So you may be familiar with this author if you happen to take a gander on this blog every once in awhile. I post about her books so often, it might seem like I'm becoming obsessed, (jk, I've been obsessed since the first book I read by her). Well today I am reviewing Alyssa Rose Ivy's most recent release Veer. If you haven't already checked out the first book in the Clayton Falls series, read THIS review of book one, Derailed first.
Ok, with that being said let's get to the good stuff!!
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.
Review: While I was reading Derailed, I was immediately drawn to Gavin as a secondary character. Becca, not so much, and she really surprised me in this book. Girlfriend's life has sucked with a capital S. Her decision to go to Clayton Falls for the summer is turns into an immediate crap fest when she meets Gavin who is a complete jerk to her. For a good half of the book I wanted to kick Gavin's face in because he was being a typical alpha male jerk. But, then Becca knocks some sense into him, and viola, we see the Gavin from Derailed, who is wonderful, sweet, and swoon worthy.
This book was really fun to read because we got to reunite with some loved characters from Derailed, and get to know a couple more that only made minute appearances (cough...Jake... cough). I think Alyssa did a fabulous job in creating a town that is small enough that you sort of get a feel for who everyone is, and what role they play; but also big enough that people can come in from the outside and not be labeled as an outsider.
A theme that really resonated with me while I was reading the book was building trust. Becca has really had some horrible luck in her life, and in building a relationship with Gavin, she has to share what has happened to her in the past, and that truly scares her. I think Alyssa Rose Ivy does an awesome job at capturing the emotions of what those moments are like in a new and meaningful relationship.
Now, I must get to the romance part of the book. I don't know how she does it, but Alyssa Rose Ivy manages to create characters that just worm their way into your heart. I am one of those "experience every emotion in the book" readers, and when a book makes me feel things, that's when I know I have a winner. Veer was fantastic in this area. Becca and Gavin's relationship does have its ups and downs, but it is a very real relationship. I think the realness of what is happening to them comes across very well, and that translates into some hot/gut wrenching/wonderful scenes between these characters.
Personally I think everybody should go out and buy this book. It's awesome, and Alyssa Rose Ivy is super cool too. So in my opinion it's a win-win. Buy an awesome book, help support an Indie author so we can have more awesome books! Definite Recommend!!
Oh Yeah Count: 5/5 (shizz rocks)