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Derailed (Clayton Falls Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Alyssa Rose Ivy
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Book Description

*Voted Best New Adult Romance - Indie Romance Convention Readers Choice Awards 2013*

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.

*New Adult Contemporary Romance - contains sexual situations*

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About the Author

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 430 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1479209139
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009FNE37O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,332 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Beautifully Written Contemporary Romance! September 30, 2012
In 'Derailed', a new adult contemporary romance, Molly's life is in ruins after the death of her fiance, Adam. She feels lost and alone, especially after dropping out of law school. Without anywhere else to go, Molly returns to her small hometown in North Carolina. Unexpectedly, she finds herself becoming more and more like the girl she used to be and also finds herself falling for the guy from her past. Will Molly's trip home be the key to her future?

This novel is a realistic look into the heart and mind of a twenty-something woman who has lost everything dear to her, as well as her way in life. Although the story is filled with heartbreaking pain and despair, which the author portrays in such a detailed way that the reader feels Molly's every emotion along with her, the light of hope also fills its pages. It's a story of finding oneself and beginning a new future - which is something that all readers can easily identify with. The novel is very well written and easily captivates the heart and mind of the reader from the very beginning. The characters are all very real and written in a way that makes you feel like you've known them forever. Although I normally don't like contemporary romances, the author did such a wonderful job with the engaging plot, underlying themes, and beautiful writing that I was won over early on. This is a wonderful new contemporary series from a very talented writer and one that I highly recommend.

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4-Stars ~~ Quick Easy Read! January 28, 2013
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Although, there were a couple places that I felt didn't transition proficiently this was a great read. Molly's character seemed extremely realistic - her reactions were often chaotic (unexpected). Typically this would make me crazy...I like a stable character. However, Molly's crazy mixed perfectly with Ben's steadfast patience; it made this story worth reading.

Disclosure: This ebook was provided to me free of charge by Xpresso Book Tours for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Eh... January 28, 2013
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None of these characters drew me... I never felt sorry for what's-her-face and didn't understand why her family allowed her to languish in her guilt for so long without assitance.

When her old flame was reintroduced into her life, I never thought they should resume their "high school sweetheart" romance. When Ben's brother, Jack, was brought into the story, I felt like he had a better connection and way more passion with whf than she did with Ben.

I skimmed and skipped much of the story just to reach the end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Romantic but Lacks Memorable MC December 10, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Derailed is a nice story that gives readers a taste of Alyssa Rose Ivy's writing for an older audience. Molly drops everything, leaving behind the tragic memory of a fiance and her goal to finish law school, and moves back to her small town home in North Carolina. She doesn't exactly return to happy feelings and wonderful memories, though. All that she ran away from in the first place, including high school sweetheart Ben, rushes to meet her at her front door.

Derailed's story line is interesting and definitely romantic, but I didn't go gaga over the main character. Molly was kind of flat and didn't have a unique characterization. I enjoyed reading her story and trying to figure out what was going through her mind, but Molly was very forgettable. Her high school sweetheart was determined, a gentleman, and the kind of guy every girl would love to meet. Ben didn't have as much page time as Molly but I felt he had more personality and was more well-rounded. He was the exact personification of a small town guy.

The romance of the novel is the better part of the plot. It's consistent, hot, and the kind of romance that radiates comfortable vibes. Molly and Ben's reconnection is sweet with hints of sultriness. I love that it was rough at first, their new connection began slowly and grew into something completely unexpected.

Derailed end on a note of Molly's closure with the past and opening to a future of new beginnings. It's like her story came full circle and she realized that she's found the place where the pieces fit and she can move on from past hurts. The Clayton Falls series is just beginning and I'm excited to see where it's headed!
*eARC provided in exchange for an honest review and blog tour purposes*
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22 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Did not get the hype with this one December 20, 2012
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I could not get into this book. I had a hard time connecting with the main character, Molly. I know she had been through a lot but it didn't come across in the writing. Instead of feeling sympathy for her, I just found her annoying. One person's review of this book said it seemed amateurish, with a lot of dialogue - I agree. I think that's why I couldn't connect with Molly - there was a lot of talking without much introspection on her part.

And what was up with Ben and Gavin? They both seemed obsessed with Molly and I just didn't get it.

First there's Ben who is totally whipped. **Spoiler Alert** He automatically takes Molly back - completely forgiving the fact that she shattered his heart into a million pieces 5 years ago. He follows her around like a lost puppy and gets insanely jealous over nothing.

Then there's Gavin who is a total creeper. **Spoiler Alert** He meets Molly for 5 minutes and decides that she is the perfect girl for him. Then he keeps pushing the issue even after Molly has made it clear she was with Ben. At one point, he mentions something about kids (even if he was just "kidding"). Can we say coming on way too strong? I don't think they even knew each other for a week at that point.

I just don't see what all the hype is with this one. I actually ended up skimming the last 30% of the book because I just wanted it to end
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great book!
Loved the characters and the story line. Couldn't put it down! Ready to start the second one now. Can't wait!!!
Published 23 hours ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
This book has it all. The story is believable and tender. It actually got me choked up and I never do that. I would read it again
Published 3 days ago by LadyDobs
5.0 out of 5 stars Soooooo good
This story was so good, I started it this morning, left it and picked it up this afternoon and had to finish the story. It held me from beginning to end. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Gloria Martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it!!
I really loved this sweet romance with the good and the sad times. So glad Molly finally figured out who she needed to trust and be open with. Can't wait to read more!
Published 12 days ago by SKillen
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading
It was an easy read and entertaining. A sweet love story looking forward to reading a few more books by the author.
Published 23 days ago by J. Watkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This book had me in tears, laughing, and even yelling at the book because of some of Molly's decisions. I love this book and I wish it didn't end. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Samantha Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute story
It's a quick, fun, loving story. It's a quick read with some some serious drama, lovable man, and some crazy set of characters
Published 1 month ago by Dena Schibell
5.0 out of 5 stars Alyssa Rose Ivy is an awesome author! Looking for a series to really...
Alyssa Rose Ivy is an awesome author! Looking for a series to really dive into? I strongly suggest all of her books!
Published 1 month ago by Rachael Myers
4.0 out of 5 stars Derailed
I can honestly say that I enjoyed this book. Molly the female main character was a strong good character. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Liz Collazo
3.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable
Enjoyed this book. First one i read by this author, but it was an attention getter. it is not one you will flip through, but anxious to see what happens next.
Published 3 months ago by Shirley J
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More About the Author

Alyssa Rose Ivy is a bestselling New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and humor. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After surviving law school and earning her masters in library science, 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.

Upcoming Releases:
- The Hazards of Mistletoe (Hazards)- Coming November 20, 2014
- Dusk (Dire Wolves Chronicles #2)- Coming January 12, 2015
- Savor (The Empire Chronicles #4)- Coming Spring 2015

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