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Details: Derailed by Alyssa Rose Ivy
Series: #1 in the Clayton Falls series
Available Formats: ebook & paperback
Details: Published September 22nd 2012, 260 pages
Source: Blog Tour with Xpresso Reads

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(currently free on kindle!!) 

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.

Derailed: Verb- Cause (a train or trolley car) to leave its tracks accidentally

The title for Derailed is beyond perfect. I have never been one to give recognition to a title for a book mainly because I feel a lot of times there isn’t much thought put into them, but this title just sits with the book so perfectly and I love it.

Moving onto what’s important.

It’s odd to think contemporary use to be my least favorite genre, and now it is all I ever feel like reading. At first when hearing about Derailed I figured it would be like a lot of the other New Adult contemporary romances that have been coming out lately…I figured I would enjoy it, but really didn’t expect much from it. I expected a predictable storyline, a sappy romance, and whiny characters.

Thankfully that was not the case with Derailed at all. Derailed was a great New Adult contemporary romance, that kept my attention from start to finish.  Had an enjoyable cast of characters, and a memorable romance.

Molly our main character was great, I felt so sorry for her with everything she was going through. I felt all her emotions she had, and the way she reacted to things was very justifiable. Never once in this entire book did I find myself getting annoyed with her or rolling my eyes, which is always nice. I felt like she was a very real character right from the start.

Ben who is our main love interest I also very much liked, although I didn’t really buy the whole “he still has feelings for his high school sweet heart 5 years after she dumped him” thing, he was still an enjoyable character, I love how passionate he was about Molly and protective, without being creepy protective.  He was also very persistent with getting Molly back once she got back in town, which I just , well thought was cute, even if I didn’t really believe his 5 years of missing her.

Overall I recommend Derailed to anyone who likes contemporary romances, new adult novels, or enjoys reading novels of someone overcoming the struggles of losing a loved one. Derailed was not a light cutesy read, it was emotional, and raw. I found myself laughing and smiling during this book, but I also found myself feeling sadness too while reading this. It had a mixture of all emotions and I loved it, and I hope you love it too! 


Nerfy said...

Sounds great, I grabbed this for free on Amazon a few days ago so I'll be sure to check it out soon :)

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Book Passion for Life said...

Thanks for telling me about this book - I just grabbed it off Amazon UK!

Michelle @ In Libris Veritas said...

I saw this but wasn't sure, so I'm glad to see you enjoyed it! I'll have to grab it while it's free, thanks for the heads up!

Alyssa Rose Ivy said...

Thanks so much for reading and reviewing Derailed & Veer. I'm so excited you enjoyed them! I'm glad you like the titles! Picking the title is one of my favorite parts of starting on a new project.