Title: Rival (Fall Away, #2)
Author: Penelope Douglas
Genre: NA | Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 26, 2014
Tour Hosted by: As the Pages Turn
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 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…
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….
~ Rival - Excerpt ~
Reaching around, he twisted my chin towards the mirror, and I sucked in a breath. “What do you see?!” he shouted.
“You and me!” I blurted out. “Madoc and Fallon!”
My heart was racing.
I looked at him through the mirror. I sat on one side of his lap, so he could see from the other side, and we stared at each other, my chest rising and falling more urgently.
“That’s not what I see,” he said in a low voice. “Those names mean nothing to me. They’re simple and empty. When I’m with you, I don’t see the daughter of a gold digging bitch and an Irish drug lord or the son of a crooked lawyer and a vegan Barbie.”
I almost wanted to laugh. Madoc had an ironic way of looking at the world.
But he wasn’t smiling. He was scowling. He was dead serious, and I knew from experience that his genuine moments were few and far between.
He reached up, threading one hand into my hair while the other hand rested on the chair.
“I see everything I want for as long as I can have it,” he continued. “I see a woman that wears the cutest little scowl like she’s two years old and was just told she couldn’t have candy. I see a guy that went and got an apadravya piercing, because he wanted to live in her world for even a little while.”
I closed my eyes. Don’t do this to me, Madoc. Please.
I really enjoyed Madoc and Fallon. Their story was nothing like I had expected. It was a rough ride. I thought it would be cut and dry. He hates her, she hates him. but the sex was good. I was close but there were a few more complications. I do wish we would have see more of their time together when they were 16, in fact I was expecting that so I was a little disappointed that we didn't get a fuller back story.
Fallon and Madoc are step siblings but that's not all. They were also lovers and enemies. Fallon left two years earlier without a word to Madoc. She never came back home and Madoc didn't see her again until she shows back up unexpected. But Fallon isn't back to reminisce, she's back for revenge. I was shocked about her reasons and heartbroken.
When Fallon comes back around her and Madoc pick up the enemies part of their relationship but what neither one of them expects is to still want each other. Their relationship has so many different layers and is sad at times. This book is super steamy but I LOVED it! There were a few surprises that I loved, it added to the story and sets us up somewhat for the next book in this series. The only thing is I wish I would have reread Bully before reading this one, just to remind myself of every ones relationships. Anyways I loved Madoc and Fallon together they were just the right amount of serious, fun and sexy!4 Stars!
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~ About Penelope ~
Penelope Douglas is a writer 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 degree!" She then earned a Masters of Science in Education at Loyola University in New Orleans, because she hated Public Administration. One night, she got tipsy and told the bouncer at the bar where she worked that his son was hot, and three years later they were 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.
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