Book Review: Rival (Fall Away #2) by Penelope Douglas

Rival (Fall Away, #2)Title: Rival (Fall Away #2)
AuthorPenelope Douglas
Publication Date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: NAL (New American Library)
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback
Source: Publicher
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance


Madoc and Fallon. Two estranged teenagers playing games that push the boundaries between love and war…
She’s back.
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…
I’m back.
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…

Oh Madoc, my dear sweet, pretty boy/bad boy, how I love you! I was so excited when I saw that book 2 was going to be about him.  I mean, how could you NOT love him?! While I was reading Bully, he had me cracking up with all his smartassiness! (that's a word, right?)  It would only be fair for him to get his HEA.  

If you read Bully and or Until You, you know all about Madoc.  One thing I didn't expect about him in the first 2 books, was how much I really didn't know about him.  On the surface, he is this tough guy, who sleeps around and races cars, but in the inside he is something totally different, and I love him more for that.   Madoc is the total package and one can not forget the "special jewelry" he wears. LOL ;) You will have to read the book to know what that is about. (hehehe) 

We get to meet Fallon in Rival.  At first I was a little iffy about her, but by the end, I loved her.  I loved Tate in Bully so my standards were pretty high.  Tate was pretty awesome if I do say so myself. After two years since the last time Fallon saw Madoc, she has decided to come back to "their" house and seek revenge. Yup, you read that right, "their" house.  You see, Madoc and Fallon are stepbrother and sister. Two years ago, Fallon got up and left with out saying a word to Madoc.  His father and step-mom told him that she went away to a boarding school because she didn't want anything to do with him.  (There is more to that story, but I want to make it spoil free.) Madoc was confused and broken hearted so he started acting out and sleeping around.  Fast forward 2 years and all of a sudden, Fallon is back "home."  The truth is revealed and things start to make sense for both Madoc and Fallon, but is it to late?

Again, this series just keeps getting better and better.  I absolutely love all of the characters and especially Penelope's writing.  Her characters come alive in my head while I read and that is something not every author can achieve.  They each have their own demons they are struggling with and 

I also want to mention the steamy scenes in this series and of course, Rival.  I am going to try and keep this rated PG-13.  As a reader, I hate it when an author refers to certain body parts as "sex" or other lame names. Call it what it is, don't sugar coat it for me. If the book is young adult, then ok, but if it's an adult book, which is for people 18 and over, please call it what it is.  So, with that being said, THANK YOU PENELOPE FOR DOING IT RIGHT!!!! Am I the only one that thinks this way?  I've never mentioned it before, but I decided to mention this now because I just wanted to praise Penelope and tell her how much I appreciate that. LOL Okay, I'm weird. (End of Rant) 

So, my dear owls, if you haven't started this series, please do.  Just head on over to Amazon and one click all the books.  I promise you will fall in love with them just as much as I have.  Below are the links to all the books (that are out as of today).




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