Title: Veer (Clayton Falls #2) [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Release Date: November 29, 2012
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One Line: A touching and realistic romance that made me love this series even more.
About the Book: 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.
It was so nice to go back to Clayton Falls and “see” all of Alyssa’s characters again. Veer tells the story of Gavin, who was trying to date Molly in Derailed, and Becca, Molly’s friend from law school who has a pretty dark and troubled past. While not as romantic and “fairy tale-like” as Derailed where the girl rediscovers the love she left behind, Gavin & Becca’s story was more realistic to me and I loved that about Veer. You can’t deny the attraction these to have for each other, yet they’re very guarded, the guy is pretty jaded from past relationships and the girl is plagued with trust issues and a heart-breaking secret of her own. You get to see these two characters open up their hearts to true love and come to terms with the parts of their lives they’ve been avoiding.
Becca is a pretty cool character. Not one to hold her tongue, I liked that she challenged Gavin in almost everything he did and said. She was also game for anything the Clayton Falls gang was doing and quickly became friends with everyone. She’s also very smart and goal-oriented, despite having a lot of grief and stress to deal with after the loss of her mother. Even though she goes to Clayton Falls to get away from everything, she still opts to work for a local law firm for the summer and even though it’s not an ideal situation, she does the job well and I love how great she handles that area. She’s a pretty tough character to me and I loved that about her.
Gavin wasn’t exactly my favorite character in Derailed. He came on a little too strong for me, but I could see it was only because he’s a man who knows what he wants and does what it takes to get it. That aspect definitely shows in Veer. He’s not a creep, but he does act like a jerk sometimes, not your typical swoon-worthy guy, but he still is in his own right. After a pretty cruel past relationship and his failed attempt at winning over Molly, it’s not hard to see why he is the way that he is. He slowly starts to come out of his shell though and you get to see the real Gavin and I really learned to love him. If anything, he’s definitely a dedicated guy and I did love those smexy moments.
You also get to see a lot of the Clayton Falls gang like Molly, Ben, and Jake, which I loved. It was nice to see how Molly & Ben’s relationship is nowadays and Jake is always a fun character to read about, he definitely adds life and entertainment to each scene that he’s in. There were some comical moments with Molly that had me cracking up (i.e. Gilmore Girls and a bathroom scene) that I honestly loved. I’m also a big fan of novels two in dual POVs, and in Veer you get to see both Becca and Gavin’s POVs, which was great.
Veer is an excellent companion novel to the Clayton Falls series and a fantastic novel in its own right. I have to give it to Alyssa, she knows how to write a killer ending. Just like with Derailed, the ending to Veer left me all cheesy and tingly inside from the sheer awesomeness of it. It’s one of those scenes you can’t help but gush over! If you’ve enjoyed Derailed you’ll definitely want to give Veer a try. I’m super excited and eagerly waiting for Wrecked, the third book in the series, which tells the story of Jake (he finally gets a love interest).