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Monday, January 5, 2015

Falling Away by Penelope Douglas (Review, Excerpt,Giveaway!)

Title: Falling Away
Series: Fall Away #3
Author: Penelope Douglas
Published: January 6, 2015 - Penguin
Format: Print ARC received for review

Jaxon is the guy she’s supposed to avoid.

K.C. is the girl he won’t let get away....

K. C. Carter has always followed the rules—until this year, when a mistake leaves her the talk of her college campus and her carefully arranged life comes crashing to a halt. Now she’s stuck in her small hometown for the summer to complete her court-ordered community service, and to make matters worse, trouble is living right next door.

Jaxon Trent is the worst kind of temptation and exactly what K.C. was supposed to stay away from in high school. But he never forgot her. She was the one girl who wouldn’t give him the time of day and the only one to ever say no. Fate has brought K.C. back into his life—except what he thought was a great twist of luck turns out to be too close for comfort. As the bond between them grows, he discovers that convincing K.C. to get out from her mother’s shadow is hard, but revealing the darkest parts of his soul is nearly impossible.…

Holy hell.  This book.  When Rival came out, I read that - and loved it beyond words.  I couldn't wait to read Jax's story - and I definitely was not let down at all.  Jax has every bit of passion that Madoc and Jared have.  This series is so freaking awesome - I love it. So today I have my review and an excerpt - because this book publishes tomorrow!!

Sigh.  Where do I even begin?  If you are new to the series, Jax is Jared's younger half-brother.  He is tall, dark, and sexy.  Part Native American, and long dreamy black hair.  He is beautiful and dangerous, and so intelligent that he could make even the nerdiest girl swoon.  Hacker, mechanic, racer, business man, want it, he's got it.  And man, do I want it.  Jax has secrets, but the biggest one is how he feels about KC.  In the beginning of the book, Jax was being a total douchebag to KC - and I was mad.  I mean, I cut him some leeway, because I knew it would work out, but man - he was rough on KC, and my heart hurt a bit for her.

"Gutless and helpless." - Jax to KC

KC (a nickname, obviously)... oh my goodness, this girl.  When she comes back to town, and she feels a bit displaced, Jax is always seemingly right there whether she wants him to be or not.  But you know she does.  A lot of New Adult women have troubled pasts, but KC... this girl has such an unusually troubled past, right away I felt like she was this little bird that I wanted to take care of.  However, this book changes KC.  She takes on the world and she grows into this amazing woman.  Her transformation is fantastic.  She learns to be herself, and considering her childhood - that is a huge feat.    She learns about freedom in this book.  I love it. I love it.  I love it!

"You're a damn child.  Grow up!"
And I gasped as he rushed me and snatch up my bottom lip between his teeth, sucking it into his mouth.  Holy shit.  Fuck.  Did he just bite me?
But I didn't have time to process any of it.  He grabbed my ass, still holding my lip between his teeth, and hauled me up, slamming me back against the car door.
"This kid grew up," he threatened in a deep voice, grinding his hard-on between my legs. "And you're gonna fuckin' find out."
Oh. My. God.

The tension build is this book is crazy, almost fevered.  KC and Jax have some of the hottest kisses I've ever read, and that is a surefire way to win me over.  Their passion is outstanding.  But you know it's not easy.  Communication is paramount.  These two teeter on the edge of breaking that dam, but it's like they don't know how.  When you are in their head and seeing it from their POV, you want to just thump them each on the head and make them see.   When they do crash into each other, over and over, there is no doubt left in my mind that they belong.

We also get to see the characters from past books, which is really great.  This whole group of people is just so electric, I can't get enough.  I want each book to just keep going and going.  And you know what is really terrific about these books?  Each one is very different.  A lot of series have books where each couple basically goes through the same thing, just with a different coat of paint on it.  But in the Fall Away series, each book is so different.  The only similarities are that Penelope Douglas not just draws you in, but shoves you in, locks you down, and holds your eyes open so you can watch every single moment, from the heart-wrenching to the heart-healing.  Definitely one of my favorite series, and I highly recommend it.

Falling Away - Chapter 9 Excerpt

“Jax, I can’t,” she breathed, placing her hands on my chest. “I . . . ,” she stammered, “I don’t exactly dislike you anymore, but this isn’t a good idea. As much as I’d like to give in, I can’t be that girl.”

“What girl?”

She stared at me. “A one-night stand.”

My fists tightened around her shirt. So that was what she thought I wanted?

My voice hardened. “What makes you think you’d be a one-night stand?”

“Because you’re Jared Trent’s brother. Because you’re young. Why would you want more?” she asked, her tone light. “I’m not trying to be prissy, okay? You get to me. I like the way you feel. I’m just not ready for this.” Her lips pursed, and she started to rise, but I pulled her back down.

“Ready for what?” I bit out, getting seriously fucking annoyed at her assumptions and the fact that she compared me to Jared. Two minutes ago she’d had her arms and legs wrapped around me.

Her eyebrows shot up, challenging me. “This,” she spat out, and dug into my pocket, pulling out my knife. “It’s been digging into the back of my thigh since I sat down. Why do you have so many computers? Why do the cops let you get away with anything? What do you do to make a living? And why do you carry a knife, Jax?”

My chest filled with delight at her anger. She was getting ballsier by the minute.

I shot her a smirk. “Because it’s quiet.”

And I almost laughed at her arched eyebrow. She was asking why I carried a knife, and I just answered why I carried a knife instead of a gun.

She averted her eyes, but I caught the annoyed expression as she raised the knife up to her face, studying it. She hit the button, and the blade shot out right between us.

I had only a moment to wonder what the hell she was doing before I reared back, seeing her jab the knife into my space.

“You think you scare me, don’t you?” she taunted, holding the blade to my neck, playing with me.
I sucked in a few quick breaths and let out a startled laugh as my heart slammed against my ribs. Well, this was new.

I swallowed, meeting her triumphant little smile and leaning into the blade, feeling the sharp, cool steel bite into my neck. “You want to play? You don’t know how to play my games, Juliet.”

And I snatched the knife out of her scarred hand and brought it down to the hem of her shirt, slicing it up the middle.

“Jax!” she screamed, fumbling with her now useless T-shirt as I threw the blade onto the floor. “What are you doing?”

Grabbing her around the waist, I stood up, whipped her around, and planted her in front of the window looking down onto the backyard full of partiers.

I wrapped my arms around her shaking body and growled into her ear from behind her, “God, Juliet. You think I just wanna fuck? You think I wanna keep myself hidden and mysterious, because it’s my play to get women into bed? Huh?” I pressed. “No, baby. I could fuck ten different girls tonight if I wanted to. I don’t want to do that.”

Her chest shook, and she squirmed against me, probably scared that we could be seen out the window.
“So, what do you want?” she cried. “If not a one-night stand?”

I closed my burning eyes, and buried my lips in her hair. “I want to terrorize you,” I confessed. “I want to cut you without drawing blood. I want to break you.” I pulled her into me. “And then I want to fuck you.”

From the moment I laid eyes on her I had wanted to break her out of her shell. I wanted to see her undone, and I wanted to take her over. For how long, I didn’t know, but I knew it would be for more than one night.

I also knew it wouldn’t be forever.

Her breathing slowed, and she stilled, staring out the window. I straightened behind her and peeled off the T-shirt she was holding closed.

“Jax,” she whimpered, turning her face to me. “They can see us.”

Reaching around, I turned her chin back toward the window. “They can’t see you. The window’s tinted.” The shirt, sliced up the front, fell down her arms and spilled to the floor. “But you can see them, Juliet,” I pointed out, gently running my hands up her bare arms. “They drink, they laugh, they have meaningless conversations about what’s trending on Twitter.” I paused and dug my fingers into her hips, pulling her ass into me and breathing into her ear, “And I’m so jacked up I want you so bad.”

Penelope Douglas was born in Dubuque, Iowa and has a Masters of Science in Education from Loyola University in New Orleans. She lives with her family in Las Vegas.

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