Welcome to the Derailed Blog Tour hosted by AToMR Book Tours. Today I’ll be doing a review of Derailed. Let me know what you think!
Title: Derailed (Clayton Falls #1) [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Release Date: September 2012
In My Opinion: Must. Read. Now!
One Line: A knockout contemporary romance that I literally couldn’t put down.
About the Book: When 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.
I have to say, I love it when a book surprises me in a good way, especially when I was thisclose to hitting a reading slump. Derailed was a prefect blend of romance, intrigue, mystery, humor, and raw emotions. When I first heard about this book, I was interested, but thought it would be like any other book where I’d feel content, but didn’t expect anything much from it. Boy, was I wrong! I flat-out loved and devoured this book! The characters were lively, the plot was refreshing, and the romance was sweet and realistic. Contemporary romances are generally easy to read and I find that I breeze through them quicker than say, my paranormal reads, so I loved that Derailed is in-keeping with that thought because the pacing and flow was perfect and before I knew it, I had gone from 14% finished, to like 87% finished.
I loved Molly so much. Not only was she NOT annoying, as some lead characters tend to be (especially females, I don’t know why I tend to hate on the females, lol), but she was funny, smart, and even though she’s dealt with a lot of tragedy in her life, she’s holding it together exceptionally well. Alyssa grabs you right from the start and I felt really connected to Molly, which doesn’t happen often. I loved Clayton Falls, too. A very small and quaint town with all kinds of people. I adored Molly’s best friend Kelly. Anyways, everyone added a little bit to this delicious story, especially a particular guy named Gavin (who you’ll read all about in the companion novel to this one), and I loved that Alyssa added just the right amount of detail to her characters and scenery so I could clearly see them all in my mind, without getting bogged down by minute, frivolous stuff.
Now for the romance, oh, the romance! Molly’s high school sweetheart is Ben, a talented musician who has never really gotten over Molly. Their reunion was purely by chance, and I loved how things developed from there. Their relationship is anything but perfect, and again, I loved the realism of it all. They definitely work through the heartbreak and problems that caused their initial break up, but they also can’t deny the passion and attraction they have to one another and I loved watching that play out. A lot can happen in five years and you see just how much Ben has changed and how he helps Molly to rediscover herself and realize just how wonderful she is.
The mystery surrounding her fiance’s death and the death of another loved one come into play a lot throughout the story and I enjoyed how Alyssa planted subtle hints here and there and kept me interested until the very end. You all know how I hate a plot/book that drags you on and on until the bitter end, so thankfully, Derailed didn’t do that in the slightest. Stuff like what happened to Molly can really mess you up, and Molly deals with all that in typical, grieving ways, but through all that, she learns to find happiness and peace again. Her development and growth throughout the story was impeccable and I really grew to love her. Oh, and the ending?! Stole. My. Heart.
I honestly can’t say enough how much I loved this book and it’s books like these that fuel my love of reading. Alyssa has definitely made an instant fan out of me and I can’t wait to read the next book in this series, Veer, which tells the story of Gavin (a pretty big character in Derailed) and one of Molly’s friends, Becca. I’m sure it will be just as exciting, romantic, and entertaining as this one. If you’re looking for a great contemporary to read, you seriously need to pick up Derailed. You won’t be disappointed!