Review: Falling Away by Penelope Douglas

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Review: Falling Away by Penelope DouglasFalling Away (Fall Away, #3) by Penelope Douglas
five-stars
Published by NAL on January 6th 2015
Pages: 432
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From the New Adult sensation and New York Times bestselling author of Rival  Jaxon is the guy she’s supposed to avoid. K.C. is the girl he won’t let get away....   K. C. Carter has always followed the rules—until this year, when a mistake leaves her the talk of her college campus and her carefully arranged life comes crashing to a halt. Now she’s stuck in her small hometown for the summer to complete her court-ordered community service, and to make matters worse, trouble is living right next door.   Jaxon Trent is the worst kind of temptation and exactly what K.C. was supposed to stay away from in high school. But he never forgot her. She was the one girl who wouldn’t give him the time of day and the only one to ever say no. Fate has brought K.C. back into his life—except what he thought was a great twist of luck turns out to be too close for comfort. As they grow closer, he discovers that convincing K.C. to get out from her mother’s shadow is hard, but revealing the darkest parts of his soul is nearly impossible.…

REVIEW

5 Non Domini Stars

This series is absolutely AMAZING. With each progressive book my interest in each character grew and grew. This is why I prefer to binge read a series like this. There is no way I could’ve tolerated the wait in between these books, especially Jax and K.C.’s story.

Knowing a little bit about Jax’s childhood I couldn’t wait to see how Douglas developed his character. If I had to pick one thing that I loved most about Douglas’ writing, it’s that she can write one hell of a male perspective! Spot on. Seeing Jax trudge through the darkness of his past and shielding himself from a hopeful future was heart wrenching and completely rewarding.

What I wasn’t prepared for was having a completely new look at K.C. Yes, we learn that her mother is ‘strict’ in the first book, but when the curtains start to be pulled back, we get a whole new perspective of what K.C. went through as well. And true to Douglas’ M.O., you will never see it coming.

What I loved about this book is that there was a singular emotion that tethered these characters together. Loneliness. Despite being surrounded by friends and ‘family’ these two found themselves deeply lonesome, starving for that one person to see their true self worth and perhaps love as well.

Now, I’m going out on a limb here by saying that this is my favorite of the series. With that said, I’m not saying that it made me the most satisfied. I feel like there was some unfinished business that I wanted to see resolved. Will I get that in Aflame despite it being Tate and Jared’s story? I hope so. I also respect the fact that Douglas didn’t make a perfectly wrapped package like she did with the first 3 books, setting it a part from the others.

This book is special. Not everyone is going to love it, but I was consumed by it. Bring on Aflame.

five-stars

About Penelope Douglas

Penelope Douglas is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author living in Las Vegas with her husband and their daughter. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her cleaning or trolling the IMDb message boards, arguing with other Star Wars fanatics. Her books include the Fall Away series (Bully, Until You, Rival, Falling Away, and Aflame). Please look for her recent standalones, Corrupt and Misconduct. Available now.

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