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Posted June 25, 2013
Clayton Falls series is easily one of my favorite contemporary series ever next to Leaving Paradise series by Simone Elkeles. The previous books in the Clayton Falls series, Derailed and Veer were absolutely amazing. When I saw Wrecked get put up on goodreads and read that it would be Jake's own story I was ecstatic. Jake was one of my favorite characters in the series! So for him to get his own story, was insanely exciting, I really did like Jake's story. But it didn't live up to my expectations after Derailed and Veer (which I rated both 4.5 stars) I still liked it, I just didn't fall in love with it like the previous books.
I'm not sure what exactly it was about Wrecked that made me not like it as much, I just simply did not find myself enjoying as much while reading. I felt Wrecked didn't hold my interest as much, nor have as much passion as Derailed or Veer had.
I still really enjoyed this book though, even if I didn't enjoy is as much as the last two, that doesn't take away the fact that I did still enjoy it. If you have read the other two Clayton Falls books, then you have to read Wrecked. Wrecked shows a side of Jake that we don't get to see in Derailed or Veer, a softer, more caring side, and even a more grown up side to him. Jake was already one of my favorite characters before reading Wrecked, and after reading Wrecked I am totally in love with him!
I am insanely sad that this is the last book in the Clayton Falls series, but also excited at the same time. I felt all the characters I grew to love got the endings they deserved. Alyssa Rose Ivy has proven with this series that she is an amazing contemporary author (well amazing author in general actually) and she is forever going to be a favorite author of mine from now on. I look forward to her all of her upcoming novels.
If you have not yet read the Clayton Falls series, you need to do so now! It is a series that will make you feel connected to the characters, feeling what they feel, and hoping they get the happy ending the deserve, it has romance that is sweet and steamy, and everything else you could ask for in a contemporary romance.
Posted May 18, 2013
Posted May 15, 2013
I love this series
I am a huge fan of Alyssa Rose Ivy and I just love her books, especially the Clayton Falls Series. I was so excited to find out that Jake was getting a story. We got met Jake Matthews in the first book, Derailed, and I have been dying to know more about him ever since. I have to say that Jake is my favorite of all the characters so far and I just loved his story. I also love the fact that in each story, you still get to see all the main characters from the previous books, and find out what is going on in their lives. Jake is Ben Matthews' younger brother. Book one, Derailed, was Ben and Molly's story. While at a party one night, and much to Jake's dismay, something gets revealed that happened back in high school with Ben and Molly. Jake winds up drinking and driving, and lands himself in the hospital. It is here that he meets, Emily, his nurse, who happens to be the most beautiful creature Jake has ever seen. After Jake gets out of the hospital and finds himself doing community service, he is determined to get his life together, and he is also determined that he wants Emily to be a part of it. Emily is crazy about Jake to, but when he finds out her biggest secret, will he even want to stick around? That secret, along with all the other things that have happened to Emily have resulted in her having scars and fears that go really deep. Jake has to decide how much he really wants Emily, what he is willing to do to get her, and convince her to let him in, but will Emily let him?
I totally and completely fell in love with Jake in this story. I just knew beneath all that hotness and attitude was a really awesome guy, which he more than proved in Wrecked. Jake has his own issues to work through, especially regarding his drinking. He also has to come to terms with what he finds out about Emily's life and the people in it, both past and present. I really liked Emily's character to. To only be 21 years old, she has been through so much. She has persevered, has a nursing degree, and though struggling to make ends meet, has done really well for herself, especially considering her past. I loved the relationship between Emily and Jake. There was chemistry for sure, but there was also real love. I truly enjoyed watching these two fall in love and deal with the issues life had dealt them, while trying to find their HEA. Alyssa Rose Ivy has written another great installment in the Clayton Falls Series and I recommend checking it out. I can't wait to see whose story we will read in the next installment.
Posted May 3, 2013
I truly could not wait for Jake's story. He just seemed so sad or troubled and I tend to have a soft spot for those kind of guys. As the series grew, I started to see him in a different light. I felt like I watched him mature. Wrecked was sweet and simply enjoyable.
Even though Jake has always been a bit snarky, I always liked him. I liked him from the first book, but started to feel more drawn to him in Veer. In that book, he and Becca formed a really good friendship and I started to take Jake a little more seriously. I saw him as someone to rely on and trust. In Wrecked, I got to see Jake make some pretty significant changes in his life. See, Jake has had some issues in the past with drinking and now it's time to take responsibility for his actions. This is how Emily comes into his life.
I really liked Emily. I could tell right away that she was going to be sweet. There is also a depth to her character, because of what she's had to deal with the last few years. She's had to experience moments of sadness and joy, but one thing is for certain, she's a resilient girl. I love that she felt so drawn to Jake. I don't think she wanted to 'save' him necessarily, but I think they were just naturally drawn to each other.
I enjoyed watching Emily and Jake fall in love. While there isn't really any heavy drama, they still have to deal with life issues. I appreciate that Ivy brings real life situations into her stories. It makes it easy to connect with the characters and makes the story more relatable. If you enjoy NA Contemporaries, this is a series not to be missed.
~She looked up at me. "I've never wanted anyone the way I want you."
"I feel the same way."-Loc 1364
~"Love's worth it? Maybe if the law school thing doesn't work out you can get a job at Hallmark."-Loc 2492
~"You're going to have to wait awhile, you know..."
"Yeah, I figured. But you know what? I've made it twenty-three years without you. What's a few more days, or weeks. But please don't say months. That's going to be pushing it."-Loc 2916
Posted May 2, 2013
I've been wanting Jake Mathews' story since I read book one in the Clayton Falls series, Derailed. No matter what is going on or whose story is being told, Jake always seems to manage to steal the story with a smart alec response, and a smirk to go with it. So when it came time to read Jake's story, I was ready.
Like the first two books in the series, Wrecked is a sweet love story, low on angst. Sure, there are some dark and thoughtful moments, and there are some surprising revelations, but the author doesn't rely on high drama and angst to pull her readers in. All it takes in this case are endearing characters.
I really liked Jake's romantic interest Emily. She did not seem like the type of girl Jake would go for, which made her perfect for him. She was a sweet, thoughtful, hard-working girl and I admired her strength and determination. She didn't set out to change Jake, but he becomes a better man because of her love, and that makes for a truly sweet love story.
Wrecked makes a nice addition to the Clayton Falls series. I wanted Jake's story, and I wanted him to have a happy ending. And once again, Alyssa Rose Ivy delivers.
Posted April 30, 2013
Jake just made one huge mistake and it was nearly deadly. His drinking has finally caught up to him and landed him in the hospital. The moment he opens his eyes, he sees an angel. Well, his nurse, but to him she is nothing less of a heavenly being. And Emily is all it took for him to turn his life around. She has saved him. Only problem is she is hiding a secret. Will the secret be too much for Jake to handle…sending him back to his old ways? Or will it only strengthen their growing romance?
You know what I love about this book? The fact that it is a continuation of the other books in the series. Some of the past characters make frequent visits, so we see their story isn't really over yet. It is like old friends stopping in to say hello. And all that does is bring a smile to my face when I see them mentioned. I love these characters something fierce and enjoy every time they come around. The best part? Knowing that this series could continue on for a while with some of the other characters. I see one and think of how perfect it would be to have Ivy write their story.
One other thing I adored about this story was the switching of POV’s between Jake and Emily. I cannot tell you which one I enjoyed more. Usually I am not one for male POV’s when the author is a female. Sometimes they cannot get them sounding right and they will come off sounding artificial But not with Ivy… she does a fantastic job making the whole story and characters believable.
Although the series didn’t start off as great for me with DERAILED…it did continue to get better with VEER and even more so with WREAKED. I am so glad we got to see that WREAKED is Jake’s story. I enjoyed him in VEER but absolutely loved him in this one. He is so sweet and adorable; it’s no wonder Emily fell for him. Heck, I would have too. But these two are so perfect for each other with their witty humor and obvious feelings for one another. Jake never stood a chance the minute he laid eyes on Emily when waking up for his coma. And neither did she.
I always find it hard writing a review for a book that is 3rd and so on in a series. Even though each of these books have their own characters and plot, it is still hard for me to talk about the book by itself without mentioning the other 2 before it or just talking about it as a whole. After all, at this point in the series, what more can you say but READ IT or DON’T READ IT! But I can promise this is one of those books you will definitely WANT to read. If you haven’t taken the time to read the first 2, then you are missing out. If you have, then get this one ASAP. It is just a given that you need to read it. And I think you will see that the series just keeps getting better and better as it goes on.
Posted April 30, 2013
This is the 3rd book in the Clayton Falls series, so I knew a little about Jake, but it was nothing compared to what we learnt about him in this book. The book starts off with a bang, and I loved that it did not stop right until the very end. Jake has made some choices in life that are not the greatest of decisions, and one major one is revealed at the beginning of this book, and that is when all the drama starts.
When he is in the hospital we are introduced to his nurse Emily, who is on the night shift when he is brought in, and because of situations that have occurred in her past, she is very much put off by Jake and what has happened, however, she feels drawn to him at the same time, and she is confused and not happy that this is happening. Jake seems determined to make an impression on Emily and have her go out on a date with him, and he can be very charismatic when he needs to be. We see them start to date and everything seems to be going okay, however, we know that Emily is hiding something, and we do not find out till later what that something is. I really enjoyed how Alyssa did this and kept us wondering on who or what this is because it gave us even more reason to keep reading.
During the duration of this novel, we see both of the main characters step put of their comfort zone in big ways, and we were able to see them grow together in a very realistic non fairytale way, and this is one of the things that I love about Alyssa's work, she is able to see that there are going to be bumps in the road that people have to work through, and instead of jumping right over them, she attacks them head on and is able to show that sometimes life is not perfect, and it shouldn't be because everything that is important to you should be worth fighting for and working through those bumps.
I have been privileged enough to read the three Clayton Falls novels, and I have loved every single one of them, Alyssa is able to pull at my heart strings just enough to make me feel empathy for the characters, but at the same time I am not put in to a "book depression" reading her work, it is the absolute perfect amount of drama and love for me, and she has become the go to author for me for when I am in need of these kinds of novels, even over Nora Roberts who was my go to, so in my eyes that is a HUGE accomplishment, and I want to thank her for her work, and I cannot wait to read more, and I wish her all the success in the world, and will do what I can to make sure more people are reading her work.
Posted April 27, 2013
I love all of Ayssa's books. They are all so beautifully written. This book was as well. The writing flowed smoothly and I was quickly wrapped up in the story. This is the third book in the Clayton Falls series and it was excellent.
I really enjoyed Jake's character in Veer and really wanted to read more of him. Getting to know Emily was fun too. She was a very likeable character and I felt for her throughout the entire story. Being in her situation is tough. Anyone going through her trials would be scared too.
Back to Jake, yummy. He's obviously a sexy stud. He's also the very thing that Emily is scared to death of. I think the way Jake was forced to give back to the community was a creative punishment and it made me like him more after a horrible situation.
The book had a very poetic storyline and a feel good ending. The only thing that I didn't like, was the lack of climactic situations. There were a few scenes that got close, but there was really no climax in the book. It was just one nice flowing story. Don't get me wrong, I love happy romances. This was just missing the trials and tribulations that I expected to go on.
This book was a great read overall and I think as with all of Alyssa's books, Wrecked is a must read. Be sure to pick up your copy when it releases! I give this addition to the Clayton Falls series four glittery stars for sucking me into a beautiful romance!
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Posted May 24, 2013
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Posted December 21, 2013
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