Thursday, May 2, 2013

Blog Tour: Wrecked (Clayton Falls #3) by Alyssa Rose Ivy - Review, Guest Post & Giveaway

Hi guys!! I am beyond excited to be taking part in this blog tour today. I have loved all of the books in the Clayton Falls series, and Wrecked was just as awesome. I can only hope there will be another one. Perhaps Cole's book?!! *begs on hands and knees* Anyways, on my stop I have my review, guest post, and tour giveaway.

  • Publisher: Alyssa Rose Ivy
  • Publication date: 4/24/2013
  • Series: Clayton Falls , #3 
  • Source: eBook provided by InkSlinger Blog Tours
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When your past catches up, it's time to stop running.

Jake Mathews messed up yet again— but this time his misstep lands him in the hospital. He wakes up to find the girl of his dreams and the memory of having his deepest secret revealed.

Emily Taylor needs a break. She's been working double shifts as a nurse just to pay the bills while trying to heal a broken heart. The last thing she needs is to fall for a patient.

Strapped with community service and the knowledge that he's disappointed everyone in his life, Jake is determined not to let Emily slip through his fingers. Emily wants Jake, but can she really open herself up to heartache again?

My Thoughts

I have loved this series from the first book. I have gotten to know the characters and Clayton Falls. My favorite character was Jake, so I was so excited to finally get to read his book!! He was every bit as awesome to read about as I was hoping. I also loved that the rest of the characters that we already know are very present too. It's like hanging out with your friends again after being away. This was fantastic and I really enjoyed getting Jake and Emily's story.

Jake was of course his funny, sarcastic self a lot of the time, but in this, he also shows his sweet, and caring side. Okay, so we know that he can be sweet, caring, and charming, but this was so much more. It was him, being honest with himself, changing the things about him that he felt needed to change, putting someone else first. Yes, he was kind of forced into it, but I do believe that he was always like that underneath the sarcastic, trouble making exterior. Not only did I love how he changed and bonded with Emily, but I liked that he wanted to be good enough. He didn't change because she wanted him to, he changed because he wanted to.

Emily was a very guarded person. For good reason of course, but I thought it was weird how quickly and easily she was able to open up to Jake. Especially with certain things in her past, and the fact that she hasn't dated anyone in like two years. I liked her, I really did, but I thought that was a little odd. She was a very hard working woman who has her priorities straight though, and I really respected her for that. She really had a whole lot of growth through the story though, and I really loved her in the end.

The romance was a bit fast for me. I thought it was very entertaining that Jake would flirt with and pick up his nurse from ICU, but that is just how he is. He is fun, even in bad situations. Emily was eager to meet up with him and get to know him and that is understandable, but after a few weeks, they were declaring their love for each other. I get that people can fall for each other quickly, but being that they didn't know each other at all before, I think that is a bit fast to be in love. Besides that, I thought that their relationship was wonderful to see grow, and see where it was going. Things weren't always easy, but I loved that they worked things out like mature adults do.

I loved this book, I loved Jake and Emily, and I loved getting to see all the other people that I had grown to love in the previous books. The issues and situations in the book were believable and realistic, and the romance was amazing. I hope that this is not the end to the Clayton Falls series, since there are a few characters who I think we could get their story, but if it is the end. I am happy to say good bye on a good note. I have really enjoyed the series as a whole and recommend it to contemporary and new adult fans.

Guest Post

Writing Broken Characters
I love flawed characters—there I said it. Sure, it's nice to read the occasional story about Mr. or Ms. perfect, but if I'm really going to sink my teeth into a book, I want the characters flawed in some way. That's one of the reasons I write these characters, but the other reason is even simpler. It’s realistic. People are flawed. I'm not perfect and I married the most perfect guy I could find, but he wouldn't use perfect to describe himself ether. With all the good comes the bad, and I want my characters to feel that way too.

The characters in Clayton Falls tend to be more than just flawed, they're broken. They've experienced disappointments or devastating losses, and they aren't quite sure where to go, or who they are supposed to be. My Clayton falls cast contains some of my favorite characters to write, but writing these characters does pose some significant challenges.

The biggest challenge in writing broken characters is finding balance. I love my characters flawed—or broken, but they still need to be likeable. To succeed, you need to show the reader who the character really is underneath, and who they have the potential to be.

Another challenge is making the love story natural. Sometimes a broken character has a harder time falling in love, other times they jump in faster. The trick is making the pace fit the character.

I tend to keep secrets from my readers. I don't give the backstory upfront—if I've done my job right the reader likely will be able to piece it together on their own—but it usually takes a large portion of the book before all to pieces fall into place. The challenge here is making a character likeable before their past or experience is revealed. This is particularly hard in Clayton Falls when it might take several books to find out the story behind a side character (i.e. Gavin or Jake).

Writing broken characters has some challenges, but it’s also rewarding. I love when a broken character finds a second chance at happiness through love.

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.
Links: Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Goodreads

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  1. I think Jake is a favorite for everyone! He cracks me up with hitting on his nurse after a big accident. But it all worked out great for him. I'm glad he was able to change his life.

  2. I read the first book in this series but it didn't really work for me. I'm glad that you're really it, Amy. I like the sound of Jake. He seems like a flirty guy but his issues. It does seem a little odd that Emily dumped all about her past with her so soon. Plus, them declaring their love too fast would put me off a little.
    Still, I'm glad you liked it!
    Fab review, Amy!

  3. HA I love that you liked EMily so much but though she was odd, that's funny. I just read Andrea's review of this which is up today too (twins!) and she really liked it too! I may have to give the series another try some day. The first book just didn't work for me which made me sad because so many people seem to love them. At least I have Nick!

  4. I've only read the first one in this series. I have the second but you know, time?? Good to know it's still good. Thanks.

  5. I've enjoyed this series. Jake was a cutie!

  6. Yes, Cole and Mel need their own book! I honestly could read about these character forever. I love how real and believable they are with no unnecessary drama. Love how they kept making fun of him for scoring a date with his nurse after waking up from his accident. Only Jake…

  7. Thanks for the great giveaway! I'm read the first two books in the series and I need this one ASAP!

  8. I adored this, too. I mean, it's Jake! How could we not.
    Great post from Alyssa and great review.

    Cole needs a book!

  9. So this is like one of those series that every book is a different POV? Or like a companion? Anyways it sounds like it all has a great bunch of characters. Fast romance always bugs me but at least there seems to be growth in the relationship which makes it standable at least. Glad you're enjoying this series, chickie I'll keep them in mind I've been loving contemps lately!

  10. Fantastic review, Amy! I'm glad you enjoyed Wrecked, I really hate hate hate hate fast romances, but I'm glad you still loved the characters and Jake! I loved him in Derailed so I'm really happy he got his story :) I also love the guest post I agree there's a special balance between an annoying broken character or a sympathetic broken character :)

  11. I'm so excited you enjoyed Wrecked! Thanks for reading and reviewing it!

  12. I agree and I loved that we got to see such a caring and sweet side to Jake. His story is a bit diff than the others and I liked the way Alyssa took it. Yea, the love was a bit fast, but it was still sweet and I enjoyed every minute of it. I'm gonna miss Clayton Fall! Great review!

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