I found myself enjoying Until You more than I did Bully. I couldn't ever get past Jared's behavior in the first book and while I still don't think itI found myself enjoying Until You more than I did Bully. I couldn't ever get past Jared's behavior in the first book and while I still don't think it was justified, I understood him a little more after reading his story.
I can't really help it but I love books like Bully and Until You where you can see the chemistry between the love interests even though they are terrible to each other. Admittedly, Tate was only fighting back and not really instigating the behavior with Jared but she did give as good as she got. I was constantly on edge, waiting to see if they would fight or kiss. I still found myself wanting to punch Jared for being such an asshole to Tate but I also found myself really starting to feel bad for him. He went about things the total wrong way but hearing his story and seeing inside his head helped it make a bit more sense to me.
Even knowing everything that happened from reading Bully, I found myself hooked while reading Until You. There were some scenes that just came across so much steamier while reading from Jared's point of view. And while it was a lot of the same material from the first book, there were new scenes thrown in from before the start of Bully as well as after the ending of Bully. In no way did it feel like you were reading the same story and I greatly appreciated that Penelope Douglas changed it up enough to make it feel that way.
Madoc and Jaxon got a little more page time in Until You than they did in Bully and that made me even more eager for their stories which I know are coming. Madoc cracked me up. He knew exactly what he was doing with Tate and Jared. Even knowing that he might get in trouble, he took the risk because he wanted what was best for his best friend. I love Madoc. As for Jaxon, there are tons of mysteries surrounding that kid and I can't wait to find out more about him. The few glimpses of him in Until You have already got me loving him.
Overall, Until You is a great addition to the Fall Away series and I'm glad I chose to read it before moving on to Rival. I can't wait to see more of Jared and Tate in the remaining books in the series. You can bet I'll be binge reading these!...more
I constantly do this to myself. I read these books that I know I should hate and end up completely hooked. That definitely happened with Bully.
Bully iI constantly do this to myself. I read these books that I know I should hate and end up completely hooked. That definitely happened with Bully.
Bully is the story of Tate and Jared. Jared is a complete and total asshole to Tate for some stupid reason he made up in his mind. Tate pretty much stands by and takes the bullying, at least she does at first. After some time away from the situation, she comes back and decides it's time to start fighting back. Somehow from there it escalates from the two of them being complete jerks to each other to being totally in love. Yeah, didn't make much sense to me either.
Tate was pretty awesome, don't get me wrong. She was full of witty comebacks, she knew how to take care of herself, and the girl had great taste in music. However, when it came to Jared she completely lost her mind. Even when she knew she should be fighting him, she found herself extremely attracted to him. I understand the appeal of the bad boy but he treated her like dirt. I didn't quite agree with her feelings for him.
As for Jared, yes he was the quintessential bad boy. He had the role down perfectly. He slept around, didn't get attached to anyone, raced cars, got in trouble with the law, and on top of it all, still found time to make Tate's life a living hell. The boy was busy. I felt like he was a huge mystery and even when he started to open up to Tate, it was clear he still had secrets. No matter what happened to him or how he felt that Tate wronged him, I didn't feel like he could justify the way he treated her and still expect everyone to think he loved her. That's not love.
All that being said, I read this book pretty much in one sitting because I was hooked. As much as I talk about how much I hated Jared, I still wanted him and Tate to get together. I like torturing myself with these stories where I really don't care for the characters but still want them together. I'm weird like that. It also helped that it seemed like there was never a dull moment with the story.
Overall, Bully is an entertaining read if you think you can look past the horrible treatment of the main character by her love interest. I admit that I will definitely be reading the rest of this series....more