Friday, August 29, 2014

Rival by Penelope Douglas

Rival by Penelope Douglas

From the New Adult sensation and New York Timesbestselling author of Until You

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…


If you haven't read Bully by Penelope Douglas, I highly recommend you go read it. Like right now. And then come back here so you know what I'm talking about.

We got Tate and Jared's story (twice), and now we got Madoc's. Madoc was such a mysterious character in the first two books, and in the moments where Madoc did speak, we got the idea that he had someone from his past that he couldn't get out of his head. And in Rival, we find out that the someone, is Fallon. Fallon, the girl who intrigued Madoc at 16, left, and is now back. And she may or may not be his step-sister.

Fallon was probably the most realistic female lead in any romance novel. She is the kind of girl I could imagine seeing in real life. There was no exaggeration or overly dramatic thoughts without justification. And just like with Tate, Jared, and Madoc, this is what made her story so much more appealing. 

The chemistry. Oh my, the chemistry between Madoc and Fallon beat Tate and Jared by a landslide. Whenever they were together, I could feel the sparks between them. Penelope Douglas did a fantastic job writing these two. I loved how one character didn't outshine another and the book focused on both their thoughts and both their feelings. Their story was emotional, funny, hot, and electric. Probably one the best written couples I've ever read.

Another plus for this book was Jax. He gets his own category, he was that amazing. I'm getting a feeling that the guys get hotter and hotter throughout the series. Not that I'm complaining. But seriously. Jax.👌

One small thing that sometimes ruins a book for me, is that when the characters have a past or backstory, authors sometimes reveal them throughout the entire span of the book so I never know the full story, and am unable to enjoy the present time. Now in Rival, there was a little bit of this. But it was so well balanced, that I didn't need to know their pasts to grasp their present. And the fact that the author was able to write the book like that, is incredible.

The plot was amazing. I can't really describe it without giving a lot away, but it was amazing. Depending on how good of a detective you are, you might be able to predict some parts, but for the most part, it'll be like experiencing it along with Madoc and Fallon. 

In conclusion, let me just say that this book was worth waiting for and you won't be disappointed. And if the series keeps going the way it is, Jax and KC's story is going to be out of this world.