Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Review 'Rival' by Penelope Douglas
From the New Adult sensation and internationally bestselling author of ‘Bully’ and ‘Until You’.

Madoc and Fallon. Two estranged teenagers playing games that push the boundaries between love and war . . .

She's back.

For the three 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.

Three 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 . . .

About the Series:

'Rival' is the third book in the Fall Away Series by Penelope Douglas. The Fall Away Series is a New Adult Series and the first two books were a huge hit. 'Rival' can be read as a standalone. The first book 'Bully' came out in February, the companion book 'Until You' followed shortly after and 'Rival' is being published on  August 26th.

My Review:

A couple of weeks ago I received the e-book of ‘Rival’ by Penelope Douglas through the ‘Little Brown Book Group’ in exchange for an honest review. From the moment I read the description I just knew I would love this book. The ‘Fall Away’ series is supposes to be an amazing series but somehow I hadn’t read the first two books. Even though this book is part of a series, it’s about different characters than the first ones so you can definitely read it without having read the first two.

In ‘Rival’ we meet Fallon and Madoc. Fallon is an 18 year old girl who learned early on that not all people are good. Her mom and dad are divorced and her mom married for the third time to a rich and wealthy guy, who happens to be Madoc’s dad. Fallon is this skater girl who doesn’t care what people think of her, and Madoc is this handsome rich kid who gets everything he wants. Although it seems that Madoc and Fallon don’t like each other, they have one big secret. That secret made Fallon leave the house when she was 16 year old. But now, almost two years later, Fallon is back and Madoc is pissed as hell.

From the very first page I really loved this story. I loved the way Penelope Douglas wrote the story and how this book pulled you in immediately. Especially in the first pages, there is a lot of mystery. Fallon and Madoc hate each other but somehow you just know that there is something you don’t know as a reader. I loved how I slowly came to understand the story of Fallon and Madoc. Nothing is the way is seems and it just made it really enjoyable for me.
When the story continued the chemistry was also growing and I seriously just fell in love with the characters of this book. There was a lot of chemistry, romance and a lot of sexy parts in this book. More than I would have guessed in the beginning. I loved Fallon and Madoc and I couldn’t get enough.

The character I loved the most in this book was Madoc. I loved how his character seemed to be very arrogant and angry, but slowly turned into a hurt and loving and sexy guy. Even though Fallon didn’t know it, Madoc always protected her. And I just loved him.

‘Rival’ is definitely going on my favorite list. This book was just so amazing and addicting. I definitely will be checking the first books in this series out. 

What others have to say about the book:

‘I read this book in one sitting. Rival was as gripping as it was sexy!’
#1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover

‘Full of feeling and intensity that will appeal to the reader seeking an emotional rush’

‘I was really craving a book that would make me stop everything I was supposed to be doing and devour every word . . . and that's exactly what Bully did!’
Smitten Book Blog

‘A unique twist on the bad boy meets good girl tale. I could not put it down!’
Aestas Book Blog

‘She did something seasoned writers haven't been able to do - take a hero who was a complete ass and make me fall in love with him’
Scandalicious Book Reviews

About the Author:

Penelope Douglas is a writer living in Las Vegas. Born in Dubuque, Iowa, she is the oldest of five children. Penelope attended the University of Northern Iowa, earning a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, because her father told her to "just get the damn degree!" She then earned a Masters of Science in Education at Loyola University in New Orleans, because she HATED public
One night, she got tipsy and told the bouncer at the bar where she worked that his son was hot, and three years later she was married. To the son, not the bouncer. They have spawn, but just one. A daughter named Aydan. Penelope loves sweets, The Originals, and she shops at Target almost daily.

For more information about Penelope Douglas and the Fall Away Series visit Pinterest, Goodreads or Amazon. Or look for Penelope on Facebook and Twitter.

Many thanks to Clara Diaz and Little, Brown Book Group for giving me the opportunity to read this amazing book.

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