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Series: Fall Away #2
Published by Penguin Group on August 26th 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Fiction, Yong Adult
Source: Little, Brown Book Group
From the New Adult sensation and New York Times bestselling author of Until You
Madoc and Fallon. Two estranged teenagers playing games that push the boundaries between love and war…
For the two years she’s been away at boarding school, there was no word from her. Back when we lived in the same house, she used to cut me down during the day and then leave her door open for me at night.
I was stupid then, but now I’m ready to beat her at her own game…
Two years and I can tell he still wants me, even if he acts like he’s better than me.
But I won’t be scared away. Or pushed down. I’ll call his bluff and fight back. That’s what he wants, right? As long as I keep my guard up, he’ll never know how much he affects me….
- I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Rival Book Review
Before I started reading Rival, I mouse-overed to Goodreads and was blown away when I realised it’s got a huge fanbase!
Fans of the Fall Away series will remember its previous lead characters, Tate and Jared. Side note: these two characters are heavily featured. Interestingly enough, I was able to keep up with Rival. (I haven’t read any of the series, previously.) That said, this book can be read as a standalone.
Of all the characters, Fallon strikes me the most. She’s tough and she’s not afraid of showing it. There’s a particular scene where she finds out about her mother’s infidelity and she emails her stepdad to keep him in the loop — I think this shows a great strength of character.
The relationship between Madoc and Fallon is magnetic. Here we have two people destined to be together but are repeatedly pulled away because of a huge misunderstanding. The constant ‘tug of war’ is draining and very much painful. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten worked up. “Jeez! It’s not fair! Just get together!”
It’s pretty obvious Jared and Tate are rooting for the pair. The following picture is Jared’s advice to Madoc when the latter complains about not wanting to chase Fallon ever again. I know, it’s gold.
I couldn’t for the life of me figured out the relationship between Madoc and his father. I thought it was toxic and that there’s absolutely no hope between this father-son pair, until I read this passage and it hit me like a ton of bricks.
Brace yourself for the sexually explicit content in this book. Clearly something I’m not used to reading, clearly. Truth be told, Rival was just lacking something for me. I wanted something more. It didn’t really do it for me, initially.
But, it’s addicting.
Douglas has written some beautiful life lessons here. I’ve highlighted several in my Kindle and I plan to go back to reading them again. Now, it wouldn’t do the book justice if I were to share everything here, would it?
If you enjoy contemporary romance with headstrong characters, do give Rival a try!
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Rival by Penelope Douglas (Piatkus) is now available as an eBook!