Series: Clayton Falls #2
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Pages: 287 (Kindle)
Release Date: November 25, 2012
Purchase: Amazon•TBD (affiliate link)
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.
Veer was better than the first book, but I still didn’t enjoy it that much. This time we’re following Gavin and Molly’s best friend from Boston, Becca. Becca just found out that she wasn’t getting her summer job at the DA office, but Molly found her something at the local law firm. So Becca is on her way to small town living. Her car breaks down, and she’s rescued by Gavin but they get off on the wrong foot. I really liked this initial tension between them. Of course, as they run into each other more, that tension turns into something else.
Where Veer failed for me was that the drama felt so forced and cliche. Gavin has been burned by “Northern women” before, so he automatically dislikes Becca. Becca on the other hand, is the apple of every man in town’s eye and winds up going on a date with someone else. She still ends up in Gavin’s bed though, and then he’s a jerk the next morning for no reason other than “she’s leaving so I figured she just wanted a one night stand.” Even if she was looking for a one night stand, his logic makes no sense. You shouldn’t attempt to read someone’s mind and then be rude to them.
Becca wasn’t any better though. There’s a scene with Gavin’s mother toward the end of Veer that was so awkward, but I could relate because almost the same thing happened to me. But then Becca jumps to all kinds of conclusion about Gavin based on what his mom said and she really had no basis to project those things onto him. It was the inevitable break up, but it felt formulaic rather than like a real fight. Everyone needs to stop pretending to be mind readers!
Veer was in a word, annoying. I don’t know what’s in the water in Clayton Falls but it’s making everyone crazy.