Publication Date: August 26, 2014
Series: The Fall Away series #2
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
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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….
Rival is the second book in the Fall Away series by Penelope Douglas but can be read as a standalone. Although it should be told that characters from the previous book (Bully) are prominent secondary characters in this one so if you want a full understanding of them then I would suggest reading that one first.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It’s got the forbidden romance vibe as the hero and heroine (Fallon and Madoc) are step siblings. And it also has just as much angst as the first book. In the beginning, it is pretty clear that these two hate one another. Madoc is the spoiled jock and finds Fallon to be an unimportant member of the family as she got there through her mother who is described as a gold digging whore (very true too if I might add). Fallon doesn’t care what Madoc thinks though and she doesn’t take his crap to heart. But these two opposites, who are playing on opposite sides of the fence, end up having a little bit of a fling and their worlds spiral out of control.
Fans of the author, this is a must read book. So, if you haven’t already I would recommend that you do. Penelope Douglas makes her characters feel extremely real and while I did enjoy Bully a bit better then this one, I still connected with both the characters on a deep level. I think many readers will feel the same way.
This book would be perfect for
-Fans of new adult romance
– Fans of the author (Penelope Douglas)
– Those who enjoy angsty and forbidden reads