HAVE YOU BEEN WAITING FOR GRANT AND HARLOW, TOO?! <3
As much as i want Grant now, i am also enjoying the company of this book i’m currently reading: This Is Falling by Ginger Scott! But One More Chance is definitely next on my list. ;)
Rival (Fall Away, #2) by Penelope Douglas
*Jared, Tate, Jax
It was so impossible to let this book rest, I needed to distract myself with other things just so I won’t finish this fast. The pacing was riveting, words flowed smoothly, the characters were fierce and I loved the twisted plot. It wasn’t something deeply moving, but I knew what to expect of this book in the series and it’s enough for me that it wasn’t boring. Penelope Douglas knows her readers well, and she delivers. Can it get any better than that? I felt connected and I had fun. 5 stars!
This series requires to be read chronologically and if you’re done with Tate and Jared’s story, you’ve probably met Madoc. I mean, who’d forget this cocky, arrogant and mean son of a prick? He was funny, but he isn’t totally likable back then. Although I’m past that stage and this time, it’s Madoc’s turn to show what he’s got underneath that bully facade.
Fallon and Madoc are step-siblings, but they never treated each other as family, couldn’t even stand in one room together without fighting. Two years ago, something went between them and it didn’t last long before the parents noticed. She was forced to leave, and he thought she willingly left him.
This is about broken families, troubled parents and rivalry. Fallon and Madoc were impulsive teenagers, consequences didn’t stop them and even if it was hard to admit on their part - they’re each other’s only perfect match. Fallon planned on seeking revenge for all the pain she went through in those two years, but it slowly changed as she finds out little by little how it was only her own mother who made her life miserable.
This is a millennial love story that went through all kinds of wrong, but in hindsight it will make you learn from all of their hang-ups. Madoc and Fallon were not the kind of people capable of changing who they are and I loved them both for it, flaws included. No pretensions, they’re anti-romantic, she’s aggressive, he knows what he wants and they’re always willing to take risks. Isn’t it enough to make a relationship worth it? You don’t need perfect, you just need someone who’s willing to live through the imperfections with you. Madoc and Fallon made a sudden decision to achieve their happy ending, don’t be so surprised.
I LOVE THIS SERIES TO BITS! The next book will be Jax’s story, I am soooo excited! I already like him in this book, and there’s nothing wrong he can do to change that. And another, i am so curious about Jason and Katherine’s story—i hope we’ll have theirs as well!
“We learned in school that bullies abuse others because they feel bad about themselves. They’re hurting.”
“We shouldn’t be mad. We should pity them. Madoc has never had to make a real decision in his entire life, which means he’s never had anything real. This house, the cars, the money. It’s all an illusion. It’s like parading a victory when you missed the war.”
“I see everything I want for as long as I can have it, 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 see a beautiful woman with a knockout body and the guy she drives insane with wanting her.”
"Nothing that happens on the surface of the sea can alter the calm of its depths,”
“You act like you have no heart, like you just swallow your conscience with all of the pain you cause. But I see through it, Fallon. The truth is, you want me like nobody’s business.”
“You’ve always wanted me. You know why? Because I don’t try to kill your demons. I run with them.”
“Fight. Fight through everything. Don’t leave the house angry or go to bed mad. Fight until it’s settled. The end of fighting is the beginning of giving up.”
Beach nostalgia. 😔
📷 by Me.
Some things are easier said than done, but some things are worth trying too.
Today i’m grateful for everything i’ve read, the words i’ve heard, the music i’ve listened to, and the space. Thinking time is both tiring and rejuvenating, but it’s the best way to put things in perspective.
Blessed Sunday, everyone! Time pass by so quick, another week and another month when i wake up tomorrow. Let’s do this!