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.
Wow just when I thought Jared had my heart here comes Madoc breaking through to claim it. Penelope Douglas just knocked me on my butt with Rival. I honestly had a serious book hangover and had to read it again once I finished the first time. In Rival we really get to see who Madoc is. I know that he's in Bully and Until You but he is only the supporting character. I was always interested in Madoc from his funny and keep to himself demeanor. I really wondered what makes Madoc the way he is and WOW!!! Penelope really does deliver. I really enjoyed the struggle between Madoc and Fallon. What turns out to be lies that drove them both apart they both learn that things from their past that both thought the other had done or blamed was not the case. This story line for me had me at page one. Penelope really had me emotionally connected with Madoc and Fallon, this story really jumps at you and grabs you. There were several OMG, WTF and that's hot moments that kept my heart racing and blood pressure up lol. I will defiantly say that towards the end with Jax really had me yelling OMG. That was pure genius with what he did, because I seriously thought that Madoc and his father would loose everything to his bitch of a step-mother. With that scene it self has me thinking what does Penelope have in store for Jax. Excellent story and blood pressure inducing plot twist. I really think this is the best book yet from her Fall Away series.
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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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