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Friday, May 10, 2013

Review: Wrecked by Alyssa Rose Ivy

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Title: Wrecked (Goodreads)
Publisher: Self-Published

Publication Date: 30 April 2013
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 9781484040119
Format: ebook
Pages: 286

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Place(s) Traveled to: Clayton Falls, North Carolina // Wilmington, North Carolina


Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

First Line: As the speedometer hit seventy, I knew I had to go faster.

Clayton Falls Series Order
Book 1: Derailed
Book 2: Veer

Book 3: Wrecked 

If you’ve read the previous books in Alyssa Rose Ivy’s Clayton Falls series then you know that Jake Matthews hasn’t always made the smartest decisions. If all the signs point right then he’ll left just because. Such is the case with the opening scene of Wrecked where he knows he didn’t make the smart choice but yet he can’t seem to stop himself from doing so. Fortunately for him, he was a good support team around him to help keep on the right track. And because of one very bad decision he also crossed paths with Emily, the heroine of this story.

Wrecked is told from both Jake and Emily’s POVs and I loved getting to see both sides of the story. I thought that Jake was a bit of an ass in Derailed, a bit less of one in Veer, but I really came to adore him in this story. He just needed something really big to happen and to meet the right person and everything just started to change and turn out better. Sometimes you just need to hit rock bottom in order to see just how high that you want to climb. Jack and Emily’s story isn’t overly complex, most romances aren’t, but there is a depth and genuineness to it that made me like Wrecked best of the series. 

I also loved all the side characters. I loved how we got to see more of Ben and Molly and get to meet Mel and Cole. I really really really hope that there will be more books set in the Clayton Falls universe as I want to see Mel and Cole’s story. There were just enough hints and teases in Wrecked that left me wanting more. But what made this book for me were Jake and Emily. Neither trust easily and they both come with baggage but each obstacle just makes them stronger. And I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to see how it would all end up. 

With each book that Alyssa Rose Ivy writes her writing grows stronger and her characters a bit more real. I like how she keeps returning to Clayton Falls as it just further adds dimension to that town. Wrecked also managed to keep me up far far later than was good for me on a work night and I was an exhausted mess the next day. But I wouldn’t trade those hours of sleep lost for anything. Because my day wouldn’t have been the most productive anyway since I’d most likely been watching the clock waiting until I could get back to the story. And for me, that is the sign of a good book. =)