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Review: Rival by Penelope Douglas

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Rival (Fall Away #2)
   by: Penelope Douglas

Publication Date: Aug. 26, 2014
Publisher: Penguin Group
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Source: Physical copy received from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 366 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 5/5 stars

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….

So. This book pretty much consumed my life for the entire 2 days it took me to read it. It's been a long while since a book has done that to me- all I wanted to do was read! I even wanted to blow off work to continue reading this book! Which is crazy, because the main characters' behavior was absolutely abhorrent to me. If I were Fallon, I would have castrated Madoc in his sleep for some of the crap he said to her. No, seriously. The thought of my high school girls dating a guy like this makes me want to scream and throw things. Fallon is no angel either, mind you. She might not be as crass as Madoc is, but she still rises to the occasion, taunting and goading him. The amount of drama and angst in this book is overwhelming... and yet there is something about it that had me devouring this book like no tomorrow.
How would I even describe this book to you all? It's raw, gritty, emotional, messy, intense, passionate, and absolutely heart-wrenching. Madoc and Fallon are two seriously flawed characters who let their anger consume and fuel them.
Despite all this, Madoc and Fallon are not bad people. They make decisions that serve to hurt one another, but only because they themselves are hurting. They have hurt each other deeply and due to miscommunication have spent the last 2 years resentful and angry. Fallon is back for one purpose and one purpose only: to seek revenge on those who wronged her and make them pay. However, coming face to face with Madoc again and realizing they both still have this powerful chemistry isn't something she can just ignore and run from... as much as she tries.
I also really liked how much Jared, Tate, and Jax showed up in the story. Jared and Tate are good friends to Madoc and eventually to Fallon as well. I really like how much we got to see that in this book. Jax is a whole other ballgame. He is younger than the others, but he is completely different than Jared and Madoc. He really surprised me at the end by what he did to help Fallon and Madoc and my heart ached at how nonchalant he made what his actions seem. I am really looking forward to his story.
Overall, there's just not much more I can say about this book. It completely took me by surprise given the nature of the characters. I never thought I could come back from some of the things they said to one another and how they hurt each other, but Douglas made it work. Madoc and Fallon's scenes are always so full of passion and emotion that it's hard to keep your emotions at bay while reading this one!

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  1. Oh man, I just finished this one and really really liked it!

  2. I am dying to read this book! It just sounds so damn good! I'm so glad you enjoyed this one. Awesome review.

  3. I LOVE THIS SERIES! Oh. My. God. I cannot wait to read it! I adored Bully and Until You, so I know I'll love this one! I did skim your review (just in case), but this sentence, "It's raw, gritty, emotional, messy, intense, passionate, and absolutely heart-wrenching," did let me know I'm so going to enjoy Madoc's story!

    Wonderful review (your reviews are always wonderful), even though I didn't read it all!


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