Monday, September 8, 2014

GUEST POST + REVIEW + GIVEAWAY ~Rival by Penelope Douglas~

Title: Rival
Author: Penelope Douglas
Series: Fall Away #2
Release Date: August 26, 2014

My Rating: 5 Stars
From the New Adult sensation and New York Times bestselling 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 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…

I’m back.

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….
Links to Buy:

Top 10 Best Moments of Madoc’s Life

10. First time I ever touched a piano.

9. The first soccer game my father ever made it to.

8. Driving my car for the first time. Jared bought his Boss just so he could keep up. 

7. When Tate broke my nose. I knew things were going to be very interesting that year. 

6. That split second in Jax’s office when he showed me Fallon’s bill. That moment right before I realized it had been taken away. For a moment, I was happy. 

5. When Fallon came home again. Seeing her was like new life coming into me. 

4. After my parents’ divorce, Addie and I had a party. Just the two of us. We messed up the house, ate junk food, and then she cleaned it all up before my mom got home. 

3. My first time—being so close to her, finally, was so good. 

2. When she said “yes”.

1. When she said “I do”.
The only thing keeping me from claiming Madoc as my own is that fact the Fallon could kick me to Timbuktu. Rival takes a hate/love relationship to a whole new level. Madoc and Fallon thrive off of their contempt for one another... at first. Until they see there's more to their relationship, if they can just put the past behind them. 

Rival brings all the feels. Madoc and Fallon were just beginning to explore their relationship when they were torn apart. Or in their eyes, when the other turned their backs on them. After being lied to, and a long heartbreaking road in front of her, Fallon as put the pieces back together and come back to exact revenge on everyone. Until she learns the truth. The truth that could alter how she views Madoc, and that could excuse her guilty feelings of still being head over heels for this tough guy. As the story unfolds, they continue to hurt one another based on the lies the past has been built on. As Fallon, continues with part of her revenge plan, the dominoes fall and her life with Madoc is once again put on shaky ground. Even at their age, can they survive the hurt and betrayal, and with their family still be there to support them when it's all over?

I love that Fallon is equal parts a bada*s and softy. As she begins to feel the emotions that only Madoc can evoke, she lets her guard down, and we see a glimpse of the girl that has experienced a very tough few years and has had no one to shoulder the pain and guilt with her. I may have loved Madoc throughout thse series so far, but when he was clued in to Fallon's difficult past, oh the admiration I had for this guy. I FLOVE them both. So much. Their story was much more emotional, and heated than I was expecting. Definitely a pleasant surprise. And of course, Ms. Douglas has me absolutely enamored with Jax and I can't wait for his story!! All around, an absolutely FANTASTIC addition to this amazing series! Could not have loved it more!

Happy Reading!
*ARC provided by the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review
Title: Bully
Author: Penelope Douglas
Series: Fall Away #1
Release Date: June 17, 2013
My name is Tate.

He doesn't call me that, though. He’ll barely refer to me at all, and he’ll hardly ever speak to me.

But he still won't leave me alone.

We were best friends once. Then he turned on me and made it his mission to ruin my life. I've been humiliated, shut out, and gossiped about all through high school. His pranks and rumors got worse as time wore on. I even went to Europe for a year, just to avoid him.

But I'm done hiding from him now, and there's no way I'll allow him to ruin another year. He might not have changed, but I have.

It's time to fight back.

When one brave young woman stands up to her best friend Jared, now tormenter, the consequences go beyond anything either of them ever would have imagined….

Links to Buy:

Title: Until You
Author: Penelope Douglas
Series: Fall Away #1.5
Release Date: December 5, 2013
Have you ever been so angry that hitting things felt good? Or numb to all emotions? The past few years have been like that for me. Traveling between fury and indifference with no stops in between. Some people hate me for it, while others are scared of me. But none of them can hurt me, because I don't care about anything or anyone.

Except Tatum.

I love her so much that I hate her. I hate that I can't let her go. We used to be friends, but I found out that I couldn't trust her—or anyone else. So I hurt her. I pushed her away. But I still need her. She centers me. Engaging her, challenging her, pushing her—it’s the one last part of me that feels anything anymore.

But then she went and screwed everything up. She left for a year and came back a different girl. Now, when I push, she pushes back…and I’m not sure either one of us will ever be the same.

Links to Buy:

Meet Penelope:
Penelope Douglas is a writer and teacher in Las Vegas. Born in Dubuque, Iowa, she is the oldest of five children. Penelope attended the University of Northern Iowa, earning a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, because her father told her to "just get the degree!" She then earned a Masters of Science in Education at Loyola University in New Orleans, because she hated Public Administration. One night, she got tipsy and told the bouncer at the bar where she worked that his son was hot, and three years later they were married. To the son, not the bouncer. They have spawn, but just one. A daughter named Aydan. Penelope loves sweets, the show Sons of Anarchy, and she shops at Target almost daily.

  Connect with Penelope:

For more exclusive content and excerpts follow the rest of the Rival blog tour (click the picture)


  1. This book sounds awesome!

  2. Haven't read from this author yet, but would love to! Thanks for the giveaway chance!