all in this book, he was WAY to pushy and would refuse to take no for an answer, even when Molly made it quite clear.
I was really happy with the way that this book ended, and it could read like a stand alone for sure, but I am so glad that it is not so that I get to go back and visit these characters again with a new story. So overall, this is for sure a 5/5 for me, one of my favourite new adult novels hands down!