SynopsisWhen you're lost, sometimes the only place you can go is home.
Broken over the death of her fiancé, Molly leaves law school to return to her childhood home in North Carolina. Expecting to lay low until she can figure out what else to do with her life, she finds herself in the arms of her high school sweetheart, the boy who represents everything from the past she tried to leave behind.
Looking for an escape, she instead finds a way back to the girl she almost forgot existed and a future she never dreamed possible.
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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Background: Molly is dealing with a lot. A few years ago her father died, now her fiancé has died and she is starting to feel like the reason for everyone’s death. She decides to leave law school and go back home for a little while to settle and figure out her life, only to find when she gets there that she may have been traveling back to more baggage than she bargained for.
Review: I flew through this book, it is in the New Adult genre and I have not read many of them yet but it is an interesting genre, I think that it opens up dialogue for ‘adults’ 19-25. There is a little less angst and more college drama…which is very different from high school drama. So why do I mention this, well the plot really focuses on things that teen books don’t go into. There was more of an emphasis on what am I doing with my life? and do I really love this person? and not in a teenage high school kind of way. I think the genre lends something to that.
As for characters and plot, I was a little annoyed at first about how self-centered the main character Molly was, but then it all started to fall into place as the story progressed; she is at a time where she kind of needs to be self-centered and figure out her life. As a twenty-something, it was understandable.
I really liked this book because of the romance though, and I am not a fan of raunchy sexual encounters and erotica, and luckily, this was NOT that. It was nicely done. There was sex, but it was not the kind that would make you blush if you were reading in public (at least I didn’t). I really enjoyed the relationships between Molly and her high school friends and ex-boyfriend. There were a lot of laugh-out-loud moments in the book for me.
Fun and fast read; it is for a more mature reader audience, and romance lovers.
Veer (Clayton Falls, #s) Alyssa Rose Ivy -- November, 2012
SynopsisOnly when you let go can you learn to live.
Between the death of her mother and pushing through law school without her best friend, it's been a tough year for Becca. Needing a break from Boston, she moves to a tiny coastal North Carolina town for a relaxing summer. After bumping heads repeatedly with a local cop, she realizes her summer will be anything but quiet.
Three years after a career ending injury ruins his chance to play Major League Baseball, Gavin has a distrust of northerners and lately girls in general. He wants nothing to do with a girl who is only in town for the summer.
When the two give in to their impossible attraction, they realize that they may just have found the key to freeing themselves from the ghosts of their pasts.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Background: Becca is Molly's friend from law school, and she is having a rough time this summer, her mother recently passed away and her position at the DA's office was not awarded again. So she is on her way to Clayton Falls to visit Molly and work at a small office in town for the summer.
Review: I am now a fan of Alyssa Rose Ivy, she is so talented. I really enjoyed this book as a follow up to Derailed. Same set of characters but the book was from another one's experiences and I really enjoyed seeing the older characters again. Veer has the same feel as Derailed, girl depressed about life and not sure what track she is on, when she meets cute boy and they fall for each other... the mushiness of it all was great.
Becca is very different from Molly, she is a little more put together but very insecure and super sacred of life it seemed. That was kind of annoying, but it also made her personality suiting to the guy she chooses.
Speaking of which, this book is also told from the POV of Gavin, the annoying, cocky cop that was so into Molly in Derailed. I think that from giving the reader his POV he becomes more likeable.
Like Derailed there was sexual content but again it was not the raunchy kind. However there were a lot of sexual encounters.
I think that the titles of these books really have meaning and that was a fun aspect as well. I really did love this series and flew through the books. I cannot wait to read more of Alyssa's writing.
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About the Author
Alyssa Rose Ivy is a Young Adult and New Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.