Series: Fall Away #2
Published by Berkley
Publication Date: August 26th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Also in this series: Falling Away, Aflame
Also by this author: Falling Away, 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.
From the New Adult sensation and New York Times bestselling author of Until You
Madoc and Fallon. Two estranged teenagers playing games that push the boundaries between love and war…
For the two years she’s been away at boarding school, there was no word from her. Back when we lived in the same house, she used to cut me down during the day and then leave her door open for me at night.
I was stupid then, but now I’m ready to beat her at her own game…
Two years and I can tell he still wants me, even if he acts like he’s better than me.
But I won’t be scared away. Or pushed down. I’ll call his bluff and fight back. That’s what he wants, right? As long as I keep my guard up, he’ll never know how much he affects me….
“This is going to change everything.” I pull his t-shirt over his head. “This changes nothing,” I say.”
When I read Bully last year I liked it but didn’t love it. Rival? I loved it. A lot. Written in duel POV, with present and past tense, Fallon and Madoc’s sexy brand of dysfunction in Rival established this book as one of my favorite reads of the summer. One of the main reasons I am so in love with this book is all due to Madoc.
“You’ve always wanted me. You know why? Because I don’t try to kill your demons. I run with them.”
If Madoc was real I would throw myself at his feet and worship at his alter. I haven’t been this enamored with a fictional character since Ansel, in Sweet Filthy Boy. Madoc’s anger, hostility and attraction towards Fallon creates this charged environment where every look and touch burns. Fallon’s resistance and eventual surrender to Madoc left me wanting a cold shower and a cigarette.
“Take me home. To your bed. Lock me up in your room and feed me until the only thing I know how to do is moan your name.”
The dynamic between Fallon and Madoc is one that has been explored in books before, but not as deliciously as this. After reading Rival two times through I found myself going back to Bully just for the moments that Madoc appeared. I REALLY wish that there would be the possibility of a novella featuring Madoc and Fallon during the flashback portions of the novel. Their story is fascinating and dangerous from the very beginning and more of them would be pure heaven for me.
“This was a game to Madoc—but it was a war to me.”
Despite my very long love letter to Madoc (in review form) Rival was loaded with depth when it came to Fallon, nostalgia with the re-appearance of Jared and Tate, and the lingering intrigue surrounding Jax. I, for one, am beyond excited for Jax’s book, Falling Away, that comes out in January. Rival was a strong continuation of the Falling Away series and I have a feeling that the best is yet to come.