on January 6, 2014
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Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Series: Fall Away #3
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.…
Kristi’s 4.5 Star Review
“Only ever you.”
From the first page of Falling away, I was hooked. I was highlighting and re-reading because I just couldn’t get enough and didn’t want it to end. I will admit that from the moment Jax was introduced to us in Bully, I couldn’t WAIT for his book. I wanted to know more about his story and who he was as a person and let me tell you, he was everything I wanted…and more. He’s broody, broken, ridiculously smart, and amazingly sexy. He’s also a survivor, surviving the only way he knows how and locked in his own mind needing to be set free. This book is very much about that journey and repairing the broken pieces of his horrific childhood.
“I have tattoos,” he whispered lost in thought. “Too many.”
It must be said that when I wasn’t all that amped up to read any more about K.C. She completely turned me off in Bully and quite frankly, I didn’t know how she was going to redeem herself. Boy was I WRONG!! I ended falling in love with K.C. and after her story was revealed and her demons were uncovered, I got it. She was fierce and feisty once she discovered herself and once that fury was released, she was simply amazing. They both had demons to beat back and together they helped each other but K.C. held such a pivotal role in Jaxon’s journey.
“The first time I saw you I knew…” “Knew what?” “That you’d mean more.”
However, this Journey is not an easy one. It’s full of ups and downs and includes a roller coaster of emotions. They don’t make it easy on each other (or themselves) and at times it’s very frustrating but so, so worth it in the end. Falling Away also had these beautifully tender moments that had me holding my breath. There was such a simple scene in this book between KC and Jax that I swear, I read three times. The way K.C was with him, so tender and loving, both broke my heart and built me up at the same time. I really loved her strength.
“All you need to know,” he whispered in my ear, “is that that there’s still shit that bleeds when you’re not around.”
The sexual tension in this book is off the charts. These characters have such depth and chemistry and when they are together…BOOM!!! With the intensely intriguing storyline, fantastic character development, great dialogue, and some EXPLOSIVE scenes…what are you waiting for? I hope you love Jax and KC as much as I did and I can’t wait for more from Penelope Douglas.
“Bite me, hit me, scream at me. I don’t care. I want to feel it.”
Bethany’s 4 Star Review
First off, I have to tell you Falling Away was Un-put-down-able! I stayed awake over half the night reading it. The writing was that consuming and addictive. These characters took over my life.
Jared Trent’s (from Bully) little brother, Jaxon is now all grown up. I love the fact Jax is part Native American with toffee colored skin and shiny black hair. Yummy! He is smart, caring, sexy, and still carrying a torch for K.C. Carter.
“I want to terrorize you,” I confessed. “I want to cut you without drawing blood. I want to break you.” I pulled her into me. “And then I want to fuck you.” -Jaxon
K.C.’s boyfriend of five years cheated on her again, so she’s back home for the summer. Going into the book I was not her biggest fan. K.C. really pissed me off in Bully and I lost much respect for her. She was a shitty friend, and if I’m being totally honest I really wanted to bitch slap her in Bully. So, I was afraid of how I’d feel about her in this book. Would I connect? Would I feel compassion? Guess what? I did! I sooo connected with K.C. That chick is a survivor. Talk about a psychologically messed up childhood. Geesh!
‘Someday when she’d moved on, and she’d found another guy, I would be able to look at her and remember that she was almost mine.’ -Jaxon
Both K.C. and Jaxon are survivors. Even though they’re still battling inner demons They’ve come a long ways and worked hard to build an independent life for themselves. I loved the passion they shared. I loved how they helped each other heal. I adored their closeness with the other Fall Away characters. And, as a bonus, they’re tons of awesome song references throughout the book to help set the mood and feel. From page one until the last I was captivated by everything about this story.