Thursday, August 28, 2014

"Rival" by Penelope Douglas


SERIES: Fall Away #2

PUBLISHER: Piatkus Entice
GENRE: NA Contemporary Romance
SOURCE: NetGalley
LINKS: Goodreads | Book Depository


Madoc and Fallon. Two estranged teenagers playing games that push the boundaries between love and war... For the three 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... Three 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...


This was the first book I read for this series, and it certainly won't be the last... As a matter of fact, I feel really motivated to go back and read the first instalment just to enjoy Tate and Jared more! They may not be the main characters in here but oh, if they rock the scene when they're on. Put them together with Madoc and Fallon and you have quite the perfect company.

The story flows so well that as soon as I was telling myself 'just another chapter', I was already three more in. Madoc and Fallon are strong characters with issues mostly caused by their parents. They have a background that puts someoneespecially at such a young age—in a very difficult position, and what I particularly liked and appreciated were their reactions. There are certain situations in which you would expect hysteria and drama—like it usually happens—but besides the inevitable fights and misunderstandings (which can only make the read more interesting, by the way), they handle the whole situation in a better way than you'd believe. Thanks Penelope Douglas for such a refreshing turn!

It's an addictive read with great twists, touching but even funny moments and hot-damn-hot scenes... If I were you, I wouldn't think twice and I would be already on my way to get my own copy!


This review was part of the Official UK Blog Tour organized by Piatkus.
Check out the poster below for every stop and buy your own copy of Rival,
now officially out in eBook!


  1. Oh it's always so nicet to find a new great series like that!

  2. Sounds awesome, Silvia! I think I want to get to know both Jared and Tate, and Madoc and Fallon! Great review :)

  3. Rival sounds so good! It's awesome to hear that starting on the second book in a series worked out so well. I'm always concerned that I'll end up lost, or thinking I've missed something really important. I'll definitely be moving Bully up my TBR list, great review, Sylvia!

  4. Bookworm Brandee28 August 2014 at 16:34

    Ooh, I love addictive reads, Silvia. I one-clicked Bully a few weeks back and I'm now even more eager to get started on it! I'm so glad you enjoyed Rival. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. :)

  5. Sounds good, I love when books are "just another chapter" type of read :)

  6. Great review, Silvia. I have this series on my TBR list. I wish there were more hours in the day.

    Thanks for stopping by my Swoon. Hope you have a great weekend.

  7. Oh, I love this cover much more than the US version.

    I really enjoyed Rival, too, as you know. I was blown away, really, bc I thought I would hate these characters. So intense and passionate. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series.

    Great review!

  8. I think you could really enjoy this series, Lexxie :)

  9. I know, I wasn't honestly expecting to be so caught up, but that's just what happened and I loved it! Have a great read, Alma :)

  10. My pleasure and I hope you have a blast with Bully, Brandee!

  11. It's one of the best feelings ever, right? ;)

  12. I totally understand, Marilyn...Still, I hope you'll find a bit of time for this series, it's really good!
    Thanks, have a great weekend yourself :)

  13. I prefer this cover as well and I'm so happy we're on the same page about this book, Andrea! I'm just like you, I'll definitely read the rest of the series ;)

  14. Gads, this sounds good. I am going to add book one since you feel compelled to go back.


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