Series: Fall Away #4
Published by InterMix
Publication Date: April 21st, 2015
Genres: New Adult
Also in this series: Rival, Falling Away
Also by this author: Rival, Falling Away
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Bully, Until You, Rival, and Falling Away comes the sizzling conclusion to the Fall Away series.
The tables have turned. Now I have the power—and it’s his turn to beg…
Everyone wants to be me.
Maybe it’s the sway of my skirt or the way I flip my hair, but I don’t care. Even though their attention is the last thing I crave, I just can’t stop. I dominate the track, the speed rattles my bones, and the wind and the crowd screams my name.
I’m her. The girl driver. The queen of the race. And I’m surviving—something he thought I’d never do.
They all still talk about him. Did you see Jared Trent on T.V? What did you think of his last race, Tate? When is he coming back to town, Tate?
But I refuse to care too much. Because when Jared does come home, I won’t be here.
Tatum Brandt is gone. I’m someone new.
“I’m twenty, and all I know about myself is that I love Tatum Brandt. Two years ago I thought that was enough.”
There really isn’t such a thing as happily ever after. It’s more we-love-each-other-so-we-must-work-at-this-every-day-ever after. Falling in love is the easy part, it’s that when that thing called life gets in the way that makes it hard. I think that is why I was equal parts excited and scared to read Aflame, especially after that teaser at the end of Falling Away. It isn’t so much that I enjoy seeing Tate and Jared apart but I am a bit of a masochist and I enjoy love stories that are a little bruised and rough around the edges. Sure, Tate and Jared could have drove off into the sunset but did we really think that this couple, with their love/hate history, it would be that easy? Right. Me either.
“Do it. Tell him to stop, I told myself. This is fucked-up, and he can’t have you. But my skin was on fire. And it felt like home.”
Even after reading Until You, Rival, and Falling Away, Tate and Jared’s story didn’t feel finished. Something was missing from them as characters to make a HEA seem possible. I never doubted the love that Jared and Tate felt for one another but that wasn’t the problem. It was as if they needed to learn that they are with each other because they want to be not because they need to be. As a fan of Tate and Jared I needed to see them grow up as individuals before I saw them grow together. It made all the emotion and passion between these two that much more special. Aflame did them justice and was a real pleasure to experience. I laughed, I cried, I cringed, and I fell in love with these characters just a little bit more.
“I love the wind out there on the track, Tate. On the highways.” He shook his head, looking almost sad. “It’s the only time you and I are together.”
But it wasn’t only Tate and Jared and their ever-heavy love that made this worth reading. No, it was Madoc and Fallon and Jax and Juliet. This series has become one of my all-time-favorites because of the love, friendship, and family between these 6 unique characters. It’s a bittersweet feeling to say goodbye to this series. As much as I wish I could continue reading on about their lives Aflame leaves everyone off in a good place and it’s satisfying as a reader to not feel that anything is missing to the story. I know this will be a series that I will continue to re-read and enjoy, especially as I wait for the next P.Douglas book!