Review: Rival by Penelope Douglas

Posted August 27, 2014 in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Rival by Penelope DouglasRival by Penelope Douglas
Also by this author: Bully
Series: The Fall Away #2
Also in this series: Bully
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Published by NAL on August 26, 2014
Pages: 366
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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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….

Literary Cravings So What Did I Think?

Blazing Passion – Intense Chemistry – Compelling Characters – Captivating Drama – Friends to Enemies to Lovers – Gripping Story

I loved the crazy intensity that Rival had in all aspect of the story. I was instantly pulled into Marco and Fallon’s story with their crazy history and having to deal with such hard, heartbreaking issues at such a young age. Even though on the surface Marco and Fallon acted like they hated each other but behind close doors passion consumed them.

I loved the challenge and emotion that Marco and Fallon had for each other being such strong outspoken characters. They had such and intense connection and blazing passion not afraid to push and pull each other and the emotion practically oozed off the pages. Marco and Fallon had to deal with their very troubled family issues, technically they were step siblings but in name only because they weren’t really a family. Their parents married for the name only, they didn’t love each other and lived separate lives so it wasn’t really weird Marco and Fallon’s relationship.

My curiosity was kept high with questions how Marco and Fallon would work thing out through the whole story. I loved how all the characters were just as interesting and impactful to the story. The drama was so intense and compelling and kept building and building as crazy situations kept presenting itself. I was absolutely pulled into Rival by Penelope Douglas this crazy, emotional, passionate journey and I loved every moment of it. Can’t wait to read more in this series!

5 Stars

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