Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Veer by Alyssa Rose Ivy, hosted by SupaGurl Tours. Veer is the second book in the Clayton Falls Series. Today's stop features a review and an excerpt from Veer. You can check out all the other great stops on the tour here.
Veer (A Clayton Falls Novel)
by Alyssa Rose Ivy
Published November 29, 2012
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: This new adult contemporary romance is the second book in The Clayton Falls Series. I really loved Derailed, the first book in the series and couldn't wait to read Veer. We were introduced to the main characters in this story, Becca and Gavin in Derailed. Becca is Molly's best friend from Law School in Boston. Gavin is the hot cop that had a thing for Molly in Derailed, but Molly's heart totally belonged to Ben. Though Gavin displayed some really thoughtful moments in Derailed, I really thought he was kind of a jerk overall, and wasn't too crazy about him. In Veer, however, I came to really love him. We only met Becca briefly in Derailed, and I so enjoyed getting to know her in Veer. Becca has had a really tough year in Boston. Her mom has passed away from cancer, her best friend is no longer there, and the combination of it all has made the past year extremely difficult for her. She didn't get the summer job she was expecting, and her grades have suffered as a result of everything that has happened. Molly has managed to help Becca get a summer job with some of the local attorneys in Clayton Falls, and needing a break and her best friend, Becca heads down there in her beloved VW Beetle, which unfortunately leaves her on the side of the road as she nears Clayton Falls. Who happens to come to her rescue but Gavin, the hottie cop, and he gives her a ride to Molly's.
They immediately size each other up, each noting the other's undeniable attractiveness. Becca is a brunette, tall, and looks like a supermodel. Gavin is also tall, muscular, and looks more like a male stripper or movie star than a cop in a small town. Their conversation starts off friendly, until Gavin mentions Becca's accent. What Becca doesn't know is that Gavin's ex-girlfriend who dumped him when he was forced to leave his baseball career due to an injury, was from Boston. Gavin has since prejudged and labeled girls from up North based on his experience with his ex, and his judgement colors his comment about her accent. Becca, not being one to hold back, comments about his accent in return. His rebuttal is that he does not have an accent, and Becca's counter argument is that he most certainly does have a "Southern Drawl." Needless to say, they don't hit it off, at all. Despite the obvious chemistry, Gavin is determined to "not like" Becca, and Becca has no problem returning his feelings.
I really loved both Gavin and Becca, and I enjoyed watching their relationship develop. I was really impressed with Gavin's determination to win Becca over. The things he did for her, once he got past the jerk part, were amazing and would melt any girls heart. His patience and love was incredible. Becca was such a sweetheart. Even though she was an obvious beauty queen, she didn't act like it or even realize it. She says what she means and doesn't sugarcoat things, while at the same time manages to be really sweet and likable. My heart broke with hers over the things she went through. I really loved getting to see what was going on with Molly and Ben, and some of the others characters we got to know in Derailed. I especially liked getting to know another side of Jake, Ben's brother. I am hoping he gets his own story. Veer is an enjoyable and entertaining second installment in this series, and if you are a new adult contemporary romance fan, this is a series you should check out.
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As I sat there freaking out about the possibilities, I heard a knock on my window. My heart just about jumped out of my chest. Hesitantly, I looked up and saw a tall hulk of a man right outside the car. He gestured with his hands for me to open the door. I shook my head no. This guy was huge. There was no way I was opening the door.
He nodded, held up a finger as if telling me to wait, and disappeared. I waited, wondering what he was up to and whether I could find any sort of weapon. I settled for closing my fist around the small container of mace I kept in my bag.
I heard another rap on the window and glanced over. The man held a badge up for me to read. He was a cop. Of course anyone could fake a police badge, but that seemed extreme even for my imagination. I decided to take a chance and open the door.
Before I could even open it all the way, the guy ducked his head down to talk to me. “Having car trouble?”
I tried to appear more confident than I really felt. “Yeah, it looks that way.”
“I can take a look at it for you, but honestly I’m not great with cars. I’m guessing by the Massachusetts plates that you’re not from around here.”
“No, I’m not.” Cop or not, I wasn’t going to give him more information than I had to.
“Where are you headed?” He squatted down, making eye contact. He was good at this—yeah he was really a cop.
“Umm, Clayton Falls?” I looked down at the Google directions I’d printed out in case my GPS failed. Molly hadn’t talked much about her town, so the name still sounded foreign on my tongue.
“Clayton Falls, huh?”
“You wouldn’t happen to be Molly’s friend, would you?” A faint smile played on his lips. It gave him an almost boyish look that was at odds with his size.
How’d he know? “Yes…”
“I’m a friend of hers.” He held out his hand. “Gavin Powell.”
“You’re Gavin? The Gavin?” Molly had told me about her near fling with the hot cop in her hometown, but I thought she’d exaggerated his good looks and size.
He smiled. “So you’ve heard about me? As far as I know, I’m the only Gavin.”
I remembered my situation. Not the time to flirt. “Is there any way you can help me get through to her? My phone isn’t working.”
“Yeah, service is iffy out this way. Why don’t I give you a lift? I’ll take care of getting your car towed.” He leaned in closer, his body heat making an already warm evening hotter. His brown hair was messy, and I had a feeling he never really bothered to fix it. His friendly hazel eyes begged me to trust him, but I couldn’t.
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.Link to Alyssa :