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(Fall Away #2)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  34,246 ratings  ·  2,360 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
Kindle Edition, 366 pages
Published August 26th 2014 by Penguin Group (USA)
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Automn Rogers Just because your parents marry doesn't make you "related". It's a freaking piece of paper for crying out loud. I can understand it being weird if you…moreJust because your parents marry doesn't make you "related". It's a freaking piece of paper for crying out loud. I can understand it being weird if your parents marry when you are young, like 4 or so and grow up together. But if they marry when you are already an adult or just a few years away from being an adult then it's not weird to date your STEP- sibling. I use sibling loosely. You're not related unless you truly want to be related to the other person. (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 opinio…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 01, 2013 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. ...more
• Lisa •
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing

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


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 ca
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it

That beautiful girl hated me, and I hated her, but – goddamn it – I loved how we hated, because it was raw and real. It didn’t make any sense, but yeah – it was real.”

Why the hell did it take me this long to read this book?! Why? WHY I ASK YOU?! I'll admit that reading a few reviews made me a little nervous to pick this one up. I should have known better. Other people's pet peeves tend to be my catnip. What? I never said I wasn't a lot little crazy? But I digress.

As you may
Geri Reads
Jun 27, 2013 rated it liked it
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 d
Jul 08, 2013 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.


Jun 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 l
Jul 14, 2013 rated it liked it

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
[~Ami~]♥Sexy Dexy♥
Jul 25, 2013 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 r
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog

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
Aestas Book Blog
Jul 14, 2013 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
Jun 17, 2014 added it

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.

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.’’



..Fallon: ’’ Madoc was always calm, after all. So calm all the damn tim
This was a nice follow-up to 'Bully', focusing on the romance between Madoc and his estranged stepsister, Fallon. This book provides a glimpse into Madoc's past and the events that drove him to be the womanizing side-kick that I despised for most of 'Bully'. A more sentimental side of Madoc is revealed, even if he regresses back into his jerky ways when he's hurting.

I love a forbidden romance, so this book was right up my alley. With parents scheming to keep them apart and colossal misunderstand
Jennifer Kyle
Jul 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
2.75 ~ 3 Stars

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


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 an
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 stepsibli
Jun 26, 2013 marked it as to-read
Aaaaaand it is about Madoc *happy dance*


Pleeeeease please please be about Madoc!
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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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
chan ☆
Jul 08, 2017 rated it liked it
realizing i never reviewed this the first time i read it!

totally classic new adult with improbable plot lines and melodrama but of course i'm totally here for it. i said it about the first book in the series and i'll say it for this book too: the fall away series just doesn't have the same level of heart as devil's night series or punk 57 or birthday girl.

and that's not a terrible thing! these were some of penelope douglas's first books and her writing has really grown over time. but this was st
Ramona Popescu
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hot-romance
"Bully" was one of my favorite books because of the way Penelope delivered such a beautiful love story and adding a twist in it. The way it confuses you and makes you question if you are actually reading a love story when obviously it is one is intriguing and made me admire her deeply. Not everybody can pull off such an amazing technique.

Now, I got the chance of reading "Rival", that tells the story of two young lovers who are broken, force to be apart and had no way of letting this love go onl
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 havin

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!
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time

"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 h

This is the second book of Fall Away series and also my most favorite book. This book focuses on Maddox and Fallon.

Maddox was introduced in the first book, he is the best friend of Jared. I was immediately fascinated by his character, especially when Tate and Jared started their relationship and he was so supportive of his friend. I felt he is a genuine guy.

Unlike Maddox, Fallon is a completely new character for me. There is a tension between Maddox and Fa
Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
4 Stars, Rounded Down...

Disclaimer #1: I have been looking forward to this book for what seems like forever, so I made sure not to read any reviews before reading it. I also wrote this review before reading any reviews (which I usually try to do).

Disclaimer #2: This is going to be a short, probably shiteous review because I am in a book coma from the crazy book marathon that was my weekend.

My Shiteous - Might Contain Spoilers - Review:

I really liked this, but I did not Oh my God, LOVE this boo
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
* Meli Mel *

♥♥♥ 3.75 STARS ♥♥♥

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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 the
Aug 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: shit-hot-series
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 i
*ARC received by NetGalley*
'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
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is slow burner. On the second half, then its getting interesting. I always curious with Madox. He is mischief, cocky and alpha male character. His character and his smart ass dialog managed to make me smile and laugh.

I just wish Fallon character is more convincing and strong. I wish she can be the next Tate. But she falls short.

Anyway, this book is entertaining.
Nov 01, 2013 rated it liked it
“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 re
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Penelope Douglas is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her books have been translated into fifteen languages and include The Fall Away Series, The Devil’s Night Series, and the stand-alones, Misconduct, Punk 57, Birthday Girl, and Credence. Please look for Tryst Six Venom and Motel, as well as the Hellbent series, coming next.

She lives in Las Vegas with her h

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