Saturday, August 30, 2014

Penelope Douglas - Rival (Fall Away #2)

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…

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….

{4 stars}

This story was on my highly anticipated list, because I love Penelope Douglas, and Bully is one of my all time favorite reads. It still stays in the back of my mind all these months later. But this was not as emotionally impactful as the first book. Where Jared and Tate were an emotional battle, Madoc and Fallon are physical. Maybe because they were privileged, and never really "wanted" for anything (but each other). I just didn't "feel" anything for them as a couple, Madoc has always been the funny sidekick that you never took seriously. I just didn't feel the impact with this one. Liked it, didn't love it, looking forward to Jax's story. 

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