Sunday, September 4, 2016

Review:The Clayton Falls Series by Alyssa Rose Ivy


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.


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.


When your past catches up, it's time to stop running.

Jake Mathews messed up yet again— but this time his misstep lands him in the hospital. He wakes up to find the girl of his dreams and the memory of having his deepest secret revealed.

Emily Taylor needs a break. She's been working double shifts as a nurse just to pay the bills while trying to heal a broken heart. The last thing she needs is to fall for a patient.

Strapped with community service and the knowledge that he's disappointed everyone in his life, Jake is determined not to let Emily slip through his fingers. Emily wants Jake, but can she really open herself up to heartache again?

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What I thought about Clayton Falls Series

This new adult contemporary romance series contains three stories set in the fictional town of Clayton Falls, North Carolina. These interconnected stories have a common theme of finding love in this little hometown.

In Derailed, Molly returns home after the death of her fiance, only to run into her high school sweet heart, Ben. Molly isn't ready for another relationship and Ben is supportive and patient with her.  Molly is dealing with a lot of guilt over situations from her past, and Ben is supportive as she deals with her feelings.

Things get a little more heated in Veer. Molly's friend Becca comes to Clayton Falls for a rest and although it seems like she has it together, she also has some lingering issues from her past to deal with. The local cop, Gavin is ready to give her some help, if he could only get over being so southern to Becca's northern roots.  It's a bit of slow building romance, and Ben's brother Jake provides some of the tensions as he becomes very friendly with Becca.  

That's one of the things I liked about this series -- everyone has a different view of their home town.

In Wrecked, the final book of the series, we get Jake's story.  He's a bit sad and troubled and in the hospital after an accident.  When his nurse Emily helps him feel a bit better, they are drawn to each other, even though she's trying to keep him at a distance.  But the course of true love won't be stopped and Jake and Emily find ways to help each other through the darkness that is in their lives.

All of these stories are fairly predictable romances that leave you feeling good.  The fade-to-black love scenes make this series suitable for a younger group of readers. If you are in the mood for love stories from a small town, this might be the series for you. 

ARC provided for review. 

About Alyssa Rose Ivy

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Alyssa Rose Ivy is the bestselling author of more than twenty-five novels with over half a million books sold worldwide. She loves to weave stories with romance and humor, and she is best known for writing about college boys with wings and skinny dipping. After surviving law school and earning her masters in library science, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. 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.

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