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….
“Girls flocked to him because he looked good in clothes, could talk the ears off an elephant, and loved to play. For all intents and purposes, he was a fun guy. And he always made me feel small.”
Madoc Caruthers. Spoiled little rich kid who prides himself on being the guy everyone likes. He’s cocky, fun, and a constant life of the party. There are only a select few who get to see the real Madoc…and one of them is someone he just can’t stand, yet can’t seem to get enough of.
“That beautiful girl that hated me, and I hated her, but – goddamn it – I loved how we hated, because it was raw and real. It didn’t make any sense, but yeah – it was real.”
After being gone for two years, Fallon has nothing but revenge on the mind for the torment she endured while living under the same roof as Madoc. Thought of nothing but a plaything by the player himself, Fallon is determined not to fall into old habits; in the end, she would be the only one who got hurt…and that wasn’t going to happen. Ever again.
When she finally comes face to face with the one person she pushed herself to get over, feelings long buried rush to the surface and the attraction as well as the rage she once felt floods every fiber of her being…
“Everything was moving in the wrong direction. He made me smile. He made me forget. We had to slow down. We have to stop.”
Like father, like son right? Or maybe it’s like mother, like daughter? Or maybe…just maybe, they have learned from their parents mistakes.
“After all, it’s not like we get the chance to go back and relive it knowing what we know now and test that theory. Except for me. I did get to come back home. To a place I hated. A life I didn’t want. And to a boy I despised. And even given all of that…”
Wow. These just keep getting better and better. I am so in love with this series. Jared & Tate, Madoc & Fallon, K.C., Jax, even Jason, Katherine and the occasional crazies thrown in. Rival certainly exceeded my expectations and kept in theme with the rest of the books. The badass exterior, with a soft-mushy-need-to-cuddle inside is exactly what I needed. Penelope, you are a fabulous writer; this book takes a taboo situation and makes it beautiful. I loved every page, every word, every meaning. I cannot wait for more…I just know the next book is going to blow minds. That ending…yeah, January cannot come soon enough.
**5 You Can Always Start Fresh, Stars**
~ 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.
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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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