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Rival (Fall Away #2)

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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  15,032 ratings  ·  1,359 reviews
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…

She’s back.

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
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Kindle Edition, 366 pages
Published August 26th 2014 by Penguin Group (USA)
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Aynab I agree! The concept of siblings doesn't always have to be with blood. Even if you're not related in that way, you guys are still siblings... Idk...…moreI agree! The concept of siblings doesn't always have to be with blood. Even if you're not related in that way, you guys are still siblings... Idk... it's just wrong.(less)
Once Upon A Time In Storyland Well not exactly, but you get to know Madoc a bit in Bully, and Tate and Jared appear in Rival. However you should definitely read Bully, in my…moreWell not exactly, but you get to know Madoc a bit in Bully, and Tate and Jared appear in Rival. However you should definitely read Bully, in my opinion it's better than Rival.(less)
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Komal Kant
Jul 07, 2013 Komal Kant marked it as to-read
Whyyyyyyy? Why isn't this book out like yesterday??? Why does this always happen? Why am I always forced to stalk authors like an insane person eating socks? Please, book, please come out.
Lisa Jayne
FIVE STAR CROSSED STARS

"You reached me. When no one else ever has."

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It was love at first chapter when I first read the work of Penelope Douglas. Intrigued by it's title and a newfound author I found myself falling for this authors debut writing style and since reading 'Bully' I've not once wanted to look back. This author brings something fresh to the 'new adult' genre of writing and it seems I'm not able to stop my admiration for her work. 'Rival' has been a long anticipated release and i can
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Lisa

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4 Stars
“Nothing that happens on the surface of the sea can alter the calm of its depths.” ~Andrew Harvey

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Rival by Penelope Douglas is book two in her Fall Away series. This is an author that took me by complete surprise when I read the first book in this series, Bully. I fell completely under her literary spell. Ms. Douglas stands apart as an author who writes in the new adult genre. She brings something unique and refreshing to the table and her books seem
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Miriam
Jul 21, 2015 Miriam marked it as library
After reading what could be the single-most amazing book in 2013 that I have ever come across and falling in love with deeper and deeper with Jared, Rival is one of the books I'm looking most forward to.

And it has Madoc! Madoc!!! The guy with the smart-ass remarks and easy humour!

"Totally. This is the start of a great friendship." I jostled Madoc's arm playfully.
"It could be the start of a great porno, too," Madoc deadpanned, breaking into laughter."


Bring me thee, Madoc! I am ready for you.

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♥~♥Geri ~ the Racy Lit Reader ♥~♥
2.7-3 stars!

This was my reaction when I read that Madoc is getting a book.

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So when the cover/blurb and release day was announced

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And because luck on my side, I got my hands on the ARC. I went and...

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So I devoured the book in less than 6 hours. It was...

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It was. Well, I wanted to love this one so much and I wish I could give this 5 stars.

The Story
Madoc and Fallon are step siblings and two years ago something happened with them that ended very badly. But now Fallon is back and Madoc doesn't quite
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Christy
4 stars

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“Nothing that happens on the surface of the sea can alter the calm of it’s depths.”

I loved Madoc in Bully. I know he was a bit of an ass, but he had some charisma. I was so excited when I found out the next book would be his. And with his stepsister. Win! I can say honestly, I loved Bully and Until You much better than Rival. I did like this, but there were a few over the top things that made it impossible for me to give it 5 stars. Still, there were things I did really like.

Madoc’
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Mysza


It was just OK, I didn't love it but I didn't hate it either. Since Bully is still one of my favorite books ever, I waited for this one with excitement. And sadly it did not meet my expectations. I won't write what the book is about because you can read it in blurb and in plenty other reviews. I'll just focus on what I did and didn't like.

First - writing - it was very good. I have no doubt that Penelope Douglas is a talented author. She delivered fast paced and intense story, just the drama was
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[~Ami~]♥Sexy Dexy♥
Aug 21, 2014 [~Ami~]♥Sexy Dexy♥ marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: reviewed
DNF @ 54%



Madoc and Fallon are step siblings that never got along. After 2 years being away she is back.

Let me just break it down:
•Hero- I normally like douches but I didn't find any redeeming qualities in Madoc
•Heroine- I think I found a pattern (view spoiler)
•Storyline- Secrets, misunderstandings, DRAMA!!!
•Romance- Didnt feel the love
•Feelings- Too much anger, some eye rolling
•Banter- None
•If I finished my
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Pavlina loves Dex ❤❤
4 MADOC AND FALLON STARS

This was really good!!!For one more time Penelope managed to captivate me with her characters!!!I was so excited when I saw that there is a new book from her!!I adored Bully and Until you.Tate and Jared were amazing!!And now we have Madoc's story!!
From the moment I read the synnopsis I was intrigued!Love/hate relationships always are the best!!Finally we can see and understand some of Madoc's reactions in the previous books and finally we can understand him better!!The c
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Aestas Book Blog
Mar 16, 2014 Aestas Book Blog marked it as to-read


OMG!!!!!! It's Madoc's story!! YESS!!!!!!!

*happy dance* Can't WAIT!!! :-)




Madoc - It’s different within these four walls—behind this closed door, at night, in the dark. I’m not Madoc, and she’s not Fallon. I’m not smiling, cracking jokes, or putting up a front. And she’s not cutting me down with her smart mouth or looking at me and wishing I was a million miles away from her.

Here—in her room, on her turf—is where she’ll let go of everything that makes her fight me everywhere else. I told her
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Geri
Oct 13, 2014 Geri added it
FINALLY....
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This is a story about need and hope. A story about sharing your life with someone who makes you want to wake up every morning and see thousand reasons why it’s worth it.

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We don’t chose who to love, do we..?.They come from two completely different worlds.
. ,, I talked a lot of shit, but truth be told, it was more for my ears than anyone else’s. Madoc was designer. I was Target. He was Godiva. I was Snickers.’’

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..Fallon: ’’ Madoc was always calm, after all. So calm all the damn time g
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Jennifer Kyle
2.75 ~ 3 Stars

”My little rival. You think I can’t rise to the occasion in this game?”

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This story started out pretty good… Madoc and Fallon are step siblings who have a secret past together consisting of sex regularly in the evenings and hating each other during the day hours when they were sixteen years old. Events unfolded that Madoc wasn’t made fully aware of and Fallon leaves never to return again… scratch that, she shows up two years later to wreck havoc and revenge on her stepfather and b
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Nina
Jun 28, 2013 Nina marked it as to-read
Aaaaaand it is about Madoc *happy dance*
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Pleeeeease please please be about Madoc!
Rachel ♥Reads Ravenously♥
4.5 stars!

“You’ve always wanted me. You know why? Because I don’t try to kill your demons. I run with them.”

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There is just something about the way Penelope Douglas writes, that when I pick up one of her books I cannot put it down! There were so many mixed reviews from friends on this book that I had been avoiding it. But when I saw Tate and Jared got another book I decided to play catch up and believe me am I glad I did!

Drama. Angst. Love. Hate. Fear.

Fallon and Madoc have been stepsiblings
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Mariℓina
I am not gonna lie, i was a little obsessed with this book long before its release, i woke up in the middle of the night to read it the moment it came out.. And now i want to do it all over again.


I loved it so much, the pasion, the unyielding tension it held, the hatred, and all the emotions, up until 75% it was amazing.. Not that i didn't like the rest but i got a little overwhelmed by all the things that happened so quickly.


Now for the characters, I liked Fallon so much, but i always had a swe
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Harriet
*4 TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME STARS!*

"I see a beautiful woman with a knockout body and the guy she drives insane with wanting her."


After reading Bully last year I couldn't wait for Madoc's story, even though at times in Bully he wasn't exactly a likable character I still had a soft spot for him and couldn't wait to find out more about him.

This book was definitely a journey, we have a forbidden love with two step siblings that deep down love each other but have been lied to and made to feel just
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Tiffany
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Wayyyy more epic than I even expected!

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Oh..the feels. I LOVED this book. Like more than Bully and Until You combined! It was phenomenal. I loved Madoc as soon as I met him in Bully and Rival was absolute bliss!
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TITLE: Rival
SERIES: (Fall Away, #2)
AUTHOR: Penelope Douglas
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHED: August 26th 2014
MY RATING:

I'm having a Penelope Douglas marathon this long weekend in hopes that I can finish this whole series!!

”My little rival. You think I can’t rise to the occasion in this game?” ~ Madoc

I loved this, I admit it did take me a while to get into, I hated the games these two played with each other, but I loved the ups and downs, the shocks, the drama, loved Madoc, the story
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J *I did it all for the nookie.The book nookie*
3.5--Fallen--Stars!!!

"Nothing that happens on the surface of the sea can alter the calm of its depths.”"

For some reason, Rival fely awfully familiar to Bully to me. I guess the whole love/hate back-and-forth thing.

Fallon and Madoc are step-siblings...barely. Madoc's dad and Fallon's mom have never had a traditional marriage. When Madoc and Fallon are sophomores in high school things between them heat up only for Fallon to leave one night in the middle of the night.



I wish we would have gott
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Arabella ~♡AB♡~ (Mrs Jase Dean)
4.5 Stars, loved it!



I was a HUGE fan of Bully, so I was pissing my pants with excitement for this one and I wasn't disappointed. I love the Love/Hate storyline, I think it has to be a favourite of mine, all that angry sex - yes please!

The prologue takes place when they are both 16, Madoc's dad is married to Fallon's mum and they don't really get along, they go to the same school but don't have much to do with each other during the day.

2 years later, Fallon comes home from boarding school having
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Beverly
4 Solid Stars



I have really enjoyed the Fall Away series, so of course I was so excited to read Madoc’s book. Starting this book I knew Madoc as Jared’s sexy best friend, and any friend of Jared’s is a friend of mine.

The story starts off with Fallon, Madoc’s stepsister. Now I feel like I need to explain Madoc and Fallon didn’t grow up together and are the farthest thing from siblings. Okay, back on track, Fallon is back in town after being gone for two years. As the reader we are not sure why sh
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 ♥Stephanie♥
IT'S MADOC!!! HECK YEAHHHH!!!!

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BOOK COVER PLEASEEEE! ^_^
Meli Mel *Ty and Zane's Creeper*


3.75 STARS










“Nothing that happens on the surface of the sea can alter the calm of its depths.”


This story is about two eighteen year old teenagers who fell in love with each other without knowing it. They hated each other during the day and in front of everyone else. But at night, Fallon would leave her bedroom door unlocked so that Madoc and she could sleep together. Why couldn't they tell anyone about their relationship?? Because they were step siblings. Fallon gets sent away once their paren
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Cathy✰
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There were people I liked and people I didn’t like. People I loved and people I hated. But there was only one person I loved to hate.

If you’ve read Bully then you know that Penelope Douglas knows how to write a good love-hate relationship and that’s just what you’ll find with Rival.

Madoc and Fallon are stepsiblings who appear to hate each other, but their true feelings are just below the surface.

Fallon ends up leaving, and without any word to Madoc. Now it’s two years later and Fallon is bac
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Destini Mia~ ♕ Sassy Lassie
“The thing is, Fallon . . . I told you before to lock the door if you wanted me to stay out. Funny thing is . . .” I leaned in. “You. Never. Did.”




Madoc and Fallon. Two estranged teenagers playing games that push the boundaries between love and war…

She’s back.

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 read
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Claire Robinson
3 - Nothing that happens on the surface of the sea can alter the calm of its depths. Stars.

I really loved Bully and enjoyed Until You so it’s regrettable for me to not be able to give Rival the same high ratings that they were given.

I really hated turning corners. I hated closed doors. I hated not seeing the path ahead.

I think the main issue I have with this book is the fact that were a reading about two 18 year old people, who basically go at it like porn-stars for most of the book, there is
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Sharon ✽ is an emotional book junkie ✽
3.5 - 4 's

Madoc and Fallon had a relationship two years ago until things ended one horrible night. Both have tried to move on but things change when Fallon comes back to town.

Well, I wanted this to be as good as the first two books but really, isn't that always wishful thinking? Don't get me wrong, I like both Madoc and Fallon...I even like them together. It's just that we never got to know them when they were first falling for each other.

Madoc is just as funny and as happy go lucky as he was b
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Kelli C for "Cross"
5 MILLION STARS!!!

Penelope Douglas...she just is the total shit for me! 3 books she has written, 3 books she has owned me! I thought that it could get no better than Jared Trent when it came to misunderstood assholes, but it seems that Madoc Caruthers owns this Series for me!

I always thought that Madoc had some sass to him...some dirty background to make him so brash but yet so good-hearted...it seems as if his skeletons were buried in the HOME closets.



"Madoc was always calm, after all. So calm
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❃**✿【Yasmine】✿**❃
*ARC received by NetGalley*
4.5 STARS
'We were two people in a fucked-up family taking our cues from fucked-up parents. And neither one of us knew how to do anything differently.'



He's Pre-Law
She's Mechanical Engineering
He's Privileged
She's Poor
He's Preppy
She's Emo
He's a Pianist
She's a Skater
He's her Step-brother
She's his Step-sister


Genre: New Adult Romance
Cover: 9/10
Writing: 9/10
Heroine: 9/10
Hero: 9/10
Humour: 4/10
Hotness: 8/10
Romance: 7/10
Extra book Details: Can be read as a stand alone. Her
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Mia
COVER and release date!! August 26 woohoo!
Loving the cover


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BLURB! ... Sibling rivalry?? Could this be yet another step sibling romance brewing?! So excited for this!
And "Fallon" was what Madoc had tattooed on his back in Until You, hmm....

Madoc

It’s different within these four walls—behind this closed door, at night, in the dark. I’m not Madoc, and she’s not Fallon. I’m not smiling, cracking jokes, or putting up a front. And she’s not cutting me down with her smar
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Penelope Douglas is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author living in Las Vegas with her husband and daughter. Her books include the Fall Away series (Bully, Until You, Rival, Falling Away, and Aflame). Please look for the new standalone, contemporary romance, Misconduct, Dec. 1, 2015.

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Other Books in the Series

Fall Away (5 books)
  • Bully (Fall Away, #1)
  • Until You (Fall Away, #1.5)
  • Falling Away (Fall Away, #3)
  • Aflame (Fall Away, #4)
Bully (Fall Away, #1) Until You (Fall Away, #1.5) Falling Away (Fall Away, #3) Aflame (Fall Away, #4) Corrupt

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“You’ve always wanted me. You know why? Because I don’t try to kill your demons. I run with them.” 47 likes
“When you stepped on Jared’s toes, you’d get punched in the gut. If you stepped on Jax’s toes, he’d hack into the county database and issue a warrant for your arrest.” 28 likes
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