Review: Rival (Fall Away #2) by Penelope Douglas

Posted on Friday, September 19, 2014 2:25 PM
Title: Rival
Author: Penelope Douglas
Series: Fall Away #2

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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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….
“My little rival. You think I can’t rise to the occasion in this game?”
Rival is the third book in the amazing Fall away series by Penelope Douglas. Rival tells the story of Madoc, Jared's bff and Fallon, his step-sister.

Ever since their parents decided to marry, Fallon and Madoc have hated each other profoundly. Little do they know thought, that behind their hatred, lies something more pure. They should have never crossed that line though. Once they did, everything crushed down..

Fallon and Madoc gave in their attraction and became lovers despite being step-siblings. In the beginning they tried to keep their relatioship a secret but in the end they weren't as smart as they thought. Their parents seperated them by sending Fallon away while Madoc stayed home. And as if being apart wasn't enough they fed them lies about each other, trying to poison their feelings.

But now everything has changed. Fallon is back and she seeks revenge from the people that hurt her and number one on her list is Madoc...

Madoc believes that Fallon has returned for a short time and the only thing he wants is to stay away from her. But as secrets are revealed and things become more clear, they both discover that their relationship was real, despite their parents' lies. But can they now have what was denied to the? Can they look over their rivalty?

Rival was an incredible book! I've been waiting to read Madoc's story for sooo long! Their story really broke my heart but I'm really happy their found their HEA. Their feelings for each other were so stong. They thought they hated each other while they couldn't be farther from the truth. I think that deep down they both knew that they loved the other but refused to acknowledge their feelings due to their rivalty. Fallon and Madoc were trully amazing characters. They both played the tought guys but the truth was that they both cared so deeply and thus everything hurt more!

All in all, Rival was very different from the first book in the series but it was really unique. I loved the main charcacters so much and I totally connected with them, which really helped me understand their perspective. I can't wait to read Jaxon and K. C.'s story in Falling away (due to 2015)

HIghly recommended!!!
Sofia T.
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  1. Great review! This sounds really interesting!! I might just pick this one up. :)

    Jules @ The Book of Jules

  2. Great review ! This sounds like a good series :)
    And I tagged you for the ten book challenge !
    You can find more information about it here :


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