Rival (Fall Away #2) by Penelope Douglas 


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….


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3.5 / 5 HOT Stars!!!


“Nothing that happens on the surface of the sea can alter the calm of its depths” by Andrew Harvey 

I really enjoyed the first book of this series, Bully, which was Tate and Jared’s story. I couldn’t be more excited to read Madoc’s story. I practically devoured the book in one setting! Shows to prove how much I love Penelope Douglas writing…

Madoc and Fallon are step siblings. Two years ago, something happened between them that left them both feeling hurt, betrayed and hating each other. There is so much hurt and doubt at play that leads these two to hate each other.

I knew exactly how I felt about Madoc. And I knew why I felt that way. I hated him. I hated what he did to me. – Fallon

–  –  –  –

I hate her, I told myself.
I don’t trust her.
She is going to screw me over again. – Madoc

This is one very steamy and angsty read and I find myself completely lost in the story! But I also did have a problem though…

I loved the premise of the story…It had me all intrigued and anxious. I understand where both characters were coming from and their intense attraction and feelings for each other. But, and this is just of my personal choice, I hate it when the one of the main issue of story circulates on a matter of preferred lack of communication, meaning, when one of the character keeps a secret which leads to her constant running. It is frustrating!

Madoc has such intense character here that I find hot, adorable and easy to love.

“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.” 

Whereas I liked and hated Fallon’s character. Her constant running was getting beyond irritating making me want to smack her.

I would recommend you read the first book before reading this one, not just because the first book was awesome, but cause there are more to this story than just Madoc’s and Fallon’s. As this sequel, in a way, connects Jared, Jax and Madoc.

Jax definitely stole the show near the end.

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