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, entrepreneur...you 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.
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.Previous Posts on Fictional CandyBuy It!
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