Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Blog Tour: Clayton Falls - Review of Veer by Alyssa Rose Ivy & Giveaway

On my stop for the Clayton Falls Blog tour, I have my review for Veer, a giveaway for either an ebook copy of Veer, or some bookmark/postcard swag. For the full tour schedule click on the banner above to be taken to the tour page on Xpresso Book Tours. The first book in the series, Derailed is free for Kindle and only $.99 for Nook for the duration of the tour! These are companion novels, so you don't need to read them in order.

  • Publisher: Alyssa Rose Ivy
  • Publication date: 11/25/2012
  • Series: Clayton Falls , #2 
  • Source: ebook provided by Xpresso Book Tours for review
Purchase: Amazon | B&N 

Only 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 Thoughts

I really enjoyed Derailed, the first book in this series, but I honestly couldn't stand Gavin. When I heard this was his book, I was intrigued, but also a bit nervous going into it. I really wanted to know more about Becca though, and I was hoping that Gavin could redeem himself in my eyes. It took a while, but he totally did. And I loved Becca. The characters are my favorite part of this series. Not just the ones that the book focuses on, but all of the secondary characters too. Alyssa Rose Ivy makes you really fall for the characters and care what happens to them.

Becca was a character that took a bit to get used to, but I really love her as I got to know her better. She really kind of stays in her own shell and it takes a lot to start breaking that down. As we find out why it makes a lot of sense why she acts the way she does. The only thing that I was really bothered by, was how she was constantly trying to push Gavin away. Almost trying to make him not want to be around her. She could be really bitchy, but I suppose I might act the same in her situation too. She really had a lot of growth through this book though, and I respected her a lot for really caring about her career and wanting to make sure that she completed school and worked toward the career she has been dreaming about. No matter what came her way, that was always the most important thing for her.

Gavin is a tough one for me. I never thought that I could like him. He was such an arrogant, pushy jerk in Derailed and was still a total douche in the beginning of this, but once we start to discover things about his past, you kind of understand him more. Don't get me wrong, he is still a bit too straight forward and pushy, and boy does he do a few really stupid things. Really though, underneath all of that he is just as broken and insecure as Becca is. He is actually super sweet, charming, and romantic. By the end of this book he totally made my swoon-worthy fictional guys list!

This book had all of the things that make a contemporary great to read. It had romance, drama, misunderstandings, more romance, and most of all, character growth. I loved watching Gavin and Becca get to know each other and uncover each others pasts as they grow to trust each other more. Of course there is heartbreak and plenty of moments that make you laugh too. Overall, the writing was great and I loved this. I really enjoyed Becca and Gavins story and I can't wait for Wrecked to get Jake's story!! 

Books in this series

Derailed and Veer are available now. Wrecked has not been published yet. Clicking on the covers will take you to the books goodreads page.

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.

Author Links: Website ~ Goodreads ~ Facebook ~ Twitter

I also have a giveaway:

an eBook copy of Veer OR bookmark/postcard swag
Winner has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen
Ends 2/6/13

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  1. Glad Gavin grew on you! I actually really liked him in Derailed and wanted Molly to give him a shot. I felt bad for him and was happy he was able to have his own HEA. I felt bad for Becca too. Totally understood both of their feelings but it was sometimes annoying to see them push each other away. Gavin really stepped up the romantic moves and I was soon swooning for him too. I love the secondary characters, especially Jake, so I can't wait for his story!

    1. Jake is awesome so I can't wait for his story!! Wrecked is actually my WoW today! I am glad that I really grew to like Gavin in this one since I didn't like him at all going into it.

  2. So I only read like half of Derailed (it wasn't a book for me so I put it down) but Gavin was the guy she met at the bar who kept wanting to go out with her, right? He was pretty pushy, he came on way too strong for my liking and it annoyed me. Happy to see that even though this was about a guy you didn't like too much you still ended up enjoying it!

    1. Yup he was pushy and arrogant and I couldn't stand him. He did redeem himself in this one though.

  3. Sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing :)

  4. So I liked Derailed..okay. Wasn't sure about this one but I love the cover. You make it sound really good so I think I will read it.


  5. Cool giveaway! And I really enjoyed this story far better than the first book. For some reason they love story felt far more emotional. Nice review.

  6. I completely agree with you about Gavin. It took me awhile to warm up to him, but he does have his good points. I love this series as a whole though and seriously can't wait for Jake's story!!

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  7. I'm really excited to read Veer. I didn't like Gavin either, but it seems like he really won you over, and that makes me soooo curious. Veer may be my next "me" read.

    Great review, sweetie!

  8. Glad you liked this despite having qualms about the one of the main characters.

  9. I'm so excited you enjoyed Veer! Thank you so much for reading and reviewing it!

  10. This sounds good but I am a bit concerned about his doucheness. If it clears up quickly I might be okay with it all though. It definitely sounds great!

  11. I really like Alyssa’s stories, they are just so real! As much as I was rooting for Ben in Derailed, I admired Gavin for being persistent. He went after Molly but not in a creepy kind of way. He just really liked her. I really liked Jake from the first book but in Veer I loved him so much more! I can’t wait to read his story!
    Great review!
    Team Jake :)


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