Series: Fall Away #3
Published by Berkley
Publication Date: January 6th, 2015
Genres: New Adult
Also in this series: Rival, Aflame
Also by this author: Rival, Aflame
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.
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 they grow closer, 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.
“You owned me since I was seventeen.”
I said earlier in the week that I would have a review up but I am late. My problem is that when I go to pull quotes for my review I sometimes get sucked back into the world of the characters. This is what happened with me this week. This is my third time reading Falling Away and it just serves as a reminder why Penelope Douglas has become one of my auto-buy authors. This book had everything I was hoping for: strong character development, electric push and pull between K.C. and Jax, and a plot twist that I didn’t see coming.
“You were fire in my hands, and I want you to remember it, K.C.”
I think anyone that has followed along with this series was just as curious about how a romance between Jax and K.C. would unfold. Sure, we have seen a few instances of their interaction together but both of them have been a strong presence on their own. Jax is intense and mysterious. He is wise beyond his years and different from moody Jared and wise-cracking (my love) Madoc. And K.C. is someone that I feel indifferent towards. If you’ve read Bully, you know View Spoiler »that she uses Jared to make her ex Liam jealous and in turn hurts her best friend, Tate. « Hide Spoiler While I didn’t agree with her actions, I never disliked her, I just was curious as to what she was really about. In Falling Away, K.C. literally steals the book. I could wax on and off about how sexy Falling Away is, and trust me when I say that Jax was well worth the wait, but the transition K.C.’s character goes through from beginning to end, is why I love reading.
“Only ever you.”
Falling Away really surprised the hell out of me. I wasn’t expecting the intensity and depth of Jax and K.C.’s story together. While Rival is still my favorite in the series, I couldn’t give this book anything less than 5 stars* cause it made me feel. Plus that teaser for Aflame, the conclusion of Jared and Tate’s story, had my heart in shambles. While I’m not ready to say goodbye to this series, because these characters have taken residence in my heart and on my shelf, I cannot wait to see what tricks and treats Penelope has in store for us.