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Derailed just frustrated me to no end. Molly is dreading seeing Ben again after she broke his heart five years ago. It's no wonder, because when she goes to see his band play, the song is about her and it's not exactly upbeat. From there they have some painful run ins where he basically tells her that he never got over her, and then that somehow leads to them having sex. I could totally get behind a purely sexual relationship that turns into something more, but Ben is such a possessive creep and Molly doesn't really call him out on it at all.
At one point, Molly goes out to dinner with a guy named Gavin (the star of the following book) and Ben goes ballistic. They are not dating. He has no claim on her. Molly also wasn't on a date with Gavin. It was a friendly dinner even though he was attracted to her. And the two of them are planning a bachelor/bachelorette party for their BFFs, but Ben doesn't want Molly doing that either because of reasons. She has to tell him that they're exclusive (but still just purely sex) for him to back off. Um, what?! First of all, she shouldn't be forced to be exclusive with him just because he's a jealous jerk. Secondly, how does being "exclusive" stop her from having friendly dinners or spending time with Gavin (or other men)? It makes no sense!
Derailed was not the Romance for me. Ben really was an awful love interest. We're never given any reason for his obsession with Molly, or why he's so possessive of her other than being in love with her for forever. He had five years to get over her, but instead he wrote angry songs about her and essentially laid in wait for her to come back home and take him back. That's creepy, not romantic.
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.
Back in December 2012, I read the second book in the Veer series, and now’s the time to go back and read the first book, Derailed. I’ve forgotten how easy Alyssa Rose Ivy pulls you into her writing and I was quickly swept away in her world.
As you can tell in the blurb, this is a second chance at love for Molly and Ben. Molly moved home after the death of her fiancé, unsure of her future and what she wants from life. Molly feels down because of what she’s been through, and doesn’t think she deserves happiness. It was sad to see her struggle with her emotions and belief that the men in her life always leave her. Molly was hesitant to see Ben again… the last time they spoke to one another their relationship ended abruptly. Molly was going through a hard time and Ben wasn’t there to support her. She’s feeling lost at the moment and doesn’t want to fall back to old habits.
Ben was upfront with what he wanted, and I could see how much he still loved Molly. He quickly eased himself back into her life, and I felt that she let him do so too easily. Don’t get me wrong, I thought he was a good guy, but Molly’s inner dialogue was all about distance, but then she’d say and do the opposite. I loved seeing Ben in his band, but when he performed a particular song it kind of broke my heart. Molly found it hard to handle, and then asked him to never sing it again… that actually made me a little mad with Molly… it was something Ben wrote and despite its connection to Molly, she needed to accept it.
There was a bit of a love triangle in this book, but it was mostly one sided. I liked Gavin, he had a good heart but wasn’t a good match for Molly. I liked Kelly and her fiancé Tom; Kelly is a good friend for Molly and tries hard to get her out of her slump and doing normal things again.
I thought this was a nice read and was happy that Ben and Molly got their HEA, despite Molly’s reluctance. I think that Alyssa Rose Ivy has a way of building these incredibly emotional worlds that keep you hooked until that final page. I must get the third book, to see who will settle Jake down!
- The "drama" was not very dramatic. For being an almost-widow, she sure settled back in to old ways fast.
- Speaking of the almost-widow stuff - got almost NO back-story on that. Seriously dropped the ball on that.
- I didn't like Ben. Just...boring. No thanks. He just fell totally flat.
- Loved Jake. Loved Gavin.
- Would have been nice if author had touched on an actual trauma issue like PTSD rather than using the nightmares as book filler. The closest thing to REAL substance we got was her conversation with Gavin about the train tracks, I felt.
- Why are all these super young barely adults getting married? Is that really the ideal for newly college drop-outs? Trust me: Marriage is not the be-all-end-all. *SPOILER* Going back to your tiny nothing town to marry your high school sweetheart riddled with student debt, no degree, and no real passion for life isn't a happily ever after. (Reality check.)
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