Monday, January 5, 2015

Falling Away (Fall Away #3) by Penelope Douglas: ARC 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 t wist 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.…

Releases: January 6, 2015

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About the Author:

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 damn 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 (yes, she was drunk at work)that his son was hot, and three years later she was 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.

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Review by Yvette:

Having gotten to know K.C. and Jax over the course of the three previous books in the Fall Away series, there is a certain level of expectation that a matchup between these two characters would be nothing short of spectacular. With Falling Away, Penelope Douglas has finally given an outlet for the spark of attraction and combustible chemistry formerly only hinted at between the couple. With the Fall Away series, the author has created a series like no other, creating characters that find themselves in knock-down, drag out antagonistic relationships. When you have characters that are teetering on the edge of either hurling insults at one another or ripping each other’s clothes off, every moment is immensely entertaining, as K.C. and Jax demonstrate in Falling Away.

Although previous books in the series have provided some background information about K.C. and Jax, Falling Away delves deeper into these characters, exposing every secret and ugly truth hidden behind the façade each presents to the outside world. Between Jax and K.C., there's so much heartache and despair that it’s impossible not to be affected by their backstories. K.C., in particular, came as a complete surprise, because I never would’ve expected the turmoil simmering beneath the surface of her flawless appearance. Falling Away finds these characters growing and maturing, almost against their will, and with that process of evolving comes the need to confront the past. While it’s uncomfortable to witness the reopening of old wounds, the fact that K.C. and Jax are laid bare within the pages of the story allowed me to connect with their characters on a deeper level.

I’ve never so lost in a book that I actually had to remind myself to breathe… at least until I read Falling Away. K.C. and Jax have this magnetic effect that makes their every interaction so thoroughly engrossing that I held my breath as I raced through the sentences, anxious to discover the outcome of their latest tension-filled standoff. These characters straddle the fine line between love and hate and, even though at times it seems as though they despise each other, their connection is undeniable. The Fall Away series stands out within the New Adult genre, with characters that are unique and larger-than-life, staying with you long after their story ends. Falling Away is the sexiest, angstiest, and most compelling book in the series. It's an emotional journey filled with highs and lows that will pulverize your heart, only briefly repairing the damage before the process is repeated.

*complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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